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/

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!

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

Acting for Improvers course starting this week!

Hello School of Arts students,

Shout out for anyone interested in the Study Plus Acting courses starting next week – there are still some spaces available on the Acting for Improvers course.  This course is suitable for anyone with some experience of acting who is looking to experiment with different approaches.

This will be a fun and creative course focusing on developing character and working on scenes.

You can find more information about the course here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/studyplus/courses/coursesArtsCreative.html

I will be teaching the courses so if you have any questions please do give me a shout.  In addition to being a PhD student here at Kent, I am also a professional actress, having worked in a variety of mediums including at the National Theatre, in the West End and on the BBC.

Jobshop!

Jobshop is a recruitment service provided by Kent Union to help students studying at the University of Kent in Canterbury and Medway to find part-time employment. Jobshop’s mission is to ensure that as many students as possible gain valuable work experience and develop employability skills whilst at Kent. We are located next to the Essentials in the central part of campus. We advertise part-time, temporary and seasonal work and some graduate jobs around Easter, which are both on and off campus. Last year we advertised a staggering 5,746 vacancies.

To not miss on any of the opportunities, make sure you subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. The easiest way to do it is to:

1) Go to the Kent Union’s website (https://kentunion.co.uk/);

2) Click ‘Student Sign In’ at the very top of the page (right under the website address bar in your browser);

3) Press ‘Yes, continue’ for Kent Union to access your profile;

4) Click ‘My Profile’ at the very top of the page (exactly where ‘Student Sign In’ was located);

5) On the left hand side, under Kent Union’s logo, choose ‘JobShop’ (located below ‘Activities’);

6) Tick alerts that apply (Make sure you tick ‘Weekly Newsletter’, otherwise you will not receive it);

7) Click ‘Save Changes’. If you followed all the steps correctly, you can expect a newsletter arriving straight in your inbox on Friday with all the latest jobs!

Also, follow us on our Facebook page (Jobshop@kent) where we post ‘spotted in Canterbury & Medway’ posts with job offers from various employers.

If you have any questions, we are open Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM (term time).

You can also contact us through:

Email: jobshop@kent.ac.uk

Phone: 01227 824251

Follow our updates on:
Facebook: Jobshop@kent
Twitter: Jobshop_Kent

Instagram: jobshopkent

 

Opportunity in Theatre Management!

Ambassador Theatre Group Graduate Scheme in Theatre Management & Operations – apply now!

ATG is the  UK’s largest commercial theatre owner and operator, featuring in eighteen towns and cities as well as London and the West End. Alongside their market-leading theatre ticketing business and our award-winning producing company, the chances are that if you visit the theatre in the UK, you’ve probably encountered ATG.

Each year ATG invites two motivated, ambitious and talented individuals to take part in an inspiring two-year programme, fast-tracking their career in theatre management.

The details of the scheme can be found on the following webpage: www.atgtickets.com/graduatescheme

I’ve also attached some information about the scheme.

Applications open on the 9th February!

BBC show looking to recruit runners

BBC Flog It are looking for event runners to join us for a one day shoot at Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU on Thursday 8th Febuary 2018

You will be offered a casual contract and paid the NMW – you must be over 18 to apply and have the legal right to work in the UK.

You need to be available for the whole day (7.45am – approx. 7:00pm) and provide your own transport to and from the venue. We will not consider any applications if you are located more than one hour drive from the location. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

We will provide lunch and refreshments for you on the day. You must also have a current passport OR an official tax document stating your National Insurance number (P45/P60) with your long birth certificate for registration purposes.

To apply please email me (robert.spanring@bbc.co.uk) with your:

  • Name
  • Cover letter & CV
  • Current Postal Address
  • Date of Birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Telephone number