How To Get The Most Out Of Going To University

How To Get The Most Out Of Going To University

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University education opens the doors to a bigger, better and opportunity-filled world for its graduates. According to the UN, not only are university graduates better paid in the workplace but compared to high school graduates, they have longer life spans, better access to health care, better dietary and health practices and increased economic stability and security.

Most of us have expectations of what university is like based on what we see in movies and TV shows. But actually, the incredible thing about university is that it can be anything you want it to be!

It can be a creative outlet for artistic expression or a hub for intellectual debate. It can a place for you to discover your strengths and abilities or to discover something completely new about yourself. It can be a place to meet new people from all around the world, and a place to have plenty of fun while also studying something you are actually passionate about.

With this being said, there is also no doubt that transitioning from a high school graduate to a university student can be a little daunting, especially if you are uncertain of what to expect. To help you make a smoother transition from school to university and to help you get the most of your university experience, we have listed 8 useful tips below.

Choose your university courses carefully
Consider your interests as well as which courses would be best for your career choice. Avoid choosing courses because they appear to be an easy option as you may not like or be able to engage with the content. Moreover, avoid choosing courses just because a friend is doing it – you will definitely meet new people and make new friends in every course you do. Take your time doing your research about various courses and ask for advice from academic counsellors to make well-informed choices.

Be the master of your fate and the captain of your ship
Your first few weeks at university will be a little daunting as you juggle various assignments and keep up with numerous classes. One way to overcome this is to view university as a great big ocean with endless wonderful possibilities. You have the chance to try different academic programmes, learn from experts and the best minds in your field, and explore your academic passions. Think of yourself as the captain of a ship navigating through these waters. This means you need to be in charge and take control of this journey or else you run the risk of being swept away by heavy storms. You can do this by keeping track of your deadlines, attending classes and tutorials regularly, and taking a proactive role in your studies. This will make university a calm sea to navigate.

Immerse yourself in student life
University is usually one of the only times in your life where you will have the chance to move out of your comfort zone, try new things, be exposed to new opportunities, and connect with people of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Don’t be afraid to push your comfort zone and be open to the many social and networking opportunities that are available for you to get involved in. If you are not sure how to get involved in campus life, get in touch with your university’s student council. Student councils often lead various student associations, societies, and initiatives like sporting clubs, cultural societies, debate teams etc.

Always prioritise your studies
Whilst it may be easy to get distracted by the social and fun aspects of university life, it is very important to remember why you are there. At the end of your undergraduate career, you will need to graduate with a degree, and with good grades as well. It is therefore important to maintain a balance between having fun and studying. Do not risk an assignment deadline or studying for an exam to attend a party or a social event. The wonderful thing about university life is that there are always social events throughout the year, so study first and have fun later.

Attend extracurricular lectures and seminars
Most universities invite guest speakers and lecturers who are subject-matter experts and leaders in their respective fields. These guest lectures are usually freely available and are unique opportunities to learn something new in your field or in a completely different field and to meet some really interesting and innovative people who will be a great source of inspiration. These events will also be a great opportunity for networking.

Make use of university resources
Universities offer their students various resources to help them excel in their studies including well-equipped libraries, study rooms, free internet access, state-of-the-art sporting facilities and so much more.  Find out what your university has to offer and instead of spending your own money on expensive services outside the university, you can utilise the excellent free resources your university provides for you.

Be open to new opportunities
Most universities offer opportunities for students to apply for bursaries, university exchange programmes or to earn money whilst studying.  Find out about these opportunities and don’t be afraid to apply to be a part of them. These opportunities are great for preparing you for the working world and exposing you to new cultures and ways of thinking.

Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Universities offer a plethora of health and wellness resources on campus to help students who feel overwhelmed, homesick, stressed or who are just simply in need of a friendly ear. Your mental and emotional health is as important as your physical wellbeing, so reach out to people you trust or your university’s student health services for guidance.

