Since their inauguration in 2019, a group of alumni called the Kingsmakers, who offer their regular financial support to King’s, have created new opportunities for hundreds of students. This is how they helped Gabriela, a geography student, to find a potential career path in her chosen field.
'The programme started with a week of workshops to prepare us for the professional environment – and came with a lot of homework. After that, I started my four-week internship with the Living Wage Foundation – a charity I had been connected with because I am interested in education and income equality.
From nervous to resilient
At first, I was nervous to be pushed out of my comfort zone, but everyone in the team was so welcoming and supportive. I learned so much in those four weeks and, once lectures started, was able to work a shift in the office with them every week.
I feel that I’ve already developed so much as a professional. I’ve become more resilient and self-reflective, and I have learned how to adapt my communication skills in a professional environment.
The bursary that I receive has been such a help this year. Money was tight when it came in, so it was a real relief. Most of it I’ve spent on living costs and travel – public transport in London is so expensive.
Becoming a young leader
I am so grateful to alumni for donating and I hope that the Civic Leadership Academy can continue to grow in the next year. It really has filled a gap for us – I’ve not seen any other programme that supports careers in civic society, which is where I want to make my mark after graduation.
Without it, I would not have been able to access similar experiences. Through the Academy, alumni are helping us become skilled and socially minded young leaders.'