My name is Vanesa and I'm originally from Madrid, Spain. I work at Kaplan International College London as a College Services Administrator, which means I organise events and activities for students and help them to make the most of their time at the College.
Having had experience of studying and living abroad, I know that it's a big step, so I wanted to share my story with you and tell you how I followed my path, my way.
Moving to London
Back in Spain, I studied Administration and Sports and I worked in administration for many years. Then, one day, the financial crisis in my home country pushed me to build an international profile. My first thought was about how I could improve my English to become stronger within my industry, so I decided to move to London to look for new opportunities.
When I arrived, I worked in hotels, coffee shops and restaurants while I took English lessons at different language schools in the evenings. When I was confident enough with my level of English, I decided to take the IELTS test and enrol at the University of Westminster to help boost my professional possibilities.
I had always wanted to study at university — I just never knew it would end up being in another country and in another language!
Since I started this journey in 2014, I’ve had so many amazing experiences and gained a lot of knowledge. As well as graduating with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, I had the chance to meet and learn from people around the world.
My classmates (students from more than 10 different countries), my teachers who taught me to see things from different perspectives, my international friends with different mentalities — all of these people helped me to grow and develop into the person I am today.
Studying abroad… again!
The best part of being a student is that you have the freedom to try new things and take risks. That’s why I took the opportunity to study a semester abroad in Australia.
“I wanted to explore…”
This was one of the best experiences of my life so far. London had started to feel like home for me, so travelling to the other side of the world was exciting, interesting and enriching. While I was there, I wanted to experience as much as possible. Of course, I was responsible and made sure I finished my course with good grades, but I wanted to explore…
I met people from America, India, Germany, South America — people who, like me, wanted to have the best experience of their lives. It felt intense and empowering.
Studying in Australia also helped me to grow personally and professionally: it gave me opportunities to network, become familiar with my industry worldwide, understand my limitations and fears, and realise the value of time.
Vanesa's path to success
After this rewarding experience, I came back to London to finish my last year at university, and I had the chance to work part-time at Kaplan International College (KIC) London as a Student Helper on the social programme. It meant that I could create fun experiences for students so that they could make the most of their time in London, just like I did in Australia.
Working at KIC London can be very hectic, especially during peak periods like Welcome Week, but I think that I have one of the best jobs at the College. I’m in charge of creating those unforgettable moments that will make students’ time here special. I want students to feel connected to the College so that they can look back fondly on their experiences here.
This has been my path so far.
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