Complete the Kent Global Passport today and you could win a £100 voucher!

What is the KGP?

The Kent Global Passport (KGP) is a free online app which has been designed to help you to highlight your international skills and experience. The aim is to help you make the most of internationally-relevant activity in your daily life. The KGP understands that your international skills and experiences are developed through mixing in our international community. It isn’t always about time spent in other countries.

If you would like to find out more about the KGP, please see the attached powerpoint presentation: Kent Global Passport-CES

How do I complete the KGP?

The KGP in provided through Myfolio. To find the KGP, first log in to Myfolio using your normal log in details and then go to the following link: https://myfolio.kent.ac.uk/myfolio/artefact/globalpassport/index.php You’ll need to be logged in before it will work.

By completing the Kent Global Passport you can earn employability points and the chance to win one of three vouchers for £100. To gain your employability points, complete the Kent Global Passport and save it as a PDF. When you have done this send the PDF file to:
global-passport@kent.ac.uk. The deadline is 30 April 2017.

New Zealand Labour Party 2017 Campaign Fellowship opportunity!

The Labour Party Campaign Fellowship is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in New Zealand politics. The fellowship is based in Auckland, which is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city. All fellows will report to the organising staff. Daily tasks include: leading phonebanks, coordinating volunteer schedules, leading trainings, organising doorknocking groups, attending local Auckland political events, and assisting the organisers with daily office functions. Fellows will be participating in a field experiment conducted by a well-known Stanford professor.

Fellows will also receive lectures from:

1) NZLP Leader and Deputy Leader
2) Former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark
3) Current ambassadors to NZ
4) Senior NZLP stakeholders and party staff, including the President and the Chief of Staff
5) Teleconferences with senior Democratic Party and UK Labour Party staff

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to commit to 30-40 hours a week
  • Willingness to learn about campaign ground-game and to eventually lead phonebanks, doorknocks, and volunteer recruitment efforts.
  • Experience volunteering on a campaign is a plus

Fellows will be expected to stay for a minimum of six weeks, any time between mid-May and election day itself. Fellows may stay for longer should they wish. Fellows will not be compensated financially, however, they can provide housing free-of-charge for fellows, in addition to basic groceries. They will also pay for all fellowship-related travel once the fellow is in New Zealand.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to caitlin.johnson@labour.org.nz

Volunteer Fundraising Assistant opportunity

Volunteer Fundraising Assistant, London

Independent Diplomat (ID) is looking for 3 volunteers to support its summer fundraising drive as Fundraising Assistants.  The position is available as soon as possible, ideally for a period of three months.

ID was founded in 2004 as the world’s first diplomatic advisory group by Carne Ross. Over ten years later, ID remains the only non-profit organization that provides high-quality, confidential diplomatic advice and assistance to democratic governments and political groups that are marginalised or unable to participate effectively in the diplomatic processes that most affect them. ID’s work in human rights, transitional justice, and conflict prevention continues to address this diplomatic deficit.

The position:

This position would be ideal for an individual looking to gain relevant experience in fundraising on behalf of a unique organisation dedicated to helping marginalised peoples access the closed world of diplomacy. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, passionate about international affairs, and able to quickly synthesize complex information from a variety of sources.

As this position is unpaid it may be most suitable for university students who will be staying in London during the summer break. We are flexible as to the start date of the position, in order to work around final hand-in dates.

During the position you will receive training in non-profit fundraising, from large-scale grant finding to small boutique foundation research. After the end of the three-month period, ID would be happy to provide references for the quality of your work whilst with the organisation.

Application procedure

Please send (i) a CV (maximum two pages); (ii) a separate cover letter (maximum one page); to: london3(at)independentdiplomat.org.  Please include the words ‘London Fundraising Assistant – Summer 2017’ in the email subject line.

Applications close at 5:00pm (BST) on Friday April 21st, however we will monitor applications on a rolling basis and may appoint positions before the end of this period.

Doing unpaid work-experience? Check out the B:KEW Bursary!

If you have secured some unpaid work experience you could be entitled to the B-KEW bursary. This bursary will contribute towards out-of-pocket travel expenses.
Full details can be found on the Careers and Employability Service webpage.

We are recruiting Student Ambassadors!

The School undertakes many recruitment activities throughout the academic year aimed at prospective students and we are looking for enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated students to join the recruitment team.

