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Correction Extra Mature Drama Student with Children! 

So after waking up in a panic (forgotten to set an alarm to wake me!) I managed to make it out the door in good time to get the children to school on time, result! My mind is constantly working - Have I remembered everything? Are there any school activities I've forgotten? I ask the children for reassurance - so far so good!

Next, setting off for Uni: Lunch... Check, Oyster.... Check, What subjects are today? Okay got all my books, pencil case, at least I think I'm ready... Did I remember to switch the iron off???

Everyday for me seems to be a rush, every other thought seems to be, 'Have I got this? Did I remember that? I'm always checking my bag for something. Meanwhile deadline's are looming and research is calling me. My travel time to uni is an hour and twenty minutes so I use this time wisely and catch up on some last minute reading which is so needed! The reading is NEVER ending! And to make things worse it's so interesting you're always tempted to go off topic.

Trains are running okay today, a few delays but none effect me. After a Tram, two Trains and a bus ride I reach my destination. It always makes me smile - I often wonder about all the creativity that's happened in the space, how different things must be today than it was 10 years ago. I enjoy the company of all the students and their varied personalities, everyone is like a big family in the drama department, it's like home away from home.

After a combination of practical and theory I'm left with thoughts of my future. Are my aspirations still the same? It seems forever changing with Drama. One thing I'm sure of though, I can't live without it! Traveling home I usually treat myself to some reading of my own choice or a movie on the iPad as a reward for completing my day and a rest before I collect the children and give them my time, exchanging stories of our day, preparing and eating dinner and putting them to bed.

I run a strict bedtime routine which is so needed, this allow's me good time to get homework done and prepare for the next day ahead. If there is enough time after, I watch a bit of sky plus or phone a friend for some gossip (but there usually ain't). Yes kiss social time good bye but rest assured I'm doing this for the best cause - ME! So at this point I get some sleepy time and sometimes I fall asleep forgetting to to set the alarm for the next day... Oops!

 

I was recently asked how I feel Kingston has helped to make me more employable so I thouight I would share my reply with you all!

My course at Kingston helped me with employability by making sure I had a good mix of practical assignments as well as written essays. For example on my study exchange year in the USA I carried out an internship which formed part of my grade for a subject I chose. This was very useful as I did the internship on alternate days during the week and put what I was learning in lectures into practice in the office. Since I studied law much of this was essay based especially when it came to the 3 hour written exam time which - in theory - isn't something that I would necessarily do in a workplace. However skills gained from writing exams under such time pressure have been beneficial for my work such as writing a report on a subject concisely and also clearly at relatively short notice using only the material in front of me. Additionally working on group projects at uni has been an invaluable experience for much of my work where team work is essential.

If you are in the process of making your choices right now, good luck!

Employability at Kingston

Posted 13 Mar 2014 by Maciej

 

During the time spent at Kingston, I was involved in a number of group assignments where I learned how to be an integral part of a diversified team. It helped me to develop my time management, communications, planning and organisational skills, all of which needed to be applied at a different level when compared to individual assignments.

The University also changed my perception on personal development and wider job prospects. I realised that along with the knowledge that we continued to gain, of high importance also is our ability to learn, develop, adjust to new circumstances and process the information. Those qualities always have and continue to bring fruits throughout my studies and professional career.

I did an Honours degree, and I chose one which included a work placement at the penultimate year of my studies. Believe it or not, the kick start that I received during the first year of my studies (a need to quickly adjust to the new environment, new learning experience, culture and modules - English law is definitely not something that we are exposed to too often in Continental Europe), helped me stay focused on my objectives and secure a placement with IBM before other students actually started looking for one. As I found out 5 months later, I also could have taken advantage of a series of CV writing and job interview workshops but since I had my placement sorted, this was not a problem.

Kingston University stands for the qualities that I have already mentioned: it keeps developing its offer (look at the wide range of courses available), teaching experience (visit one of the campuses and have a look at how much has changed over the years) and offers flexibility to meet the needs of a wider group of students (part-time Masters courses, not many Universities offer that).

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