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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

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From the Classroom to Consultancy #7

Catch-up with the previous episode here.

Our team nailed our client proposal presentation!

Both our module leader and our client were very pleased with both the delivery and content, except for one ‘slight’ comment to be made about the latter.

We had to outline our project plan, including our research methods and the feasibility of our solution. When it all came down to it, we had actually put too much on our plate! It’s a good thing our module leader pointed it out, because not only were we way over our heads in work, but also we now no longer need to wonder if we’re doing enough.

We’re In Over Our Heads!

We need to figure out two things:

1. How to narrow things down (tough because all the areas we have researched seem equally important!)

Sometimes it makes sense to do less and do it well, rather than take on more and run out of time.

2. Create a detailed schedule of what will be done – when, and by whom.

This will probably have to be done before we attempt anything else. That way each team member will be assigned a specific role in the group, ensuring we are better organized and our time is spent more efficiently and productively from now on.

Getting Started

We’ve talked to our clients,and now it’s time to kick-start our market research. Within days we will be joining in some form of activity, event, or service offered by the organisation. We will shadow the activities and briefly interview the participants in order to gain some insight. We will essentially try to uncover why there are less males than females among the existing service users for our clients and whether the users, especially the men, have any suggestions on how to address this situation.

Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my individual project plan (worth 10% of our overall grade) that’s due by the end of the month.

Do I vow to finish it ahead of time and not pull another all-nighter?

Not really, no, because let’s face it: Procrastination is part of being a student, right?

Barbara Oberc is a StudentEvents.com Campus Ambassador at the University of Newcastle in the UK! Each week she’s updating us on her progress through her epic final year management consultancy project!

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How to Succeed in Life Without Getting Ulcers

It has been no surprise that since the beginning of the “noughties,” technology has been integrated into every aspect of life to a level previously only entertained in the wistful looks of science fiction fans. The pace of our lives has sped up.


There is an unprecedented supply of information at our fingertips that we need to absorb to decide what we want to do with our lives. By the time we’re wrestling with the throes of puberty, we have to have already settled on one career choice from thousands of possibilities; all so that we can take the right classes in high school, study the right subject at university, and ultimately land our coveted dream job.


For a student and potential entrant into the UK job market, the pressure is on to live that ideal. Competition is fierce, with employers looking for the best of the best across the globe, so whatever you decide to study, you have to do it “guns blazing” to stand a chance.

But how can we know we’re making the right decisions? And even when we know what we want, how can we run the gauntlet of CVs and interviews? Continue reading

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Your 5 Steps to Networking Success

Networking is finding the right people with the right resources and having them help you get the word out.

Right people + Right resources = Success

By yourself, you are nowhere near as effective as when you have a network of contacts and friends working together to help promote you or your new venture. Networking is as easy as making new friends. If you can make new friends, then you can network. But making new friends does take work. It’s not magic.Build your Network in 5 easy steps!

How do we do this? Let’s break it down into 3 important sections:

  • Identify your value
  • Build your network
  • Leverage your network


Step 1: Make Yourself Valuable by Helping Others

Make it a point to provide helpful information / advice / support to at least one person each day. This is a major stumbling block for people because of the personal investment it requires, but once you realize the multiplier effect that’s attached to each of your efforts, you will be surprised at why more people aren’t doing this.

Attributes of Service posted on a bulletin board with pushpins

Just help others. Quite often you’ll hear people voicing their concerns in public forums or even on twitter. If it takes a few minutes of your time to point them in the right direction, do it right there and then.

Summary: You have to prove your value to people who are vastly more influential than you – this translates into building your own worth by playing with the smaller fish first. It’s a step-by-step process. Continue reading

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From the Classroom to Consultancy #4

Barbara Oberc, StudentEvents’ Campus Ambassador at the University of Newcastle, is currently doing her final year project as a management consultant at a real firm!

This week, the results are in… did Barbara get her first choice company to work with over the next year? Read on to find out.

I received an e-mail bright and early on Monday morning that told me that I had… Continue reading

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From the Classroom to Consultancy #3

This week our class of about forty-five met with the seven clients. The meeting very much resembled your average session of speed dating as we sat ourselves (in random groups of five or six) around seven tables while the clients switched from one to another on ten minute intervals.

The amusing situation quickly made for a relaxed atmosphere. We chatted with the clients about their organisations, the issues that needed solving and the areas that needed improving, and what exactly they expected us, as their potential consultants, to do.

