The last stretch

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I can finally see what my table looks like. It had been a long time since I took a look at its scratchy, stained surface. Papers, mugs, books and the rest of what constituted my life in the past fifteen plus days had cluttered it, to the point where I had to excuse myself to make space for more clutter. Enough with the depressing picture, you get it. This is what the final weeks of the term looks like and why I don’t have any Christmas pictures for you.

I do have to say though, that this essay writing period gets better each term. If I may do a little sports (or army?) analogy, it requires not only discipline and motivation, but training. Conditioning is key, as with each period, you will let out less sweat, frustration and tears (the last one hopefully never). I’ve also come to realize the sheer amount of knowledge I have stored in my brain in the past year. It gives me utter joy and satisfaction to have a thorough map of the Cold War – dates, people, places, you name it. I can also weave the information I got from different modules so I have a bigger, better picture of things – talk about contextualization.

This also happens to be the time of the year where institutions and organizations ‘wrap up’ their yearly activities. Here is a picture of the volunteer researchers at the Disability Rights UK, discussing the progress we’ve made so far with our findings. I had been looking for a research position for quite some time and luckily, I’ve found a something that I can also incorporate my passion for charity. The project I’m working on is on the Human Rights Act in the UK that has taken centre stage with the Tories’ proposal to scrap it. Before the year closes though, I’d like to speak a bit about the career aspect of the degree.

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Let’s start from the bottom: You need some kind of an experience before you apply for any job/volunteer position/internship. This is where the imagination can go wild –without setting off for that magic short cut to your dream job, try and gather experience and further your skills by volunteering or doing an internship. Fiona from Careers services has a regularly updated blog that features internship and job opportunities. Also, keep an eye on your emails as you’ll be getting plenty of notifications for positions in fields related to War Studies.

I volunteer for Citizens UK, where I go to a primary school with a group of King’s students to work on an after school project with the students there (I was notified by King’s regarding this opportunity!). They are lovely kids but not always receptive, so I have reached a different level with my communication skills. There are plenty of ways to get involved in King’s as well. Widening Participation is a fantastic department that has plenty of available paid positions. Doing campus tours, mentoring sixth form students and participating in open days are all jobs offered by the department and a great way to gain working experience within the university.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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