As a final word of advice, don’t forget to enjoy your journey through university.  The movies and TV shows got one thing right about university- they are usually some of the best years of your life!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

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Did you know that LinkedIn has identified creativity and collaboration as two of the most sought-after soft skills by companies? Young people can benefit from learning these skills from a young age, so this week we bring you three activities which are centred around creativity, collaboration and careers!

Get Creative!
The Design Museum runs the Young Creatives programme for young people aged 14-19 years old. They have monthly meetings where young people work together as a team on design-based projects. They will get to take part in 2D and 3D design, join in workshops with designers and members of the museum team, and gain career insights. To find out more about how you can join, click here.

Learn about Careers!
Kidzania’s career fair will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd January and Thursday 24th January. Young people aged between 10 and 14 can participate in a series of workshops which encourage them to work as a team and develop their communication and problem-solving skills. They get to do all this whilst learning about different careers! Find out more here.

Vlog like a pro!
Young people have the chance to participate in MediaTrust’s Vlogging training on Monday 28th January. This free workshop, taking place at Google Academy London, is suitable for young people aged 16 and above. Lessons for the day include video editing, presentation skills and confidence building. Book your tickets here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Explore the creative world!

In the Know – Explore the creative world!

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The creative world offers many opportunities to young people from rewarding career paths to useful outlets for expression. This week we have lined up three diverse activities that will allow them to explore their creative side and gain valuable skills and new experiences.

British Museum – Make a Manga Comic
This one hour workshop will give your child the opportunity to design their own comic inspired by the British Museum’s collection of Japanese manga. They will get to develop digital art skills to create characters and invent stories at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre. This free workshop is for 11 to 16-year-olds and you can find out more here.

The Ideas Foundation
The Ideas Foundation is a creative community for 11 to 18-year-olds where anyone with ideas is welcome. They run one-day programmes, online media camps, and creative camps to give your child a taste of life in the world of design, advertising, and tech. They also have a student resources page to download free tools, templates and tips from some of the biggest brands in the creative industry. Find out more here.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Discovering Architecture
The V&A Museum presents their free activity backpacks for young people to explore the V&A through creative and fun activities. Their Discovering Architecture backpack for 11 to 12-year-olds will give your child the opportunity to learn about architectural drawings, colour, ‘connecting spaces’, light and materials, then construct a model and draw their own building. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In The Know – Get Creative this Summer!

In The Know – Get Creative this Summer!

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This week our newsletter takes a look at some creative learning opportunities for young people! The summer holidays are a perfect time for young people to explore the vast range of careers which are available to them and set goals for the future. Here are three creative events to introduce you to new careers!

Interested in the digital world?
Vodafone brings you this unique camp which provides a simple introduction to the hottest technologies in a day. The camp is designed for young people aged 14-18 who are interested about pursuing a career in the digital world. Professionals from both technical and creative backgrounds will be on hand to advise young people about career opportunities and inform them about the skills required. Registered participants of the camp can also apply for a 1-week work experience at Vodafone.To book your ticket, click here.

Architecture workshops with RIBA
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) host a variety of workshops to introduce young people to the field of architecture. One of the exciting workshops available this August is a design day where young people aged 11-15 will be challenged to make a small wind powered generator and to design a building that will incorporate it. Booking is essential if you would like to attend. More details can be found here.

Try Graphic Design out
The Create Place at St. Margaret’s House brings you Zines for Teens this August. A zine (pronounced zeen) is a mini- magazine produced by one person. This free workshop will let young people’s creative sides shine when designing a zine concerning topics important to them whilst also learning essential graphic design skills. Young people aged 12-16 can take part in this free three part workshop. To find out more, click here.   

GT Scholars runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In the Know – Apprenticeships at top companies!

In the Know – Apprenticeships at top companies!

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Leading social mobility charity, The Sutton Trust, reports that good quality apprenticeships offer lifetime earnings on average better than many degree courses. They also offer the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’, gain marketplace value skills and a foot on the career ladder. Here are three good quality apprenticeships for school-leavers at top companies in the country.

The EY Business Apprenticeship
EY offers apprenticeship opportunities in four areas of their business – assurance, tax, transactions and consulting. In each programme, you have the chance to drive lasting change, take advantage of new technology and help build a better working world from day one. You will also complete the CFAB qualification leading to a full qualification through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Applications for the September 2018 intake are still open and you can find out more here.

