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.

Big Ideas Competition!

Attention all Politics students!

Have you always wondered what it would be like to start-up your own business?

Are you always coming up with business ideas?

Do you want to take part in a fun experience that can make your CV stand out?

Have you always wanted to go to America?!

If the answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’ then the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise’s Big Ideas competition is for you!

This competition welcomes all students to come-up with a business idea, enter it into the competition, and possibly win 12 months in the Hub, a trip to Virginia, USA and up to $25,000!

Students from any degree are encouraged to enter, this can be done alone or in a team. No prior business knowledge is needed.

All you have to do is come up with a business idea that you think will succeed! But be quick as the deadline for the initial application is the 15th March.

To enter and for more information simply visit: https://www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise/hub/bigideasapplication2017.html

CV competition 2017- applications now open

Your chance to win work experience with one of our sponsor companies.
Open to University of Kent current students ONLY
https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/cv-competition.html 

Opportunities include:
Events Assistant and Charity Concierge at Child.org
Social Media Marketer at Romney Marsh Wools
Library and Archives Department at Canterbury Cathedral

Work experiences meeting the criteria for Santander SME Internship funding will be paid at £300 per week. Other work experiences will be unpaid but will be eligible for the BKEW bursary.

How do I apply?
Please send your CV and cover letter (addressed to Gemma Witts) to either employability@kent.ac.uk, or in person at the Careers and Employability Service Reception. Deadline to apply is: 12 noon 28th February 2017

Please ensure your cover letter explains:
– Your skills and experiences relevant to the job description
– Why you are interested in the role
– Your availability
– Your interests and passions

If you are applying for more than one position, please send a separate cover letter for each.

EP Rewards for Students Studying Politics and International Relations

You may have seen a few months ago the announcement that the Civil Service Fast Stream are sponsoring the EP Scheme, with the chance for one student to shadow a senior government official (100 points) and for a group to undertake a guided tour of Whitehall!

Since then, the EP team have remained busy trying to get even more rewards for students within the School of Politics and International Relations. We are now delighted to confirm the following three opportunities:

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are offering the chance for one student to shadow their Chief Executive for 2-days. This placement will allow for unprecedented insight into high-level strategic management of the council for only 100 points!

For 150 points, DSTL are providing remote work experience for two students (UK nationals only), which will help shape the way evidence-based decision making is presented to the Ministry of Defence! If you are interested in security, this is not to be missed!

And lastly, we have an amazing paid 12-week internship with Medway Council for 200 points, where one student can work in the Electoral Services team. This internship will provide a student the chance to project manage a new initiative to update the Electoral Register.

If you wish to undertake any of these rewards, please don’t forget you must have enough points by 20th March 2017. Shortly afterwards, students will have the chance to complete an application form for these rewards!

EP rewards with the Civil Service!

Through the Employability Points scheme, you have the opportunity to win some fantastic and valuable rewards with the Civil Service for 2016/17!

The Civil Service is a politically independent organisation made up of 440,000 civil servants across a huge range of departments and agencies, working to formulate central government policy and implement this by providing services directly to the public. On the Fast Stream you will experience a range of roles and government departments, doing varied, interesting and intellectually challenging work that really makes a difference to the lives of UK citizens. If you are interested in government policy, and you would like to experience what it would be like to work within the Civil Service, take a look at the following!

Civil Service rewards include:

  • The organisation will be offering a work shadowing opportunity, where a student will gain the chance to shadow a senior official in central government. The student can meet current Fast Streamers and see first-hand the inner workings of government. (100 points)
  • A small group of students will also have the chance to undertake an exclusive reward – a tour of Whitehall led by current Fast Streamers and a look inside central government departments. (75 points)
  • Finally, they are offering a Highest Points Prize of £150 Amazon Vouchers to the ‘Highest Scoring Student Studying a Fiance Related Degree.’

To find out about the EP scheme, and how you can get involved, visit: https://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/index.html 

Want try your hands at being an entrepreneur? … Have a go at the £10 Challenge!

Have you ever watched ‘The Apprentice’ – think you can do better?
Then why not have a go in the £10 Challenge? Make as much money as you can from £10!

The £10 Challenge Competition is for University of Kent students who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. You can buy cheap and sell higher, you can create or make and sell, you can invest and you can run events! Your ideas must be honest, legal and ethical. Over a period of four weeks you will have the opportunity to gain valuable enterprise skills and take part in workshops to help you along the way.

You can enter individually or work in teams. You will receive £10 for every student in a team, so if your team has 4 students you will receive £40 investment. The judges will be looking at how much profit you make and how you go about making it.

Registration for the £10 Challenge 2016 will open on the 21st September and will close on the 30th September. For any questions or to register your interest please email hive@kent.ac.uk.

Further details can be found here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise/hive/tenpound.html 

£10 Challenge

Win Work Experience! Enter the CV Competition

The CV competition offers the chance to win work experience with one of thirteen organisations offering a range of work experiences. From lab work to conservation there is a placement to suit almost everyone. Submit your application now as the competition closes in less than 1 weeks’ time.

