Name, Course, Year, Home town:
Paige Holmes, BA(Hons) Business Studies with marketing at Bournemouth University, Final Year
Why you choose your course an:
I chose my course as coming out of A-Levels I wasn't completely sure on what career I wanted to go into however, I knew it would be something business-related. By studying this course, it gives you such a wide variety of aspects within business that it enables you to explore different parts and find out which bits you enjoy/ don't so much.
Best A level/Subjects for the course:
I think my course can be quite open to different A-Levels as it started off from the basics. However, an understanding/ interest of one of the units e.g business, accounting etc would help. I also found I used a lot of maths within the first couple of years.
I did my placement year at IBM. I was an operations analyst and sales support. I'd probably say this was the highlight of my whole university experience and would definitely recommend doing a placement year to anyone as it provides experience and a greater sense of direction for your future.
Best and Worse things about studying at your university:
My favourite part is there are so many people from all different backgrounds that you get to meet and interact with. Also, the location is the perfect balance of nightlife, scenery and shopping.
My least favourite part was the lack of space within uni for revision, group work etc, however, since being on placement they have a whole new building so this may no longer be a problem.
Where you live up's and downs:
Living in a student house is fun as your surrounded by people you have chosen to live with, this means there is a great social aspect which I think is especially important in the current situation. You also have greater freedom to choose where you live depending on needs such as shops, proximity to uni etc. One of the negatives of private rental however is the houses may not always be up to standard and furniture can be old etc.
Best University Accommodation:
I lived in Purbeck Halls in the first year and loved it. We had a large communal space for hosting pres etc and also got en-suites.
What do you think of the University Area:
The nightlife for the uni is great and there's a large range of choices depending on music tastes and the vibe you're going for. One of the downfalls is that the clubs can get super busy so at times you have long queues. The shopping is also good in Bournemouth centre and there are lots of supermarkets etc.
What advice would you give to first years:
My advice to first years would be to get involved and sign yourself up to as much as possible. It's much easier to stop attending things than to start it up in the middle of the year. Take advantage of extra activities such as global talent programme as it's all these added things that look great on applications. Also to have fun, your years at uni will go so quickly so make sure you enjoy yourself and makes lots of friends.
Why did you choose University:
I chose uni over apprenticeships as where I live at home doesn't have many opportunities and therefore I think moving to a whole new city into a professional role would be too overwhelming at the start. I also think the university provides a base to build your independence around before going into a "proper job".