Newcastle University Business School

Camilla

Camilla

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Camilla, Alumni, Newcastle University Business School

Background

Before coming to Newcastle, I studied a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Multimedia Design at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen in Germany in which I developed a strong interest in generating creative concepts and developing ideas for new products and services. 

After graduating, I worked at a media and advertising agency where I had the chance to gain experience in creative conception and project management. Simultaneously, I was looking for a master’s programme that would enable me to develop my managerial and entrepreneurial skills.

Choosing Newcastle

I spent a considerable amount of time looking for the right master’s programme and when I found the M.Sc. Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School, it was a pretty quick and simple decision for me – this was it! The programme was exactly what I was looking for, combining entrepreneurial and managerial tasks whilst still focusing on the creative processes.

One of the modules ‘Business Enterprise for Postgraduate Students’ allows students to start their own business and helps them through the processes of becoming an entrepreneur, which showed me that the University was keen to help students with their future careers.

My Course

What I most enjoy about my programme is that it offers a great mixture between theory and practice. Not only do we learn about the life of an organisation, management tools and how to enhance firm performance through innovation and creativity techniques, we can directly implement this knowledge into our own start up.

You do not necessarily need to plan on becoming an entrepreneur after your studies but going through the process of growing your own business provides you with so much more insight into the business world and lets you grow as a person as well. 

Next to the programme itself, there are the people within the programme that make it such a special experience for me. The lecturers are really engaged and approachable and the courses are rather small which produces a pleasant learning atmosphere. 

Postgraduate Study

Doing a Master’s degree in one year is – of course – no walk in the park! Although I knew this, I had to get used to the pace and the work load, as it was so different from undergraduate. However, because I found my modules so interesting, I got used to the workload quickly and I found that the group work was so fun that at times, it did not feel like doing an assignment. 

Outside the lecture theatre, the University offers several opportunities to participate in competitions, workshops and events. To be able to get the most out of the year, I would recommend taking part in as many activities outside the module as possible. You get the chance to meet new people, gain even more experiences and work on your skills. The Createathon, for example, is a great way of getting in touch with local businesses and it is amazing to see how both sides profit from the knowledge exchange and how relationships can form as a result.

Postgraduate Community

The University offers quiet study rooms for postgraduates and common rooms to learn, meet and relax which I often use. The Hub in the Business School is a great place, having a view on the football stadium, a kitchen with microwave and cosy sofas.

Programmes like “Give it a go” organise activities throughout the year such as trips to Tynemouth, Durham, York. On those trips you can meet other postgraduate students from different departments, enabling you to make friends and get out of campus to clear your mind.

Arrival Experience

I bought the Fresher’s Week wristband. The wristband allows you to take part in day and night time activities and you get discounts at certain localities. It is the perfect chance to meet people and to get to know the city. 

Spare Time

In my free time, I like to go for a run at the Quayside. There is no better view then running along the Tyne whilst the sun is rising, colouring the bridges and the water purple and red. If you are missing your pet from home, I can recommend popping into the dog or cat café in town to take your mind off a bit.

Extracurricula Activities

I have participated in some competitions and events offered by the University. I took part in the Hult Prize @Campus competition as well as in the Createathon and both were amazing experiences. I attend the Start Up workshops and connect events, which provide support and advice for business ideas. If you have an idea you want to work on yourself, you can also get a personal mentor who will work with you to develop your concepts further.

In order to get more out of those activities that are extra-curricular and to acquire new skills, I participate in the NCL+ awards as well as the NCL+ advanced award. This way, I get access to more workshops, interesting activities and the award is a great add-on to my CV.

Funding

To find out about funding, I recommend signing up for online sessions happening in August where the Degree Programme Director and students answer your questions and also give advice.

I applied for a scholarship, so I would be able to fully concentrate on my studies instead of having to work after lectures. I am really grateful having had received the Enterprise and Innovation Scholarship.

Career Aspirations

When I started the programme, my initial career aspiration was to help firms in the creative sector to work through their innovation processes or being part of new product development. The opportunity to turn my ideas into reality by starting my own business as part of my course, has ensured me that I want to become an entrepreneur. Either way, the programme is preparing me for both career paths.

Top Tips

  • It’s only one year, so just do it. Take the opportunities the university and the city offer. One year is shorter than it seems!
  • Get out of Newcastle to see places like Tynemouth, Holy Island and Edinburgh. This helps to free the mind and it is good for the soul, too.
  • Use the services of the Language Resource Centre. You can learn languages for free by yourself and also get in contact with native speakers, so you can form a tandem group.