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Kingston University
Kingston University
Kingston upon Thames

How Kingston Prepares you for Industry

Hi everyone,

I think it is important to leave university with not only a degree but feeling ready and confident to enter the industry you want to work in. It is also what will make you stand out, showing employers that you have the skills they are looking for. I feel Kingston shares these same values and helps you get more than just a degree. So, I am going to share with you what Kingston has in place to make this possible.

Future skills

The future skills programme is embedded on every course here at Kingston. This programme teaches you about the skills that employers value and how to develop those skills. I feel these sessions are really good for self-reflecting and understanding your strengths and weaknesses so you can work on them.

Placements

Placements are a great opportunity to work in the industry and get work experience while studying. Many courses at Kingston offer some sort of placement whether that be a placement year or placement weeks/days embedded into the course. The location of Kingston being close to central London means there are so many options when it comes to finding a placement, I have found especially for the creative industry. So over summer is a great opportunity to do an internship and gain some valuable experience.

Career Centre

The Career Centre is a service at Kingston that is both in person and online. You can get support with a range of things that will prepare you for your future after Kingston. Such as CV building, writing a cover letter, job search, interview preparation, specialist career advice and more. This is perfect to use throughout your time at university and when graduating to help you find and secure that graduate job.

Teaching

From my experience at Kingston, I have found on my course the teaching to be very tailored to what it will be like when working in the industry (I study fashion promotion and communication). The projects and tasks we are set are things that we could potentially be asked to do once at work, such as writing press releases and creating client pitches. We also do lots of presentations to the group and feedback sessions with the lectures, this is great for building confidence for presenting to future clients and learning how to receive and deal with constructive feedback.

I hope this is insightful and feel free to ask any questions :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)

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