Some gems I found on the Warwick website
This summer, in addition to reading and writing poetry, I am planning to develop a lot of new skills as part of personal development. I haven't got a proper internship or work experience organised (which can be quite difficult for first year students) but I have sorted out some volunteering and there is a lot that I can prepare for.
With regards to looking for resources, this year I have realised that there are more advantages of studying at Warwick than just saying you're studying chemistry at one of the top ten universities in the country. The Warwick website has more to offer than can be publicised. I therefore decided to do a post-mortem of the Warwick website to find out about all the things that are being offered to students.
- Sprint: a programme for female undergraduates and postgraduates to develop their confidence, assertiveness and networking skills (overall personal development). There has been a blog post previously on this by another blogger: http://studentblogs.warwick.ac.uk/french4/entry/sprint_for_personal/ and the link for the programme on the website is http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/personal/sprint/. The deadline for the next programme is 30th July. I have applied, and you should too!
- Warwick Skills Portfolio Award (WSPA): helps you to develop skills that are valued by employers. Signing up involves a course that you can access on Moodle followed by workshops. Read all about it here http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/awards/wspa
- Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS): offering a summer research project to undergraduates. Something I mentioned in one of my previous blogs but here is the link again: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/urss
- Enterprise: something for lovers of business. Not personally interested in this but something you might be interested in http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/enterprise
- Warwick volunteers: I had heard of them before but never quite sat down to look into this before but certainly something considering for next year http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/community/volunteers
- The experience pool: an online portal to find paid or volunteering roles at Warwick http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/careers/getahead/experiencepool
- Tell your story: My portfolio – on Moodle. This enables you to keep track of your personal achievements whilst at Warwick. I know I definitely need this because I always forget about the skills I have (haha) therefore always have to open up my LinkedIn when filling in an application form. This would aid the process. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/careers/getahead/tellyourstory
- IT services: free IT training courses! http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its
- Write right: a Moodle course on academic writing: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/academicwriting. A range of complex Academic Writing activities for all Warwick students.
I am honestly considering everything except the enterprise programme and would certainly recommend you to really give these a good read. Any skill that you can acquire through these programmes is going to be so useful! Of course, besides these, you have the many societies at Warwick. I don't think I would have ever found such committed people teaching me Bhangra for free anywhere other than at Warwick! Make full use of all the opportunities that you have available to you at Warwick.
I will continue to update this list as I find more and please do comment below if you're aware of any other opportunities. I (and other readers, I'm sure) would love to know about them!