Find your career mentor on KEW-NET!

Are you interested in a particular career path, such as Public Affairs, Campaigning, Lobbying, but you are unsure how to get relevant experience in the sector? Or would you like to know what the necessary steps are to take, in order to achieve your career goal?

KEW-NET is an online mentoring service, set up by the Careers and Employability Service. This online mentoring network allows you to connect with students and graduates who are ready to share their experience and knowledge. From discussing job applications, CV’s, to finding work placement and internship opportunities, KEW-NET is a fantastic tool to network and receive career support from a mentor.

How does it work? KEW-NET is simple to set up, taking less than 10 minutes! All you need to do is register here: https://secure2.aluminati.net/kent.aluminate.net/ and once approved, you can log in and create your personal profile. TIP! If you already have a LinkedIN account, you can merge this with your KEW-NET profile to save time.

You can then search for relevant mentors using the filter system. You can search by graduation year, subject, services they offer or even ‘key words’ such as NGO’s or security. When you click on a mentor you can view their profile which details their experience, career, what they can offer and how many mentors they can take on. You can also see if they have previously mentored a student, and you can contact the student first to see what their experience was like, if you wish. If you find someone you think could be a suitable match, either message them first or send them a mentoring request. KEW-NET has it’s own message facility, so you can contact them directly through your account.

So why use it? KEW-NET is a valuable tool to network, making new business connections with people in the industry. Not only can you receive guidance and support, work/internship opportunities may arise through your mentors – so you never know where it may lead!

If you have experience in a particular area you can even sign up to be a mentor yourself!

With over 89 connections in Politics and IR already on KEW-NET, make sure you sign up and get networking!

Want to brush up on your networking skills?
Come along to the ‘Networking Know-How: Introduction to productive networking and business relationships’ workshop – Wednesday 26th October from 4pm – 5.30pm in Darwin Peter Brown room.

You can then put your skills to the test at the:

‘University Networking and Mentoring event: Find your perfect match!’ where you can network with alumni and find a potential mentor! – Wedesnday 26th October from 6pm – 8pm in Woolf Lecture Theatre.

BKEW Global (Santander) bursary – apply now!

Are you undertaking an international work placement with a UK-based Small to Medium Sized Enterprises? You could get a bursary through the Careers and Employability Service!

The following criteria for the bursaries, set by Santander, must be met:

  • The organisation offering a placement must be registered and based locally in the UK
  • The organisation must have less than 250 employees and have an annual turnover of less than £50 million. Companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities are all eligible
  • Placements must be for 4 weeks or more
  • Placements must be confirmed (and the bursary application completed and accepted) by the 31st July 2016.
  • Placements must start no later than 31 August 2016
  • Students and Employers must both register on the Santander grants website and complete any paperwork required by Santander

The University of Kent has agreed the funding will be used in the following way and this is non- negotiable

  • Bursaries will be used for students participating in an international placement
  • Placements should be unpaid
  • Bursaries will be awarded to students on a first come first served basis on completion of a B:KEW Global bursary application form which is deemed to meet all Santander criteria and will provide a valuable experience for the student
  • Bursaries will be used for expenses such as travel as outlined in our terms and conditions
  • The Careers and Employability Service decision on successful application forms is final
  • Payment will be subject to B:KEW Global terms and conditions

To apply please visit http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewglobal.html

Unsure what you can do with a degree in Politics and IR?

Are you unsure where your degree could take you? Or would you like to know the types of employers connected to Politics ad IR?

It can sometimes feel overwhelming with the range of opportunities available when undertaking a non-vocational course, and it can be hard decide on a career path. The Careers and Employability Service’s ‘what can I do with my degree’ webpage is a useful resource to help you decipher the type of work you could go into. Areas of interest include: Civil Service Fast Stream Administrator, Local Government, Intelligence Officer  and Political Researcher.

If you are currently looking for employment, CES have listed some Politics and IR specific job sites, with those specialising in Public Affairs, Policy, PR and Communications.

When making a job application ensure you link your previous experience to your skills, referring to the skills gained tab for reference.

This page can be found here:
https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/degree/politicsandir/index.html 

The Careers and Employability Service also offer careers guidance interviews if you would like to further explore your options. These last for 40 minutes with a Careers Adviser. Pop in to book a slot (they are located next to Keynes College), or ring 01227 823299 to book an appointment. Details of there services can be found here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/advice.html

 

CES Don’t panic! Bitesize sessions this term!

The Careers and Employability Service are running a series of employability Bitesize sessions this term, which all students can attend. These sessions are aimed to help you with applying for jobs, updating your CV and how to have a productive summer!

All the sessions are 30 minutes long, and booking is required due to limited spaces.

