Setting myself up to succeed

Daniel Mitrovic

Faculty: Business and Law
School: School of Economics, Finance and Law
Course: BA (Hons) International Business Strategy
Category: Business

21 February 2014

So we’re back in uni for semester 2; how quick did that first semester go? I’m pretty happy, because I’ve just checked my grades for the first semester and, as it stands, I have achieved ABBB which isn’t too bad considering I took a year out of education.

So, I haven’t really been up to too much, though I’ve hunted down most of my new books (still one more to go, grrr!), I found out I had obtained an achievement scholarship which was fantastic news, and I’ve also been looking at opportunities in marketing and HR in Cambridge and Suffolk.

One of the things which I’ve learnt over the past semester is definitely to put in that extra bit of effort with your work and your professional life. Over recent months, I’ve been approached by professionals about opportunities, I’ve attended launch and networking events, and I’ve managed to do fairly OK so far in my bid to take part in the ABinBev competition for students (with the help of my amazing team, I’d like to add!).

I never would have imagined gaining three firsts in my first semester and I never would have imagined confidence in myself and my work to grow to the extent that it has. I really feel being here, in this university, has contributed to that. Those of you who have known me for a while know that I have never been a confident person, so I’ve exceeded my expectations already in those respects!

It’s really weird when you look at some of the modules and you don’t really know what to make of them. This happened when I saw one of mine, called International Business and Academic Skills – I didn’t have a clue what to expect! Plus, you underestimate the importance of taking modules such as these. I found that International Business was a bit of a funny one because there were tonnes of things to think about (most of which I didn’t have a clue about before), but it really gets you thinking about all the aspects that you need to consider when looking to set up an international business, as well as educating you about some of the fundamental problems we face in a society crowded with corporations – so in those respects, I found it pretty interesting.

Academic Skills is another one of the ‘weird ones’ I wasn’t so sure about. I found myself looking at my timetable thinking, ‘Am I really going to be learning about using the library and how to read a book?!’ *facepalm*, though it turned out to be one of the modules where I learnt most – in terms of how to learn most effectively, how our brains process information and best reflective practices (pretty important in business).

But, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just me thinking this(!), Economics was the one I literally thought I would fail. I’m a strong believer in the mantra ‘saying you’re going to fail is setting yourself up to fail’, though this was the one I wanted to pull my hair out over. It’s pretty strange thinking about it, but, when we’re afraid of failing, we tend to do everything in our power to prevent it from happening, because it’s an innate reaction (academic skills theory in action there, I hope you’re MAJORLY impressed!). So, as suggested, I did everything I could to stop this happening and ended up TWO marks off a first. (So annoying, but at least it wasn’t a fail!)

So, to conclude, this semester I‘m going to make sure I don’t leave three assignments until the night before they’re due, like I did in semester 1 (even if I did get my best marks in them…). I’m also submitting my entry for the ABinBev competition soon, so I’ll let you know how that goes. Now I’ll leave you until my next blog entry, before you doze off!


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