Jason Jackson is a BSc Business Law and Media Studies graduate and is now enrolled as an LLB Business Law student. Jason also is president of the Students’ Union.
How did your course help to prepare you for the world of work?
My course played a very important role in preparing me for the work environment. I also gained a lot of experience from my participation in various activities organised by the Students’ Union, as well as student societies. I also used the University’s careers service – it helped me discover what I wanted to do when I left university. I was given training, such as public speaking and interview training.
You’ve just set up a farming business in Africa. Tell us what it’s like to set up your own business and what you hope to achieve?
Setting up my own business is what I have always wanted to do, even before coming to university. With the contacts and the networks that I’ve built since my first year at university, I believe I can embark on this project with confidence that it will be successful. However, going into farming in Africa is more than just a business, it’s an opportunity to give something back to my motherland.
How have you helped to improve the services of the Students’ Union since becoming president?
The key to the success of the Students’ Union lies in the active participation of students. Therefore, I tried to find new creative ways to engage students, to involve them in activities and campaigns. I also encouraged more staff support for the events led by students. Strengthening the student representative system was another important part of my job. It is essential that there is honest and transparent communication between students and staff, in order to improve the study quality and the experience that students get out of their years at university. Finally, I implemented more structure to the way student societies are managed by having regular meetings with the society representatives, working together on campaigns, planning and executing events together.
What’s been your best experience at London Met?
Being elected as the president of the London Met Students’ Union. It is such a privilege to be the voice of over 17,000 students. The job involves working on different platforms: from the Board of Governors to the Students’ Council. I love my job and have learnt so much from it. I am looking forward to applying these skills to the outside world.