DO IT! Grab the opportunity with both hands and don't let go until you have a pen in your hand signing your work contract! You're probably wondering why I am so keen; well let me start by explaining what a placement will offer you.....
1. MONEY - an actual salary, no more beans on toast and smartprice pizzas; enjoy Champagne and Caviar if only for one year.
2. EXPERIENCE - leaving University with a year in industry will increase your chances of gaining a graduate job dramatically - whilst it would be great to be a student forever unfortunately the time soon comes round where there is no option but to find a job, and the more employable you are the better. A placement year will be a big enhancement to your CV and an invaluable experience, you'd be silly to miss it!
3. NETWORKING - and this doesn't mean how many friends do you have on Facebook! Since starting my placement I have met so many people that I would never have had the opportunity to meet through university. These are industry specific contacts - who I hope will offer me on-going advice, guidance and support throughout my final year and into the future.
4. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY - or in this situation try before you apply. I am hoping my placement year will help me work out what I actually want to do with my life. I am in an environment where I have the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in Central London, what the commuter lifestyle is really like and learn how global business is done.
5. FINAL YEAR PROJECT - the dreaded 20% of your degree that you have to commit so much of your life too, well do you know what you're going to do yours on? Because I certainly don't have a clue. Having only been at work less than month I still have plenty of time to work this one out, but already many people have offered me their time to help towards finding something I will truly enjoy studying and want to develop further.
6. EGO - get the confidence boost you need. You'll be surprised to know that people won't instantly meet you and think you're a lazy student, doing a placement has boosted my confidence for interviews, presentations and meeting new people. Just make sure your ego doesn't get too big!
7. A FIRST - my placement year means I have to get out of bed at 7am, 5 days a week and concentrate for a minimum of 8 hours a day. WOW! Crazy, I know!! But will be so worth it, as when I come back for my final year I'll have a much better work ethic and be ready to hit the books hard and get that FIRST I have always wanted.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a placement NOW!
You won't regret it, promise xoxo
P.S. Don't go it alone, the careers team at University are a great help and provide support throughout the whole experience/process!
Now that I've finished my second year at Kingston I've moved back home to Wales for the Summer. It's great to be back home seeing friends and family but having such a long Summer can become a bit tedious which I learnt last year! Luckily this year I made a lot of plans in advance to keep myself occupied! I just got back from a holiday in Aruba and now I'm getting my camping gear ready for a long weekend away at a music festival. Being back home has made me think about what I miss about being in Kingston. For my second year I decided to move to Wimbledon in a house share with friends, I loved it there but started to miss the student atmosphere at Kingston so I decided to move back for my third year and I can't wait to settle back in!
Kingston is a beautiful town and I love the way that you don't have to go far to get to nice parks like Bushey Park where you can sit down on the grass and enjoy a nice picnic with friends. There's also the Thames river which you can walk along with plenty of pubs and restaurants beside it. I like the way that I can get into London by train in around 25 minutes and there are plenty of buses to get you around. There's also a street that has loads of cafes that are really nice to sit outside and have a coffee in the morning. There's loads of shops that cater to all tastes and the same goes for the bars! I study at Knights Parks campus and I enjoy the walk to university from the train station. Knights Park is in a quiet area of Kingston and behind the student union there's a river where lots of students enjoy to sit with friends after a day of work. I think that Kingston has a nice community feel and coming from a rural area in Wales this was important to me. A lot of events occur in Kingston such as the May Merrie, Dragon Boat Challenge and the Food Festival to name a few! I like to use the Kingston First website to keep up to date with events happening in the town, here's the link www.kingstonfirst.co.uk/. The University has plenty of events happening too which are great opportunities to meet new people and enjoy, for example Freshers' Week!
I'm very excited to move back to Kingston and I wish you all the best of luck on results day, feel free to ask me any questions, and I hope to see many of you in September!
My summer has been very busy. I am doing a summer work placement with a family friend. For this I am working as a research assistant, this should give me good experience in conducting research. As well as that I have just returned from a holiday in Switzerland with my scout group from home. While there we did all kinds of adventurous activities, climbing, white water rafting and hiking. We scaled to 2500m one day, with a starting point of 1000m, meaning that I have now climbed higher than the height of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK!
The picture shows the view at night from the hut we were staying at (you can see the clouds below us). It was an amazing week! In order to pay for this I have been working as much as I possibly can.
Also I have had my 21st birthday where my family took me to the aquarium which was really nice.
Results day is coming up for you guys! There's no reason to stress, there's nothing you can do but wait! On the morning of results day UCAS Track will most likely crash - so do look on OSIS via the Getting Ready website if you are holding an offer at Kingston. Hopefully your offer will also come through like mine did - I received a text from Kingston University telling me that I had got in. This was a massive relief and eased me into the rest of the day. Knowing I had a place before opening that dreaded envelope which contained my results.
For those of you who have just finished year 12, these results will help indicate which courses and universities to pursue as they will give you an idea of the grades that you will achieve. Don't fret if you get bad results there is still time for you to make changes!
My first attempt at lower sixth I achieved UUUD as my results, fortunately I spoke to my head of sixth and he was kind enough to allow me to redo the year. This was really scary as all my friends had carried on into upper sixth and I was scared of all my new class mates knowing I was a retake and scared of the judgement they would put upon me. Contrary to my expectations everyone was really nice and understanding, and the following two years turned out to be the most enjoyable years of my school life even with all the extra work. Now I'm here, going into my third year at University.
The Kingston University Knights Park student union bar on a fundraiser night.
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Sport at Kingston
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My Hobby - Photography
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