Enactus Kent are now recruiting for NATIONALS 2017!

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 recruitment@enactuskent.com

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

Interning at the EU Commission

Daniel Quirk, a current stage 2 Politics and History student, completed an internship at the Representation of European Commission to the UK. Daniel reflects upon his experience, including his responsibilities and the key aspects of the internship that he enjoyed.

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My internship experience as a stagiaire at the European Commission Representation to the United Kingdom in London has helped me to develop my professional skills and has added something unique to my CV to impress future employers. I applied for this placement because I am interested in pursuing a career in politics and have focused my studies on European politics in particular, so undertaking an internship under the European Commission has definitely given me a better understanding of working for the EU and helped me consider my future opportunities. This experience also gave me an insight into the work of the Representation in the UK and how they represent the Commission to British citizens.

Working in the Communications Department, I was given a variety of long running projects over the internship period which were perfectly suited to the skills I have already been developing through my degree. My first main task was researching the traineeships which are available to British citizens within all the main EU institutions to put into a single resource for students and the Representation to use. I was also given the assignment of looking through EU-funded projects in the UK and collecting the details of their locations to be used for a website map of UK EU-funded projects. This was so the Representation could clearly present to citizens the projects the EU supports in the UK. These tasks allowed me to apply my aptitudes in researching and data collection that I have gained through my course and introduced me to the extent of investment the EU has put into the UK.

The most interesting part of this internship experience was being within the EU institution during a critical time in EU and UK relations. My internship at the Commission took place throughout the referendum and post-Brexit period and I have been able to see for myself the way the referendum result is being received and acted on. This has certainly added to the value of taking part in this experience. After the referendum, I was asked to help with organising some of the logistics of a debate which the Representation wanted to hold for the State of the EU Speech in September. This involved me helping with gathering contacts to invite to the event and helping on the day with the events delivery.

This stagiaire placement has given me the ability to develop my skills and also a clearer view of what I would like to pursue in the future. I would like to thank Claire Tanner in the School of Politics and International Relations for selecting me to undertake this wonderful opportunity. I would also like to thank the Representation for hosting me as an intern and providing an enjoyable placement.

Student Rep Elections are now open!

Are you interested in representing the view of students on your course and putting a stamp on your education? If so, then the role of Student Rep is for you! Student Reps are elected at a course, school and faculty level for both undergraduates and postgraduates to represent the views of all students and to work with the university to improve the experience of education and learning at Kent.

Nominations are now open until Tuesday 4th October at 4pm. To nominate yourself, just head on over to the Kent Union website at www.kentunion.co.uk/elections and upload a short manifesto about why you’re right for the role and what you hope to achieve. Voting will take place from Tuesday 4th October at 7pm to Thursday 6th October at 4pm.

Also on the Kent Union website at www.kentunion.co.uk/representation/reps you will find the Student Rep handbook which will tell you more about the role. Full training will be provided at the Student Rep Conference on Wednesday 12th October.

If you have any questions, please e-mail representation@kent.ac.uk

British Council: Students for Social Impact international exchange programme

Students for Social Impact is an international exchange programme for students with an idea for a social venture that will address a local problem or global challenge. University students from Canada and the UK contribute to life-changing social enterprises, gain valuable overseas experience, and connect with other young leaders of the future.

You will gain real-world experience in a social enterprise overseas in Canada or the UK. You will be allocated a mentor who will support you to learn about the sector and develop your social venture. You will have the opportunity to connect with other talented students taking part in the programme, both in-person and on-line, throughout your placement.

The Students for Social Impact placements are for students who:

  • are British or Canadian permanent residents or citizens (for Northern Ireland domiciled only, holding a British or Irish passport)
  • are currently enrolled at a UK or Canadian university or college
  • have completed at least one year of their degree by June 2016, and are returning to the degree in September 2016
  • are 18 years of age or older by 11 June 2016
  • are able to live abroad (in the UK or Canada) for the duration of the programme
  • have sufficient English fluency.

The programme will take place from around 13 June – 26 August 2016.

