Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Sarah
I am very excited and a bit sad to have to say "GOOD BYE" to my placement. This was a long journey, however there is so much I have learnt and can take with me when I start my final year. Placement can mean many things to different people depending on who you might be asking. For me it was a challenge, an experience, excitement, fun and practical knowledge. My friends have finished their degrees and were asking me whether it was worth doing a year-long placement instead of finishing my final year at Uni. My answer before the start of placement would have been NO, but now I think it was totally worth it. For me, my placement year went really fast ... now that my placement is over I am excited and looking forward to a new challenge; my final year of studies!
Although it will be difficult to get back into the swing of studying, but because I know this is my last chance to prove myself I will be focusing more. At the moment I am enjoying the nice, sunny weather of London. I will be spending this summer in Dubai where I can just relax and enjoy the hot weather but I will keep you updated once I am back. My trip to Dubai was a last-minute decision as my placement came to an end prior to the actual date. I am looking forward to a new Start...
Hope you guys have enjoyed this blog as I have been very excited to update you all with my placement experience.
Lots of love, Enjoy your holidays... :D
I can't remember the exact date but it's about two years since I handed in my last paper. Time flies and I miss education!
Despite the fact that I have always known what I wanted to become, and have always envisioned a specific career path I wanted to follow, when I finished my studies I became one of those alumni who lost direction and was reaching out for something to hold on to. Many graduates just want to find 'a job' when they finish their studies but I needed a few months to narrow down the list of positions I truly wanted to apply for.
I was lucky enough to land a Project Manager position in the furniture and interior design industry - a position that I have held for more than a year and a half. I quickly fell in love with interior design and found myself working in a very colourful environment in which I saw endless possibilities. My responsibility is to deliver interior design and refurbishment projects to clients, making sure that the projects are kept within the specified budget and time frame.
Kingston University has had a great impact on my development as a student as well as an individual and I gained invaluable skills that have allowed me to excel in my job. As a Project Manager I have to be very organised and focused. I find myself more efficient when I work under pressure, thanks to my beloved professors who knew how to make me reach my potential during stressful exam periods. Nobody likes problems, but I learnt from the industry I work in, that there are problems everywhere and what differentiates us, is the way we deal with problems and handle stress.
Even if I don't work in the industry I graduated in, I still find myself very interested in Economics and I am truly happy I gained an understanding of the mechanism of the world economy. My degree also helped me in having the capability of developing a thoughtful conversation over current business and economic issues, which often allows me to have a conversation with more senior people than myself.
Looking back at my time at Kingston University, I am happy I got involved in the Students' Union and the Student Ambassador Scheme as well as in other extra-curricular activities, which all together shaped the person I am today. I am still in touch with two professors who kindly helped me with reference letters for my job applications and my application to pursue a Masters programme.
Yes, I decided to return to education! Because I feel that now is the time I can still absorb information and, frankly, I need to feel that I am using my neurons again ;D On the other hand, studying is great but higher education can't teach you all the skills you need in a client-orientated and profit-driven business environment. Therefore it's important to get the most out of education as well as practical work. The downside of the story is that I see many of my fellow graduates settling for lower skilled jobs that do not develop their professional practices further. So the moral of the story is, don't settle for less!
I applied for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Strategic Project Management and was readily accepted. I will be studying in Edinburgh, Milano and Umea (Sweden) after which I will receive a diploma from each university, as well as a diploma for undertaking an Erasmus Mundus programme. I was one of the eight lucky candidates (from 1,500) and I know that without my strong foundation from Kingston University, and without my professors I wouldn't have been able to achieve such results. I feel I am now ready to return to the academic world for further growth.
I like to make the most of my holidays so I decided to set today aside for some research. I'm starting a project looking at Young Adult and Children's literature post 1996. Out of a range of novels I chose to study 'Junk' by Melvin Burgess because of its shock in the 1990s. I've also collected a lot of critical essays to read through. Time to get started!
One of Basingstoke's spots to relax. I spent the afternoon in the wonderful sunshine and met up with some friends from uni who live fairly locally. It was a lazy afternoon but just what I needed.
I'm still moving things into my new flat which is being redecorated at the moment. Hopefully, I'll be moving most of it up next week for when I am working on the Clearing hotline on results day!
I love speaking to authors on Twitter when I review their novels. I received a lovely note from an author after reviewing her last novel. I'm getting stuck in with her newly released book ‘Where Love Lives' tonight.
I'm so excited that today has been a turning point in my writing. I've got a solid novel plan and I've been writing a few good chapter ideas.
A quick McDonalds run in the rain to celebrate my car passing its MOT.
Kingston in the Sunshine! I caught the end of the Kingston food market today with my boyfriend and his Dad. Town was really busy with the sights and smells of the food market. I think it really shows the diversity in Kingston as there were so many different varieties to try.
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