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

Find a graduate role, internship or summer scheme with a leading consulting and technology organisation!

Accenture – Graduate and Undergraduate roles
One of the world’s leading consulting and technology organisations is now recruiting! Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity that will help you boost your CV and make you more employable. Check out the opportunities Accenture are providing today.

For more information, click here: http://clktr4ck.com/AccentureKent1

CES Bitesize: CV’s

Are you starting to apply for graduate jobs, or maybe you are looking to gain a summer internship or part-time job? Either way, before hitting the submit button, it’s always a good idea to have your CV checked, in case improvements can be made which could make all the difference when being selected for interview.

On Wednesday 22 March, 13:00 – 13:30 in KLT6, the Careers & Employability Service are running a CV workshop, covering all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a great CV!

Spaces are limited, so you must pre-book. Book to attend at https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=1527&service=Careers+Service 

HM Treasury: Mock written exercise – government & policy

Wednesday 1 March: KS16, 2-4pm
HM Treasury: Mock written exercise – government & policy

Are you applying to jobs in the public sector, government and policy? If so, you may have a written exercise as part of your assessment centre. The Careers and Employability Service will cover how you can prepare and tackle the exercise on the day. You’ll have an opportunity to do a written exercise yourself, and we’ll discuss how they are marked. Please bring your own laptop with you on the day so that you can write your mock written exercise. If possible, ensure it is fully charged as there may not be access to plug sockets for everyone.

Civil Service Fast Stream: Assessment Centre Skills

Wednesday 22 February KLT6 4-5pm
Civil Service Fast Stream: Assessment Centre Skills

Looking to apply to the Civil Service Fast Stream? The Careers and Employability Service are holding an interactive session, which provides an insight into the Civil Service Fast Stream assessment centre, covering skills such as navigating the group exercise and showing your leadership potential. This session will be relevant to many graduate scheme assessment centres and interviews, and so is open to all students.

LinkedIn Lab with FDM

Careers and Employability Service: LinkedIn Lab with FDM
15th Feb 2.30-3.30 (KSA1)

LinkedIn has over 300 million worldwide members.

FDM Group’s LinkedIn lab will help you utilise this professional network, to help you develop your online presence and showcase your skills to employers.

Book now https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=1605&service=Careers+Service

All students welcome

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!

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 

Research Internships with NatCen Social Research!

NatCen Social Research is one of the UK’s leading research organisations carrying out some of the UK’s biggest surveys and key government policy evaluations.

They have at least two intern opportunities for intelligent, enthusiastic and hardworking graduates looking to work in quantitative social research. You must have (or be studying for) a post-graduate qualification in applied social research/social science methods or have studied applied research methods as part of your undergraduate degree.

The role involves working on a wide range of research across different projects. This includes survey work such as questionnaire development, fieldwork management and data analysis. In addition, you will also helping support a large and busy research department, including tasks such as co-ordinating training and development activity, and helping with project management.

They are offering the London living wage of £9.75 per hour. These opportunities are full time (35 hours per week) and for a period of 12 weeks depending on your availability to start as soon as possible.

For full details about this opportunity, or to submit an application, please click here.

The deadline to submit your application is 29th January 2017.