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.

Free next Tuesday? Teach First will be hosting an Employer presentation with an exciting speaker lined up!

Teach First will be coming to Kent to give an Employer presentation on Tuesday 1st November 2016, KLT6 at 18.00 – 20.00. There will be a special guest speaker who will be speaking about Leadership!

Teach First is now ranked the 3rd  Graduate Employer in the Times Top 100.

The Employer Presentation is your chance to find out about our world-class Leadership Development Programme (LDP), a two-year graduate opportunity combining global best practice in leadership development and teacher training. Join to hear first-hand what it is like to do the LDP, and learn more about our opportunities for undergraduates, too.

There will also be an amazing speaker who will be speaking about Leadership within the workplace!

Drinks and nibbles will be available afterwards, with the opportunity to speak to members of our graduate recruitment team, our platinum partners and to individuals who have already completed the Leadership Development Programme.

Still a few places left, so sign up now here and share with friends on campus.

Kent Union are recruiting a Researcher and Project Assistant for the BME Student Voices Project!

Kent Union are currently recruiting a Researcher and Project Assistant for the BME Student Voices Project. The project is funded by the University through the Office for Fair Access and will conduct research into the experiences of BME students in higher education in order to identify barriers to academic and social success whilst studying.

Current statistics show an attainment gap between BME students compared with their white counterparts and we are keen to explore the reasons behind why this is in order to work towards removing any barriers. They will be enhancing the voices of BME students and investigating how experiences relating to racism, isolation and social exclusion can affect individuals and their ability succeed.

 Project Assistant

The post-holder will co-ordinate activity around the Kent Union BME(Black and Minority Ethnic) Student Voice Project which aims to increase participation of BME students in extracurricular activities and campus life and explore the link between participation and any related academic outcomes.

Click here for application information.

 Project Researcher

The post-holder will lead and carry out research around the Kent Union BME(Black and Minority Ethnic) Student Voices project which aims to increase participation of BME students in extracurricular activities and campus life and explore the link between participation and any related academic outcomes.

Click here for application information.

Both roles will be for 10 hours per week for 16-20 weeks with flexible days of work.

Location of work will be Kent Union, Representation and Democracy Department, John Locke Building, Canterbury campus.

 

Elections Canvasser – Job opening!

Are you passionate about the upcoming Elections? Would you like to encourage others to vote?

Kent Union’s Jobshop are currently advertising a great opportunity to be an Elections Canvasser. This is a part time role, up to £7.45 per hour, 20 hours in total.

To apply please visit: http://www.kentunion.co.uk/employability/jobshop/ (job ref. 1220)

The deadline is 14th April 2015, so apply now!

Job hunt like a pro

Looking for a job can feel frustrating, time consuming and overwhelming, but the most important thing is to not give up! To help you on your way to your graduate job, here are some tips to help you job hunt like a pro.

Take opportunities

You may have your heart set on a particular job or working for a certain company, but consider taking a different role in that company first, where you can then work your way up.

If you don’t know what you want to do with the rest of your life or you are in pursuit of a specific job, make sure you are still doing something in the meantime. You need to keep yourself (and your brain) active plus, without good reason it’s difficult to explain to an employer why you have been doing nothing. Take on some volunteering in an area you may be interested in. Volunteering is a great way to ‘test out’ a potential career path and it also demonstrates your willingness to give your time.

Improve your chances

Gain work experience or take up an internship in your desired career. Not only will this give you an insight into what the job entails but the experience you will gain will be valuable on an application. You could also enrol in a short term course to improve your skills such as administration or IT courses.

Consider widening your search area for a job. If there aren’t many career prospects close to home, consider relocating to other regions, where there may be more opportunities available.

Career Development

As a recent graduate, you would want to consider a job that helps you to develop your skills and abilities to make you better at what you do and essentially more profitable in the market.

Before applying for a job, try and find out about the company’s training strategy and development opportunities.

Keep in contact

Remember to keep in touch with your School and the University once you have graduated. Join your Alumni society in order to Network and share opportunities!

Keep your CV updated

In the years you have been at University you would have experienced so much, and it is easy to forget to capture them in your CV. For example volunteering, mentoring, internships, part-time jobs, year abroad, society involvement, work placements are all important experiences to include in your CV. These will demonstrate to a future employer that you have more than a degree to offer and that you have gone out of your way to make yourself employable.

Tailor each application

When sending 50, 70 or over 100 applications at a time, it may seem all too tempting to copy and paste the same CV and covering letter into each application. However, although it may seem that you are saving time and improving your chances, it is actually doing the opposite in order to get that all important interview.

Most job advertisements will receive in excess of 50 applicants, meaning that you need to stand out from the rest. One of the most important ways to do so is to show that you have taken the time to research the company and that you have a real interest in this particular role.

When making your application make sure you mention why you want to work for them, why you are applying for this specific role and how you think you are the ideal candidate for the job.

For more tips on job hunting visit these sites:

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/how_to_find_a_job.htm

http://career-advice.monster.co.uk/searching-for-jobs/planning-a-job-search/top-5-job-search-tips/article.aspx

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/jobseeking-tips

How to succeed in a phone or video interview

With more than six out of ten HR Managers choosing to use Skype calls to conduct interviews, it is becoming increasingly popular for interviews to be undertaken outside of a traditional face to face, panel setting.
To prepare yourself for a phone, Skype or facetime interview take a look at this article from the Guardian, giving you top tips to help you prepare!

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/how-to-succeed-video-phone-interview

They are also offering a live chat with career experts on Thursday 26th March at 1pm – 3pm! They’ll be discussing:

• Advice on preparation and the best techniques for a phone or video interview

• Common mistakes and challenges

• How this type of assessment differs from a face-to-face interview

Student Callers Needed!

Every year the Development Office runs a telephone campaign and recruits about 34 students. This year they have a more vigorous recruitment process to ensure that they get the best possible candidates and help the you  get a better understanding of the job before you put yourself  forward.

This is an exciting and rewarding post; you will be an ambassador for the University of Kent, engaging alumni in conversation to update them on University news and activities, establish a good rapport and ask for donations. You will effectively communicate Kent’s vision, development and accomplishments, represent the University in a professional manner and handle each phone call with courtesy, tact and sensitivity. You will update alumni details with accuracy and confidentiality, and work effectively with other members of the Calling Team.

If you are interested, please take a look at the job specification here: http://www.kentunion.co.uk/employability/jobshop/vacancy/1129/.

The deadline is Tuesday 10th February. The application form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KpJwfdBxrx9zOov9zJ6Q2VjrSPx7wKuGCuzjQobvFik/viewform