Ambassador work will include leading sessions at UCAS applicant days and dedicated Politics at Kent days, campus tours and promoting the School to prospective applicants at Open and Applicant Days.

The Ambassador scheme is open to all Politics and IR current first and second year undergraduate students, as well as those students returning from their year abroad.

Full details about the role can be found here: Student Ambassador advert

If you would like to apply for the role, please send via email:

A statement of no more than 250 words explaining your motivation and
A CV of no more than two sides outlining your most relevant experience

Please ensure ‘student ambassador application’ is included in the subject of your email and send your completed application to Siobhan Dumphy: S.Dumphy@kent.ac.uk

Opening date: Wednesday 5th April 2017

Closing date: Midday, Thursday 4th May 2017
Interviews expected to take place: Tuesday 9th May 2017, successful candidates will be invited to interview on Friday 5th May.

Time is running out to apply to Teach First – Apply now!

Voted 3rd in the Times Top 100 list of Graduate Employers, Teach First  is an education charity engaging with UK’s graduates to fight a serious social problem – educational inequality and to develop leaders. They partner with companies such as Accenture, PwC, Goldman Sachs, Royal Navy and many more to build leaders for life!

To open an application, it takes two easy steps select your year below and click the link and apply

  1. Finalist student – Graduate Leadership Development Programme (world-class programme that combines global best practice in leadership development and teacher training) here

Teach First receive extremely high volumes of applications at this time of year. To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend applying by Tuesday 18th April to have a better chance of securing:

  1. First and second year student – Part time paid job on campus starting this September here
  2. First year student – a unique one day opportunity to develop your skills on the 19th  April  here

They look forward to seeing your application this week!

BKEW Global (CRCC Asia) – Applications now open!

BKEW Global (CRCC Asia)- Applications for this scheme are now open again for 2017.

This year we have funding for 3 students to go on a fully funded 1 month internship with CRCC Asia to Beijing. The closing date for applications is the 3rd April at midday.

Opportunities are available in a number of sectors including law, finance, ngos, healthcare and green technology. More details and the application form are available here https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewchina.html

Why apply to do an internship?

Whether you are in your first or final year of your degree, it is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future career. But what if you are not sure where you would like your degree to take you? Or maybe you have an idea, but you would like to gain experience in the sector, before committing to a job. An internship is the ideal opportunity to combat both. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why an internship is the perfect choice for the unsure student or graduate…

  1. You’ll find out whether the job is right for you
    Completing an internship is a great opportunity to ‘test drive’ a potential career without fully committing to a permanent job. An internship allows you to affirm or discount a certain job or career sector, helping you to narrow down your options.
  2. You’ll develop your skills and add experience to your CV
    Either way, if you decide the role is or isn’t for you, you have gained valuable experience and you have developed key transferrable skills. Employers looking to hire a graduate won’t expect you to have huge amounts of industry-specific knowledge, but they are on the lookout for certain key soft skills – like being a team-player, good communicator, leader, and problem-solver.
  1. Increase your professional network
    An internship gives you the opportunity to increase your contacts, expand your professional branding, and if you have performed well, strong references for a future employer.
  2. You’ll discover the type of work environment which is best for you
    Would you prefer to work within a large company or an SME, working as part of a team or alone, and whether you like being allowed more independence over your work or are more comfortable working closely with your manager. Finding out which work culture is better suited to you can help when deciding the type of career you would like to go into.
  3. You may find your future employer
    Undertaking an internship can open many doors to your future employment. Particularly if you are a graduate doing an internship scheme, these opportunities may lead to a permanent role – so take every opportunity you can!

Career In International Affairs Forum – 28th March

The Global Diplomatic Forum would like to invite you to their next careers event. The 2nd  edition of the Career In International Affairs Forum is taking place in London on the 28th of March In London. An opportunity for young graduates to discuss skills sets and knowledge needed for their future career paths.

Leading institutions will take part in the forum to talk about their current opportunities, processes for recruitment and skills/ academic requirements they are looking for. Institutions will include; Governments’ Agencies, International Organisations, Diplomatic Services, Think Tanks, UN Agencies, International Development and educational institutions.

To register your attendance, please online via this link

The full programme for the event can be found here: Programme – Career in International Affairs Forum

The best and worst questions to ask in an interview!

