Richard Williams

Richard WilliamsYear of leaving?

2012

Favourite subject in school and why?

Psychology. Ironside was bloody brilliant – best teacher I’ve had.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I went to the University of York to study Social and Political Sciences.  I couldn’t have made a better choice; York is a beautiful city and my degree was perfect for my interests. After I graduated I worked for a while in a restaurant and volunteered at my local Citizens Advice a couple of days a week doing research and campaigns. I then got an internship at Citizens Advice HQ in London doing policy research, which I love

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

Graduating with a 1st was without doubt the biggest achievement of my life so far. It was the culmination of three years of hard work and I can’t quite explain how rewarding it was. My experiences at KEVI opened up a lot of doors for me; the quality of teaching was very high and my teachers always went above and beyond to make sure I did my best.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

If you want to go to university, my advice would be to not be afraid to try new things. I had never studied politics at KEVI but it was a part of my degree that I loved,  so I would advise students to study new things. I would also advise them to throw themselves into societies and other extra-curricular activities, there is something for everyone, and if there isn’t, you can start your own society! You also don’t appreciate at the time how much those kinds of things enhance your employability.

What’s your next big goal?

To land a permanent job in policy research for a national charity or think tank. I want my work to have real influence, and change people’s lives for the better.