This link can give more information: http://www.britishcouncil.ca/programmes/education/students-social-impact

Closing date for applications is 17th April!

Face a bigger challenge: Becoming and being an EU Careers Ambassador

International Relations PhD student Igor Merheim-Eyre shares his experience of becoming an EU Careers Student Ambassador and how you can become a 2016/17 Ambassador.

I have had the luck (and honour) to be an EU Careers Ambassador three times. Sadly, a time has come to pass on the baton and, as you are reading this post, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is in search of a new Ambassador at the University of Kent.

So, you are probably wondering what is an EU Careers Ambassador, and what is her or his role? Let me explain through my own experiences. Back in the day (more specifically, in 2015), I attended a networking event at the European Commission office in London, where I met a British official working for EPSO, who spoke about a (then) relatively new scheme to promote careers in EU institutions to university graduate students. Being an undergraduate student at Aberystwyth University in European Politics, I jumped at the opportunity, becoming the first (and back then) the only EU Careers Ambassador in Wales.

In September 2011, EPSO invited all EU Careers Ambassadors across Europe to a weekend training in Brussels. Tough, long and requiring a lot of coffee, the training proved to be invaluable for my understanding of the different career opportunities within the EU institutions, but also the best means to promote these. There was, however, another important under-current that unravelled in the next twelve months: the new skills I have slowly began to develop (organisation, public speaking, event management, just to name a few) and, crucially, the network of friends and colleagues I developed that has evolved and expanded over the past few years, which came to include people from across different universities, EU institutions, the Foreign Office and many more.

In 2012, I have moved to the University of Kent for a Master’s degree, and re-applied for the role. Once again I had the chance to travel to Brussels for training. However, owing to personal circumstances, I have only managed to put minimal effort into the role, which highlights one particular nature of the role: it is only as good as you can make it. It showed to me that, just as with any other paid or unpaid role, it is your own energy and creativity that can turn something with a lot of potential into true success.

At the same time, the role somewhat managed to stay with me. As my other professional areas developed, I continued to work with the new EU Careers Ambassadors, holding talks on lobbying or think-tank opportunities in Brussels, but also remaining in touch with some of the wonderful people I have managed to meet during the time, often meeting for coffee or chats, whether that was in Brussels, London or Berlin.

In 2015, as the last year of my doctoral studies began, I decided to re-apply again. Once again, it has been a fantastic year, holding talks across the University, and meeting new people along the way. However, the year has also helped me to appreciate just how much I have managed to gain out of this role: my public speaking skills soared (particularly important since I now teach undergraduate students and present academic research at international conferences), I have become a comfortable networker (though I prefer to use the term ‘making new friends’), while I have become increasingly more and more confident about organising events of various kinds (from a ‘Europe Day’ cultural festival to professional workshops).

At the same time, this final year as EU Careers Ambassador still showed the challenges ahead: that students (especially British) are still little aware of graduate opportunities in the EU, that students need to be encouraged to learn new languages, and that co-ordination with the University’s Employability Service needs further strengthening. Still, this can all be easily tackled with the right dose of enthusiasm, energy and creativity. However, it is time for a new person to take on the role, inject it with those qualities and gain as much (and more) invaluable experience as I have managed to do. Therefore, if you want to face a bigger challenge and be part of this great network, apply today, take on the role, and make it your own. To that end, I wish you every success.

Further information about the EU Careers Ambassador role can be found on here:

http://europa.eu/epso/ambassadors/students/index_en.htm

Applications close on 1 April 2016, 12.00 midday (Brussels time).

For further information, contact Igor Merheim-Eyre im507@kent.ac.uk

UN Women Open Forum – Monday 8th February!

 

Next weeks’ Open Forum looks at UN Women with Dr Andrea Den Boer and Dr Muriel Kahane. Dr Kahane is a Feminist social & political theorist, focused on young women and development. Dr Kahane has worked at UN Women for three years. Set to be an interesting discussion, all PolIR students are welcome to attend! Monday 8th February at 12pm, RLT1.UN Women

Clifford Chance Vacation Scheme Workshop

Wednesday 3 February, KLT6, 1-3pm

Intelligent Aid is the competition that asks big questions about the modern world – and your answer could get your commercial law career off to a flying start.
To enter the competition, all you have to do is write a 600-word essay answer to the question below and then submit it via the firm’s website. 

