Careers & Employability Service 2018 Summer Events

Find out more and book to attend via

Monday 14 May 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 How to choose your perfect career
Monday 14 May 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Developing Career Confidence
Tuesday 15 May 2018 CES Building 09:00-16:30 CV feedback sessions
Wednesday 16 May 2018 CES Building 10:00-11:30 Mock Assessment Centre
Wednesday 16 May 2018 CES Building 14:00-15:30 Mock Assessment Centre
Thursday 17 May 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 Psychometric Testing
Thursday 17 May 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Commercial Awareness
Friday 18 May 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 Interview Skills
Friday 18 May 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Linkedin
Tuesday 29 May 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 How to choose your perfect career
Tuesday 29 May 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Developing Career Confidence
Tuesday 29 May 2018 CES Building 09:00-16:30 CV feedback sessions
Wednesday 30 May 2018 CES Building 10:00-11:30 Mock Assessment Centre
Wednesday 30 May 2018 CES Building 14:00-15:30 Mock Assessment Centre
Thursday 31 May 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 Psychometric Testing
Thursday 31 May 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Commercial Awareness
Friday 01 June 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 Interview Skills
Friday 01 June 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Using LinkedIn
Monday 11 June 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 How to choose your perfect career
Nicola 11 June 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Developing Career Confidence
Tuesday 12 June 2018 CES Building 09:00-16:30 CV feedback sessions
Wednesday 13 June 2018 CES Building 10:00-11:30 Mock Assessment Centre
Wednesday 13 June 2018 CES Building 14:00-15:30 Mock Assessment Centre
Thursday 14 June 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 Psychometric Testing
Thursday 14 June 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Commercial Awareness
Friday 15 June 2018 CES Building 11:00-12:00 Interview Skills
Friday 15 June 2018 CES Building 13:00-14:00 Linkedin

Click here for information and step by step instructions on how to book events online!

OXFAM Canterbury – Volunteers Wanted

On Tuesday 22 May, your local Oxfam shop in Best Lane (CT1 2JB) is holding an event called ‘A Day in the Life of a Volunteer’.

Choose to experience a variety of roles including Sorting, Marketing & Social Media, Shop Floor Tasks and more.

Pop in anytime from 10am to 2pm to have a look around, ask some questions and experience life as an Oxfam volunteer.

If you’d like to ask any questions, please contact

Support and advice from the Department for Education

Interested in working for the Department for Education?
Find out about the opportunities available to you…

Sign up now and get a chance to win £200!

The services offered are completely free and include:

– expert one-on-one advice about the different routes to become a teacher

– which routes are best for you

– handy hints and tips about the application process, interview process and for your CV

– information about whether or not you’re eligible for a bursary of up to £26k

– For people who do sign up, there is no obligation to become a teacher, this is just a good way to get some extra information and keep your career options open.


The Careers and Employability Service – How Can We Help?

Quick Advice Sessions: Book a 15 minute slot for feedback on CV’s, application forms, cover letters and personal statements and advice on job hunting and interviews … available during the following times: Monday-Friday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Individual Career Appointments: These offer students 30-45 minutes per session to discuss their career options (employment, further study, etc) in more depth or to seek advice on any issues related to their future career. They are open to all students, at any stage of their studies, and also to recent graduates. These appointments should be booked in advance by calling in to the CES building, by phone or online through Target Connect (see below).

Careers and Employability Events: We run a range of talks, workshops and presentations throughout the academic year. The highlight is the Employability Festival in Autumn Term, which involves more than 250 hours of events spread over two weeks, including the annual Careers Fair. These events are listed on the University calendar and can be booked online through Target Connect

Target Connect is our one-stop shop for students to find internship, graduate and placement vacancies and to book for careers guidance interviews and careers events on campus

Employability Schemes: The University offers numerous schemes to help students gain work experience and build their employability skills. These include Employability Points, the Global Skills Award, Kent Union’s Employability & Volunteering Toolkit and the Kent Experiences of Work (KEW) programme,    See for details.

CES website: see for an overview.

Careers Award: Students can gain this award through completing quizzes and short assignments online on Moodle. It improves career planning, CV and job hunting skills, helps with career choice and improves students’ chances of getting a graduate-level job. On completion of the award, students receive a certificate and 60 Employability Points.

Work Experience Bursary Scheme:  This supports students undertaking unpaid work experience by offering bursaries starting from £100 to contribute towards travel expenses for up to 3 weeks/120 hours.

Head of Careers and Employability Service: James Corbin
Careers Advisers: Nicola Urquhart, Gemma Witts
Employability Adviser: Liz Foden

Twitter: @UniKentEmploy

Work Experience Bursary Scheme – Funds Still Available!

Are you planning or have you recently undertaken some unpaid work experience?

Or have you attended a training event that will help you in your future career?

You could be entitled to up to £250 towards the cost of out-of-pocket expenses!

