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.

How to pro-actively job hunt

If you are finding that trawling the job pages is having little success, it may be time to re-think your job hunting strategy. By pro-actively job searching you can develop your professional network and increase your chances of employment. So, how do you job hunt effectively?

  1. Identify companies you would like to work for: make a list of 30 – 40 companies that you would be interested in working for. Use LinkedIn, ‘top employer lists’ such as The Times and The Guardian for ideas.
  2. Research them: once you have a range of companies you are interested in, start looking into their company history, current activities, work ethos etc. Start your search on their website, but also look at their social media pages, blogs, LinkedIn pages for information. Researching will allow you to get a clearer perspective on a certain company and may help you decide if it is the right place for you.
  3. Network: Once you have researched, it is now time to build your connections. Contacting former and current employees is a great way to network and build professional relationships. Try contacting people through LinkedIn and ask them what it is like to work there and the work they are involved in. You could also see if the company are running any open events that you could attend. This would be another great way to meet current employees and build rapport.
  4. Once you have established connections within the company, ask them what is the best way to be introduced to a Hiring Manager, or explain that you are interested in working for the company and that you would like to know how to find out about any current opportunities. If you are able to make contact with a Hiring Manager ensure you have your 30 second elevator pitch ready and an up to date CV!

For information on creative job hunting visit: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/creativejobhunt.html?tab=methods-of-approach

Are you LinkedIn?

LinkedIn – a business social networking site that you may have heard of but have not used before. So why use LinkedIn? With over one hundred and twenty million users, LinkedIn is the most popular business social networking site, allowing you to connect with companies and employers in your chosen career field. LinkedIn enables users to record their work experience, achievements and skills whilst networking with valuable contacts and searching for jobs with companies you are interested to work for.

When creating your LinkedIn profile ensure you include:

  • Educational history
  • Current employment and three recent ones
  • A professional photo of yourself
  • An eye catching summary
  • Get three recommendations from your connections (people can endorse your skills/experience)

Once you have created your profile you can join groups that relate to your career aspirations. Joining groups helps to raise your profile and professional network. You can approach business mentors or follow a certain company and make contacts with those already in your desired career sector.

You can also make connections with  past or present work colleagues, university alumni and also mutual contacts.

If you have already created a CV you can insert this into your profile –likewise a blog, links to work you have produced or files can also be embedded.

Top tips to maintain your profile:

  • Try to get a network of at least 100 people
  • Keep your profile up-to-date, and record any new achievements
  • Record both work experience and voluntary experience
  • Keep an eye out on company pages for job openings and approach business contacts who can help you develop your career.

Sources used https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/networking/328863-a-graduate-job-hunters-guide-to-using-linkedin and http://www.theguardian.com/careers/linkedin-how-use-graduate-guide

London School of Economics Emerging Markets Forum 2015

Sang-Min Lee, Marketing Officer from LSE Emerging Markets Forum would like to invite all students to the London School of Economics Emerging Markets Forum 2015. For more information about the forum see below!

LSE Emerging Markets Forum 2015 ­- Registration Now Open!

It is our pleasure to invite you to apply to the London School of Economics Emerging Markets Forum (LSE EMF) (www.lseemf.com).

The LSE EMF is a two-day event dedicated to furthering the understanding of the importance and role of Emerging Markets in the world. Over 200 top industry leading experts have spoken at the Forum in the past five years; including CEOs, Central Bank Governors, world-famous investors and academics. The conference also attracts widespread media coverage from TIME Magazine, The Economist, BBC News, The WSJ, Bloomberg and The FT.

We will be holding the LSE EMF at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London, on the 26th and 27th of February in conjunction with our partners McKinsey & Company, Pushan Group and Climate Change Capital.

Information on the Agenda can be found at http://lseemf.com/day-1-2015/. Our speakers are global leaders in their fields, among those in attendance this year are:

Jim O’Neill – Departing Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Dick Benschop – President, Shell, NL

Ian Taylor – CEO, Vitol

Dr. Dambisa Moyo – Author/Economist, Board Member of SAB Miller, Barclays, Barrick Gold, One of TIME Magazine’s  “100 Most Influential People in the World”

Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Lamb – Director, Aegis Defence Services; Special Advisor, G3 & Special Advisor, S4Si

Ashish J. Thakkar – Founder, Mara Group; Co-Founder, Atlas Mara

Students of the University of Kent are encouraged to apply to attend this unique conference. The EMF is a unique chance for students to gain experience, knowledge, and contacts. Past delegates continue to benefit personally and professionally from relationships born and nurtured at the EMF.  

Visit www.lseemf.com/register/ to find out more about this amazing opportunity and to register. In 2014, we received over 1,250 applications for 150 seats and we expect even higher application figures for the 2015 Conference. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at info@lseemf.com. We look forward to receiving your application!