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
Your chance to win work experience with one of our sponsor companies.
Open to University of Kent current students ONLY
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 email@example.com, 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.
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 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.
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
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.
The School of Politics and IR is pleased to offer three exclusive internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School. These internships are based within Global Europe Centre, Conflict Analysis Research Centre and the Centre for Critical Thought.
These are paid internships (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until the end of the Summer Term 2017. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during the Spring Vacation.
Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Claire Tanner (C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Monday 30th January 2017. Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 6th February 2017 and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces).
For full details of each internship opportunity, please click on the links below:
CTT Internship: research-centre-internship-advert-cct-jan-2017
CARC Internship: research-centre-internship-advert-carc-jan-2017
GEC Internship: research-centre-internship-advert-gec-jan-2017
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
You may have seen Teach First on campus, they are recruiting students for the 2017 and 2018 Leadership Development Programme (LDP). The LDP combines teacher training and a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with one-to-one coaching, enabling you to develop leadership qualities you can take forward into any career – whether in education, in the City, or beyond.
Teach First is a world-leading, unique programme and we partner with companies such as Google, Royal Navy, Accenture, PwC, Goldman Sachs and many more to build leaders for life!
Applications are open to final year students, and penultimate year students can apply early for our 2017 and 2018 cohort.
Apply now and submit an application and secure a job before Christmas!
You can watch a short video about the Teach First Leadership Development Programme here and take a look at a case study of one of the thousands of successful individuals who’ve already completed our programme.
Not only that, if you are in your penultimate year of study and have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related A-level you can secure a two week award winning paid internship during Easter and Summer. Find out more information here.
In your first year and need something to add to your CV? Attend a unique one day opportunity to engage with Teach First and start developing the skills and attributes needed to progress to employment after university. Apply here!