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Boost Your CV

Posted 6 Jun 2014 by Paula

 

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.

 

Hi, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! A couple of weeks ago I took some pictures throughout an eventful day and now I'm sharing them with you! Hopefully it'll give you an idea of what it's like to be a Kingston student.

I'm in my final (third) year studying Medical Biochemistry! Originally from Nottingham, I came to Kingston mainly due to its location and the friendliness of the staff whenever I spoke to someone, and have loved every second of it!

8.00am - Working on my dissertation

Tamara 8am

On my course one of the modules in the final year is the dreaded dissertation! I chose a lab based project, which although intense was really fun and rewarding getting to spend most of my days in a lab with a brilliant group of people in the same boat as me to chat to and support me!

10.00am - Finally finished!!!

Tamara 10am

My project was titled ‘antibiotic resistance of the natural flora in the nasal cavity, with focus on Staphylococcus sp.' Which basically means looking at samples from students' noses and seeing what bacteria was there, and then finding out the bacteria's antibiotic resistance!

12.00pm - Shopping for breakfast

Tamara 12pm

As I had no food in and was heading to Kingston town centre anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to walk to Kingston to stop by the Sainsbury's in Surbiton and grab some food to eat! Unfortunately there's no bakery for croissants in this shop, so just settled for bread!

1.00pm - Too carried away, too much shopping!

Tamara 1pm

A warning to everyone, never go shopping hungry! As I hadn't eaten, everything in the shop looked amazingly appealing, and my limited willpower meant I pretty much brought everything! My bank balance was definitely crying at this point...

3.00pm - Working

Tamara 3pm

Later on in the day I worked as a student ambassador conducting campus tours of Kingston Hill. Here I am in the Business School atrium! I worked with another ambassador for a couple of hours showing potential students round the campus to give them a feel of what Kingston uni looks like and is about!

6.00pm - The trouble with living with 6 people, time to do washing up!

Tamara 6pm

Our house is beautiful, but a consequence of living with five other (very busy!) girls, is our washing up can sometimes pile up and up until it gets to ridiculous levels! This was before a big tidy up, it doesn't always look like this...

Time to actually combat the big pile of washing up I'd left for a while! I was running out of pots and pans to cook with and plates and cutlery to eat with, which is a sure sign that it may be time to get the washing up done!

8.00pm - Ready for the night out

Tamara 8pm

Dressed and ready to go out! This was me ready for a cougar chaos, which is a big sports social involving all sports at Kingston uni meeting in the SU then going mental in a club together! The theme for this month was ‘children's TV characters', so I am dressed (poorly) as Bob the builder!

10.00pm - Pre-drinks with friends

Tamara 10pm

One of the best parts of the night, pre-drinking with friends before we head to the SU! This is just a really good time to chat and gossip to people before everything gets much louder, and allows us to get our favourite drinks in before we head to the club and have to decide to drink whatever's cheapest!

12.00am - In the club

Tamara 12am

Typical girls, pulling a selfie in the club toilets! As with every cougar chaos, were in Oceana (Pryzm now it's gone all fancy...) having what always is an amazing night!

I'm in the picture with my housemate and her mate from home, here to see how good Kingston night life is!

2.00am - Later in the club

Tamara 2am

A few drinks later, the poses get more and more extravagant! This was taken in ‘the cheese room', officially called the disco room, my favourite room in oceana! With a flashing disco light dancefloor and retro music played all night. Me and my friends live in this room, normally not leaving till getting kicked out at closing!

See more Kingston Uni students day in the life pictures on our Pinterest board.

 

Second year is officially finished! My course does finish crazily early but I'm happy because it means less stress. However, now I have to start planning my summer. It would be wrong to have 5 months off and not use it well?!

Unfortunately, I have (so far) been unsuccessful with obtaining an internship. It hasn't helped that the opportunities to University has given me are far from my industry of interest - fashion. Therefore, I have found my own way to try and gain some desired experience... I'm going to go self-employed for part of the summer! I hope to team up with my best friend to sell our items. From just researching into having my own business and going to meetings etc which all happened last summer, I have learnt it is a lot easier to work with someone else as you're always fighting with your own motivation and its always nice to have a second opinion. This is my ultimate goal for the next few months, as well as others things such as trying to get a part-time job in fashion (even if it is just working in stores) and going on holiday!

Holiday wise.. just summer hot with blue waters and white sand beaches. Then I will be happy and prepared to start the busiest year of University yet!

Laura

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