Working towards your career

Hi,

I’m Chloe and I’m currently a student on the MSc in Leadership and Development and I’m going to say a bit about careers.

King’s College London has so many services to support and guide you and to achieve ‘global graduate’ status.

What is a global graduate?
A global graduate is self-aware, sensitive to differences between oneself and others, able to adapt to these differences effectively and able to communicate well across barriers (be they distance, language or culture).

Why does that matter?
These attributes are highly desirable in our increasingly global world. If you are working internationally, or with a diverse team these things become integral. To me, being global is also about being aware of the issues and events happening in the world, and actively working towards global goals such as equal rights, equal distribution of resources, mental health and climate change. A global graduate is someone who sees that there is more to life than personal ambition.

How can King’s help me be a global graduate?
There are many opportunities on offer to help you reach ‘global’ status. Although I cannot boast success just yet, I can certainly say my CV has greatly improved over the last 9 months. Here are some of the things I have used in order to increase my employability:

The King’s careers office has many useful services from job opportunities to blogs and advice on careers. They cater their services around what you need and where you are in terms of your plans, from ‘have no clue’ to ‘have a 10 year plan’. You can find jobs and internship opportunities throughout the university, and the wider city on King’s CareerConnect. You can sign up to events, such as networking events or talks from practitioners in your desired field. One of the best things, in my opinion, is the CV checking and mock interview services. I used both and I credit them with helping me secure an opportunity I was applying for.

  • Internship Office

The Internship Office deserves a separate mention. King’s has hundreds of regular opportunities to intern, paid or unpaid! They may be part time, self-source internships, summer internships and global internships. The Internship Office screens candidates (except for self-source) and supports by ensuring your employer is taking care of you and giving them the chance to nominate you for intern of the year. Part time internships fit perfectly around studies; I worked for 10 weeks at a grassroots charity in North London. The Global internship service gives you the chance to work abroad for 2 months and you can apply for funding. I received practical and financial support which has helped me secure an amazing opportunity in Medellín, Colombia in little over a month!

  • Experience Awards

Experience Awards allow you to reflect on work that you have done recently and receive acknowledgement for it in the shape of an award. Examples of awards are the London Award (for work or activities in London); the Principal’s Global Leadership Award (which teaches leadership skills, partly taught by my own professor and our Vice Principal ‘Funmi Olonisakin- an expert on global leadership) and a Sanctuary Award (for work helping refugees in the local or broader community). Sadly, post-graduates cannot have the award attached to their HEAR (their transcript basically) but it is still useful to reflect on what you have learned and have clear examples of work to put on your CV.

  • Extra-curriculars

Extra-curricular activities are useful in teaching you transferable skills and expanding your CV. If you have not been lucky enough to find work experience yet, being a committee member of a sport or activity club or volunteering regularly for a charity or society could teach you the same sort of skills as a management job or team orientated job. Being driven, organised and good at working in a team are basic requirements in any career.

  • Language classes

Free post-graduate only language classes are available. They are not formally assessed so easily manageable on top of your course work. Whether you want to work in the UK or further afield, being able to communicate with others in different countries gives you an edge and helps with cross-cultural understanding and empathy.

  • Contacts on courses

I am very lucky that my course, MSc in Leadership and Development, is specifically catered to giving graduates understanding of global leadership and I have been lucky to be taught by global leaders in security and development and to have been exposed to leading practitioners from Presidents to business leaders; local politicians to NGO CEOs. Taking advantage of the networks and expertise your lecturers or classmates have is important.

All the best,

Chloe