CVs and Covering letters – 13/05/2016
Don’t panic! There is still time for you to get help to find your dream job!
This 30 minute session will cover all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a great CV and Cover Letter.

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=788&service=Careers+Service 

Identify your skills – 18/05/2016
Don’t panic! There is still time for you to get help to get the job you really want!
Come along to this 30 minute session and learn how to identify the skills you have that an employer will want, plus any gaps in your skills you may need to fill. Essential in creating a top quality CV and preparing for interviews.

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=790&service=Careers+Service 

Commercial Awareness – 27/05/2016
“Don’t panic! There is still time for you to get help to get the job you really want!
Commercial awareness. What is it? Why is it important to potential employers? Come along to this 30 minute session and learn why demonstrating commercial awareness is crucial in securing graduate positions.”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=792&service=Careers+Service 

Competency and Strength based interviews – 31/05/2016
“Don’t panic! There is still time to get help to find your dream job!
Learn the difference between competency and strength based interviews and get tips on how to ace them in just 30 minutes”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=794&service=Careers+Service 

Assessment Centres – 07/06/2016
“Don’t Panic! There is still time to get help to find the job you really want!
Assessment Centres are used by the majority of graduate employers as part of their recruitment process. Why? Because they offer a potential employer insight on how you would actually perform if you got the job! In 30 minutes we will give you lots of top tips to ace assessment centres.”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=796&service=Careers+Service

Using your summer wisely – 15/06/2016
“Don’t Panic! The summer vacation is a chance to relax and unwind, but with three months off from University it is also a great opportunity to build up your CV and add to your work skills. Come and find out what you can do this summer to boost your graduate employment potential in just 30 minutes.”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=798&service=Careers+Service

 

 

Apply for a B-KEW Santander bursary!

Are you undertaking an international work placement with a UK-based Small to Medium Sized Enterprises? You could get a bursary through the Careers and Employability Service!

The following criteria for the bursaries, set by Santander, must be met:

  • The organisation offering a placement must be registered and based locally in the UK
  • The organisation must have less than 250 employees and have an annual turnover of less than £50 million. Companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities are all eligible
  • Placements must be for 4 weeks or more
  • Placements must be confirmed (and the bursary application completed and accepted) by the 31st July 2016.
  • Placements must start no later than 31 August 2016
  • Students and Employers must both register on the Santander grants website and complete any paperwork required by Santander

The University of Kent has agreed the funding will be used in the following way and this is non- negotiable

  • Bursaries will be used for students participating in an international placement
  • Placements should be unpaid
  • Bursaries will be awarded to students on a first come first served basis on completion of a B:KEW Global bursary application form which is deemed to meet all Santander criteria and will provide a valuable experience for the student
  • Bursaries will be used for expenses such as travel as outlined in our terms and conditions
  • The Careers and Employability Service decision on successful application forms is final
  • Payment will be subject to B:KEW Global terms and conditions

To apply please visit http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewglobal.html

Win Work Experience! Enter the CV Competition

The CV competition offers the chance to win work experience with one of thirteen organisations offering a range of work experiences. From lab work to conservation there is a placement to suit almost everyone. Submit your application now as the competition closes in less than 1 weeks’ time.

To be in with a chance of winning simply submit your CV and the short application form available on the competition webpage

The winning students from last year really benefitted from their placements

“My placement at the Royal Engineers Museum was a great opportunity that gave me experience of putting my skills as a History student to good use in a professional working environment.” (Owen Watton Bishop)  

“Winning the CV competition was empowering for me and even better was the experience I gained working at Extra Digital, a digital agency in Canterbury. While there, I improved the skills that l had acquired at University, increased my network base and gained a proper understanding of what the work environment requires.” (Dara Olayebi)

My work experience at Santander was great! I learnt a lot about the day to day running of the store and enjoyed meeting new people in a banking environment. Not only did this give me something great to put on my CV, it has also lead to Santander offering me more opportunities to gain experience. I entered the CV competition to have feedback on my CV, and I came out with a great opportunity and valuable work experience. (Josh Bond)

Opportunities on offer this year include:

AbBaltis– offering lab and administration roles in expanding biotech company

Ashford Teaching Alliance– Opportunity to observe an experienced teacher in a secondary school environment

Beach Creative– Field research position into public opinion of arts

Canterbury Cathedral– helping with the needs of researchers in the Library and Archives Department

Page Suite– Service Technician roles assisting the support team

Romney Marsh Wools– Cataloguing and enhancing the Museums database

Royal Engineers Museum- Cataloguing and enhancing the Museum’s database

Santander Universities- Behind the scenes look at university bank branch. Shadowing branch manager

