Category Archives: First Year

Alumni & Student Pub Night

The Alumni Pub Nights series is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni and students.  The theme of the next Pub Night is career advice and mentoring:

Date: Tuesday 27 March
Time: 18.00 – 20.00
Location: Miller’s Arms in Canterbury
Register here

Join us and catch up on news from Kent and socialise with current students and fellow alumni.  The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service will be also be joining us to talk about what help they can give students, staff and alumni and how the mentoring platform, KEW-NET, could be of use to you.

Alumni please join us to find out how you can help a Kent student progress in their career. We will be exploring mentoring, campus talks, taking part in Kent’s Employability Festival and offering a student work experience.

This is also a fantastic opportunity for 1st or 2nd year students to network with alumni and find out about our upcoming graduate careers fairs and work experience opportunities.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union and the Careers Vacancy Database .

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children.

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …

Check if the opportunity covers out-of-pocket expenses, it shouldn’t cost you to volunteer.

If you have undertaken an unpaid work placement, you may be eligible for a B:KEW bursary.

If you do take on voluntary work, log your hours on the Kent Union’s Toolkit and you may achieve an award through the Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering.

Investment Banking – 1st Years Diversity Internship

High Yield is a training programme, sponsored by Deutsche Bank and run by Rare, for brilliant students who are interested in financial services. The programme is open to students from any discipline, who are in their first year (or second year on a four year course) at any university. It is aimed at students who are in receipt of means-tested grants and bursaries, or those who experience other forms of social disadvantage.

Competition for summer internship places is fiercer than ever. The application and interview process is rigorous. Deutsche Bank uses a range of assessments including ability tests, and one-on-one competency based and commercial awareness interviews to help them decide who to hire. These assessments measure ability but inevitably having confidence and social capital gives students an advantage. The programme aims to enable High Yield students to develop their enormous potential.

Participants will attend a series of group sessions and one-to-one sessions which will introduce them to the skills and knowledge required, not just for the application process itself, but also for a successful career in financial services.

Deutsche Bank’s in-house sessions will involve a wide range of Deutsche Bank employees from a variety of divisions, providing students with exceptional networking and learning opportunities. The group sessions will include case study exercises, in-depth business area overviews, interactive learning activities and sessions on application and interview skills. The one-to-one sessions will create a tailored plan for each student and will include discussions about current financial news.

This programme will run for two consecutive days in June in Deutsche Bank’s London offices, as well as two consecutive days in September. Please note that all travel expenses will be paid.


In order to be eligible for the High Yield programme, you must be:

  • A first year (or second year on a four year course) undergraduate student, of any subject discipline
  • From a lower socioeconomic group – this might include eligibility for free school meals, means-tested grants and bursaries, or the experience of other forms of social disadvantage.