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Whilst in your final year at university it is important to consider what you plan to do after. So here are a few options to get you started!

1. Graduate schemes

There are so many to choose from and Graduate Schemes can be a great way to start your career! They are in very high demand so get your applications in early and spend time making sure it's the right one for you! Start your search now on the job shop -
https://mykingston.kingston.ac.uk/mysupport/KUTalent/Pages/jobshop.aspx 

There are plenty of job sites around and the university holds multiple careers events where you can meet employers.

2. Travel

After studying hard for your degree you might see it as the perfect time to take a break and do some travelling before starting your career!

3. More education

Why not? If you loved your undergraduate degree you might want to stay at university to do some more studying, look out for scholarships and sponsorships to help with funding. Check out the university postgraduate site for more details - http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/

Whether it's travel, a job or more studying, it is important to make a plan. Your final year will soon be over, so make sure you have something ready for when you leave and good luck!

 

Hello all and welcome to my first blog! I am a second year midwifery student and have had the most amazing experience thus far in my course. I thought it might be nice to share with you some of my top tips for when you start a midwifery degree or even things to think about while you are going through the application process.

1. Have a support network

Be it Mum, Dad, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or friends you will need them to help you through the course but don't get angry if they sometimes struggle to understand the challenges you may face on placement or with uni work.

2. Get your finances in order

London is an expensive place to live and remember that once you have paid the rent and the bills it is just as important for your own sanity to also have some fun!

3. Use the library

Don't go out and buy every single book recommended to you, the libraries we have access to are excellent. I've only just bought my first book as a second year student!

4.Go to conferences

Widen your knowledge base by going to conferences locally. There are often free study days or conferences that have student rates and it's a great way to inspire you and network.

5. Be confident

Ask lots of questions. It's a lot easier to get away with a ‘silly question' when you are a first year although actually there is no such thing as a silly question.

Well hope this helps in some small way. If you want you can ask me a question and I will do my best to answer it or point you in the right direction.

Ciao for now!

 

My recent blog was describing my experience in a community and hospital pharmacy for placements. This time I thought I'd explore alternative careers. There are many skills and a valuable knowledge that pharmacists have gained over their many years of study and training which can be put to excellent use in other areas of work. Pharmacists with one of the most sought after science degrees are highly valued individuals within our society and economy. The range of skills and knowledge bring benefit to many other areas of work and in other jobs.

I hope this has gives you a little more insight into the possibilities a pharmacy degree has.

1. Academia

Many pharmacists go on to become lecturers in universities. Having experience of studying pharmacy, working within pharmacy or science or gaining real life work experience are huge skills needed in delivering a strong quality of teaching and ensuring vital support to pharmacy students.

2. Financial Sector

Pharmacists have a lot of valuable analytical skills that many within the financial industry would find attractive. Many cities across the UK have financial institutions as a prominent feature of their employment markets

3. Journalism

Many broadcasters, magazines or a newspapers employ people with expert knowledge.
Healthcare is a major issue in the news and people from that background are a major resource for the media in terms of delivering news on that area.

4. Regulatory Affairs

Organisations, such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), World health organisation (WHO), and National institute for clinical excellence (NICE) benefit from the experience and knowledge of pharmacists when it comes to dealing with ensuring the safety and efficacy of medicines and medicinal products.

5. Science or Medical Writing

This will consist of interpreting and presenting data from research, writing literature such as patient information leaflets and other documentation that can be linked to regulatory affairs.

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