Posted 9 Mar 2012
Hi everyone. I just wanted to share with you my experience of doing a placement this term, which will be my final 12 weeks at Kingston (gulp!) A lot of courses here at Kingston offer students placements, or "sandwich" years where you can go out and work in an area of your subject that interests you; and most of these are paid! Studying Dance with Drama I don't quite get the same opportunity but I do have the option to choose a module called Access to Dance which allows me to experience a job role in the dance field.
So since the start of January I have been working at Oak Lodge School in Wandsworth. It is a "special" educational and residential school for children who are deaf or have hearing impairments. On placement I have been able to observe different lessons, lead extra curricular dance sessions and assist in the schools performing arts and P.E lessons.
I have really, really enjoyed being at my placement because it has been such a positive experience for me. I've realised how serious I am about following a career in teaching and have a new found interest in working with children who have special needs. The school have been so welcoming to me and have let me become really active in lessons, and even offered me a paid position for the summer term when my placement finishes.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that taking a placement year, or even a placement module at Kingston is a great opportunity to put the knowledge and skills you have gained on your course into more practical experience. It gives you a chance to see what areas of your subject you might be interested in for future jobs and could give you an edge on other graduates that may also be applying for the same jobs in the future.
Employees like to see that you have experience and that your interests lie in that field.
A lot of students when they come to university like to think that they are going to seize every opportunity available to them and try different things, but this doesn't just have to be socially based. I would seriously recommend considering doing a placement year, studying a language for a term, or studying for a year abroad for anybody out there looking to study at Kingston. Make the most of what is on offer to you.
I feel I have gained so much experience and new skills based on what I have learnt in my university studies and have enjoyed my placement so much. It has also helped me make some serious decisions about what to do when I leave university this year, something I was very worried about before!
Course: Dance with Drama
Level: Alumni 2012
Other information: I came to Kingston straight from college. I am a member of the cheerleading society, snowsports society and am also a Kingston University Student Ambassador. I chose Kingston because... it was one of the few universities where I could combine my interests of Dance and Drama. When I visited Kingston for my audition, met my lecturers, and had a tour of the campus and Kingston river side; I immediately felt comfortable and knew it was the right choice for me. I have g...