The B-KEW bursary is a great opportunity for students to claim back money on 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 have done any unpaid work over the holidays or have made an application but have not yet claimed, you can can still apply and/or claim now!

For more details and to complete an application from visit:



Recruitment Consultant Graduate Schemes

Are you confident, driven by success and motivated by the prospect of earning a lot of money? If so then these graduate schemes in recruitment are for you!

Role Recruitment Consultant Graduate Schemes
Salaries £18.5k – £25k + very generous commission structures – Earn over £60k in Y1!
Start Dates Flexible: Summer / Autumn 2018
Locations London, Bristol, Manchester, Reading, Hertfordshire, Birmingham, Glasgow.. etc. (UK wide)
Apply now
Deadline 1st July 2018

What would you be doing in recruitment day-to-day?
In these roles you will be generating new sales by calling companies who may have vacancies and persuading them to use your recruitment services to fill those vacancies. You will then contact a database of candidates to place individuals into these roles. Every time you convert a lead into a client and place a candidate successfully, you will earn a commission bonus.

Why should you apply?
These companies all offer different perks including:
– Monthly Michelin star restaurant lunches
– Quarterly 5* all expenses paid holidays to Miami, Monaco Grand Prix, New York, Dubai etc.
– Market leading training and personal development
– They ONLY promote from within – all directors started off on the graduate programme
– Excellent quick career progression to partner/director
– Discounted gym membership/Company car

The Companies
– All the companies you will be considered for are professional industry-leading recruitment specialists
– They cover a wide range of sectors including commerce and industry, financial services and the public sector
– They pride themselves on excellent standards and exceptional levels of service to all stakeholders
– Focus on in-house development and organic growth means that their employees are able to progress quickly to management level

Is this for you?
– Any degree subject is eligible
– We’re looking for confident, money-motivated individuals with the drive and determination to meet targets
– Great relationship building skills are key
– Excellent telephone manner is essential

How to apply:

Click here to apply and be supported throughout the entire application process! It only takes 30 seconds!


Kent Student Awards Nominations

The Kent Student Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

Students, staff and members of the public can nominate a Kent student or group of students for one of the 11 awards.

This year we are encouraging student groups, for example sports clubs and societies, to nominate themselves and others. We recognise that it’s often groups of you that achieve inspirational things while at Kent!

Nominations are open  until Friday 6 April 2018.

Winners will receive their awards at a gala dinner on the Canterbury campus on Friday 1 June 2018.

Nominate a student or student group here! 




Postgraduate Student and Parliamentary Intern

Postgraduate Study/Politics

LSE/Sajid Javid MP


I originally come from Surrey, and during my time at Kent, I studied Politics and International Relations. My interests include politics, musicals, travelling, and trying out new restaurants and cafes, which is why I enjoyed my time living in Canterbury!

I found out about the course whilst researching different courses and universities online. I was very impressed by the range of modules available compared to other universities, and I really liked the campus when I attended the open day.

I completed a number of internships before and during my time at Kent to improve my CV. I was also on the committee of Kent University Conservative Association (KUCA), where I was Secretary in second year and Chairman in third year. I also attended Debating and Model United Nations, where I attended a conference at Reading University. Societies played a very important role during my time at Kent; they’re a great way to make friends and meet like minded people, and I met some of my good friends through societies.

Since my gap year before university I have tried to gain as much work experience as possible. Over the years I have done internships in Parliament, the Civil Service, the charity sector and in public affairs. These internships have been proven to be very valuable since they have allowed me to broaden my skills, as well as providing me with a clearer idea of what I want to do following my studies.

Today, I am studying for my Masters in Public Policy and Administration at the LSE, and I intern for Sajid Javid MP once a week as part of the LSE Parliamentary Internship Scheme. The scheme was one of the reasons why I applied to LSE, and even though I had already completed an internship in Parliament, I really wanted to return to gain more experience.

During my internship in Parliament I assisted with organising the annual jobs fair in Bromsgrove, which is Sajid’s constituency. This involved recruiting local and national businesses to exhibit, as well as other administrative tasks relating to the fair. I was very fortunate to help out on the day, especially since my previous internship in Parliament didn’t involve constituency visits. It ended up being the biggest Bromsgrove jobs fair yet, and I was very glad to hear that attendees were receiving job offers in a matter of weeks after the fair took place.

I think that my time at university shaped my principles, and since graduation they’ve been reinforced. Before university I didn’t care much about networking or setting goals, and I was too scared to try new things. However, during my time at university and my internships I realised that these principles were very beneficial.

The one piece of advice I would offer to current students is get some relevant work experience or get involved with societies while you’re still at university. The job market is very competitive, so it is very important to stand out. However, make sure it doesn’t get in the way with your studies.




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. Find out more here

Applications close on 9th April!

And, if you are a 1st or 2nd year student then click here too find out about the opportunities and register your interest.