When I started studying Management with Marketing at university it was a shock to the system. First of all there is more than one building! The distance means more travelling and I would have a different tutor for every module.
It doesn’t take long to get used to, you are usually based in the same building depending on the course you take. If your timetable says you will be in another building don’t panic! If you can’t find your way around there are maps around campus, and there is always someone who will be happy to give you directions.
Once I began my modules I was surprised at how much I already knew. This wasn’t a bad thing at all as it deepened my understanding of the subject, and meant I achieved really good grades in the subjects I had already studied at college. The projects we were given wasn’t unlike what I had done over the two years of my HND. Group work was easy to adapt to and I was a lot more confident doing presentations as I had done loads already.
During my time at North East Scotland College I carried out a number of practical skills for example, I did a mini placement with the Aberdeen Cyrenians where I helped them with their social media. I feel doing this type of practical work and communicating with an organisation like this gave me the experience I needed to obtain the placement I am currently in.
I am now in my third year, carrying out a yearlong placement with the RGU marketing team. I am settling in well so far and feel as though I have been well prepared for the working environment because of the Degree Link. Next year will be my last year at RGU, I have no idea how it will go but I’m not scared for what lies ahead.
Just know that if you are unsure of what you would like to do, there are so many courses that allow you to study a couple of years at college, which will branch out into slightly more defined courses involved in the area you’re studying at uni.
I know that after I selected my course I felt more focussed as I knew the direction I was heading in. By the time it came to applying for UCAS I was given more choices but limited to what would be most suitable for the HND I had. This was actually so helpful as I didn’t have to clog my brain with thousands of different courses.
I hope I have given you all a better insight into the Degree Link, I would highly recommend it if you are unsure of the course you want to do but have a rough idea. Take your time when choosing a course, it is a big decision and you don’t need to rush it.