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

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!

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.

What to do with my degree in Politics and IR?

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:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

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.

Useful links
To find out more about the different careers your degree could take you into, try the following sites:

Prospects
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/politics-and-international-relations

Careers and Employability Service
https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/degree/politicsandir/

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 

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 

Covering letter: useful tips and hints

Writing a covering letter may seem like a difficult and challenging task when applying for a job, however, it is one of the most important aspects when initially applying. You typically only get 30 seconds to grab the attention of an employer through your application, so you want to make a positive impact from the first page. A covering letter allows you to highlight your key skills in your CV, personalising your application and demonstrating why you are the ideal candidate for the role. Take a look at a few useful tips for creating a successful letter below, and some links for further information.

  • Keep your covering letter clear and concise, in an easy to read format. Your covering letter shouldn’t be longer than an A4 page, you want to grab the employer’s attention in the first few lines, as you would with your CV
  • Relate your skills to those in the job description, making sure you tailor the covering letter for each application. Explain why you are applying for this particular role, at this specific company
  • Check and double check your covering letter and CV for grammatical errors prior to submitting. Employers may be put off if your application consists of lots of grammar mistakes, especially if the role requires attention to detail!
  • Where possible, address your covering letter to a named individual, rather than using sir/madam
  • Research the company you are applying to, and include information about them in your covering letter, detailing what attracts you to work for them. This will demonstrate that you have taken the time to research their work, and you are enthusiastic to work for them, rather than just sending a generic letter.

If you need further advice, or you would like a staff member to look over your covering letter, the Careers and Employability Service Drop Ins (daily, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm in the Careers Building) are a great place to start, where qualified employability and careers advisers are on hand with support and advice.

Useful sites for further information:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/coveringletters.htm

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/cv-templates/577/top-ten-tips-for-writing-cover-letters

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters

Enactus Kent are now recruiting for NATIONALS 2017!

Enactus competitions are our opportunity to showcase all the work we do for the past year in front of a large audience, which includes Business Advisors from companies like KPMG, Tesco, Asda, Unilever, Brambles, as well as professional judges and academics. We need a team to present, a team to create our annual report and a media team to help with creating the video.

 

Presenters: We’re currently recruiting for 5 presenters. These students will be responsible of writing the script along with the help of the Committee members. There students will serve as the face of Enactus Kent during the regionals, nationals and the final rounds of the competition. 

 

Annual Report: In charge of creating the annual report, A4 side (4 sided) document, that encompasses all the information about our projects, finances, support network.

 

Media (Presentation Team): Create a presentation material that go alongside the script, in the form of a video!

 

Please signifying your interest by emailing recruitment@enactuskent.com

If you would like more information on nationals or would like to sign up to our newsletters, do not hesitate to get in touch!

 

Flashback Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx74kR9tjkw