Kent-Teach Twitter Chat “Why Become a Teacher”
Wednesday 31st May at midday
Are you interested in teaching? Are you looking to study a PGCE? Join Kent-Teach Twitter Chat on Wednesday 31st May which will give you the opportunity to ask a panel of teachers, Headteachers and HR Professionals to answer your queries and give you as much information as possible about teaching.
To participate all you need is a Twitter account, here’s how to join:
1) Sign in to Twitter
2) Follow @KentSchoolJobs (if you haven’t followed us already)
3) Tweet your question and ensure you include #KTChat
4) Feel free to follow and reply to posts during the chat by simply selecting “Reply” to the comment you wish to reply to followed by your tweet.
You can start sending us your questions so they can be answered during the session. Please email your questions to Rebecca.Taylor@kent.gov.uk.
Full details can be found here
Teacher of Government and Politics (with History) – vacancy
An exciting opportunity has come up at Oundle School, a leading co – ed boarding School in Northamptonshire, for a Politics graduate. They are recruiting for a Teacher of Government and Politics (with History) for next academic year.
The teacher is required to carry out the general professional duties of a school teacher under the reasonable direction of the Head and to perform such particular duties that from time to time may reasonably be assigned him/her by the Head. The post holder will teach 52 periods per fortnight throughout the School, principally of Government & Politics to the Sixth Form, but with an allocation of History lessons.
The post holder will be a dynamic and committed classroom teacher who is not only a highly competent teacher but who is also able to contribute his/her own particular strengths and skills to the future development of the department, and participate in and contribute to the life of the school as a whole.
Application closing date: Thursday 18th May (9am)
Interview date: Thursday 25th May
Please click here 70305 JD Govt Politics Teacher March 2017 for the full job description and for details on how to apply.
Are you applying for a graduate or part-time job and you need to update or re-design your CV?
Are you a first or second year student wondering how best to make use of your summer, in order to develop your graduate profile?
Or have you secured an interview but would like to develop your interview technique?
The Careers and Employability Service will be running a series of sessions over the summer term focusing on these areas, plus workshops on the graduate recruitment cycle, Postgraduate support and what to do after your exams! Search for the opportunities here to book on!
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 30 April 2017.
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
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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
‘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!
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.
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.
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.
What can I do with my Politics and IR degree?!
If you are undecided about where you would like your degree to take you, it may be worth spending some time to really explore your career options. As a non-vocational course, a degree in Politics and International Relations provides a broad range of careers you could go into. This varies from teaching, Public Affairs and Lobbying, Journalism, social and political researcher to working with a non-governmental organisation (and many more!).
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Civil Service fast streamer
- Government social research officer
- Politician’s assistant
- Public affairs consultant
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Charity officer
- Diplomatic Services operational officer
- Human resources officer
- Local government officer
- Market researcher
- Newspaper journalist
- Public relations officer
- Political And Financial Risk Analysis
A degree in Politics and IR gives you many useful transferable skills including:
- the ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly;
- the capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments;
- excellent written and oratory skills;
- intellectual independence and autonomy;
- team working skills;
- a flexible and open-minded approach to work.
To find out more about the different careers your degree could take you into, try the following sites:
Careers and Employability Service
If you are unsure about your career path, or you would like advice, the Careers and Employability Service offer careers guidance interviews. Full details or to book an appointment, can be found here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/contact/index.html