Do Something Different Week

by Rob Klim

From the mouth of the Undergraduate Education Officer Theo Antoniou-Phillips, “This [Do Something Different] week sets out to help out students who “work harder than students have ever worked”. This week helps to provide a break from the monotony of the tiresome balance of degrees, part-time work and looking for internships and undergraduate opportunities. It is still nonetheless painful to still feel limited in regards to the future as we all slave away in a specific field, day in, day out.

Theo expresses the “hope” that “this week gives you the platform to expand your opportunities, career, and also personal horizons”. The week’s events are there to help ease the worries about “our futures in an uncertain world”.

Don’t worry too, as for Undergraduates get access to a wide range of activities and event that will not cost you a pound out of our tiny student pockets. Exploit your 9-grand per year fees by taking full advantage of the extra-curricular activities on offer.

The week begins on Monday 27th with The Art and Science of Murder. This event is under the direction of none other than the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author – Ian Rankin. The story takes place across campus, creatively combining the real and fictional. It will make you look at a place renowned for its cute rabbits and docile lake as a crime scene for you to solve. The event will unfold throughout the week, with Dr Mark William from the School of Medicine leading an examination of how forensics can be used to capture criminals from the smallest pieces of evidence imaginable. Chapter five on Friday is a trial conducted with the UEA Law Society—where the story concludes. This too reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the events available during the week, providing and honing practical skills for students across a vast variety of subjects. This event along will draw in budding writers, future lawyers, and forensic scientists reflecting how there is something for everyone here.

Most importantly, as Theo outlined – when it comes to securing your future by developing skills outside of your curricular framework, events are available to do this. For example those who are going into teaching can attend Teaching English as a foreign language taster sessions. It aims to help explore approaches to teaching, completing a guided observation of a simulated lesson; furthermore, this workshop gives you the opportunity to be put into the shoes of a teacher, helping to hone crucial skills not necessarily available during your academic study.

Another widely applicable skills for those who want to go into any role working for museums, charity, Arts organisations or music festivals is the skills provided in the Arts Administrations Worksop. The Humanities (HUM) Team will focus on these areas such as what skills you need, and what roles to look for after graduation.

Another one applicable to pretty much anyone who wants to be noticed by potential employees would be the Brand Me event. In this event, experts teach you how to develop a positive digital profile, in this digital-centred age. This will help teach you the skills, as well as provide the know-how of how to start building the connections right now in your precious time left at university, to arm you to face the post-graduate workplace. Do Something Different Week can ease your pains in dealing with great anxieties for many humanities students in the fear of having to use the dreaded Excel on Microsoft through a workshop called Excellent Excel.

As academic study always takes centre stage in importance, Do Something Different Week also offers workshops on how to revise creatively and efficiently. For those who struggle with the age-old problem of revision this is the workshop for you. Furthermore a session is also available on how to deal with anxiety and thinking positively as an opportunity to ease your worries.

Events such as Travel the world @INTO offer the opportunity for you to break out of the confines of campus and gain knowledge on foreign cultures and cuisines from around the world. This event exemplifies the diversity offered by the opportunities available in this week, teaching you essential language and customs from China to Japan, to Nigeria or Russia.

Other workshops may be of great interest to economics students, such as: When financial markets go crazy. This workshop utilises the “General Theory” of John Maynard Keynes to understand, diagnose and cure symptoms of financial crisis. Such a workshop, like so many events on this week, is open to all. It concerns disciplines ranging from Psychology, to History and Economic sciences, which are all incorporated in understanding Keynes’ ground-breaking theory. Understanding Keynes is as important to our understanding our capitalist-centred world today, as it was when he published his major work in 1936. Bill Gates too states the importance of an understanding of economics for future employment success. I would probably listen to a man who is predicted to become the world’s first Trillionaire.

One of the ways this week can guide you into a safer and more familiar future is the Improve your Employability workshop. This workshop seeks to take account for the ever-shifting world of work, in which you need to be adaptable to survive. Like Bear Grylls, students in the workshop will be provided the skills necessary to thrive in any environment.

This week has something for everyone, and has the workshop avlaible to help you in the future career you want to pursue. Again, coming back to Theo’s inspiring words: “Do something that you wouldn’t expect to do at university. Do something different.”


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