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How to manage the transition from Undergraduate to Postgraduate

How to manage the transition from Undergraduate to Postgraduate

by Antonio

Are you considering starting a postgraduate degree? Find out why Antonio decided to do his Master's, and how different it feels to his undergraduate degree...

While I was doing my Bachelor's degree, I lived and studied in Paris and Mexico City.

The main differences that I have found between Bachelor's and Master's level study at Newcastle is that I need to self-manage more strictly. For example, the lectures are not exactly fixed on a specific day or time each week, so it is important to have a schedule and follow it. I have found that Google calendar is really helpful to remind you of your next appointments, and also useful for setting your assignment due dates. Due to Master’s level involving more self-study, it is also important to control the time you have between work, lectures, trips and study.

The workload involved in Master’s level in comparison to an undergraduate degree is significantly higher, mainly because the assignment requirements and grades are stricter. Therefore, you need to invest more time and effort into each module, Having great time management helps a lot, as it means you can still have time to spend on your hobbies or friends, or even have a part-time job.

When you are studying a Master’s it is easier to find friends because the people you spend time with have a lot of similar interests and mindset as you. When I checked out the societies that Newcastle University has, I was impressed by the amount of options that you can find. Societies are a great way to make new friends and amazing memories!

It’s helpful to start networking when you arrive at University, as in the long run, you will develop better connections for the future. There are lots of opportunities to network in the Business School. Not only are there specific networking events, but the modules also allow you to develop your network through a variety of team assignments, simultaneously improving your teamworking skills.

When I arrived at Newcastle, I found settling in very easy. The University runs registration events to help you finish registering and set everything up -  it even helps you decide which bank is the best option to chose and provides the necessary documents to apply for a bank account.

One piece of advice I would give is that it is important to book an appointment with the bank of your choice a few weeks in advance before arriving at Newcastle. I struggled a bit to open a bank account because there were no appointment slots for a month, so I had to wait in the branch for three hours as a walk-in!

Newcastle University’s Induction Week is really helpful, but also really fun. It is like a ‘welcome to your new life’, with a lot of tips, events, and freebies! I will say it is worth coming for Induction Week which takes place the week before lectures start, so you can get used to the weather, the city, your school and get over your jet lag, etc.

From what I have experienced about Newcastle University and the Business School, I can honestly say that they always have your back.

I have used the Careers Service a couple of times and staff are always willing to help you. You can get tips and feedback on your CV and cover letter, help with preparing for interviews and assessment centres, and they also organise jobs fairs focused on the graduate programmes they offer.

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