How to Study at University

Practical tips and general thoughts on how to study at a Western university

The strange case of the vanishing jobs – Part 3

Point: You don’t know what jobs will exist in the future Why do many arts and science majors end up in higher managerial jobs than business or vocational majors? This was the question I ended Part 2 with. Not a bad question, is it? It does seem strange that people who studied business or engineering […]

The strange case of the vanishing jobs – Part 2

Point: You don’t know what jobs will exist in the future In Part 1 I pointed out that the first job you get after graduation may not exist in 10 or 20 years time, and I said that one way you could prepare for this is to do nothing. Let me explain what I mean. You […]

The strange case of the vanishing jobs – Part 1

Point: You don’t know what jobs will still exist in the future My father trained to be a coach and wagon builder for the Australian railways. He built and repaired wooden railway cars. As you can probably guess, that was a long long time ago. He worked for the railways in Australia and New Zealand for […]

Help your referees

Point: Make it easy for your referees to write about you One of the hardest but also one of the most enjoyable tasks a lecturer has is to write a reference for a student. We have to be truthful, balanced and accurate (and all in excellent English!). When we are writing about a student who […]

Your life so far – Part 2

Point: A personal statement is a story I will presume you have done what I suggested in Part 1 and found out where you and your target university or employer match. What do you have that they want? What do they have that you want? The first question is the more important. If you have […]

Your life so far – Part 1

Point: A personal statement is a story You’re not rich. You’re not famous. And you’re not that interesting. Don’t worry. I’m not trying to depress you. I’m not these things, either, and I still find a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Plus, you’re young. You have plenty of time to become […]

Your future is now!

Point: Don’t just study at university; get involved in other activities too Close your eyes. No, don’t close your eyes. Read this first. Then close your eyes and do what I suggest. With your eyes closed, then, imagine you are applying for your first job. You have filled in the application form, copied your transcripts, written […]

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