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/
Hi everyone! It's really nice to be back and to be able to share what I've been up to since graduation. This blog will concentrate on my new working life and how Kingston helped get me there. Hope it's useful and interesting...
First here's a little background information: I have just started a 'Higher Education Graduate Trainee' scheme called Ambitious Futures - so yes my job title is very long! This involves me carrying out three five month placements in two institutions. My first placement is back where it all began- Kingston! At the moment, I'm working on a number of different projects for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Penrhyn Road. It's all very exciting and new and I am learning a lot about what goes on behind the scenes at a university - trust me, it's more than you think! It's also really lovely to be back here as I loved uni and Kingston itself. The familiar environment was definitely helpful those first couple of weeks when I was settling in.
So how did Kingston help me get my graduate job I hear you ask?
Summer Boot camp session
After I finished my exams in May, I attended a summer graduate 'boot camp'. This was a one day course that covered everything you need to perfect for the graduate job market: CVs, cover letters & interview skills. I also had the chance to practise what I had learnt in mock interviews and presentations. The feedback I got was both encouraging and really useful for when it came to the real thing. It was actually a really fun day too and I got to meet new people who were in the same position as me. It was great to be able to share stories (and horror stories) about the graduate job search so far- highly recommend!
CV and LinkedIn workshops
There were always regular workshops at Kingston Hill for CVs and cover letters. I used the service a quite a few times to check the layout and grammar of my CV. The tips I got were only minor, but in today's competitive market, this could make all the difference.
KU Law Society
Having the chance to be a committee member of a society really improved my 'soft skills' of team work, effective communication, problem solving and planning. Above all it was a lot of fun and really made me feel part of the Law School and University community.
Last but not least is the amazing Ambassador Scheme! It was actually one of my previous managers that suggested I apply for my current job. She also really helped me with my application- for which I will be eternally grateful :) The scheme gave me the confidence to work and deal with a variety of people and improved my public speaking skills no end. In fact, the information I learnt throughout my time as an Ambassador still helps me now and I'm able to answer a lot of questions in my current job that I wouldn't have been able to without my previous experience.
To end, I'd like to say that although the job market is scary and extremely daunting there is help at hand. All you have to do is search for opportunities and make the most of the options given to you.
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...
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