I have learnt many new things and met many new friends since I first started my degree at Kingston University. Uni life is one of the best experiences that one can have.
It is not just about studies and getting a First by the end of your course. Although that should be the goal. But apart from studies I have come to realise that Kingston University offers many things that can prove to be very helpful for us students. For instance, there are services providing help with assignments such BLASC for business and law students. So if you have any queries regarding how to structure your work, how to reference, and even if you need a fresh pair of eyes to proofread your work, BLASC Academic Advisers are the people to go to.
Additionally, if you have work-related queries such as how to layout your CV, what to add and delete from your CV, how many pages it should be, and how to stand out from the crowd by writing an outstanding covering letter you can pay them a visit.
You can also get advice on where to start looking for your first job, or placements and internships. The Employment Advice team can also advice you on study or work abroad schemes. Even if you are confused and don't know what to do, which career to follow, whether to work or study aboard... you can just speak with one of the professionals in the Employment Support team. They are lovely, polite and really helpful. I know because I am now on my placement thanks to them. They have helped me a lot in my job-hunt and boosted my confidence by providing coaching in interview skills.
Yes, they do that as well!
One of the other things that Kingston University offers to its students is various job opportunities. For instance, did you know that the BLASC Academic Advisors consist of some students who are recruited within the Uni as a result of their best performance in their first and second year? Also, jobs like Clearing Hotline and Enrollment roles are all advertised on student intranet. Students on all courses can apply for these roles. The pay is excellent and you will be working with your fellow uni friends!! How cool is that? There are other jobs like Student Ambassador, LRC Assistant and many more temporary jobs that can help boost your CV and help you gain invaluable transferable employment skills. These jobs are very easy to apply to. Yes, there is sometimes a lengthy recruitment process. But you know that you are being interviewed by your uni staff. That should give you some confidence for the interview as well as gaining some experience in interviewing skills. Working alongside studies will help you make new friends, make new contacts and of course to earn some extra cash.
So what are you waiting for? Go and explore what your uni has on offer for you!
Throughout your university career you will hear numerous people telling you to make use of every opportunity available to you because "It will look great on your CV."
In life your CV is your passport to go anywhere, so it makes sense to make it stand out as best as possible and give you the upper hand in this competitive economy.
There are a load of things you can do to make yourself shine; you could get part time job - the transferable skills you learn can be applied to almost any job going; I work as a sales assistant and as student ambassador. If you have a lot of spare time you could do some volunteering, giving up your time to benefit others while learning invaluable skills is really attractive to an employer. The university also has various schemes which students can join - some university wide like the mentoring scheme, or faculty based like the business and law career chase scheme, providing workshops students can use to boost their skills and meet influential people.
If your course allows it you can also complete a year long placement or summer internship; this is essentially hands on experience in the industry of your choice, meaning you have the know how before you even graduate. How great can it get?
All in all there are dozens of opportunities you can take part in to give the the best chance possible to secure that dream job after you graduate.
Hi, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! A couple of weeks ago I took some pictures throughout an eventful day and now I'm sharing them with you! Hopefully it'll give you an idea of what it's like to be a Kingston student.
I'm in my final (third) year studying Medical Biochemistry! Originally from Nottingham, I came to Kingston mainly due to its location and the friendliness of the staff whenever I spoke to someone, and have loved every second of it!
On my course one of the modules in the final year is the dreaded dissertation! I chose a lab based project, which although intense was really fun and rewarding getting to spend most of my days in a lab with a brilliant group of people in the same boat as me to chat to and support me!
My project was titled ‘antibiotic resistance of the natural flora in the nasal cavity, with focus on Staphylococcus sp.' Which basically means looking at samples from students' noses and seeing what bacteria was there, and then finding out the bacteria's antibiotic resistance!
As I had no food in and was heading to Kingston town centre anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to walk to Kingston to stop by the Sainsbury's in Surbiton and grab some food to eat! Unfortunately there's no bakery for croissants in this shop, so just settled for bread!
A warning to everyone, never go shopping hungry! As I hadn't eaten, everything in the shop looked amazingly appealing, and my limited willpower meant I pretty much brought everything! My bank balance was definitely crying at this point...
Later on in the day I worked as a student ambassador conducting campus tours of Kingston Hill. Here I am in the Business School atrium! I worked with another ambassador for a couple of hours showing potential students round the campus to give them a feel of what Kingston uni looks like and is about!
Our house is beautiful, but a consequence of living with five other (very busy!) girls, is our washing up can sometimes pile up and up until it gets to ridiculous levels! This was before a big tidy up, it doesn't always look like this...
Time to actually combat the big pile of washing up I'd left for a while! I was running out of pots and pans to cook with and plates and cutlery to eat with, which is a sure sign that it may be time to get the washing up done!
Dressed and ready to go out! This was me ready for a cougar chaos, which is a big sports social involving all sports at Kingston uni meeting in the SU then going mental in a club together! The theme for this month was ‘children's TV characters', so I am dressed (poorly) as Bob the builder!
One of the best parts of the night, pre-drinking with friends before we head to the SU! This is just a really good time to chat and gossip to people before everything gets much louder, and allows us to get our favourite drinks in before we head to the club and have to decide to drink whatever's cheapest!
Typical girls, pulling a selfie in the club toilets! As with every cougar chaos, were in Oceana (Pryzm now it's gone all fancy...) having what always is an amazing night!
I'm in the picture with my housemate and her mate from home, here to see how good Kingston night life is!
A few drinks later, the poses get more and more extravagant! This was taken in ‘the cheese room', officially called the disco room, my favourite room in oceana! With a flashing disco light dancefloor and retro music played all night. Me and my friends live in this room, normally not leaving till getting kicked out at closing!
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Posted 21 Jul 2014 by Sebastian
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Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Doreen
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Posted 7 Jul 2014 by Adam
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Posted 14 Jul 2014 by Abigail
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