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Post-Graduation Plans

Posted 21 May 2014 by Nayiri

 

Hi readers! As a graduate, it's always a pleasure to be asked back to write blogs and let current and prospective students know what you've been up to. :)

You may already know from previous reading that I am currently a 'Higher Education Graduate Trainee' as part of the Ambitious Futures scheme. This involves me carrying out three five month placements in two institutions. I am currently working in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Kingston University, but will soon be heading off to St. George's University in Tooting to work on a marketing/re-branding project to recruit students onto vocational programmes which feed into NHS employability. This will involve me attending open days and road shows, analysing data and results and working with academic staff. I'm really looking forward to it!

Being at Kingston University gave me the confidence to try new things and push myself to make the most of my time as a student. I can't say it enough, but being a student really will be part of the best moments of your life- so enjoy it to the max. You should join the clubs and societies, go out, have fun, meet new people, go abroad and study hard of course! 

Since starting the scheme, my future plans have definitely changed (then again they change every week!) At the moment, I love the Higher Education sector too much to leave for a career in Law. There are so many areas of work you can go in to, meaning the possibilities are endless. I've always loved travelling and it is an ambition of mine to travel as much as possible in the future. This has made me think working in the International department at a University would be a great idea! For example, there are International agents who travel the world on behalf of the University, promoting it and encouraging students to continue their education here. I've also always enjoyed marketing, which is so important these days, so a career in that would also be great. Finally (see the possibilities really are endless!) I would definitely consider a career as a Law/Business lecturer. I have always enjoyed teaching and researching topics I am interested in and would love to inspire students to study hard and get a good education.

Anyway, that's enough from me for now. Good luck and best wishes! 

P.s If you would like some more information about the graduate scheme, check out the following link: http://www.ambitiousfutures.co.uk/

 

5. Art museums


The Saatchi GalleryI love heading into London for the day to suck up a bit of the culture. My first port of call is always The Tate Modern as there are usually fantastic exhibitions to see as well as the free sections. Other good art museums in London include The Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and the Tate Britain.

4. The best views of the capital

If you're not familiar with the famous skyline, then take it all in from the highest building in Europe; the top floor of the Shard. The breath-taking views don't come cheap but there are free alternatives all over the capital such as Primrose Hill.

3. Free gigs

There are loads of gigs both for free, and at a low cost. I check online regularly with my favourite haunts such as Koko in Camden for the more well-known names, and The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, for free gigs nearly every night of the week!

2. Go shopping

Kingston is good for shopping, but London is even better! I enjoy going into central London, to Westfield shopping Centre, or Oxford Street - the stores are huge and even if you can't buy anything, it's a fun day out!

Trying new food1. Try new food

When my student's budget will allow it I love to go to restaurants. There are loads of places to discover and it's best to find them for yourself because there is so much choice from fine dining to authentic street food.

 

 

1. National Portrait Gallery (it's free!)

In the centre of the City, in Trafalgar Square, every Saturday you're guaranteed to find a group of protesters and various other entertainment. I love walking by and sometimes popping into the National Portrait Gallery, where most, although not all exhibitions are free.

The National Portrait Gallery

2. Go to Harrods (it's free!)

Even though I can't afford anything, I love looking around anyway. The shop is for billionaires and millionaires but still has some high street and affordable brands, including high fashion brands like Chanel. I love just looking and imaging what I would buy if money grew on trees.

Harrods

3. Visit V&A Museum (it's free!)

In the central of London and most of the exhibitions are free. One of my favourite museums, with so much to look at and do. It's just opposite the natural history museum in south Kensington which is also free!

One of my favourite museums -the V&A

4. Take a boat out in Hyde park

Me and cousins this summer spent the whole hour going around in circles. I've taken the boats out here a few times because it's so much fun, I'm getting better each time and already looking forward to doing it again when the weather warms up.

Rowing in Hyde Park

5. Walk around the City and take photos (it's free!)

This massive mirror is just next to Waterloo station. My favourite thing to do in London or any city. I love taking my camera and walking around the city on a Saturday.

Taking photographs!

 

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