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.

StudyPlus – Course in Journalism at Medway

Study Plus and the Centre for Journalism at Medway are running a free journalism course from 12-16 June. If you’ve ever thought of a career in journalism, this is your chance to find out if it’s for you.

The course offers an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of journalism in the multimedia age.  During five days of teaching, you will learn what professional journalists do and how they do it.  You will experience the pressure and pleasure of making real journalism to real deadlines under professional leadership.

The course is taught at the Centre for Journalism on the Medway campus, but is open to all Kent students. You can catch the free shuttle bus from Canterbury campus to Medway (you need to book this online): https://www.kent.ac.uk/campus-shuttle/

For more information on the course, please see the Study Plus website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/studyplus/courses/coursesSkillsEmploy.html

To sign up, go to SDS>Workshops> Study Plus and choose KE044: Journalism.

Volunteering – WWI Oral History project at Lowewood Museum

Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire has begun a project focusing on a set of five diaries written in World War One. The man who wrote them served in both the RAMC and in the Essex regiment, and the project leader is looking for four volunteers to help transcribe them. If you would be interested in taking part in this project, see below for details.

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India Immersion Programme open to applications

Fancy spending two weeks in India this summer?

Kent has partnered with Amity University in India to offer an exciting opportunity for 3 students to take part in the ‘India Immersion Programme’.  Discover more about India through Academic Sessions, Cultural Sessions and Industry visits. The programme will take place this summer from 26th August – 8th September 2017.

For further details and to apply online, visit www.kent.ac.uk/goabroad/opportunities/india-immersion-programme.html

The deadline for applications is 9am on 7th June 2017.


#KentGivesBack – Sat 20th May

On Saturday 20th May Kent Union and the University of Kent are partnering together for the first ever #KentGivesBack, a day of volunteering in which we are inviting currents students and alumni to volunteer at Catching Lives, Canterbury.

We will be preparing lunch and running activities for service users until around 12pm, interacting with service users and carrying out social activities, arts and crafts and games.


If you would like to take part, please sign up at https://unionkent.wufoo.eu/forms/kentgivesback/

Work Experience with Channel 4

4Talent, Channel 4’s in-house recruitment group, has contacted the University to offer a range of opportunities for anyone interested in a career in the media. The deadlines for applications are difference for each scheme, so if you are interested do make sure to check the details carefully.

Production Training Scheme

Twelve month placement opportunities are available amongst a variety of independent production companies across the UK in cities such as Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow. There are sixteen spaces available and two streams to apply for, as either a Researcher or a Production Coordinator. The scheme is particularly aimed at people with disabilities, from BAME communities or disadvantaged backgrounds, because these groups are currently underrepresented in the television industry. These are paid opportunities, and offer an entry level role for those with less than 12 months experience in production.

Applications are open until the 4th June.

More info and how to apply can be found here: http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-programmes/production-training-scheme-2016-17



Pop Ups – Apprenticeships

We will be on the road in June to talk to people about apprenticeship opportunities at Channel 4 in different departments such as Sales, HR, and IT for example. This will be a day filled with networking, workshops and opportunities to ask our current apprentices lots of questions! We will be in London on the 21st June, Manchester 29th June and Glasgow 6th July.

Applications are open until 28th May.

To apply visit: https://jobs.channel4.com/Pages/event_apply.aspx?jobId=4556&Type=3


 Work Experience

We run three cohorts of work experience per year, each hosting twenty individuals in different departments around Channel 4 for a week! This is a fantastic entry level opportunity to get a taster of Channel 4. We also pay all travel, lunch and accommodation costs (if necessary) to allow more people to take part!

  • Cohort 1: 17th – 21st July
  • Cohort 2: 23rd – 27th Oct
  • Cohort 3: 27th – 1st Dec

Applications for Cohort 1 will open on the 18th May, more info can be found here: http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-experience


Study Plus – Employability Skills in the Summer Term

Study Plus courses are offered by the University, free of charge, to give you the opportunity to explore different areas and skills alongside your degree. They are not credit-bearing, but let you explore new areas, develop new skills and enhance those you already have, and to get more from your time here at Kent. There are several Study Plus courses running during the Summer term that may be of interest to anyone looking to develop their employability skills.

Employability Skills

Start date: Wednesday 17 May (Week 26)
End date: Wednesday 14 June (Week 30)
Time: 17:00-19:00
Number of hours: 10 hours (5 x 2 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 50 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)

This practical course is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Build a great CV
  • Develop and manage your ‘own brand’ via social media
  • Explore job hunting methods
  • Practice interview techniques
  • Develop key technical and social skills

All sessions will be workshop-based and will take place in a computer suite, providing participants with practical opportunities each week.

If you are interested in this Study Plus course, sign up here.

You may also be interested in the other Study Plus courses running in the Summer term:

Partner Schools’ Teaching Experience Scheme

The Partnership Development Office, in conjunction with the University’s partner secondary schools, would like to introduce you to an exciting teaching experience scheme that we are piloting from September 2017, exclusively for Kent students.

The Partner Schools’ Teaching Experience Scheme has been designed to allow Kent students, who have an interest in entering the teaching profession, a unique insight into teaching, by offering training and paid work opportunities in the classroom.

Part 1 – Students in their penultimate year of study can access paid School Experience Placements, supporting pupils in the classroom in one of the University’s partner secondary schools.

Stage 2 – Students in their final year of study can apply to take on a Direct-Entry Teaching Internship, receiving training and paid work delivering pre-written teaching materials to pupils in our partner schools.  If suitable trainee teacher vacancies arise within our partner schools during this year, this placement could lead to an offer of a salaried direct-entry teacher training position at the school upon graduation.

The scheme offers extensive benefits, including first-hand classroom experience, training and paid work opportunities.  For further information, please see https://www.kent.ac.uk/ambassadors/files/pstes-information-booklet.pdf, or come along to one of our information sessions:

  • Monday 15 May 2017 at 10am (main Registry reception, Canterbury campus)
  • Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 3pm (main Registry reception, Canterbury campus)

To book a place at one of these sessions, please email Olivia McGlone, O.McGlone@kent.ac.uk.

If you wish to apply for the scheme, please go to www.kent.ac.uk/ambassadors/vacancies and then select ‘outreach vacancies’.

If you need any further information, please contact Rebecca Spink on r.spink@kent.ac.uk.


The Network Television Festival

The Network is a FREE intensive introduction to working in the TV industry, run by the world’s leading TV festival. If you’re looking to start a career in television, this is the scheme for you. You don’t need to have had any experience of working in television BUT you will have to demonstrate that you LOVE TV.

Earn one of the 60 places on The Network and you’ll spend 4 days in Edinburgh learning practical TV making skills from top programme makers, giving you a taster of what it’s really like to work in television. Mingle with the cream of the British TV industry and make loads of new contacts, whilst working with the teams behind shows like A Question of Sport, Sky News, Holby City and Blue Peter. You’ll also be paired with an industry mentor, and get access to exclusive alumni events and job placements.

The Network 2017 takes place 22 – 25 August 2017. Find out more by reading our FAQs or watching the video above, then click here to start your application.