While the organisation itself (its mission, its vision, etc.) is something to think about, the real deciding factor when considering whether you’d like to work for a certain client in this scenario is Continue reading

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Creativity for the Non-Creative

Just a few days ago I was sitting here at my desk, contemplating life (read: procrastinating) when I remembered a question that kept popping up at almost every social event I’ve been to since the beginning my course:

 “Creative Industries? What the…?”

A simple answer to remedy the confusion is this: all the music, films, literature, advertisements, video games and other “artful” things you encounter in your everyday life are creative industries.

They are businesses producing and selling cultural products in all shapes and formats.

They might be from your home town, or imported from some distant land (think: Hollywood movies in the UK or Susan Boyle in the US). Although individual artists may loathe admitting it, making a living off of creativity is a business. Continue reading

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From the Classroom to Consultancy #2

Like most introductory lectures delivered at the beginning of a semester to a group of students ranging from the naively eager to those blatantly doubting whether they’re in the right place, the introductory session to the module of Management Consultancy did not fail in serving its main purpose: to scare the living daylights out of us.

Basically, there is going to be a lot of work.

Besides working for a real-life company (“you will have to produce results!”), the assessment of the module will consist of four assignments; a 2500-word project plan, an 8000-word client report, a 20-minute client presentation, and a 7000-word reflective report (to be done individually).

But wait, that’s not all. Some of the work will not be assessed but must be done anyway, and that includes a 10-minute client proposal presentation, a 10-minute client progress presentation, a formative peer review, a summative peer review, and a personal reflective diary. At least this blog will help with the latter.

But the main issue at this point in time is:

What project (or company) will I be assigned to?

The lecture gave a basic presentation of the seven possible clients, all of which we will get to know better next Monday at a brief meet-and-greet.

So I definitely need to look sharp, have some copies of my CV to hand out and be informed about the clients so as to know what I’m talking about and what to ask. If I make a good impression, they may request for me to be on their team of consultants!

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Being expected to complete a total of 222 hours of fieldwork, I’m concerned about where certain clients are based. If I can get there by metro, it’s all good, but a lot of those located farther away require getting there by train or car. And as most students can understand, spending precious time and money is something I will desperately try to avoid.

So I, too, will get to express my preferences to the module leader regarding what company I’d like to work for. However, it was made clear that our choices may not be taken into consideration at all. Because this, as well as not being able to choose your team members, is all part of

“simulating a real-life work situation…”

Post by Barbara Oberc, Campus Ambassador for University of Newcastle, UK

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2 Events with Incredible Prizes

Money and goodies: two of the best reasons to participate in a competition!! There are lots of great competitions out there, but the news of these competitions rarely reaches its  target audience. That’s why we’ve decided to locate and list some of the best that also offer some of the coolest prizes.

Whether it’s a world-class adventure or just a pile of cash that you are after, these competitions have got you covered!

The 2011-2012 International Student Design Competition for a Sustainable Laboratory in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Field: Technology & Engineering; Architecture
Open to: Bachelor, Master
Deadline:  1 May 2012
Prize Offered:
1st Prize: $14,000
Are you an architecture and/or engineering student? If so, then you are invited to participate in an International Student Competition to find the best design for the new  Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC) . The MREC will be located in Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve, a National Park unit on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Participants in the design competition are encouraged to provide new and innovative thinking for the MREC design, to produce the most energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs possible.  Students must creatively pursue the highest level of energy and environmental sustainability through the integration of design and engineering strategies that take into account the operation and maintenance of the laboratory facility and the campus. Students should view their submissions as concepts that will incentivize the use of their strategies throughout the Caribbean basin.
Field: Medical
Open to: Bachelor, Master, PHD, Non Student
Deadline:  4 October 2013
Prize Offered:
1st Place: $7,500,000
2nd Place:$2,500,000
3rd Place: $1,000,000

Scientists know that a map of our genome holds boundless potential, ranging from identifying our susceptibility to disease to discovering cures for cancer. But since 1953, when James Watson and Francis Crick concluded that DNA contained the “stuff of life,” only a handful of human genomes have been mapped. In fact, it still takes many months and millions of dollars to sequence a single genome. Understanding our genomes may help delay or even prevent disease. For those suffering from genetic illnesses, personal genetic information can determine which medicines will drive their disease into remission without negative side-effects.

The Archon Genomics X PRIZE challenges scientists and engineers to create better, cheaper and faster ways to sequence genomes. The knowledge gained by compiling and comparing a library of human genomes will create a new era of preventive and personalized medicine — and transform medical care from reactive to proactive. The X PRIZE Foundation and scientists the world over dream of the day when we fully understand the human genetic blueprint — enabling us to make informed decisions about our own health and create a brighter future for generations to come.
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