KPMG360° Apprenticeship
KPMG offers rotational apprenticeship programmes for school and college leavers. It gives ambitious, free-thinking young people the chance to work with some of the very best and brightest people in the business world. By ‘rotational’, they simply mean you get to move around different areas of the organisation, gaining invaluable insights, work experience and professional qualifications along the way. Applications for the October 2018 intake are still open and you can find out more here.

Amazon Apprenticeships
Ranging from Operations Fulfilment to Engineering & Facilities to IT, Amazon is the perfect place to start your career with a range of apprenticeship opportunities to suit different candidates with different backgrounds and career aspirations. Their apprenticeship schemes are aimed at ambitious young people who have a passion for learning new skills and who want to start their career now. Find out more about these programmes and how to apply here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer fascinating learning experiences and rewarding career opportunities. In fact, STEM jobs are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations creating 142,000 jobs between now and 2023, according to a report published by the Social Market Foundation and EDF. Here are three exciting opportunities for young people interested in learning more about STEM.

Routes into STEM
These innovative 3-day non-residential courses are focused on helping young people in Years 9 and 10 know more about the rewarding and challenging careers Maths and Science subjects can lead to. You will also get to engage with a college, a university and a company to compare routes into STEM careers and visualise your dream career and how to make it happen. Applications are currently open and there are bursaries available. Find out more here.

She Does Biomaths Competition
To celebrate the Year of Mathematical Biology, the University of Cambridge Newnham College and Lucy Cavendish College are inviting female GCSE students and to explore some of the intriguing connections between mathematics and the biological sciences. The competition is open to girls studying at a standard age UK state school who are starting Year 11 or Year 12 in September 2018, and there are two projects that they can choose from. Applications are open now and you can find out more here.

Inspire Courses
The Engineering Development Trust offers courses for young people in Year 11 who have a passion for STEM to be inspired at a leading UK university. During the course, you will be introduced to engineering or science through project work and workshops to give you a flavour of what to expect at university, and you will get to meet engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals. There are non-residential and residential options available, with bursaries also available. Applications are still open and you can find out more here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Explore the world of journalism and media!

In the Know – Explore the world of journalism and media!

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A career in journalism is a rewarding and exhilarating experience. You get to explore what is happening in your community, city or around the world, and you get to investigate interesting stories and events. Once you find your story, you then use your writing skills to report on these current happenings for the greater good. Here are a few opportunities for young people who want to explore a career in this industry.

The Young Journalists’ Academy
The Young Journalists’ Academy is a unique week-long programme aimed at inspiring and training the newsmakers of tomorrow. In partnership with some of the world’s leading media organisations, the YJA gives aspiring journalists the skills and the contacts they need to kick-start their careers in the media. The academy takes place in the summer where young people will focus on honing their skills as a journalist and take a step into the world of publishing. Applications are now open for 2018 and you can find out more here.

Transforming Hidden Talent Programme
Media Trust’s Transforming Hidden Talent programme creates amazing opportunities for young people in London who are interested in the media and creative industries. By connecting 16-25 year olds with top organisations, the programme gives an inside view of what it’s like working in the media industry. Each young person is also matched with an experienced professional working in the creative or media industry for one-to-one personalised career support. Find out more here.

BBC iReporter
The new interactive BBC iReporter game gives young people aged 11 to 18 the chance to take on the role of a journalist in the BBC newsroom. It is a “choose your own adventure” game, created by Aardman Animations, which challenges you to make your own decisions on which sources, political claims, social media comments and pictures should be trusted as you contribute to the day’s news output. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Engineering and tech events this month!

In the Know – Engineering and tech events this month!

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Several years ago, most promising graduates from top universities used to flock to rewarding careers in finance. Today, on the other hand, young people are increasingly pursuing jobs in tech and engineering because these careers, dominated by tech companies like Google and Apple, are more innovative in nature, give employees a deeper sense of motivation and offer wider flexibility. Here are three upcoming events for young people interested in these fields.

