Let’s start at the beginning shall we?
Staff care so much
My absolute FAVOURITE thing, and what you should DEFINITELY be looking forward to most about joining the Management School is the quality of the lecturers/tutors/supervisors. I’ve got to know several members of academic staff throughout my time at uni. Hand on heart I can tell you that their top priority is students. They genuinely care about us and our progress. They are always happy for you to come and have a chat about anything, be it academic or personal.
I always know that I can go and get feedback from my tutors on essays, or ask them questions if I’ve not understood something in a lecture or seminar. All they want is to see us succeed and do the best that we can. It really comes across in the way we get taught. The fact the staff care so much about our wellbeing is my favourite thing about studying here.
Next on the list is the variety of modules you get to study. Every course the Management School offers is so different. In your second and final years (depending which course you’re on) you get even more flexibility, choosing your own option modules.
It’s great that you’re not pushed into specialising in one area. You get to learn about a wide range of things relating to management. That means its easier to keep your options open.
The workload is manageable as well, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of all the opportunities the uni has to offer! I play sport, join societies (and run one!), take part in college activities and have a job alongside my studies. Even though I’m very busy, my life isn’t all about uni work: I’m definitely having fun too!
So much support
Finally, last on my list is the support you get. When you start at York you’ll be allocated an academic supervisor. They become your first point of contact about any issues you have during your time at uni.
Truth be told, I struggled to settle in at uni. No-one ever talks to you about what to do if you don’t enjoy uni straight away. It feels like there’s so much pressure for it to be the best time of your life. When I wasn’t feeling that I didn’t know what to do. That’s one of the things that your supervisor is there for: to talk to you about how you’re feeling and to help you settle in.
I can honestly say my supervisor is the reason I’m still at uni. I’ve been quite lucky that he has taught me every year (and was also my supervisor whilst I was on placement). At the end of lectures and seminars he would always ask if I was doing okay and if there was anything he could do to help me. Even three years later, he still checks that I’m okay.
The support isn’t just from your personal supervisor. The Management School also has a dedicated in-house careers team which is AMAZING when you’re looking for placements/internships/grad jobs.
Last year I spent the year on placement. It’s a bit like a year abroad but instead of going to a different country you work with a company to get more experience. The amount of support I had from the careers team during my search for a placement was incredible. They were always ready to check over my CV, read through applications, practice interviews and give me a pep talk when I needed one.
When I came back for my final year, I wasn’t sure whether to do a Masters or go for a graduate job. The whole team supported me through applying for both. It really helped me make my mind up about what I want to do after graduation.
So that’s my top three things that you’ve got to look forward to about coming to the Management School. Of course, there’s so much more than what I’ve talked about here, but you’ve got to find some things out for yourself!