Work Experience Bursary – Reflective Blog

The B-KEW bursary is a great opportunity for students to claim back money on out-of-pocket travel expenses or for uniform, whilst undertaking unpaid work experience (for the first three weeks or 120 hours of work) or for a training event. If you do any unpaid work over the summer or have made an application but have not yet claimed, you can still apply / claim now.

Below is the reflective blog from of a School of Arts student who did some work experience with Banyak Film.

 

Today I am going to tell you the story of how I got offered my dream job.

But first a little introduction. My story starts two and a half years ago when I first came to the University of Kent. I was keen and passionate fresher that couldn’t wait to start learning about film, but I was clueless when it came to how I was going to get it and who was going to give it to me. It is basically the endless dilemma of the chicken and the egg; you need experience to get a job, but you get a job if you have experience, which you can only get if you have a job… You understand the problem, don’t you?
But that still doesn’t explain the dream job thing does it? Well, this is how I did it. A few years ago I watched a film, I enjoyed the film and googled the production company, I promptly found them on FaceBook and liked their page. (The seed was planted.) After a year I contacted the company for an internship, I called them up on the number on their website and got the email of a producer. I emailed them and told them who I was and asked if I could intern there. I was rejected. Obviously this seemed like the end of the world at the time, but as the world has a habit of doing, it kept going. My already budding love for documentary pushed me to go to a Documentary Film Festival, the largest in the UK; looking over the program I came to a realisation, one of the films being shown was from the production company I had contacted so many months ago.

So what did I do? I emailed the producer, because rejection number one should never make you loose hope. I asked them how they were and said that I was also at the festival. They happily set up a meeting; and I realised that employers are human after all. We had a great chat and they invited me to contact them after the summer to arrange work experience. I made sure to do just that.

We set dates and I went off to London and had one of the best experiences of my life; learning the ropes, researching, pitching ideas, editing in mandarin and drinking strong coffee. I worked on two inspiring projects and got the contacts that will help me out after I graduate. In fact, one week after I got back to ‘the real world’, one of the directors contacted me to offer me a place to work on their next film; It is still in very early stages, but this is how I got offered my dream job.

Who got me the job? Well, I need to thank my family and friends for always encouraging me. I need to thank the Careers and Employability Services for giving me the confidence, improving my CV, and giving me professional and caring help and advice, I need to thank BKEW, because travelling in London is expensive, and knowing that my experience was important enough for them to fund made me work all the harder. And finally I am the one that got myself the job.You are always the harshest judge of yourself, if you put in the work and demonstrate your passion, you can do anything.

Print Future Awards 2018

Are you interested in working in printing, paper, packaging, publishing or graphic arts in the UK, or do you intend to study for a UK printing, paper, publishing or graphic arts qualification? Or are you an apprentice or studying for an NVQ in a UK print-related organisation?

If so, you could be eligible to apply for a Print Futures Award of up to £1,500.

Application deadline is 29th April 2018.

To apply and for more information: https://www.theprintingcharity.org.uk/print-futures-awards/

Invitation to The Dream – A Musical about child soldiers, UN intervention and War

You are all invited to the opening show of the musical ‘The Dream’.

The musical will be produced in collaboration with the Iris Theatre at the Actors Church St Paul’s in Covent Garden 12 May 2018 at 7:30pm.

The Dream is a musical written to inspire and bring awareness about how it may feel to flee war. It follows the lives of a family in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are having to flee war to Norway with the help of two Swedish missionaries. The scenes also bring light to the sad reality of being a child soldier and the intervention of the United Nations in the country.

For tickets please visit: www.actorschurch.org

For more information: 
infodreammusical@gmail.com

NHS Graduate Scheme

NHS Graduate Management Scheme

Looking for a graduate job? The NHS Graduate Scheme is now open! This 12 month management programme is designed to fast-track graduates into leadership roles in the ever-growing health and social care sector. By the end of the programme you’ll achieve a fully funded management qualification and a health and social care leadership qualification. Applications close on 9th April! To find out about the opportunities, click here: www.ocply.co/nhs-18-kent

If you are in your 1st or 2nd year student then register your interest here: www.ocply.co/nhs-18-kentryi to find out about the programmes available for you!

