Today Keon Richardson (Sport and Social Sciences graduate 2017) continues his tips for achieving your best with why its important to write something that you are passionate about and to speak to people who have been there and done it.
3. Write about something that YOU are passionate about!
What I loved about my course was that there is no right or wrong answer. Studying how sport and societal issues intersect is different to studying Maths, where there is one definite answer (e.g. 1+1=2). With this in mind, we had complete autonomy to study whatever we desired for our 15, 000 word dissertation. After completing my placement year where I delivered community football programmes in local estates, I decided to analyse the degree to which participation in Premier League Kicks could enhance the social mobility prospects of ‘hard-to-reach’ young people from BAME backgrounds in Haringey. Sport-mega events and Health were the main areas of study that my fellow students completed their research on. Initially, I felt put off from my study as mine was unorthodox from what everyone else was studying and I was the only student completing research in Community Football Development. Albeit, completing my dissertation was surprisingly fun because I was reading concepts (Social Capital, Social Mobility, Neoliberalism) that I was competent in analyzing and it was enjoyable to read/write because of how it was connected to my own life. My dissertation gained unexpected attention on LinkedIn as I wrote an article about the study. Sport Professionals from the UK, Canada, America, Trinidad and Tobago (my homeland) and Kenya (my favourite country in Africa after Zambia) liked my post and created a snowball of professionals sharing my post and abundance of messages came through asking to receive a copy of the study once I had finished. This gave me further motivation to not only complete the study, but to take quality care of every single chapter from the Acknowledgements to the Final Appendix as the study was of meaning to people involved in sport across the world. I've had my dissertation praised by two senior worldwide research authors (Ramon Spaaij and James Oloo).
4. Speak to people who have been there and done it!
Most of my friends graduated last academic year whilst I was on placement at QPR in the Community Trust. Although I was ready to conquer Final Year by myself, the Final Year hit me back and it was reassuring to have advice coming from people who had graduated. Whenever I had my doubts and felt like quitting University, I messaged my sister who studied Photography Science; my cousin who studied Economics and is currently completing his Masters; and two of my closest friends who studied Cardiovascular Physiology and Drama Studies. I particularly contacted my two closest friends as they had most recently finished University, so their memory of Final Year was still fresh in their mind. What was most beneficial was my friends and family studied degrees that were different to mine but I could draw from some of the techniques that they used for their course and apply what was most applicable to mine. This came from academic to general everyday techniques, like turning my Phone on Flight Mode when I went to the Library to study, or pace myself with writing essays – “Final Year is a marathon not a race”.
Read more on Keon's tips tomorrow........
We know that one of the best sources of career advice and inspiration is someone who is doing, or has done, the thing you are wanting to do. So we are delighted that Alumni Relations have organised another of their highly successful Get Connected events this week - and to make it even better, it is right here on campus and has an international theme to match the week!
Students will be offered short, informal appointments with alumni to ask any burning questions about their future career. There will also be opportunities for general networking and staff from our Career Service will offer advice on CVs and the evening will conclude with an informal networking opportunity.
Advice will be available from the alumni experts on how to start your working life around the world, including international students looking for tips on how to enter careers in the UK. The volunteers come from varied careers and can give advice on staying in the UK and working abroad in many different career areas.
Get Connected - International Careers will be this Thursday 3 March between 6pm and 8pm in the Plug Bar in the Students' Union. It's free to attend but you will need to register in advance to claim your free drink! A list of those who have already registered is available on our website - so if you're a little shy about going and want to know if any of your friends or classmates are going, you can have a look! (And if they're not - why not tell them about it?)
Opportunities to ask one-to-one career questions of alumni are very rare, and people before have found this a very valuable experience – not just for the advice but for getting some experience in the important skill of networking.
Find out more about the alumni volunteers - and make sure you book your place in order to meet the alumni experts and also a free drink!
Next week sees the return of our annual internationally-themed week of events. We have tried to have a little bit of something for everyone so do have a look at our events for that week to see what takes your fancy!
