It took two years studying architecture at another university and a further two years working for a property and film production company before Amy Heisler finally decided where her ambitions lay. Picking up the phone, she dialled Kingston Universityâ€™s Clearing hotline two years ago and since then has laid firm foundations for a bright future.
â€œIâ€™d always felt my calling would have something to do with property but I wanted to do something more practical than architecture so I eventually decided to apply for a building surveying degree,â€ the 24 year old, from Walthamstow, North East London, said. â€œWhen I rang up the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, they recommended Kingston as one of the few universities in the country which has chartered accreditation so it seemed the perfect choice.â€
It was August by the time Amy had made up her mind she wanted to go back to the books and she was worried about securing a university place at such a late stage. â€œI applied to Kingston through Clearing and the operator instantly put my mind at rest and connected me to the School of Surveying,â€ she said. â€œI was offered a place going straight into the second year based on my previous architecture study.â€
Now Amyâ€™s hard work has paid off - she has just graduated with a First Class degree and has secured a job at commercial real estate giant Colliers CRE, where she is about to take up the post of graduate building surveyor. â€œMy advice to anyone going through Clearing this year is to never give up hope,â€ she said. â€œGetting on the course has opened up so many opportunities. Just a few years ago I only had vague ideas about how to get my career on track and now Iâ€™m in the brilliant position of being about to take up my dream job.â€