How to help make university ‘the best time of your life’

Guest BloggerFirst Year, Guest Blogger, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Second Year

There’s a popular expectation that the years you spend at university are meant to be ‘the best time of your life’ and it can be difficult when you don’t feel that way. Settling in to a new environment isn’t always easy, but there are things you can do to help. Here are my three top tips: Scheduling social activities will give you things to look forward to whilst helping you build a network of friends outside of your accommodation and degree. With over 100 clubs/societies at Aston University, you are bound to find other people with a passion that you … Read More

My placement year in Paris

Guest Blogger#MyPlacementStory, Hannah Hine, International Placements, On Placement, Second Year

Blog by Hannah Hine At the end of January I moved to Paris to pursue a job within the largest culinary school in Europe, FERRANDI Paris. I have spent the last six months assisting the International Team with their mission to recruit over 100 students for their courses that begin in September 2018. Working abroad recruiting students from across the globe for Pastry, Cuisine and Bread Baking programs has had numerous advantages, most notably the amount of food I consume on the job! This has been my first proper office job. I have loved having a routine, arriving at 9.30 … Read More

Opportunities for International Students at Aston University

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, International Students, Second Year

As an international student, it can be hard to know what your options are after completing your course. The questions around visas and permits are many, and knowing where to look for roles that suit your needs can be tough. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on how to get the most out of the opportunities available to you as an international student at Aston. So let’s get started… Visas & permits and rights to work. The Hub at Aston University is the first place you should go to for support and advice on a number of issues, including visas … Read More

How I started a business during my placement year

Guest Blogger#MyPlacementStory, Entrepreneurship, On Placement, Second Year

Ashleigh Plummer, who is an Aston graduate, started a business in his placement year with the support of BSEEN. Ashleigh shares his story below.  What did you do for your placement year? For my placement year I started a company called Deusoft Web Development and Creative Studio. This is basically a creative web company that aimed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses showcase their brands in the best possible light. As we worked with multiple clients, the specifications were always different. Our job was to listen to our clients’ needs, break it down and then use an agile process to produce something … Read More

My placement year at Shoosmiths

Guest Blogger#MyPlacementStory, On Placement, Second Year, UK Placements

Aadil Qureshi is currently a final year student studying LL.B. Law. He completed his placement year at Shoosmiths last year as an Administration Assistant. Aadil shares his placement experience below.  Sum up your placement experience in 3 words: Insightful, fun, life-changing. How did you secure your placement? I managed to secure my placement by making sure, before everything, that I had a CV worth a second look. In the current market it’s imperative to have so much more than just academic achievements on your CV and my advice to those in years below me has always been to get stuck … Read More