Posted Thursday 20 July 2017
As his time at school came to a close, Jack Connelly, then 18, was deliberating what to do next. Keen to keep his options open and explore his interests, Jack found himself weighing up what was right for him. Should he undertake an apprenticeship – as many of his friends were doing – or apply to University? In the end, as his study interests were varied, the broader range of subjects offered within a degree course was what swung the balance for Jack and he decided to apply for a business management degree.
When he saw his A-level results, though, the 19 year old realised he was facing a setback as he hadn't achieved his target grades. A call to the Kingston University Clearing hotline, however, quickly alleviated his worries and got him back on the right track. The Clearing staff had been extremely reassuring and helpful, Jack said. "It all went surprisingly smoothly and I was delighted to hear that I was a viable candidate and could study business after all," he added.
Part of the appeal of Kingston University was the great location, as Jack was eager to live in London. With his sister having been through the university process before him, Jack didn't feel as overwhelmed by the prospect of going to college. "It's not as difficult as you think – you can adapt quickly to a new situation." he said.
Jack has sailed through the first year on his course and said the Kingston business management degree with business experience had appealed to him as he didn't want to limit himself to one sector or industry too soon. "I needed to undertake a course that would let me discover my interests and explore more opportunities," he said. "What particularly stands out about the Kingston University business degrees is that they include a placement – but within the three-year course – so I'm currently looking for one to start during my second year."
Jack was full of praise for both his course and his tutors. "My degree is very well structured, fast-paced and great for building up my CV," he said. "It's also well taught – I always know my tutors are supportive and will be there for me."
As well as enjoying his academic success, Jack has joined the Kingston University football team, which he said had helped him not only to develop his playing skills but to also build strong and lasting friendships with people from other courses. "Playing for the University team has been fantastic," he added. "I scored four goals as well as winning Rising Star and Captain's Player awards."
Jack suggests anyone thinking of applying through Clearing should be receptive to new ideas. "Keep as many doors open as you can," he advised. "Don't think all is lost because you can't do what you originally intended to do – you might find there is something even better out there for you... I did."