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I was recently asked how I feel Kingston has helped to make me more employable so I thouight I would share my reply with you all!

My course at Kingston helped me with employability by making sure I had a good mix of practical assignments as well as written essays. For example on my study exchange year in the USA I carried out an internship which formed part of my grade for a subject I chose. This was very useful as I did the internship on alternate days during the week and put what I was learning in lectures into practice in the office. Since I studied law much of this was essay based especially when it came to the 3 hour written exam time which - in theory - isn't something that I would necessarily do in a workplace. However skills gained from writing exams under such time pressure have been beneficial for my work such as writing a report on a subject concisely and also clearly at relatively short notice using only the material in front of me. Additionally working on group projects at uni has been an invaluable experience for much of my work where team work is essential.

If you are in the process of making your choices right now, good luck!

Employability at Kingston

Posted 13 Mar 2014 by Maciej

 

During the time spent at Kingston, I was involved in a number of group assignments where I learned how to be an integral part of a diversified team. It helped me to develop my time management, communications, planning and organisational skills, all of which needed to be applied at a different level when compared to individual assignments.

The University also changed my perception on personal development and wider job prospects. I realised that along with the knowledge that we continued to gain, of high importance also is our ability to learn, develop, adjust to new circumstances and process the information. Those qualities always have and continue to bring fruits throughout my studies and professional career.

I did an Honours degree, and I chose one which included a work placement at the penultimate year of my studies. Believe it or not, the kick start that I received during the first year of my studies (a need to quickly adjust to the new environment, new learning experience, culture and modules - English law is definitely not something that we are exposed to too often in Continental Europe), helped me stay focused on my objectives and secure a placement with IBM before other students actually started looking for one. As I found out 5 months later, I also could have taken advantage of a series of CV writing and job interview workshops but since I had my placement sorted, this was not a problem.

Kingston University stands for the qualities that I have already mentioned: it keeps developing its offer (look at the wide range of courses available), teaching experience (visit one of the campuses and have a look at how much has changed over the years) and offers flexibility to meet the needs of a wider group of students (part-time Masters courses, not many Universities offer that).

I Cried Last Night...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 by Molly

 

This is nothing new- I cry quite a bit- however the reason for my tears was a wee bit ridiculous. It wasn't money or relationships or other vaguely normal things, but economics and derivatives. Let me explain - Last night I went bowling for my friend's 25th birthday. It was 3 games for £7 and the drinks were half price. So predictably, we all ended up getting a bit drunk. And when I got home, for some reason me and my flatmate (who puts up with me wonderfully), ended up discussing one of our Politics lectures. This resulted in me crying while shouting 'I HATE DERIVAVTIVES! WHAT EVEN IS A DERIVATIVE!'

I study Human Rights and English Literature, and I am doing a module that has suddenly got really difficult. One of those where you sit there and realise you haven't been listening for the last 20 minutes. We have all experienced this. In secondary school I had a maths teacher who was older than time itself and spent an hour proving to us why 2 + 2 = 5 and not 4. I don't remember why this is, I just remember sitting there in utter confusion, wishing I was at the beach. This is a bit similar. My lecturer is very intelligent, and sometimes this can be a bit intimidating. However, I am here with another bit of wisdom which may seem obvious but actually is something not a lot of people do. If you are sat in a lecture and you don't know what an earth is going on, ask for help. I know once again I'm pointing out the obvious, but, even if it seems scary, go and see the lecturer and talk to them. It is tempting to just not go to the lecture or sit there on Facebook if you don't get it. But there are ways to deal with it. Office hours are there for this reason, and if you are falling behind your lecturer- or even another one you feel comfortable with- will be happy to help you. I am now going to a different seminar with a teacher whose teaching style I find more accessible, and am now beginning to understand all this stuff. I and a few other people have also set up a study group to try and help each other out in preparation for the exam, which is really doing wonders. Sometimes your friends can be useful in other ways, other than just always laughing at your jokes (thanks friends!)

It can be difficult - I am the sort of person who goes through life pushing my problems to the back of my head and telling myself 'It'll work out somehow!' I am slowly changing this, and I am finding I actually feel a lot better after I have done something about it rather than when I just ignore the problem. This seems obvious, but asking for help can sometimes be scary, in any area of life. However, just know it is probably worth it. Just send an email or go and see someone. And no, I still don't know what derivatives are. But I haven't cried about them since, so that's something.

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