The week kicks off with Mars China coming in to talk about their management leadership opportunities for Chinese students wanting to return home after their studies.
We then focus on Japan, with DISCO International talking about opportunities for Japanese bilinguals - as well as PwC talking specifically about their opportunities for international students. With UK recruitment currently tightening up for international students, this is a great opportunity to meet a company who embraces internationalism. Also that day we host Withers & Rogers talking about the future of global organisations and how IP Offerings and protection are a key way to enhance that.
Thursday brings the Fulbright Commission here, offering their annual tips session on Postgraduate Study in the USA. We know that many of you are interested in this, so do come in and speak to the experts!
Added to all these external presentations, our Careers Service experts are offering a programme of workshops to help students both home and international prepare themselves for an international career. There are two assessment centre group exercise sessions - it's peak season for assessment days just now so book your slot soon. We also have repeat sessions of our popular workshops for international students looking at covering letters and also interview skills. If you are finding these hard to master then come along and learn how to demystify them and feel more in control of your approach.
You may have heard us talk about networking and advise you to develop and make best use of your LinkedIn profile. If you know you should but aren't sure how, book onto our workshop on Wednesday afternoon which will give you tips and strategies to boost your profile and show you how to extend your reach by leveraging the Bath Connection.
Finally, we are delighted to say that this year we are working with Alumni Relations who are offering one of their highly successful Get Connected sessions right here on campus on Thursday evening. It also has an international focus and the experts are all either international alumni or alumni who have worked overseas during their careers. Added to this they are launching a Get Connected webinar on Friday, for those of you who'd like the chance to ask your questions remotely.
Hopefully this will have whetted your appetite but do remember, if you'd rather just come in and ask one of our Advisers your questions, we are available every day for 1:1 appointments - we're looking forward to seeing you!
Did you know its International Careers Week? We have a packed week of live links with employers, on-campus presentations and skills sessions such as how to use LinkedIn to build networks. That's not all, our blog this week will feature opportunities and advise tailored to support your international job hunt.
We are aware a number of our Alumni may be looking for work or are looking to take their careers to the next level. The British Council will be running a UK Alumni Recruitment Fair and a series of career development workshops in China from 21 to 29 March 2015. This year they are working in partnership with Zhaopin.com to invite well-known businesses to take part in the event. This is a chance for Chinese students to gain a better understanding of the job market in China, explore job opportunities, and seek guidance on their long-term career ambitions. Participants will also have opportunities to talk directly with business representatives who will be on site to offer career development advice and information on job opportunities with their companies.
Time: 13.30 - 17.00, 21 March 2015 (Saturday)
Address: Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel (No.15, Section 1, Ren Min Zhong Road, Chengdu)
Time: 13.30 - 17.00, 21 March 2015 (Saturday)
Address: China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel Guangzhou (No. 122 Liu Hua Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou)
Time: 13.30 - 18.00, 28 March 2015 (Saturday)
Address: Crowne Plaza Shanghai (No.400, Fanyu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)
Time: 13.30 - 18.00, 29 March 2015 (Sunday)
Address: Landmark Tower Beijing (No.8, North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Please refer to the below link for further information on the event and registration details:
There is no admittance without advance registration. Students must register for the event in advance at www.alumniuk.org.cn. Students can get further information by visiting www.alumniuk.org.cn or contacting email@example.com and following @留英校友会AlumniUK on Sina Weibo.
Congratulations from everyone in the Careers Team!
Did you know you can continue to access the support from the Careers Service event after you have graduated? Whether you see your future in work, study, self- employment; or even if you’re still looking for the right path for you, we are here to help! You can book a face-to-face appointment or we can support you over the phone or via skype. You can also continue to access MyFuture for the latest vacancies and careers resources. For more information visit the Careers Service webpages.
Don't forget to join Bath Connection and become an alumni mentor! You can also network with fellow graduates and keep in touch with class mates. For more information visit the Bath Connection website.