Our WBLs get on the soapbox

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As the academic year is almost over we thought it would be beneficial to reflect on this year’s antics and what better way to do this than talk to 2 second years at the University of Chester. We interviewed two of our work-based learning students to gather their thoughts and advice.

Ben, 21, law student

“I enjoyed first year more than second year, it was more carefree less stressful. This year the workload doubled, you have more responsibility. It just highlighted the fact that things are becoming ‘more real’, especially because we are doing work based learning and preparing for the workplace outside of the university.

If I had to give advice to first years moving into second year I would say make sure you can time manage effectively. One way of doing this is to get organised as soon as possible, this will help change your work approach and prepare for second year which has a more demanding workload.

What would I do differently? If I could go back and change anything, I would probably go out less. This years’ marks count towards our overall degree so I needed to take it more seriously and put my academic life over my social one. I would also listen more, whether it be my peers or lecturers; these people speak from experience and listening to others’ views will make me less naive when dealing with things.

The biggest lesson I have learnt is to be open and not suffer in silence when it comes to my academic life. Accept that you need help whether it be with assessments etc and ask questions to help you get the most out of your modules.

Matt, 21, combined politics and sociology student

“Second year was different to what I expected it to be. I found it easy but that doesn’t mean it was better because of that. Surprisingly, I didn’t find it as challenging as it was hyped up to be.

The biggest piece of advice I would give to someone moving into their second year is to take it seriously, don’t leave things to last minute as grades matter this year and you don’t want to sell yourself short. Also, as second year requires you to undergo a five-week work placement, it is best to get this sorted early as it’s competitive and it would be beneficial to secure a placement quickly.

If I could go back and change anything it would be to get organised and devote less time to my social life, there is more to life than partying.

The key lesson second year has taught me is to maintain a good work ethic and be punctual. Especially now we are entering our last year and are preparing for work placements and full-time jobs.”

If you’ve got any pearls of wisdom to share, comment below or on our social media – you never know, your advice might make the world of difference to someone else!

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