“Time-management is essential” or “you have to learn how to effectively manage your time” is a phrase I’ve often heard in high school and subsequent education up to and including during my Masters degree here at Imperial College. It is something I’ve never taken lightly, but at the same time it was something I thought would come naturally to me (since I am usually a very organised person). International Baccalaureate (A-Levels) – done, Bachelor’s degree – done. I thought by now I had mastered the art of time management.
However, a Masters degree requires another level of time management. Multiple coursework’s at the same time may not sound much different from most students’ Bachelor degree. However add group-work for all of these and the closing of job application opportunities to the mix and it gets a lot more complicated. Whilst group work can potentially ease the workload, it also requires a vast amount of effort, communication and patience (but that is a blog post for another time). By the end of the first few weeks at Imperial I stayed at University until late in the evening, working with fellow course mates to make the deadlines.
Therefore, I can say that all the teachers, family members and everyone else who stressed that time management is essential were right. It is absolutely essential. In the second half of this term I have now started to implement and manage my time more effectively, personally and within my syndicate group. I am 100% sure that the ability to manage time effectively will help anyone in any and all future endeavours.
Rebecca is studying our MSc Strategic Marketing programme.