What is this blog for?

This blog has been created to help students in the School of History develop your employability prospects, and to help you throughout your degree to prepare to enter the wider world of careers and employment.

Through the drop-down menus above, you’ll find signposts to all the employability-related services, awards, schemes, and opportunities available at the University. You’ll find advice on how to develop your skills and experience to prepare you for your career, and to help you decide on what that career should be!

Scroll down to find out more about the employability workshops and events going on across campus, and about opportunities for volunteering, placements, internships, paid work, and other work experience available to you.

CES services over the summer term

The Careers and Employability Service will be open and running all its usual services throughout the summer term – while you will no doubt be focusing on revising for your exams, don’t neglect your employability plans for the future! – and they have asked all schools to highlight the following activities and events running during May and June:

15 minute quick advice appointments

In order to streamline some of the services offered by the Careers and employability and look at staff efficiency, the drop in service has been reviewed and has now been replaced with bookable quick advice appointments. Students can now book a 15 minute appointment for feedback on CV’s, application forms, cover letters and personal statements and advice on job hunting and interviews.  Appointments are available during the following times: Monday-Friday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm. This new service is a pilot and reviewed after a period of time to ensure it is working for both students and staff.


Summer Events – you can see details about this on Target Connect and the University events calendar

The Careers and Employability Service have planned a programme of Employability events for the Summer Term. Entitled ‘Don’t Panic Bootcamps’ these will run in weeks 26, 28 and 30 and are aimed at students who will be graduating but who haven’t secured employment or students who want to try and gain work experience over the summer months

The programme will cover the following:

  • Career choice / Targeting employers
  • CVs and applications – bookable 30 mins feedback sessions
  • LinkedIn
  • Assessment Centre practice
  • Interview Skills
  • Psychometric testing


Pop Ups

The Careers and Employability Service stand can also be found on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12-2pm on the Plaza to offer support, information or advice and to answer any questions about our services.  Come and say ‘hi’!

Placement opportunities with the Gulbenkian

The Gulbenkian Cinema and Theatre is advertising three placement year opportunities in the 2018/2019 academic year. The placements are offered on a part-paid basis – the successful applicant will be paid for 15 hours work per week, with 20 hours work undertaken on an unpaid basis.

If you are interested in these opportunities, download the job descriptions below for more details and how to apply.

Creative Learning Internship – Gulbenkian – 2018-19

Digital Communications Internship – Gulbenkian – 2018-19

Technician Assistant – Gulbenkian – 2018-19

Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day

Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day at Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Sunday 20 May, 11am to 2pm
  • Augustine House, Canterbury Campus


  • Speak to expert tutors and gain details about the available courses
  • Find out about student support, including fees and funding
  • Learn about the application process and student life
  • Hear a range of talks, including the different routes into teaching, and bursaries.

Event page with booking form: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/open-days/postgraduate/postgraduate-routes-into-teaching-open-day-may-18.aspx

Heritage Training Placements for BAME students with Historic England

Historic England are offering a number of training placements for current undergraduates and recent graduates from a BAME background with a range of national heritage organisations. See below or their website for details.

  • Are you interested in heritage but not sure if it’s the career for you?
  • Do you want to learn new skills while being paid?

We’re excited to offer a number of training placements for undergraduates or recent graduates (graduated within the last 18 months). If you’re interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below.
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CES Workshop – the benefits of a placement

The University’s Placement Development and Employability Manager, Claire Martin, will be running a session at 12noon-1pm on Thursday 5th April in KLT5 on the benefits of undertaking a placement, either as part of or alongside your degree, and how to find placements. If you are a Stage 1 or 2 student, do go along and learn how you could set yourself on the path to your future career through a placement.

NHS Graduate Management Scheme

Looking for a graduate job? The NHS Graduate Scheme is now open!

This 12 month management programme is designed to fast-track graduates into leadership roles in the ever-growing health and social care sector. By the end of the programme you’ll achieve a fully funded management qualification and a health and social care leadership qualification. Applications close on 9th April!

To find out about the opportunities, click here: www.ocply.co/nhs-18-kent

If you are in your 1st or 2nd year student then register your interest here: www.ocply.co/nhs-18-kentryi to find out about the programmes available for you!