Tuesday, 28 March 2017

7 Student Hacks You Will Not Want To Miss!!!

Once more, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new semester and intensive classes have already begun. For most, it’s exciting, but for some returning to student life can be a little stressful! I know there are lots of new students who want to make the most of their time this semester, so to make things a little easier for you to understand, we invited our Program Manager Anna Forte, to share some vital information with you.

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1. Hi Anna. Thanks for seeing me. Do you have any important tips to help students make the most of their student life at USYD?

As Master of Marketing students are generally here for just over a year, it’s important to jump in feet first and start to build your network as soon as you can, by engaging with your peers and lecturers, as well as the Business School and broader University communities. There are many opportunities available to students to connect with others, such as events to attend, clubs & societies to join, and many other extra-curricular activities such as sports clubs and facilities, business competitions and volunteering. Don’t forget to take the time to explore Sydney and all it has to offer – try and do one cultural activity every week, for example, go to a museum, art gallery or maybe a coastal hike.


2. There are lots of intensive classes in the Master of Marketing. How can we digest the vast amount of information in such a short amount of time, while maintaining work/life balance?

As a general rule, you should be spending about three hours of self-directed study on each hour of face-to-face/in class time. Make sure that you read the preparatory material prior to classes and have some questions or discussion points prepared for class. Share your experiences with your peers and make sure you are actively engaged with your class. Create a study group with friends and study on campus as much as possible, away from the distractions of home. There are study spaces and learning hubs around campus that allow you to do so, and if you are really keen to focus on your studies there are plenty of productivity apps available which lock you out of distracting websites or phone apps.

In addition, Learning Services are available to all students that range from workshops to online and interactive resources, covering topics from time management to academic writing. If you feel you are beginning to struggle academically, the Business School has a Learning Support Officer who can direct you to appropriate resources – please contact our Program Manger Anna Forte in the first instance if you feel that you require this type of assistance. There are also a number of support services on campus – do not be afraid to ask for help as soon as you identify an issue which is affecting your studies.


3. Is networking essential? Where do we find the portals for information about the upcoming events?

Events are advertised on the relevant Business School and University websites. If there are relevant events in the future, Anna will also help to advertise on the Master of Marketing Blackboard portal. Another suggestion is for graduating students, you should join the Alumni network to keep in touch and be informed of any events or opportunities to remain involved with the Business School.

For the ones that hope to make more connections with students or professors in Business School in other majors, although there is no plan to establish or further explore these relationships by the MMarketing program at this stage. However if there is interest in doing so, this represents a fantastic opportunity for students to be proactive in establishing these connections and to develop and build on their networking skills. Another opportunity for engagement with other Business School students will come from involvement in Peer Mentoring, Clubs & Societies, and other extracurricular activities.


4. Time is limited, do you have any advice for students to become job ready before graduation?

Especially for the international students that want to have more practical work experience in Australia but don’t have the right to work full time.

The Careers and Employability Office (CEO) is an amazing resource unlike any other offered to students elsewhere in the University. The Job Smart program in particular, to which you all should have received an email invitation, is a great starting point in understanding the Australian labour market even if you have had significant work experience internationally. The CEO offers a number of other services and resources, such as resume and interview resources, job vacancy and internship postings, and one-on-one career counselling. This information can be found on Blackboard or the CEO website. Start by identifying your current skillset and comparing this with the graduate attributes that are valued by employers and all postgraduate students should aim to achieve.



5. If students want to join an internship program, but IPP isn’t an option, are there any other opportunities to explore?

As the Master of Marketing is an intensive course, all the units in the program are specialised for the degree and there are no credits available for students to undertake an IPP (Industry Placement Program) component. However, there are many opportunities for students to undertake projects and extracurricular activities via the Clubs and Societies programs, for example 180 Degrees Consulting, Enactus, and the Sydney Marketing Network. Furthermore, there is an internship reward component of the Job Smart program for highly engaged students. 

6. Some students are still confused about the tuition fee’s structure and payment due date, can you tell us how to understand our fee breakdown?

The Tuition fees website is a great resource for estimating your fees (See “Understanding Your Fees”). Fees are based on a standard full-time student enrolment load of 24 credit points per semester or 48 credit points per year (1.0 Equivalent Full-Time Study Load – EFTSL). The Master of Marketing is a 60 credit point degree, so the study load for full time students is 1.25 EFTSL. It is also important to note that fees do increase at the beginning of each calendar year.

Payment due dates differ for domestic and international students: http://sydney.edu.au/students/paying-your-fees/payment-dates.html


7. For those who are planning ahead for graduation, where might we find that information?
The Graduation Ceremony for the graduating cohort is Thursday 25 May 2017 at 9:30am. Graduation information can be found here: http://sydney.edu.au/students/graduation.html. For those students expecting to graduate in Semester 2, 2017 tentative dates can be found here.


Time flies quickly, let’s make the most of it in USYD!

Anna Forte is the Graduate Business Program Manager looking after the specialist Masters programs at the University of Sydney Business School. She began working for the University in 2005 in a research capacity, and has since held various roles in executive support, research administration, and program management. 

About the Blogger:
Bowie Chen is from China and a current student in the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School. Bowie has several years’ experience working in FMCG marketing, media (especially TV station), and consulting firms.

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