Well the time has officially come...I'm a Kingston University Law LLB graduate (2.1 :D)!
Those of you that follow my blogs will know that I was slightly dreading finishing uni and entering the ‘real world'. However, after a good few months celebrating with friends and reminiscing our times here, we decided that there are plenty more fun and exciting adventures ahead.
So... at the moment, my current employment status is FUNemployed (i.e. having fun but trying to find a job at the same time!) I know that I would like to further my studies later on in life by doing a Masters, but want to work this year to save money and gain that all-important experience.
In terms of traveling (which again, if you follow my blogs, you know I love) I've been on a girly holiday with my best friends from uni to Barcelona and am going to Alicante in August. I also experienced my first festival in Newquay at this year's Beach Break. We cheated a little bit, as we stayed in a caravan (being in a tent is just not my thing!) but it was fun to listen to new bands and meet new people.
We've also had Student Ambassador Events, such as the Awards Night and Dragon Boat race. Both were really fun and a great way to mark my amazing time as a Student Ambassador here. I've experienced and learnt so much from the scheme and would encourage anyone to join it! I was lucky enough to win an award for ‘Best Role Model', which I was so happy about. I'll definitely miss all my work colleagues and the fun we had working at different events together.
Finally, I had a touristy day in London and took some great pics (some of which I've shared on here). It was so nice to be able to appreciate these beautiful parts of our capital city which you wouldn't normally visit. I kept laughing at how much of a tourist I was being, when I've lived near London my whole life! Just goes to show how there are always great things to see and do here.
That's all from me for now! I'll be sure to keep you guys up to date with my life after uni. For now, I'll be visiting Kingston occasionally to work and see friends, before the big day of my graduation in November (and yes I've already bought the dress for it!) Bye for now...
Well what a great start to the summer! After bouncing back and forth from home for a while, on my return to London I secured an internship at Tank/Because, a fashion based magazine, helping the video editing team.
I have been at Tank for two weeks now and I have been having a great experience. Working within a professional environment has helped me to discover what it could be like to work in my industry. Whilst I have been here I have attended meetings for briefs, visited a set for shooting an up and coming band, and have been given opportunities to create my own videos for Tank.
I think that internships are a really valuable part of the university experience, whether the course offers an opportunity to secure them or not. As part of the Illustration Animation course, we are taught ‘Professional Practice', which includes a series of talks and lectures from current professionals in various sectors of the industry. These sessions also help us to learn how to build a portfolio, website and C.V., which will give us a jump-start into presentation for future jobs. However, what we don't have as part of the course (but the tutors recommend and assist us with) is the given for placements/internships, simply because of the weight of the course content. However, through The Design School, the Art and Design faculty's website for tutors and students, the tutors post information regarding any up and coming internships and placements that may be available. It was through this I found the opportunity to apply for an internship at Tank/Because.
Many of my other course mates have also found internships over the summer, which is a great jumpstart into the industry, as it not only gives you experience in a working environment, but also gives you the chance to create contacts which can be useful in the future for securing work.
It's been a busy couple of weeks, but the opportunity I have had at Tank has been well worth it and I would recommend finding placements/internships for anyone on any course.
Since university ends in June after exams, our student summers are about 3 months long; which means we have plenty of time to chill in the sun, catch up with friends and family back at home, and have loads of spare time on our hands try to earn some cash!
There are loads of things going on over summer in terms of casual work - festivals and sporting events being the main ones - and I just finished working at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships! Casual work is great for me as a student, as I don't need to sign up to anything long term and it gives me the flexibility to work as and when I want to, as well as allowing me earn quick cash when I need it! Working at Wimbledon was a great opportunity, and was a great money earner for the summer months when student loans are running out and money is getting tight!
I worked for the security team at Wimbledon, which was great! Although the shifts were long (12 hours+ per day!) and it was a very tiring two weeks, it was very much worth it! Being part of such a great sporting event was an honour in itself, and being there EVERY DAY of the championships meant that it was easy to follow the tennis all the way through and get really into the competition! And obviously Murray winning the Men's singles made the whole experience even more special because I can now say I worked there when he won!
Although the money was a big incentive to make me want to work at the championships, it was a great experience and I had some amazing colleagues that I quickly became good friends with, who all lived in different parts of London! It's great to have friends all around London, as you get to know more about the city and what is happening in it, and you get to explore new areas when you go and visit your new friends!
There were also loads of famous people wandering around in the grounds which was amazing. If there was ever a dull moment on the job, celeb spotting would easily pass some time on! Over the two weeks I met some of my favourite comedians such as Michael McIntyre (who came and spoke to me and asked for directions, which was very surreal!) and Miranda Hart who really is as tall in person as she is on TV!
Working at such a big scale event was a really great opportunity which I don't feel I wouldn't have been able to do as a graduate as the demands of working a full time job wouldn't allow me to take two weeks off to work somewhere else. I would definitely recommend everyone tries to get a place at an event over one of their summers as a student - I know I'll definitely be applying to work the tennis next year again! Will you??
Christmas in Kingston
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