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Domas
Verbusaitis

Lithuania
I really like that many of the staff members have worked in the industry for years before lecturing at NTU, allowing them to share first-hand industry knowledge

More about Domas

Why did you choose NTU and your course?

As I was finishing high school, I realised that my interest lies within Real Estate, so I decided to pursue a career in it. I began to look for property-related courses across Europe and NTU appeared to be the right fit for me. The BSc Real Estate course is highly ranked and is one of the oldest courses of its type in the UK.

I had never visited Nottingham before starting my studies, but from resources online it seemed like an affordable, student-friendly city with an RICS accredited BSc Real Estate course. That’s how I ended up at NTU.

What do you think about the course staff? How do they support your learning and university experience?

I really like that many of the staff members have worked in the industry for years before lecturing at NTU, allowing them to share first-hand industry knowledge. There is a good variety between more academic material which we are taught and industry skills.

I have received help from staff for my CV and job applications – they know what employers look for. The majority of the staff are willing to reflect on the feedback that students give them and apply it to teaching methods.

Does the “real” NTU match what you’d imagined? How does it compare with your friends’ experience at other universities?

As I moved to Nottingham from Vilnius, I did not really know what to expect from NTU. In terms of the UK, I had not seen much outside of London before joining NTU, but I must say Nottingham is quite different. It’s a matter of taste of how you interpret that. I figured out what the ‘real’ NTU experience is during my time here.

My friends from school ended up in various universities across Europe, including back home in Lithuania. We all had different experiences so far and I believe that culture plays a big role. For example, it is easy to meet many other students in Nottingham, as British culture is very sociable (and drinks based). In my opinion, my friends’ universities have a more ‘mature’ culture in a way, which has its own pros and cons.

How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words  or fewer?

You are in charge of shaping your university experience here!

How will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?

The skills I gained proved to be helpful when applying for graduate jobs. I found that I had much more confidence in myself. The experience gained during the placement gives something to talk about in interviews and hopefully makes me stand out. Employers appreciate students who went out of their way to gain experience in the industry. I believe that placements are a great addition to the degree when it comes to employment, providing NTU students with an opportunity to compete against students from Russel Group universities.

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