Simply Ice Cream– Market research looking at brand extension

SysMech– Software developer role

The Challenge– Experience in the staffing department and recruiting for the National Citizens Service

Turning Point– Shadowing various service user sessions and community drug and alcohol treatment service

Wildwood Trust– hands on experience working on our successful water vole captive breeding programme

 

Careers and Employability Service: Civil Service Social Change workshop

Civil Service Social Change Workshop 2016
Wednesday 9 March, KLT6, 3-5pm

Are you looking for the opportunity to excel as a future leader, the chance to improve the country and to be tested intellectually? Come take part in the Civil Service’s Social Change Challenge! Open to all UG and PG students, irrespective of the degree subject that you are studying. What’s most important is your display of intellect, creativity and understanding of the topic – and your ability to think outside the box! You will also discover more about the application process and life on the Fast Stream. Come along and participate in this unique event. Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/socialchange-workshop-with-the-civil-service-at-the-university-of-kent-tickets- 21037597019 

B:Kew China bursary available!

The Careers and Employability Service are offering 5 bursaries of £2000 to students wishing to undertake a 1 month internship experience in Beijing with CRCC Asia this summer.

CRCC Asia specialises in connecting China and the global community through internships, study abroad programs and consulting services. As the leading internship provider in China they are partnered with a variety of companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen to provide students and graduates the opportunity to further their personal and professional development in a dynamic international setting.

Their award-winning programs run throughout the year across the most exciting international industry sectors in China including business, finance, marketing, engineering, legal, and many more. This unique international experience allows participants to gain an insight into Chinese business culture, meet industry leaders, and build business networks.

For further information, including how to apply, please visit: http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewchina.html 

Employability Festival – Politics and IR events!

As part of the University’s Employability Festival we have two exciting events coming up:

Employability Festival: So you want to be an Intern?!
Find out what it means to be an intern, examples of Politics and IR related internships, finding opportunities and handling rejection.

Wednesday 4th November (W6), 3pm in KLT-5

Employability Festival: Networking Know-How
This session covers; what is networking, why network and the benefits for students and graduates.

Thursday 5th November (W6), 3.30pm, Politics and IR Meeting Room (N4.N1 Rutherford)

All are welcome to attend these sessions, please book via these links:

https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=377&service=Careers+Service

https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=413&service=Careers+Service

Don’t forget to go along to the Careers Fair on Tuesday 3rd November, 12pm – 5pm in the Main Sports Hall. This is your chance to meet over 130 recruiters, and to find out about graduate schemes and employment opportunities.

For the complete Festival Programme, please go to http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/empfest/

Top Ten Careers Fair Stands for SPIR Students

1.Civil Service Fast Stream

2.EU Careers

3.HMRC

4.PwC

5.Teach First

6.Careers and Employability Service

7.Rate My Placement

8.Milkround

9.Porchlight

10.Kent Wildlife Trust

Careers Fair Top Tips!

  • Keep an open mind – just because an organisation isn’t directly related to politics and IR, or in the area of your career interest, don’t write them off! Non-vocational degrees like Politics and IR are accepted by many graduate recruitment schemes, and your skills are highly transferable.
  • Talk to people! The best way to find out whether a company is for you is to ask. Does the organisation offer work experience, shadowing or internships? Do they employ Politics and IR graduates? What kind of skills are they looking for? What is it like to work there?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You might feel that because you don’t yet have a clear career path identified, that you can’t make the most of the Fair. Wrong! Use this as an opportunity to find out about jobs and sectors you might never have considered, as well as to talk to graduate recruiters about the general qualities they look for when hiring.
  • Think about volunteering opportunities, skills development and placements / internships as well as graduate careers – all of these will boost your CV and give you vital insight into different careers paths and opportunities. Also, make the most of the PG study stands if you’re considering an extra year of education, and talk to recruiters about the value of MA study.
  • It’s never too early, or too late to start! Whether you’re a first year, a final year undergraduate or an MA student, the Careers Fair will have something of interest to you and may well help you make decisions or plans about your careers journey. If you find things a bit overwhelming, visit the Careers and Employability Service stand for advice and guidance, or book an appointment with Claire for further support.

 

CES employability events

This term there are some fantastic and informative events which you can participate in, run by the Careers and Employability Service. Some of these which may be of interest include:

How to prepare an impressive CV
Tuesday 13 Oct, KLT5, 1-2pm

The Elevator Pitch and How to fake confidence
Tuesday 20 Oct, KLT5, 1pm

Milkround Assessment Centre Workshop
Thursday 12 Nov, KLT5, 12-2pm

For further details and to book onto these events please visit: www.kent.ac.uk/ces/events. The full programme is also accessible from the POLIR Employability Moodle page.