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Standing out: facing challenges


In this video UEL students and graduates explain the challenging situations they have faced and how these situations have not stood in the way of them achieving their goals.

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  • WC - Web Chinduta, Student, University of East London
  • OO - Oluwanike Odeniyi, Graduate, University of East London
  • MS - Manar Sabri, Graduate, University of East London
  • MQ - Mohammad Quereshi, Graduate, University of East London

WC - Being a mature student, you come to university and you find a lot of students probably much younger than you. But those students are very, very important. I see students as a resource.

The work place is not going to be different. You’re going to find people from all age groups. So maybe you could actually take it as good experience being a mature student in a university with even younger people. You have to learn to respect them and work with them well because that’s good preparation for the work environment.

OO - As an international student, it wasn’t so hard to get a job because, at first, I felt because I wasn’t a citizen it was going to be difficult, but the first few months were quite tough because I wasn’t aware of what I could do. There’s really no problem with you working. You can work. The only thing is you can’t work more than 20 hours. So, as long as you don’t exceed the 20 hours, you’re fine. So there’s really no issue with you being an international student and getting work.

MS - I would advise mature graduates and students to consider the competition out there. That there are lots of students graduating every year with the same degree and some work experience on top of that. So I would advise them to start working on their employability skills from the first year of their degree because that’s when you will have more time on your hands. Don’t leave it till the last minute, to the last year of your degree when you’ll be busy with your final year project and things like that. And the second thing is to try and get up-to-date experience, no matter how small it is, paid or unpaid. Even if one day - voluntary day - a week will help enhance your chances of getting work.

OO – I was new in the UK and iIwas also a disabled student but I think at the end of the day, it’s not your disability that matters, it’s your ability. So whatever it is that you can do, people with disabilities should go out there and do what they need to do. The problem for disabled people is, ‘What kind of treatment will I get from people out there?’. I think there’s really no issue with that. The issue is you. If you’ve got your self-confidence, you know what you want to do, then go out and

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