我的名字叫劉宥均，今年25歲，來自台灣。2014年入學時獲得PG Academic Excellence 獎學金。因為這筆獎學金是Bournemouth University依據新生在大學的校內成績 (包含最後一學年) 而自動頒發，所以一開始在入學通知的學費上發現獲得1000英鎊 (2014年起為3000英鎊！)的學費減免時給了我不少驚喜。
Bournemouth University 一直是我在英國念觀光研究所的第一選擇，所以一開始調查學校資料時也找了關於獎學金的資訊。在發現PG Academic Excellence獎學金是我唯一有資格申請的獎學金後，我很努力維持自己在大學的成績，也很高興我的努力有了回報。對我而言這筆獎學金不只是對家裡經濟上的支援，也代表自己對家裡微薄的貢獻，可以多少減輕父母的負擔，尤其是當我的父母在經濟上的無償支援我的學業時，能盡這一點微薄之力讓我感到很開心。
當然在學校的生活不只是唸書而已，這一年下來我也參加了不少活動，包含在BU 語言中心擔任口語會話老師，在Dorset’s Disability Charity (多賽特傷殘慈善) 擔任志工，參加Postgraduate Development Award（ 研究生發展獎），每星期固定在學校的籃球社打球，還有出國在外最不能錯過的就是和外國朋友一起出去吃飯喝酒玩樂。有了這些好朋友，挖掘市中心的餐廳和酒吧變成一件趣事和消遣，也因為有了他們，大大減輕了我一人在國外唸書的辛苦。
Bournemouth University MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management
My name is Suyan and I’m studying MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Bournemouth University. I have just completed my 40-week placement at one of the best seaside hotels in Bournemouth.
I used the information on BU’s MyCareerHub to help search for job vacancies, guidance on CV writing and interview techniques. I also made a number of appointments with BU’s career advisers before I actually applied for any jobs; they helped me tailor my CV and make it stand out.
Before applying, I knew that I would rather do my placement in Bournemouth, considering the inconvenience of moving and leaving the friends that I had made in Bournemouth behind. I found my placement through Bournemouth University’s MyCareerHub jobs board. The job description, company location and application process were clearly outlined. To me, this job was ideal as I would work as a management trainee and oversee all the operational business of the hotel. The application process for my placement was very straightforward. I applied immediately at the beginning of December to avoid the busy Christmas holiday period. I then had a telephone interview in January and was invited to a face-to-face interview after one week with the General Manager of the hotel.
During my interview, I was asked a lot of questions about my past experience, such as my previous part-time jobs, volunteering experience and experience of being a school representative and Bournemouth University Student Ambassador.
After two weeks, I was told that I got picked to be the only placement student working in the hotel! Hoho, lucky!
Working abroad is exciting and challenging. This job gave me greater responsibilities than I had ever had before. My job was primarily assisting the Guest Service Manager in carrying out daily operations. Training areas included working in the restaurant, room service, culinary, bar and café, conference and banqueting. Six months into my placement, I was able to manage and delegate to a team of people and train new members of staff.
I received help from my Placement Development Advisor at BU throughout my placement. He helped me make sure that I was happy with my placement and guided me to make the best of my placement year experience.
There are also some other ways that BU can help you secure your placement, such as attending career fairs and contacting the professionals, as BU’s teaching staff have connections within the industry.
Myanmar student at Insworld Institute - Singapore
I got enormous assistance from committed teachers who guided me to outstanding examination grades so that I could secure a 100% scholarship to a university in the USA.
台灣學生在Insworld Institute in Singapore
“One of the main challenges that I experienced in my previous school is that classes are too big and the teachers couldn’t attend to the needs of the students individually. The teachers were also quite strict. Here at Insworld, not only the teachers are very knowledgeable in the subjects they teach but also caring and very supportive. Indeed, with the qualifications recognized globally allows us to study in top universities worldwide.“
Professional Business Diploma
“In my previous school in Taiwan, our teachers couldn’t really give us individual attention because the class sizes were very big with around 30 – 40 students. Also, our timetables sometimes require us to study from 7 am to 7 pm – which I find quite stressful. At Insworld, the classes are small which makes asking questions and receiving feedbacks from my teachers easier. Our daily schedules are also flexible.”
GCE A Levels
“Before coming to Insworld, I experienced a lot of challenges studying in a local (Singapore) school that follows a results-based system and a competitive culture. That’s why I find it quite refreshing to be finally studying in a school that provides flexible programmes and assistance to students such as free tutorial classes.”
台灣學生在Goldsmiths College University
我這個星期過得不錯，謝謝你，你過的怎麼樣？我八號剛抵達倫敦，九號註冊。一切都剛剛開始，所以我也還在調整自己。我現在住在New Cross Gate ，但我不覺得這裡真的那麼差。到目前為止都沒有聽到歹徒的槍聲。