2022 remarks the start of a "new normal" after a long period full of ups and downs due to the pandemic. We firmly believe that it is now a good time for both the academics and career development of the students at the school of MSE. PGSOC is the social arm of our school's postgraduate community. PGSOC will always be a shelter for our MSE postgraduates. Our mission is to encourage communication between the students and the school and the students among themselves, to improve the quality of life for the students in our school.
PGSOC aims to bring its students a holistic and active university life through organising a variety of activities ranging from career workshops and poster competitions to informal and formal catch-ups. Our responsibilities also include solving student issues as well as taking in suggestions and supporting initiatives beneficial to the school. With this, PGSOC can act as a bridge between the school and the postgraduate students to ensure the students can gain the most benefit during their time studying at MSE.
The main events held by PGSOC are Postgraduate Poster Competition, Career Workshop - What is next after graduation, Confident Speaking, Industry Site Visit, Peer Mentoring - Welcome BBQ, Lunar New Year, Persian New Year (Nowruz), Eid-ul-Fitr Special Catch up, Outdoor plans, Sports day, Fortnight Friday Social (Online and in-person), etc.
Most notably, Career Workshops are important for gaining necessary skills for post-graduate job hunting such as preparing resumes and how to best handle interviews for those who are looking for their first job. The workshop discusses various career options for STEM Master/PhD graduates, with invited speakers sharing their journeys working in both academia and industry, and advice on how to make the most of your time at UNSW. Discussions included overcoming challenges of the PhD journey, the difficulty of career choices, and how to break barriers and land the desired job after graduation. On the other hand, the Poster Competition is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to promote their work to the larger scientific community and to sharpen their presentation as well as communication skills.
With the recently acquired Arc Return to Campus Grants for T1 2022, we are planning to hold more events this year. Please come join us as we hope to build strong, meaningful social interaction between postgraduate cohorts.
We wish all postgraduate students of MSE success in their respective research and we look forward to developing with you a strong student community this upcoming year.
You can contact PGSOC via email at MaterialsPGSOC@unsw.edu.au.
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