‘And lastly, do you have any questions you would like to ask us?’  The final question which usually rounds off an interview. Although this may not seem a prevalent question to prepare for, having at least one or two questions to ask a prospective employer demonstrates enthusiasm for the role, and the company.
To help you when preparing for your next interview take a look at these top questions to ask, and those to avoid, which will help you become a memorable candidate!

Top best:

What can I expect from you in terms of development and support?
This type of questions demonstrates to an employer that you are keen to learn and develop professionally within the company.

You mentioned that you implemented X last year, how would this affect my role within the company?
Listening to the interviewer and asking questions that relate to the company show you are engaged and interested.

How would you describe the company culture and management style?
Asking questions about the company culture will give you an insight into what it is like to work for this particular business.

From my research, I noticed that you do a lot of X, how would this affect my job role?
Doing some research into the company prior to interview will demonstrate your knowledge of the industry of that company, and that you have actively thought about the interview, thus making a good impression.

What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
This type of question shows you are interested not only in the business and its future, but also the interviewer’s perspective.

Top worst:

How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?
Keep focused on the job at hand, rather than jumping ahead.

How many days holiday do I get?
This question is not necessary to address at the interview stage, and it may have already been included in the job description already.

Can I arrive early or leave late, as long as I get my work done?
Asking for flexibility in your working pattern before being offered the job may come across as a lack of commitment to the job.

How did I do?
You shouldn’t ask about your performance during the interview, if you would like any interview comments, this can be requested after the interview in the form of interview feedback.

The worst question of all is not asking a question!
Failing to ask any questions tells the employer that you are not fully engaged with the role or company, and may appear as a lack of enthusiasm for the job.

EP Rewards pack 2017 is here!

The Employability Points Rewards Pack for 2017 is now available! There are lots of great opportunities that you can apply to if you’ve cashed in your Epoints. These include internships, work experience, shadowing, workshops and training sessions.

Don’t forget the deadline for students on the Employability Points Scheme to earn points is 5p.m. on the 20th March 2017. Any points logged after this date will automatically roll over to the next year.

The pack can be found on the EP web page, as well as full details about the scheme.

The School of Politics and IR have recommended the following for our students, which you may wish to take particular interest in:

  • Sevenoaks Town Council internship; focused on undertaking research for strategic projects being undertaken by the council
  • Medway Council internship; Internships in the Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation (RCET) Department, specifically focused on Housing Services, Planning and Regeneration Delivery
  • Medway Council internship; Internship in Electoral Services, overseeing a project to introduce tablets for the door-to-door canvassing team. This will allow the student to project manager this initiative, whilst significantly contributing to the Electoral Register.
  • Youcan work experience; Work experience focused on the charity sector, where one student will assist with event planning, facilitating wellbeing weekends, corporate and community fundraising, social media and marketing and general administration.
  • People United work experience; The student will gain the chance to assist the charity with fundraising and assisting with events.
  • DSTL work experience;  Remote work experience placements focused on shaping the way that evidence based decision making is presented to the military by DSTL. This will involve one student acting as a military customer and another as an analyst.
  • Civil Service Fast Stream work placement; the opportunity to shadow a senior government official, meet current Fast Streamers and see first-hand the inner workings of government.
  • Shepway District Council work shadow; the chance to shadow the Kent Alumni (and previous EP Student Ambassador) Elouise Mitchell in her role as a Graduate Planner. This will provide the student with an insight into planning in the public sector.
  • Tunbridge Well Borough Council work shadow; a chance to shadow William Benson, Chief Executive. This will provide exclusive insight into high level leadership within a local council.
  • Civil Service Fast Stream company experience;  a guided tour of Whitehall led by current Civil Service Fast Streamers, including a look inside central government departments. This will include lunch and a chance to attend a Q&A Session.
  • Shepway District Council company experience; the chance to attend a Shepway Council staff training session, focused on building and exhibiting confidence.
  • Caliper skills development workshop;  a skills development session for a small group of students on ‘Launch Your Career with Confidence and Focus’ which will focus on how graduates can market themselves, optimise their innate strengths and apply key attributes to their careers. Later, all participants will receive one-toone telephone coaching exploring career options, enhancing awareness of their values and strengths, and career planning.
  • Chaucer Speakers Club skills development workshop; an interactive workshop focused on developing presentation and public speaking skills. The session will allow student to assess their speaking capability and confidence and provide key strategies to overcome challenges. The session will be interactive with tasks and will also cover fear of speaking, body language, use of notes and gestures in speaking.