Where are they now?
It’s always good to know what former students are up to now and how they found leaving university and going in to the real world. Below are a few examples of what some of Kingston University’s former students are up to now.
Name: Tonderayi Madzima
Year of Graduation: 2008
Subject studied: BA Economics
After completing his undergraduate degree Tonderayi decided he wanted to go on to further study. He is now studying for a MSc in Economics at Sussex University. He said ‘University is a catalyst for development, both personally and generally in society. It was quite natural for me to choose further study in my field as I believed that I have gained, from my undergraduate studies, the necessary technical and analytical skills to aim higher!’
Tonderayi’s top tips: ‘Sometimes during your time as a student, the prospect of graduation may seem a distant reality. Try to keep things in perspective (planning and time management are vital for a number of reasons-not just academic).’
Name: Clare Haylor
Year of Graduation: 2006
Subject studied: Psychology
Clare has had a number of jobs since graduating including working as a Recruitment Consultant, and is now working in the consultant industry as a Recruitment Associate. Clare says ‘my degree was very relevant because it taught me to have an understanding of behaviour. In recruitment you need to have a really in depth understanding of both your clients and candidates.’
Clare’s top tips: When thinking about what to do after graduation Clare says ‘it’s always a good idea to have an open mind and that it doesn't matter if you don't know what to do straight away. It’s important to find something that you enjoy and don't be put off from applying for jobs even if you think you don't have all the relevant experience because the employer is often more concerned with you as an individual and your attitude. I would also suggest that it’s important to get involved in as much as possible at University (part time work, sports etc) because if you haven't got proven work experience you need to demonstrate skills you've learnt from other activities.’
Name: Adam Bailey
Year of Graduation: 2007
Subject studied: Music (Specialising in performance)
After graduating Adam started teaching Music through contacts he had made while at university, as well as supplementing his income by working part time in a pub. Adam then applied for a position as the Coordinator of World and Popular Music in which he was successful in getting. He said, ‘I was worried I had no previous line management skills’ but having already had experience project managing recording sessions and performances he was able to use the skills he picked up to his advantage. He now line managers around 25 sessional music tutors.
Adam’s top tips: Make contacts in whatever it is you want to do before leaving university. Try and get a foothold in it and it usually reaps rewards when you finish your degree.
Taking risks is usually the only way you get to do what you want, especially in the arts so be the one who follows through.
MY PROFESSORS SHOWED A SINCERE INTEREST IN MY EDUCATION AS A STUDENT AND AS A PERSON. THEY NOT ONLY WANTED TO HELP DEVELOP ME FOR MY CAREER, BUT ALSO AS A PERSON AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY.
Former university graduate