It’s all well and good going to Uni to make new friends and go on great nights out (after all your University years are said to be the best of your life) but making sure that you get the most out of your degree is essential. Getting a degree is fantastic but you also need to ensure that once you’ve got your degree, you feel ready to take on the world of work head on.

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Studying at Pearson College London is slightly different than other Universities because you are studying in the heart of a FTSE 100 company and are immersed in the business world from day one. Tutors are keen to get you to develop core skills and understand the way businesses operate, which will impress employers in the future. What’s important is that you are able to apply what you have learnt from your course into real life situations, and prove that learning is not all just from a textbook but is about experience too.

One of the great things about studying at Pearson College London is their focus on industry and current issues we face in the market. You are thrown in straight away to the business world, which seemed pretty daunting when I first began my degree, as I had never studies business before! However this was no trouble at all, and tutors work closely with you to ensure that you understand the topic as well as giving you a reading list, so you are able to expand your knowledge of the subject in more depth. You are also given assignment briefs that relate to important and current issues currently faced in the market, so you really gain a lot of knowledge and know that what you’re studying is relevant in today’s market.

Another skill which may seem small but has become a very important part both in my studies as well as work outside of Uni, is the ability to skim read. You’ll be given a lot of coursework assignments to do over the years, which require a lot of research to complete. It’s all well and good being able to read through these pieces of research, but many are academic journals with lots of pages of information, so it’s important you can pick out the relevant pieces of information which apply to the questions you’re answering. Skim reading has helped save loads of time when writing an assignment, and employers will see this as a valuable skill! It has also helped with my presentations as you have a limited amount of time to get across your ideas, so it’s important that you choose to cover the most relevant points as well as those that are going to make an impact.

Before I went to Uni, the thought of presenting in front of a group of people I had never met made me get butterflies in my stomach. However presentations are something which you will be expected to do during your studies. It may seem daunting now but the more you do, the better you get and less nervous you become, don’t get me wrong I still get nervous but it’s perfectly natural and I’ve definitely seen an improvement since my first! Communication skills are essential in any job you apply for, so being able to confidently share my thoughts and ideas through presentations has definitely developed this skill, as well as my confidence. Appearing calm and confident in an interview really can make a difference to the way employers view you (despite the fact that your stomach is in knots), so they’re great skills to have.

Finally being able to undertake an internship during my studies really appealed to me, as I was able to test what I had learnt from the course and apply it. Getting a degree can help improve your chances of finding a career but you also need to develop essential skills that employers work for and experience that can help you stand out amongst other graduates.

I feel that studying with Pearson College London has equipped me with the knowledge and skills that I will need to develop my career in marketing. Learning about relevant theories as well as being able to critique them against others has been invaluable. My understandings on topics has gone deeper than I had expected and I am now able to confidently provide solutions to problems that I didn’t even know existed!

Hopefully this blog has given you an idea of what studying at Pearson College London is like and how I feel my degree has helped me develop and hone in my skills which I can apply in all future career aspects!