To be in with a chance of winning simply submit your CV and the short application form available on the competition webpage

The winning students from last year really benefitted from their placements

“My placement at the Royal Engineers Museum was a great opportunity that gave me experience of putting my skills as a History student to good use in a professional working environment.” (Owen Watton Bishop)  

“Winning the CV competition was empowering for me and even better was the experience I gained working at Extra Digital, a digital agency in Canterbury. While there, I improved the skills that l had acquired at University, increased my network base and gained a proper understanding of what the work environment requires.” (Dara Olayebi)

My work experience at Santander was great! I learnt a lot about the day to day running of the store and enjoyed meeting new people in a banking environment. Not only did this give me something great to put on my CV, it has also lead to Santander offering me more opportunities to gain experience. I entered the CV competition to have feedback on my CV, and I came out with a great opportunity and valuable work experience. (Josh Bond)

Opportunities on offer this year include:

AbBaltis– offering lab and administration roles in expanding biotech company

Ashford Teaching Alliance– Opportunity to observe an experienced teacher in a secondary school environment

Beach Creative– Field research position into public opinion of arts

Canterbury Cathedral– helping with the needs of researchers in the Library and Archives Department

Page Suite– Service Technician roles assisting the support team

Romney Marsh Wools– Cataloguing and enhancing the Museums database

Royal Engineers Museum- Cataloguing and enhancing the Museum’s database

Santander Universities- Behind the scenes look at university bank branch. Shadowing branch manager

Simply Ice Cream– Market research looking at brand extension

SysMech– Software developer role

The Challenge– Experience in the staffing department and recruiting for the National Citizens Service

Turning Point– Shadowing various service user sessions and community drug and alcohol treatment service

Wildwood Trust– hands on experience working on our successful water vole captive breeding programme

 

Log your employability points by the 21st March to apply for some great rewards!

Don’t forget the 21st March 2016 is the deadline for students to earn points for 2015-16. Any points logged after this date will be carried over to the next academic year.

Rewards include:

  • Kent County Council: 3 month project support internship, assisting with the Kent Resilience Team
  • Visit Kent – Two work experience placements in research and marketing.
  • Shepway Council – 2 month paid internship with the Economic Development team.
  • People United –  Work experience placements focused on assisting with the 10th Anniversary, including events management, fundraising and assisting with workshops.

For details of other rewards, please visit https://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/prizes-2015-16.html 

3 month internship at Kent County Council with Employability Points!

The Employability Points Scheme encourages student to undertake extra-curricular activities whilst at Kent and rewards the most engaged students with internships, work experience, vouchers and much more.

The EP team are very excited about a latest opportunity, which may be of particular interest to SPIR students!

This EP reward is a paid 3-month internship with Kent County Council (KCC), where the student will be working in the Kent Resilience Team (KRT), an exciting initiative which brings together Kent County Council, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, and other category one responders in a single location.  This provides an exceptional opportunity to combine the key organisations with responsibilities for responding to and recovering from emergencies or disasters, providing a more efficient, joined up and proactive service to the communities of Kent.

The student will be tasked with providing research and project support. Responsibilities will include aligning the Community Risk Register to the National Capabilities Programme, analysing national and international arrangements for community resilience and establish best practice, establishing assistance available from central government, providing project support to parish and town councils.

KCC are looking for a student with a passion for local government and an interest in pursuing a career in the civil service!

In 2014-15, one SPIR student interned with KCC via the EP Scheme, which led onto further employment. The case study can be found here.

How do you apply?

Firstly, students must earn at least 200 Employability Points by the 2015-16 deadline: 21st March 2016. If unsure on how to get points, please contact the EP Team. Shortly after this deadline passes, all qualifying students will receive an application form, including all EP rewards available.

For more information on the EP Scheme, please visit the website: www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints

 

Clifford Chance Vacation Scheme Workshop

Wednesday 3 February, KLT6, 1-3pm

Intelligent Aid is the competition that asks big questions about the modern world – and your answer could get your commercial law career off to a flying start.
To enter the competition, all you have to do is write a 600-word essay answer to the question below and then submit it via the firm’s website. 

The Big Question
Ethics in Business: Ethical business culture can only be created by strong regulation. Discuss with reference to one or more industry sectors. (600 words max.)
Find out more here: www.mykindacrowd.com/challenges/intelligent-aid-2016

However, Clifford Chance is offering you the unique opportunity to bypass the traditional route of online applications and assessment days, to win a place on their prestigious vacation scheme.
They are hosting a workshop to present the challenge and help you understand how to write a winning entry. In last year’s competition, 50% of the 40 winning students attended one of our university workshops, including the ultimate winner. By attending this workshop and entering the competition, you have an excellent opportunity to put yourself on the radar of a magic circle law firm.

The challenge is open to all undergraduates and post graduates students, irrespective of the degree subject that you are studying. What’s most important is your display of intellect, creativity and understanding of the topic – and your ability to write with impact!

Sign up to attend this event via the Eventbrite link http://tinyurl.com/jz5bvsl