Coolest Projects UK
Coolest Projects is a world-leading annual showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers, and entrepreneurs. At this free event, young people can explore the infinite possibilities of interacting with digital technology, try out amazing software and augmented reality experiences, learn about using programming to help people all over the globe, and much more. The event will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 28th April 2018. Find out more here.

The Bright Ideas Challenge
Students aged 11 to 14 can enter The Bright Ideas Challenge by Shell which invites young people to use their creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power healthy and clean cities of the future. Students will need to talk to their science teacher about entering the competition and the deadline is on Friday 27th April 2018 at 5pm. There are great prizes available including cash prizes for students and schools, access to workshops, and a funded VIP experience at the Make the Future Live event in London. Find out more on how to enter here.

To Mars and Beyond: Engineering Our Future in Space
Organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this event offers students interested in engineering and space exploration to hear from well-established professionals about the growing space industry, the latest technologies including the ExoMars Rover and satellite engineering projects, and future opportunities as space becomes more commercial. The event is free for students and £10 for adults and is taking place on the 23rd of April 2018 from 6pm to 8.30pm. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Spring STEM activities!

In the Know – Spring STEM activities!

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With the season of Spring officially beginning, we are sure that your child is eager to put their winter jackets away and step into the warm sunshine (when it does eventually return). While they wait for the sun to show up, here are some upcoming events and fun activities for them to learn more about the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Imperial Festival 2018
The annual Imperial Festival returns on the 28th-29th April at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. This free event is open to all ages and offers a showcase of technological marvels to celebrate the Year of Engineering, a hands-on zone for families, and talks from world-leading thinkers and innovators. There will also be a chance to go behind-the-scenes and explore the latest research and innovations from Imperial College London through interactive demonstrations, workshops and live experiments. Find out more here.

Young Astronomers Workshop
The Planetarium & Astronomy Centre of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich offers free weekend workshops for young aspiring astronomers. Running from the 1st of April to the 30th of June, these workshops will allow your child to learn about space science and exploration, and also learn more about careers in astronomy from the team of Observatory Explainers. Find out more here.

The Deep Time Walk
The Deep Time Walk is a ground-breaking new project, which enables anyone, anywhere to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth. As you walk across 4.6km of deep time (representing 4.6bn years of Earth’s big history), you witness the formation of our planet and its self-sustaining nature and you experience long geological processes and self-regulating patterns that have produced our current conditions. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. You can also find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Volunteer opportunities to build new skills!

In the Know – Volunteer opportunities to build new skills!

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Building new skills is important for all young people. It allows them to explore interesting fields, learn more about their strengths and it look greats on their CV. It is also important for young people to volunteer as it leaves a lasting good impression on their character and personal development. Here are a few opportunities that will allow your child to both volunteer and build new skills.

Youth Advisory Board Member
The Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) International Institute is offering young people from the age of 15 to be a part of their youth advisory board. The IARS is an international network that deals with youth, equality and justice matters. The youth advisory board drives the organisation and assures their standards are kept up. Members attend board meetings, organise events and partake in training and research. Skills that are developed include problem-solving, communication, dedication, pro-activeness and confidence. Applications close on the 30th of April and you can find out more here.

Volunteer Interpretation Programme
The Dulwich Picture Gallery is offering a volunteer programme to young people between the ages of 14-21. Volunteers will get to work with their curators to research and explore new ways of talking about their collection and to develop and produce new programmes and activities, including public tours, events and exhibitions. Several skills will be developed including creativity and design skills, event management, communication, independence and problem-solving. Applications will be accepted until the 14th of June. Find out more here.

Visitor Experience Volunteer
The Postal Museum is looking for young volunteers from the age of 16 to join their visitor experience team. This museum showcases the fascinating story of Britain’s postal heritage in an engaging, educational and fun way. Volunteers will be involved in welcoming and interacting with visitors, promoting services and events, and other activities. They will learn problem-solving, communication, confidence and teamwork skills. Applications close on the 18th of April and you can find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.