Eivile is a first (almost second) year Accounting and Finance student

By Eivile Klingaite

I was really worried about beginning my higher education journey at University Academy 92, as it’s so vastly different to many other higher education institutions. Many of my friends went to more traditional universities and soon enough, while I was lying in bed watching Netflix, my friends were venting to me about how stressed they were revising for their end of semester exams. It was then I really appreciated the position I was in at UA92.

It provides a great opportunity to receive a highly recognisable degree, but with regular assessments, not traditional end of year exams. The regular timetable is also great, as it transitions you better into working life. If you think about it, you’re not going to start a job and get tested from memory on what you’ve done and learnt on the job every 6 months. It’s unrealistic.

With the UA92 assessment style, you get given a task and a time frame to complete it in and you are expected to go off, do your research, and hand your work in before a deadline. This ties in well with how you will be expected to operate in your career following university. Students also receive a lot more 1 on 1 time with lecturers which makes assessments easier, being able to ask if you’re stuck or have questions.

Most importantly, UA92 offers plenty of connections to companies that will probably play a vital role in your future post university. Partnerships with KPMG and Microsoft (to name a few) provide insight days where you get the opportunity to network and make connections with people that could put you forward for opportunities to help you through your career. These insight days are also helpful to find out more about the pathways you can take in your career and find out about jobs you didn’t know existed. I have personally heard of some jobs at KPMG that involve IT that sound intriguing, having never wanted to go near IT in the past.

Overall, moving to Manchester for my degree was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and best of all, I get to live in a city I love, whilst working towards a degree from Lancaster University, who’s name will help me get me far in my future.

It was very daunting at first, especially moving from London, but don’t turn down opportunities like that if you don’t have to. I’ve met the most amazing people at UA92 who I know I will be friends with for life and made the most amazing experiences.

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