Today was my gorgeous little cousin/Godson’s 11th birthday! It’s hard to believe that he is growing up so quickly, although he isn’t too old for cuddles with his big cousin just yet, thankfully! He still won’t come out with me in the car though!
Treating myself to a magazine and chocolate pretzels after the news that I have got two provisional firsts on my work in English Literature and Creative Writing. I’m thrilled because I worked so hard on these pieces of work, let’s hope the next two come back just as good! Meanwhile I’m focusing on enjoying my summer holidays now and preparing for next year!
Getting in the football spirit with the boys after a long and hot band practice! We all trudged to the Student Union in the rain and ordered pizza to watch the match! I’ve always watched the world cup since I was a little girl and although I didn’t have an England shirt this year I’m hoping the shoes will be enough until I can get hold of one!
The band have been working really hard this week to prepare for a festival in my home town the we are playing. As with most people who live in halls of residence we will all be going home for the summer in the next week or two (a lot of our friends have already gone!) so it’s been practice, practice, record, record! I can’t wait for it all to come together so we can show off all our hard work!
Goodbye for a month to my amazing bandmates and best friends. Today was our last practice session before we meet up again fr the festival. We were all tired, aching but incredibly happy at the end of it. Here is the selfie we posted on our band page for No People Club (that’s the name of our band!). I was sad but also really excited we’ve come a long way in the last 6 months and I couldn’t be prouder!
My Mum will always be young at heart, so despite the fact that she will be 41 (sorry Mum!) we decided to take her back 20 years with the birthday cake we made! Although 20 years ago she was pregnant with a beautiful baby…yes that’s right me!
Today was my Mum’s birthday so of course I was at home this weekend! My Mum is incredibly special to me and I get so pleased when people say I look just like her. We had a lovely time both at home and at my grandparents. Here is a picture of my cousin Lola, me, my Mum and my sister. Happy Birthday Mum you’re an absolute star!!
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.
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