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.

Enactus Kent – Team Training Day

The School has been advertising the work of Enactus Kent, a student society involved in organising volunteering projects and helping students to significantly enhance their CVs and skillsets. This is a blog post summarising their recent team training day, which was open to all Enactus Kent members.

If you would like to join Enactus Kent, you can find them on Facebook or on their website at www.enactuskent.org.

We at Enactus Kent, a student society creating self-sustainable volunteer projects, held our first training event on the 8th of November. It was an afternoon filled with skills sessions, information workshops, ice-breakers and teambuilding activities.

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Focus group: Your Experience Matters

Sent on Behalf of Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Education, University of Kent and Ruth Wilkinson, Kent Union President

What do you want from your experience at Kent? What do you think is available to you? What are you taking advantage of? What is most important to you in that experience?

If you are a 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate student, please come to a focus group discussion to tell us! Discussions for students from the Humanities Faculty will be held at:

Tuesday, 28th November, 14:00, Eliot Extension Seminar Room 1 

Refreshments will be served.

Find out more and sign up at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/cshe/projects.html

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PGR students – Placement scheme launch

The Graduate School and Kent Innovation and Enterprise are collaborating to launch a placement scheme providing professional opportunities for postgraduate researchers in the 2017/18 academic year.  There will be a stipend for postgraduates who participate in the scheme.

We will be holding a launch event between 12.30 and 2.00pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017 in the Graduate School Training Room (Cornwallis East). This event is open to both staff members and postgraduate researchers and will include information on the scheme as well as presentations from representatives who have benefitted from taking part in a placement or fixed term role with an organisation or business.  Presentations will take place between 12.30 and 1.15 followed by a light lunch and networking.

Please book a place by completing this doodle poll.

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CES focus groups – Tues 14th Nov

The Careers and Employability Service is holding a pair of focus groups with students next week, and you are invited to go along.

As thanks for taking part, the CES will be offering a free Lunch, 10 Employability Points, and – most importantly – the chance to have your say about student employability and the support on offer at the University of Kent.

The focus group sessions will last one hour, and will start at 12noon and 2pm (you can pick which session to go along to) on Tuesday 14th November in Rutherford Cloister Room 15.

If you would like to take part, please email careerhelp@kent.ac.uk with the subject ‘Focus Group’ to register your interest by Friday 10th November.

Volunteering: Roles at PWRR and Queen’s Museum

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and the Queen’s Regiment Museum – based inside Dover Castle – have several volunteering opportunities available, to work with their staff as a Collections Assistant or a Museum Assistant.

These roles are excellent opportunities for any students interested in a career in the museums and heritage sector to gain some invaluable experience of working in a busy museum. Training will be provided, and travel costs to and from Dover Castle will be provided by the museum (applicants may also be eligible to receive funding from the University’s Experience of Work bursary scheme).

For more information, download the role descriptions below. To apply, email the Assistant Curator, Catherine Holt, at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Museum Assistant

Collections Assistant

Guest Post: Enactus Kent – graduate placements with Centrica

Centrica, an Enactus sponsor company, hosted a Webminar for Enactus Kent students on Wednesday, 18th October about their graduate programmes and placement opportunities.

Centrica, a company in the energy and services sector, offer Graduate Programmes in areas such as Marketing, Engineering, Human Resources and more. They have a nationwide programme with a competitive salary and benefits, a wide range of programmes and fantastic development opportunities.


Through the Webminar, Centrica provided insights into their entire application process from the requirements to the online application, telephone interview and assessment centre as well as the one-on-one interview. This was followed by their top tips for submitting an application and a question and answer round.

Many Enactus Alumni have gone on to work at Centrica after graduating from university. Being an Enactus UK Sponsor Company, Centrica is committed to helping Enactus students produce a winning application for their graduate programme, providing support at every stage of the process. If you are part of Enactus, they will read your application and provide feedback before submitting, complete a mock telephone interview, and do a coaching call before your assessment centre.

If you would like to join Enactus Kent and get exclusive access to the other webinars and opportunities like these, you can find us on Facebook or at www.enactuskent.org