We are recruiting Student Ambassadors!

The School undertakes many recruitment activities throughout the academic year aimed at prospective students and we are looking for enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated students to join the recruitment team.

Ambassador work will include leading sessions at UCAS applicant days and dedicated Politics at Kent days, campus tours and promoting the School to prospective applicants at Open and Applicant Days.

The Ambassador scheme is open to all Politics and IR current first and second year undergraduate students, as well as those students returning from their year abroad.

Full details about the role can be found here: Student Ambassador advert

If you would like to apply for the role, please send via email:

A statement of no more than 250 words explaining your motivation and
A CV of no more than two sides outlining your most relevant experience

Please ensure ‘student ambassador application’ is included in the subject of your email and send your completed application to Siobhan Dumphy: S.Dumphy@kent.ac.uk

Opening date: Wednesday 5th April 2017

Closing date: Midday, Thursday 4th May 2017
Interviews expected to take place: Tuesday 9th May 2017, successful candidates will be invited to interview on Friday 5th May.

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!

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!

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

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.

Graduate profile: working in the House of Commons

Recent Politics and IR Undergraduate Emma Booth, has had a fantastic start to her career, working in the House of Commons, and now working in Public Affairs. Reflecting upon her time at the House of Commons, Emma discusses working in Parliament and with MPs. 

“From being Chair of Kent Labour Students to representing over 5000 students as Social Sciences Faculty Rep, it is safe to say my time at Kent provided me with the confidence and skills that got me to where I am today.

I was lucky enough to secure myself a job in the House of Commons working for two Labour MPs before I graduated (that said I would also urge you to have a well-deserved break post university pre work life). Working in the Commons is not like any other job you will do, you never really know what you might expect on a daily basis, what press calls you might receive or even if your MP is going to get promoted. I started off working for two shadow ministers, one in Education and one in Treasury so I quickly learnt exactly how parliament worked, and how to effectively hold government to account.

It would never cease to amaze me working in such a bold and historic building and just how much you would learn from being immersed in its surroundings every day. Before I started I always found MPs to be quite intimidating but once you’re working with them on a daily basis you build up an amazing relationship that you wouldn’t quite get in any other job. You’d know so much about them as a person to really grasp what exactly you had to do to make their lives easier.

You can talk to as many different parliamentary researchers/assistants (they’re the same thing) as you like but they’ll always have something different to tell you and a different angle on how parliament works and what it’s like to work for an MP. In many ways working in parliament feels like an extension to university, you’re with people your own age (most parliamentary researchers are young to mid-twenties although this isn’t always the case) who are also straight out of university and you’re just constantly learning. Whether it’s about a specific issue in your MPs constituency or trying to wrap your head around and do a briefing on the Finance Bill – no day will be like the other. The other secret bonus is that Parliament has a bar (correctly speaking it has several) where researchers from all parties will go to after work and try their best not to talk about politics.

I’ve now moved on from parliament, to work in Public Affairs – a job that requires you to know the ins and outs of how parliament works as well as knowing as many MPs as possible.

To those considering working in Parliament and even taking that job onto public affairs or press, I would highly recommend doing everything possible at university to get involved. It’s very easy to become obsessed with just focusing on your degree (which is still something you should do!) but you will gain all the life skills for a future career by getting involved with societies, playing sports and just leaving your comfort zone a little bit and taking on new challenges.”

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.

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