Abortion in Britain: past, present and future event

FREE EVENT – Abortion in Britain: past, present and future

Wednesday 21st March

Venue: Moot Chamber, Wigoder Building, Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the passage and implementation of the Abortion Act 1967, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies from SSPSSR has organised an afternoon of discussion, together with Kent’s Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Reproduction (CISoR) and KLS. All Welcome.

1:30pm Coffee and Welcome

2-3.15pm ‘Kind to Women: how the 1967 Abortion Act changed our lives’

Film show and Q and A with film director, Jayne Kavanagh (UCL Medical School)

About the film:

The passing of the 1967 Abortion Act was a pivotal moment for women’s health and women’s lives. The culmination of decades of campaigning, it finally ended the horror of deaths from self-induced and backstreet abortions. It precipitated the public funding of contraception for all and meant that, finally, women were able to choose when and whether to have children. In this moving documentary, women who survived illegal abortion and the nurses who picked up the pieces when things went wrong, and campaigning doctors and abortion rights advocates share vivid memories of the time; and bring to life the story of this ground breaking legislation and of a historic turning point for women’s rights.

3.30-5pm ‘The future of abortion: the case for decriminalisation’

Discussion with opening comments from Professor Sally Sheldon (Kent Law School) and Ann Furedi, CEO, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and author, The Moral Case for Abortion.

5-6pm Drinks Reception, and meet the author, with Ann Furedi

25% discount for students on The Moral Case for Abortion book purchase on the day!

If you are interested along coming to the event please make sure you sign up for a tickets at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abortion-in-britain-past-present-and-future-tickets-41996511697

For more information about the event please feel free to contact me at vp238@kent.ac.uk

Alumni Pub Night – March 2018

The Alumni Pub Nights series is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni and students. The next Pub Night will be on Tuesday 27 March with the theme of career advice and mentoring. We’d love you to see you there to catch up on news from Kent and socialise with current students and fellow alumni.

The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service will be joining us to talk about what help they can give students, staff and alumni and how the mentoring platform, KEW-NET, could be of use to you.

Alumni should come along to find out how you can help a Kent student progress in their career by mentoring, talking on campus, taking part in Kent’s Employability Festival or taking on a student for work experience. This is also a great opportunity for 1st or 2nd year students to come along to find out upcoming graduate careers fairs and work experience opportunities.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on Tuesday 27 March from 18.00 – 20.00. Please still come along even if you don’t need careers advice to meet with current students and fellow alumni! First drink and nibbles provided. Please register here.

School of Arts’ Alumnus producing Evolution Festival

Evolution Festival

 

This festival is packed with loads of exciting events and I believe the panel discussions could be useful to students as they are FREE!

 

Here is the link for more info. > https://www.facebook.com/TEAfilms/

The Film fest is FREE! And is followed by a panel discussion about women in the arts.

 

Here is the link to where tickets can be purchased.  

https://lyric.co.uk/shows/evolution-2018/

Interested in a career in secondary school teaching?

Kent’s Partnership Development Office works with a number of partner and sponsor schools in Kent and Medway, to deliver the University’s outreach programme.  We run schemes for our undergraduate and postgraduate students which are designed to offer paid, meaningful classroom work placements, both to gain experience and as a gentle introduction into the world of teaching. Please see the attached Partner Schools’ Teaching Experience Scheme leaflet for further details.

Due to the growing popularity of the scheme, and our valuable links with partner schools, we are running a conference for Kent students, designed to introduce and explain the complex routes into teaching and also to answer queries around how Kent can help you gain placements in a school environment:

Pathways into Teaching

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10.30am

Keynes Lecture Theatre 3

(Please see the attached flyer for further details)

If you are interested in booking a place, or have any queries, please email r.c.jones-4@kent.ac.uk

Applications to the Partner Schools’ Teaching Experience Scheme are now open.  To apply, please go to: https://ap.heat.ac.uk/apply?group=University+of+Kent&InstitutionGroupId=22351#contact-details or, if you have any queries, please email rs82@kent.ac.uk

Film Student Project

Invicta Health Community Interest Company are looking for a Film student to help them film and edit a short promotional video.

The video will be an interview style in a medical setting.

The team estimate 0.5-1 day of filming and 1 day editing time (equipment must be provided by the student).

Filming will take place on Wednesday 7th March.

Payment will be £100.

Contact arts@kent.ac.uk for more information