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Student profile - Wei Ling Lin
BSc Management (Accounting and Finance) graduate 2007 from Taiwan - currently studying for an MSc at Alliance Manchester Business School.
Why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?
Since English is becoming the world language, I chose to study here in the UK to develop a higher level and better English education. The education systems in the UK and in Taiwan are very different. The junior and senior high schools in Taiwan do not provide any choices regarding the modules of study. However, in the UK, GCSE and A-level study allows you to opt for the modules that you are interested in. Therefore, by focusing upon the modules you are interested in, you can make more informed decisions about the directions and the fields for your university and future career.
I took the BSc in Management (Accounting and Finance) at The University of Manchester. The Alliance Manchester Business School is famous compared to the others in the world, and the University merged with UMIST providing greater resources for students. Graduates from The University of Manchester mostly have good reputations and good careers. In addition, the life in Manchester is more convenient and cheaper compared to some other popular UK locations.
How do you make the most of your time in the UK and how do you plan your job applications?
Lectures and seminars have involved group-working, delivering presentations and gaining skills. This has been valuable. I have used the various facilities of the University and have taken time to join the Taiwanese Society to make more friends and taking trips arranged by the International Society.
The University of Manchester has a successful Careers Service which provides professional advice on CVs and job hunting. I have found them to be very useful. International Talent, the work experience service for international students, is also particularly helpful for overseas students. Manchester has great opportunities to work part time; I've had a variety of part-time work experience in the UK and know more about English culture and people. The lifestyle factors such as food and working habits turn out to be more 'international'.
Do you have any advice for existing international students?
I would encourage new international students to look for current students who have done the same course, so you can ask questions about the university environment, optional module choices, lecturers, etc.
I would also encourage new students to look for societies which match their interests and to meet more people other than merely those from their course.
Start to look for work experience such as internships as early as possible since the competition is high. The Careers Service can help. It is important to plan your time and life in Manchester.