The Big Question
Ethics in Business: Ethical business culture can only be created by strong regulation. Discuss with reference to one or more industry sectors. (600 words max.)
Find out more here: www.mykindacrowd.com/challenges/intelligent-aid-2016

However, Clifford Chance is offering you the unique opportunity to bypass the traditional route of online applications and assessment days, to win a place on their prestigious vacation scheme.
They are hosting a workshop to present the challenge and help you understand how to write a winning entry. In last year’s competition, 50% of the 40 winning students attended one of our university workshops, including the ultimate winner. By attending this workshop and entering the competition, you have an excellent opportunity to put yourself on the radar of a magic circle law firm.

The challenge is open to all undergraduates and post graduates 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 write with impact!

Sign up to attend this event via the Eventbrite link http://tinyurl.com/jz5bvsl

The Benefits of Attending a Mock Assessment Centre

Assessment Centres: do you know what to expect? The Employability Points team discuss what Assessment Centres are and how you can prepare for one with the Employability Points Scheme.

Graduate employers are increasingly coming to the conclusion that individual interviews are insufficient in determining the suitability of candidates for a prospective job. Their solution is (the often dreaded) assessment centres, which is considered to be the fairest and most accurate method of selecting candidates.

Assessment centres often include a range of group activities, presentations, individual interviews and psychometric testing.

If you have never attended an Assessment Centre before, it can be difficult to know what to expect, and even if you have attended one in the past, it can be even more difficult to know whether you have done well, unless you receive a job offer.

From the moment they arrive at an Assessment Centre, a candidate must show themselves in their best light. They are under constant scrutiny and recruiters are looking for the demonstration of a range of specific skills.

In order to ensure University of Kent students are fully prepared for this method of graduate recruitment, we have arrange mock assessment centres with two top graduate recruiters as EP rewards!

Our first sponsoring company is Enterprise Rent-a-Car, who have a multi-award winning graduate scheme. EP students will be put through their paces and even if this is not a sector where you plan to start a career, this will give you experience which can be applied to any real assessment centre scenario.

Our second sponsoring company is Santander Universities, who will be running a session in collaboration with the EP team. A maximum of 10 students will be put through their paces with 1-1 interviews, challenging group tasks and presentations. Again, you don’t need to be interested in retail banking to significantly benefit from this session! All students will receive comprehensive written feedback.

All the mock assessment centres will cost 75 points and students can redeem their points to apply in late March 2016.

With that in mind, make sure you have at least 75 points by 21st March 2016 to benefit from these fantastic opportunities.

Take a look at the 2014/15 Santander Mock Assessment Centre by clicking here.

Kent Union Recruitment Days!

Are you looking for a job? Or want to gain more work experience? Then come along to the Kent Union Recruitment Day on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th Janaury 2016 12pm – 4pm in the Eliot Dining Hall!

Positions include working in:

The Venue
Library Cafe
Essentials
Woodys
Student Trainers
Kent Union Administrative positions

Come along to find out more! Kent Union Recruitment Day poster

Graduate Internship – public affairs and policy

The Right Ethos is a recruitment consultancy dealing in political and international relations roles in the non-profit sector. Their clients include: Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, Macmillan Cancer Support, Barnardo’s, Save the Children, UNICEF UK, Shelter, WaterAid, Scope and most of the major charities and campaigning organisations in the UK.

The role is to initially support the work of the staff of the organisation with a view to becoming a full-time employee.

This is for an initial 3 month contract at £12k pro rata, then permanent. Key responsibilities include:

  • Maintain company database with regards to candidates availability and information
  • Co-ordinate the job advertising and posting
  • Co-ordinate our social media activity
  • organise up to 3 client events in London each year.
  • produce of the regular e-newsletter – 10-15 per year.
  • producing content for the website

For the full job description and details on how to apply, please see the following attachment: The Right Ethos Graduate Internship