Business and Human Resources Management student Emma looks back on her degree course, and five of the highlights of student life at ARU.
My top five moments as a student at ARU’s Business School.
1. Taking part in the Intern Programme
During my first year of university, I applied and was successful in gaining a place on the Faculty of Business and Law's Intern Programme. This programme is open to around 45 students each year from both campuses and all levels of study.
The programme consists of three pillars; mentoring, training and work experience opportunities and was such a fun experience for me. I loved getting to meet loads of other students that I may not have met any other way, and getting involved in all the training we were offered including public speaking, teamwork and speed-reading!<
2. Being a Buddy to other students
Throughout my time at ARU, I have been a Welcome Buddy and met lots of new students by buddying them throughout their time at ARU.
Every new student who arrives at ARU is matched with a Welcome Buddy who usually studies their course and meets with them when they arrive on campus. This is such a rewarding experience, and for me, lots of my buddies have become friends who I hope to keep in touch with even after graduating. It’s great to be able to share your experiences and insight with other students to help them on their university journey.
3. My placement year
I chose to complete a placement year between my second and fourth year of university in order to gain work experience in HR and insight into my possible future career.
This was an amazing experience, and a choice I never regretted. It gave me an opportunity to build both my business skills and knowledge before returning to university for my final year. Since coming back, I have been able to apply my experiences to my studies to further understand the content of my course.
4. Welcome Week and becoming a Student Ambassador
During my first year, I became a Student Ambassador. This allowed me to share my experiences and visit schools to talk about what university is and what it’s like to be a university student. It worked wonders for my public speaking skills, something I was previously terrified of, but now actually quite enjoy!
One of the most exciting parts of being an ambassador is Welcome Week, when all the new students join us on campus. We usually do lots of fun activities to get to know each other and explore the campus: think treasure hunts and movie nights.
5. Getting involved in a society
In my final year of university, I became President of the Human Resources and Management Society in Cambridge. This has definitely been a highlight of my university experience, getting to work with such an amazing group of students to host events on campus. Throughout the year, we hosted guest speaker events, a trip to London for a conference and multiple social events too. I would thoroughly recommend getting involved with societies, even if you don’t want to commit to being on the committee, being a member means you can attend all the events.
Emma studies Business with Human Resource Management at ARU in Cambridge. If you're interested in studying business, marketing or finance browse our undergraduate degree courses or come along to an Open Day to find out more.