The most important thing that influenced me to choose Stirling was the course combination. The fact I could study across two schools really appealed to me as it meant that I had the opportunity to study exactly what I wanted to. Few universities in Scotland offer Human Resource Management and Psychology as a joint honours programme. In addition, after visiting the university on an applicant day I knew Stirling was the right place for me. I attended lectures held by the Stirling Management School and I was completely sold. The lecturers were so helpful and willing to answer any queries from prospective students and parents.
One of the most important benefits is the link between academic study and the workplace. Stirling prepares all their students to excel in their chosen career path by developing skills throughout their courses. For example, in all my modules I had experience at working in teams and giving presentations. It was clear to me throughout my degree that I was building skills that would enable me to be successful in the workplace. In addition, the Career Development Centre and the work of the Employability Manager were hugely beneficial throughout my time at Stirling at helping me gain an internship and subsequently a graduate scheme. I really enjoyed the varied forms of assessment in each of my modules. I found it really useful that we were assessed in essays, presentations, group work and seminar participation. I really liked that my class size was relatively small compared to other universities which offer similar courses. We were provided with a huge amount of help and support and we were really encouraged to succeed in our studies.
I would advise prospective students to make the most of every opportunity! Stirling is a wonderful place to live, work and study. In addition, take advantage of the flexibility that degree programmes at Stirling provide. In the early stages of your degree you are given the opportunity to study subjects in other schools and try out different things. This is a great opportunity and really develops your knowledge and skills in different ways.
I’m just about to start a graduate HR role with Royal Bank of Scotland. Undoubtedly, my studies at Stirling will have a huge impact upon my future career. I feel my degree has provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in HR. I think the breadth of knowledge I have from studying both HR and Psychology will be beneficial in any job role. In addition – and perhaps most importantly – my studies have developed my self-awareness and self-confidence. This will prove beneficial no matter where I end up in my career.
Aim high! It’s important to think about what you want and where you want to be and just to go for it. It’s also important to focus on your own employability. Think about doing extra-curricular activities, part-time work and internships and placements. Gaining experience is essential – it’s not just about the degree, employers care about who you are.