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Better together

Week 22

3 February 2020

Some things are simply better together. Universities know that for students to get the best experience, they're going to need to partner up. And as its Valentines next week, we're talking relationships. Not the romantic kind, the professional ones!

When looking at universities to apply to, you’ve probably checked out the courses, how far it is from home, and what the nightlife is like…

However, it’s worth thinking a little more long term and looking into the opportunities that universities can give you. After all, you’re here to get the best experience possible and make yourself super employable! One way to do this is to look at the industry and university partnerships, and the opportunities available for you.

Get involved with industry

Quite often, universities will team up with local, national and international businesses to create a partnership that's beneficial for them all. The business can benefit from things like access to university resources, and students can benefit from things like work experience and guest lectures. For example, some top post-production professionals came to speak at Solent, for the Solent Post Day.

The industry partnership can also get involved in your studies. Sometimes they'll work with your course to produce work briefs for you to solve. This way, you can get real life industry experience and they may even use your idea for their business! Our BA (Hons) Product Design students got to work with IBM on a live brief in their ‘Design for Industry’ unit.

Industry partnerships can also mean work placements. And placements can definitely fill out a CV and show the world just how employable you are. Second year BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development student, Steph got a summer work placement with agency 3 SIDED CUBE to create an app to combat the diminishing bee population. Find out more about Steph’s experience.

Visit partner Institutions 

Universities also have partnerships with other universities and colleges across the world. These partnerships mean you can study at that university in various subject areas, meaning that whatever you choose to study, there’s a good chance there’s a partner institute for you to visit. You don’t need a degree in tourism to travel!

So, you could head to Canada to study fashion merchandising, France for fine art, business in Denmark or football in Spain! Depending on what you study there are tons of opportunities out there. You have the option to study abroad for a whole year, or even for just a semester. Either way, it’s a fantastic experience and definitely worth exploring as an option.

You can find out more about Solent’s partnerships or jump ahead to week 41 where we explore studying internationally. 


Partnerships are perfect

It’s always worth considering the future while you’re at uni, and if you head to a place with some great partnerships, there’s going to be so many options available for you, so you should definitely take advantage.

The experience you can gain from the partnerships can also be a great addition to your CV and in some cases, can lead to a full-time job. Sometimes even before you graduate.

It's a similar situation if you've studied abroad. Even if it’s just for a semester, you’re more likely to have picked up some language skills, and you’ll have shown you’re more adaptable, appreciative of other cultures, and able to cope with the stresses that living in another country can bring.

Tasks for this week

  • Look at the universities you have applied for and find out what business links they have. Plan how you might like to take advantage of these links.
  • Make a plan for your work experience over the duration of your course. In some industries, such as finance, there are competitive internships you need to apply for in your first year.
  • Take a look at your university’s partner institutions, or opportunities through Erasmus. Is there anywhere you’d like to study?
  • Follow your university on social for the latest news and info.