Well the time has officially come...I'm a Kingston University Law LLB graduate (2.1 :D)!
Those of you that follow my blogs will know that I was slightly dreading finishing uni and entering the ‘real world'. However, after a good few months celebrating with friends and reminiscing our times here, we decided that there are plenty more fun and exciting adventures ahead.
So... at the moment, my current employment status is FUNemployed (i.e. having fun but trying to find a job at the same time!) I know that I would like to further my studies later on in life by doing a Masters, but want to work this year to save money and gain that all-important experience.
In terms of traveling (which again, if you follow my blogs, you know I love) I've been on a girly holiday with my best friends from uni to Barcelona and am going to Alicante in August. I also experienced my first festival in Newquay at this year's Beach Break. We cheated a little bit, as we stayed in a caravan (being in a tent is just not my thing!) but it was fun to listen to new bands and meet new people.
We've also had Student Ambassador Events, such as the Awards Night and Dragon Boat race. Both were really fun and a great way to mark my amazing time as a Student Ambassador here. I've experienced and learnt so much from the scheme and would encourage anyone to join it! I was lucky enough to win an award for ‘Best Role Model', which I was so happy about. I'll definitely miss all my work colleagues and the fun we had working at different events together.
Finally, I had a touristy day in London and took some great pics (some of which I've shared on here). It was so nice to be able to appreciate these beautiful parts of our capital city which you wouldn't normally visit. I kept laughing at how much of a tourist I was being, when I've lived near London my whole life! Just goes to show how there are always great things to see and do here.
That's all from me for now! I'll be sure to keep you guys up to date with my life after uni. For now, I'll be visiting Kingston occasionally to work and see friends, before the big day of my graduation in November (and yes I've already bought the dress for it!) Bye for now...
Now that I have officially finished all my exams (eek!) I'm having some 'down time' and casually (and I mean very casually) applying for jobs. For those of you that don't know, LinkedIn is becoming an increasingly popular way to get in contact with employers and network. Have a look at the following to see if it could be useful for you in the future...
1. Create a comprehensive profile. Make it visible to everyone. You are making no personal revelations here, only providing information that is available on your resume. You have already sent those out by the hundreds, haven't you?
2. Invite your college professors to connect and join your network. Not all of your professors are on Linkedin, but some undoubtedly are. Most professors will be eager for the chance to stay connected with you after graduation.
3. Ask your professors to write a Linkedin recommendation for you. The value of a positive recommendation should be obvious.
4. Invite your fellow students to connect and join your network. They are your friends now, and can be your friends for a long time if you nurture the relationship. More than friends, they form the core of your professional network. Years after college, they can be helpful with business referrals and help in locating new positions.
5. Make Linkedin the home page on your browser. Viewing your network activity makes you aware of what people in your network are doing. You should check it every day.
6. Update your profile URL to your name, if possible Put this URL on your resume and business cards. If you have a blog, add a link to your Linkedin profile.
7. Join Linkedin discussion groups related to your major and your school. Every college's business school should have its own group. Occasionally post a question or an update.
8. Always remember that Linkedin is not Facebook. You should not post personal photos, nor engage in unprofessional conversations. Remember, no one wants to know what you ate for breakfast, or what you did on Saturday night. They are interested if you are looking for a new position, recently found a new one, or acquired an important competency. Business people are busy, and will disconnect you if you send out too many or too frivolous status updates.
9. Include a professional photograph (i.e., business suit).
10. Always keep your e-mail and phone number current. Remember to change these after graduation.
11. Send a personal note to anyone joining your network. Saying thank you has never gone out of style.
You can create your own LinkedIn profile here -> http://uk.linkedin.com/ and make sure you connect with the Kingston Uni Linkedin profile!
In this blog I answer some questions asked by JackJames as part of the student newsletter takeover about my course LLB Law at Kingston and how I have found my time here.
Why did you pick this degree course? I picked my course because I enjoyed English at school/college and wanted to use my skills in a degree where I could argue and analyse problems.
Why study at Kingston University? I recommend studying at Kingston University as you get to meet a wide variety of people from all over the world! There are also a lot of other exciting opportunities you can take part in within your degree, such as studying abroad and work placements. I also love the location of Kingston, as there's always something fun to do.
How was moving to Kingston Upon Thames to attend university? Moving to Kingston was a great learning experience from me. I became much more independent and had to quickly learn how to do my own cooking, cleaning and washing! Being from Guildford (not too far from Kingston itself) I was familiar with the local area, but still had to get to grips with ‘London' things such as oyster cards and the Underground.
What does your course involve? My course involves a lot of reading! I'm expected to read textbooks, cases and journal articles about various legal topics that are relevant to my modules, such as Family or Criminal Law. I also have to complete various assignments/ essays throughout the year. These are either problem questions, where I have to apply the current law to scenarios and give a solution or essays, where I have to discuss and critically analyse certain legal topics.
Tell me about your current projects/dissertation (other interesting things you have done on your course?) An interesting thing I get to do on my course is to visit court and watch real life cases. One of my projects involved me going to court and writing a report on the case I saw. I was lucky enough to witness a really interesting one about fraud and it was fun to see how the barristers used the law I had learnt about in Criminal Law to win the case for their client.
Also, in my latest project, I had to write a White Paper (a government document proposing a new law) on how to reduce anti- social behaviour. I chose to focus on youths and really enjoyed being able to use my ideas and be creative!
University is not all about the degree, so tell me what other adventures you pursue? Coming to Kingston has allowed me to pursue lots of other exciting things apart from my degree. One of the best things has been being part of the Law Society as a committee member and having the chance to organise social events such as the law ball! This year we had a great time at our James Bond themed ‘Skyball'.
What do you think you will take away from your time at Kingston and from your course? The main things I will take away from my time at Kingston are the great friends I've made and the opportunities I've had to try new things.
Where do you hope to end up in the future? In the future, I hope to teach law, ether to A- level students or at University level. One thing I do know for certain is that I'll miss the life of a student!
Course: LLB Law
Level: Third year
Other information: I came to University straight from school. I am a member of the Law society. I am part of the Kingston University Student Ambassador scheme. I chose Kingston because... The Law School has a very good reputation, with good facilities and the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree. I also loved the location and Kingston town centre itself, as there's so much to do! I have got to where I am now.... I worked hard during my A-Levels to get the best grades possible, so...