Business Studies, 2004 – 2007
Hi, my name is Kunal Sharma, a former Student at John Ruskin College, during 2004-2007.
During my first year at John Ruskin College, I studied an intermediate course in Business Studies. I then went on to study a BTEC in Business studies, for a further 2 years, where I was able to attain a Double Distinction.
From there I went on to do an undergraduate degree at Brighton University in Business Management and Marketing, which lasted 3 years.
Some of the fond memories that I have of my time at John Ruskin College involve the support I was given from my business teachers, initially through my intermediate year (Teresa George and Jim Kenneally) and then in my BTEC course (Andrew and Trisha) and how their outlook on teaching helped me to prepare for university and follow a degree in Business Management and Marketing.
From leaving university I struggled to find work, as there were a huge number of university graduates looking for work, at the same time. Also employers were already making dramatic job cuts, due to the countries recession. I did manage to secure some temporary work at Gatwick Airport, working in check-in. However when that ended I was in the same position as before. Luckily I was able to secure 2 internships, which were relevant to my degree a few months later, through the help of my Universities Student Services department and an external company called Wired Sussex. The first one was as a Marketing Manager for a video production company based in Shoreham- by- Sea called Fluid Moves and the second was with Brighton and Hove High School, as a Marketing Executive.
After finishing both internships, I took 3 months off to carry out a road trip to the USA, from San Francisco to Miami. Upon returning despite gaining experience working in marketing from my internships, I still struggled to find long term work. I began working with my dad, to pass the time and keep my CV full.
In January 2012 myself and a friend decided that due to the lack of work, we would teach abroad. We carried out TEFL courses and within 2 weeks of completion we had to fly to Vietnam to begin work. I returned from Vietnam in July 2012 for 12 weeks to see my family and attend a wedding. During this time a friend was able to secure me a Social Media internship at his work place, Directline Holidays, while I was home. Upon the end of my term, a permanent position became available working in SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I decided to take the position, as it was relevant to my degree and had great prospects. After a year working for Directline-Holidays, I moved on to work in a Marketing Agency for 6 months and currently I work as an SEO Executive for dealchecker.co.uk.