Joining a society whilst studying your Masters

23 November 2022

With over 250 student societies available on campus, our MSc ambassadors tell us about their favourite societies throughout their postgraduate year at WBS and why they decided to join them.

Jakob Rametsteiner, MSc Marketing & Strategy

While gaining theoretical knowledge might seem like the foremost learning of a postgraduate degree, I approached my Masters at WBS intending to develop and grow as a person. I like to offset many hours spent in the library and on group work with engagement in the wider Warwick community as a postgraduate representative at the Professional LGBTUA+ and Allies Network (PLAN), or as Course Representative of the Marketing & Strategy cohort. Both roles have given me the opportunity to grow my network by meeting WBS’ brilliant students, academics and visiting professionals. I’ve also evolved my leadership and organisational capabilities in interactive sessions such as chairing committee hearings or delivering workshops.

Aside from education and development, there are also some great social and cultural opportunities. Most recently I enjoyed two WBS-organised trips to Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon, which gave me the chance to mingle with other WBS postgraduate students. We spent two lovely afternoons touring castle grounds and the historic Shakespeare town, which I felt students that had not been to the UK before particularly enjoyed.

Joy Ajuluchukwu, MSc Management of Information Systems & Digital Innovation

One of the best ways to make friends, network and develop skills as a student is to get involved in co-curricular activities. Societies, sports, travel and volunteering pose a great opportunity to socialise, connect with a community of like-minded people and also stand out in the recruitment process.

One of the key opportunities I took was connecting with the Warwick Innovation District (WID). I believed WID to be the epicentre of startup conversations on campus, and the best way for Warwick students to be informed and build a connection to the West Midlands startup community.

I learned about programmes, funding, mentoring and networked with businesses at the Warwick Innovation Day. These interactions were instrumental in securing my first work placement with a health and lifestyle startup in Birmingham. Beyond getting a work placement, I was happy to establish relationships with insightful people that regularly present new working opportunities.

I also joined the Warwick Kickstart Society as the postgraduate representative, supporting the team in event planning and marketing, with a focus on disruptive technology and FinTech. Working with fellow students from across the globe presented fantastic networking opportunities, in particular I learned the fundamentals of the startup scene in France.  

Co-curricular activities offer a great alternative learning experience. You will build a network and develop skills that will undoubtedly aid your future career and social life – make the most of them!

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