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Getting ready for your future

We know that the graduate job market is becoming increasingly competitive, and that in tough economic times it's more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. So here at Kingston we place great importance on giving you the opportunity to do so. Your degree is a great investment for the future.

Even courses that are not vocational include work-related skills. We'll make sure you're properly trained in:

  • career management;
  • IT and communication;
  • numeracy; and
  • teamwork.

Many of our courses feature:

Study abroad opportunities

The world is becoming a smaller place, and a year studying overseas can add real value to a CV. Almost every course at Kingston offers you the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or full year as part of your degree. Courses are often taught in English so you don't even need to be fluent in a particular language to apply. Learn more about our study abroad opportunities, through our international exchange and Erasmus programme.

Links with employers

Our links with employees keep our courses up to date with modern workplaces. We also work with outside companies who involve our students in 'live' projects. This gives you real-world experience. Past projects have included:

  • computer science students developing an information system for clients such as London Zoo;
  • journalism students producing a campus newspaper;
  • architecture students working on a 'Space for Waste' project, which led to a flagship recycling initiative; and
  • art and design students being commissioned by publisher Random House to produce animated films based on a new novel by Salman Rushdie.

Placements and internships

We know real-world experience is important and can help give that extra depth to your CV. Many of our degrees at Kingston are vocational and offer you the chance to undertake a work placement year.

Work placements (or sandwich year placements) give you the chance to:

  • gain practical experience;
  • learn what the working world is like;
  • improve your employment prospects;
  • receive the monthly Erasmus grant for EU/EEA placements:
  • earn a salary; and
  • work for companies such as Disney, Royal Mail and BT.

Watch third-year Construction Management BSc(Hons) student Joe talk about the benefits of his year-long work placement at MACE limited, an international construction and consultancy firm.

Careers and employability advice

Going to university is a great way to meet new people, gain knowledge in your subject area, and learn and develop new skills as a foundation for your long-term career aims. University is an ideal springboard for your future and it is important that you take full advantage of your time here.

The University's award-winning careers and employability service, KU Talent, runs a series of events throughout the year where you can meet and network with employers and alumni and find out about the world of work. These events open up a range of sectors for you and we put spotlights on particular subject areas to help you better understand what careers are open to you.

We also run a series of skills sessions on topics including producing a professional CVs, covering letters and applications, as well as training on body language, networking and using social media, to help you get a job after your studies.

It is important to meet with us early in your university career and to stay in touch. The earlier you engage with us the better we get to know you and the better we can put you forward for the jobs we advertise on behalf of employers.

In addition to this, there is tailored support in each faculty on everything from CVs and applications to interviews and job search. We can offer advice on all aspects of the recruitment and selection process, including:

  • different work sectors;
  • what employers are looking for and how to market yourself to them;
  • job hunting;
  • CVs, covering letters and application forms;
  • interviews; and
  • further study.

Help for talented athletes

The Sports Performance Programme helps talented sports people at the University balance their sporting and academic commitments. If you currently compete at regional or senior club level up to senior International level or similar you can apply to join the scheme.

Postgraduate opportunities

Even though you're only just starting to think about a degree, it's also worth considering the future and whether you might want to study for a postgraduate qualification after your first degree.

Here at Kingston we offer a large range of postgraduate courses, some enabling you to specialise further in your area of interest, others which are required for certain careers (teaching, architecture etc). There are also some conversion courses which enable you to specialise in an area you did not study at degree level (eg law).

Did you know? Kingston University offers a 10% alumni discount for students who graduate from a Kingston undergraduate degree course and then apply to study at postgraduate course at Kingston!

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Kingston successes

Check out some of the successes of our current students and recent graduates:

  • Journalism graduate Jamal won Amnesty International's Gaby Rado Memorial Award in recognition of his work on human rights and is now one of the UK's top investigative journalists. Watch a video with Jamal now.
  • Fashion graduate Alice scooped a prestigious Design Means Business award for her collection inspired by the 'preservation of craft'. Read more.
  • First year adult nursing student Gary Stockwell has been elected the London representative on the Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) Students Committee. Gary beat almost 10,000 students from nine universities across the capital to be elected to the position. 
  • Creative writing graduate Stefan won a Sony Reader prize for unpublished young writers at the Dylan Thomas awards with his first novel – a book about a teenager with superhuman powers. Read more.
  • Animation student Napatsawan, originally from Bangkok in Thailand, has won one of 10 Adobe Design Achievement Awards for her heart-warming animation of the "little pieces of happiness" that make a person's day. Watch the video now.
  • Kingston University graphic design students came away from the 2010 D&AD awards, frequently referred to as the 'design Oscars', with four Yellow Pencil awards. The highest honour – Student of the Year Award – went to Jessica Reynolds and Serena Wise who designed an eye-catching colour wheel in response to a brief set by IKEA. Read more.
  • Media graduate Dionne won the 2009 Funny Women award, given to the country's best new female comedian, which has led to being signed by a top agent and work at the BBC. 
  • Tinaye Munonyara, a business management graduate from Kingston Business School and one of 'Britain's Top 100 Young Future Leaders' has launched a smartphone app – StudyKit Pro to rave reviews. The educational mobile application is targeted at students, graduates, young professionals and anyone keen on developing their academic and professional skills across a variety of learning areas. Read more.
  • A Hollywood heartthrob, a former England rugby captain, a cult fashion designer and a top Formula 1 racing engineer are some of the high-flying alumni you'll spot in our wall of fame, Made in Kingston.
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