Graduate case study - creativity and innovation
Amy is currently Volunteering Projects Coordinator for Kent Union. She studied Philosophy and English Language and Linguistics and graduated in 2017. During her time at University she was Big Band & Concert Band Assistant for the Music Society, Secretary for the Nordic society, Keynes College Student Committee President and a member of the Publishing Society. Amy also volunteers as a SEEM Volunteer at Canterbury College, supporting students with their Maths and English skills.
In what ways did Kent equip you with the skills necessary to excel when you graduate?
The biggest way Kent aided me in gaining the skills necessary for the working world was to simply offer opportunities. Every co-curricular activity, post-cinema talk, volunteering experience and employment opportunity offered me the chance to learn something new, or to develop my existing skills e.g. communication, leadership, problem solving etc. Additionally, my engagement with different societies enabled me to attend various training sessions, equipping me with role-specific skill-sets. On a personal level, I landed in a role (Keynes College Student Committee President) that I had never previously considered myself qualified for, however, it led to one of my biggest achievements whilst at University, (asides from gaining my degree!), and taught me to never underestimate my capabilities.
How would you personally define creativity and innovation?
For me, creativity and innovation are not limited to merely ‘thinking outside of the box’ but more importantly the process; actively taking risks, trying new ideas or solutions and embracing the possibility that something may not work. Similarly, innovation allows for a cyclical process; perhaps a thought or trial didn’t work as well as expected, once you’ve highlighted what didn’t work you go back to finding another creative solution.
Can you suggest how current students/ graduates can show potential employers that they possess creativity and innovation?
In applications and interviews pull on all your experiences, highlight how you adapted and changed things depending on their success – i.e. if you put on an event which had a low turnout, what did you or could you have done to improve it. Don’t be put off by the size and scope of the potential employer, be brave and tell them your thoughts and ideas and how you would implement those thoughts and ideas!