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!

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

Politics and IR 50th Anniversary celebrations

This September the University is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a festival from the 4th-6th September. The School of Politics and IR will also be celebrating, with a Politics at Kent Conference, exhibition, EU Referendum and a pub quiz! All alumni, former staff, current students and staff are welcome to join us.

For the full programme of events, please see below.

Saturday 5th September

Politics at Kent Conference will take place between 2pm and 5pm in Keynes Teaching Foyer and surrounding rooms and the conference will start with a panel of current staff (including Professor Ruth Blakeley, Dr Iain MacKenzie and Dr Toni Haastrup) delivering short talks aimed at showcasing some strong, current research taking place within the School.

At 3pm, Professor Richard Sakwa will deliver a 30 minute spotlight lecture on Russia and our PhD students will share some of their research in a postgraduate panel.

Finally, at 4pm, we will have our In or Out? EU Referendum Panel with the results of the poll taken by our students on campus and featuring a debate with Professor Richard Whitman, Professor Elena Korosteleva, Dr Jane O’Mahony and Michael Steed (a psephologist and former staff member), chaired by Emeritus Professor Clive Church.

In Keynes Teaching Foyer we will also have a number of displays, including old staff and student photographs, current publications and research information, alumni stories / testimony and opportunities for former staff and students to take part in future School events through curriculum design, mentoring and other activities.

Finally, our Pub Quiz will take place in Dolce Vita between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, and admission is free and open to all. You’ll have the chance to win a politics-inspired hamper and other prizes, and can enter either on your own or as a team of up to six people. Questions will be a mix of the political and the quirky, and all team members will receive a free drink on arrival.

Further general information can be found online at http://www.kent.ac.uk/50/celebrate/festival/index.html

CAPS presents: Hugh Lanning: Worlds on the Brink! May 2015- A Once in a Generation Moment

The Current Affairs and Politics Society at Kent is delighted to invite you to tonight’s event entitled:

CAPS presents Hugh Lanning: Worlds on the Brink! May 2015- A Once in a Generation Moment 

In GLT1, at 6pm tonight!

Hugh Lanning, British pro-Palestinian activist, former trade union official and Labour candidate for the Canterbury area, will give a talk on:

  1. Palestine – Vote for Palestine!
  2. Building a new economy, sustainable growth & public services
  3. Racism & Islamophobia

This will be followed by a meet & greet with Hugh Lanning and some of his Lanning4Labour Team, which will include FREE WINE and SNACKS.

We hope to see you all there,

The CAPS Committee

Skills and the Employability Points Scheme

Matt Cook from the University of Kent’s Employability Points Scheme writes about the importance of transferable skills and getting an edge in the employment market.

“Transferable skills” is a buzzword which is becoming increasingly fashionable in Higher Education. Students from a wide range of academic backgrounds are frequently asked to consider the core skills they have mastered from their studies, which can be implemented into a range of different industries.

For instance, data collected by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit in September 2014 confirmed that 19.6% of Politics graduates* found employment in Business, HR and Finance and 15.6% started careers in marketing, PR and sales. Additionally, retail, catering and clerical roles were popular with Politics graduates.

Whereas these graduates studied a range of courses covering International Politics, Peace Studies, Human Rights and American Foreign policy, it was due to their “transferable skills” that they found graduate employment in areas such as business, marketing and finance.

But how do students secure an edge for a job, which has no direct relevance to their academic studies? What makes a Politics graduate more suitable for a marketing position than a History or Law graduate? Understandably, key skills, such as communication, problem solving and research skills can be developed from a range of academic contexts.

It is in such situations that initiatives such as the Employability Points scheme looks to ensure students can apply their transferable skills to a range of industries and stand-out to prospective employers. To get noticed by graduate recruiters, students are increasingly required to show evidence of work-ready skills and relevant work experience. The EP scheme ensures both these prerequisites are attained. For instance, by earning points by working part-time, volunteering, organising events, to name a few, students can gain these ‘real life’ skills employers want.  By offering rewards, such as 3-month internships, work experience and work shadowing placements, students can gain work experience in a range of different industries through the EP scheme.

Therefore, by earning Employability Points and getting rewarded, students can not only develop ‘real life’ skills, but also apply transferable skills to a range of different industries, gaining increasingly important work experience. In 2013-14, students from the School of Politics and International Relations gained experiences of retail management through Waterstones, art management via the Lilford Gallery and Framers, and events management with Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Such opportunities will be available for 2014-15 and much more.

With that in mind: “Get Involved! Get Rewarded!” with the EP Scheme and for more information please visit www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints or email the EP team via employabilitypoints@kent.ac.uk

*4,435 Politics graduates surveyed.

Employability Week 2014: 3rd-7th November

Next week (3rd – 7th November) is the University of Kent’s Employability Week, featuring a University-wide programme of events showcasing all the ways in which you can get experience and gain skills whilst studying. Sessions include talks by visiting alumni, presentations and interactive workshops by graduate employers, skills sessions, competitions and fairs, so it is a great chance to find out more about your chosen career sector, as well as to meet people who can offer advice, information and work opportunities!

More information can be found here, and make sure to look out for the special sessions run by the School of Politics and IR: ‘So you want to be an Intern?!’ (Wednesday, 3pm, GS6) and ‘Network like a Pro’ (Thursday, 4pm, Politics Meeting Room – N4.N1 Rutherford).

For a re-cap of Employability Week 2013, and a flavour of things to come this year, see the video below.