EMPLOYABILITY & PLACEMENTS EVENTS
- Identify and achieve your career goals with a Kent career mentor!
Kent Career Mentoring offers you the opportunity to get personalised career advice from someone who has been in your position. We aim to connect students with Kent alumni, to receive guidance and support in achieving their career ambitions. Where possible, students are matched with an alumnus working in a profession they are interested in. You will find their experience and advice invaluable, making a big difference to your future career prospects.
We are inviting all first and second year students, as well as students who will be enrolled on a Kent postgraduate course in Autumn, to participate in a career mentoring programme starting in October.
- Psychology Student Volunteer opportunity (data entry)
The Psicon Group, a specialist psychological and health service is looking for a Psychology student volunteer to assist with data entry and gain valuable work experience. This post would suit an undergraduate Psychology student or graduate who is keen to have exposure to a psychology service and gain an overview of how an assessment questionnaire tool is used in the assessment of ASD.
- One-year post-graduate job scheme for Psychology graduates – working with primary school children – deadline 20th June
Graduating this summer and interested in working with primary school aged children? Two Bridges School in Tunbridge Wells is looking for a Psychology graduate to work alongside the programme lead on their Primary Focus programme; a nurture-based programme to support primary aged pupils with social and emotional coping strategies.
- Applications for Internship Experience UK 2022 are now open!
Internship Experience UK is a three-day virtual internship programme designed to support you with your career. Created to help you explore a new sector and upskill, this is the no.1 virtual internship experience to supercharge your CV ahead of the autumn application season. There are streams available for Business, Operations & Marketing; Financial Services & Consulting; Investment Banking & Asset Management; Public Sector, Policy & Charity, Technology; and Commercial Law.
- Psychology student wanted for part-time therapy role (Head First)
Head First provides access to mandatory training and brain injury specific training. Head First also provide regular 1:1 clinical supervision and 24/7 emergency on-call support. This is a great opportunity for a therapy assistant to assist a 14 year-old girl with her independence and ongoing rehabilitation.
- Start-up business funding available via ASPIRE!
If you’re thinking of setting up a business and looking for funding, or you would like to boost your existing start-up with a new marketing campaign or a new equipment, contact ASPIRE now! You might be eligible for a Santander Enterprise Grant up to £2400. All you need to do is fill in the application form and we will check your eligibility. Contact us on ASPIRE@kent.ac.uk
As well as the funding we can help you with your business struggles and you can speak to our Entrepreneurs in Residence.
- Canterbury Archaeological Trust – Layout Artist – deadline 17th June
Are you a graduating SAC student with design skills? Canterbury Archaeological Trust is seeking to employ a Layout Artist. Ideally someone with existing experience, although the position is also suitable for a recently qualified college or university graduate. Must have a good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat), as well as a familiarity in using website content management systems (WordPress and WIX).
- Volunteering Opportunity: Make Education Fairer!
CoachBright are looking for Kent students to work with school pupils from low-income backgrounds to help them improve their grades, confidence and access to university. As we navigate life in a post-covid world, it’s more important than ever that our most disadvantaged pupils are getting the support they need.
- NatWest Insight Weeks for Women – apply now!
Applications now open for NatWest Insight Weeks for Women. This is a great way to learn more about NatWest and a career in banking; network with colleagues to hear about their experience and get a feel for the culture. The programme will run over four days from 30th August to 2nd September 2022.
- Student Brand Ambassadors Wanted for Sept 22!
Do you know lots of people at university and want to enhance your CV? World Leading Private Legal Education Provider BARBRI is looking for enthusiastic and well-connected students to be their Brand Ambassadors for the 2022/23 academic year.
- How to get a graduate job – free online course!
Make your graduate job search easier and land the graduate job you want with help from the UK’s leading graduate coaching company. Understand the graduate recruitment process and prepare for the world of work to land the job you really want!
- South West Mental Health Virtual Recruitment Day: 22 June
On Wednesday 22nd June, South West Provider Collaborative (NHS) is holding a series of virtual recruitment and CPD events for individuals interested in careers as mental health professionals (ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying; mental health and learning disability nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry and any allied healthcare profession).
BOOK A 1-1 CAREERS CHAT
Need some advice on your CV or future career? Book a one-to-one appointment with our Employability Officer who can support you with your job and work experience search, help you look for and secure work (we review CVs, applications, and offer interviews and assessment centre training and advice). Use the link below to make an appointment:
CAREERS SERVICE EVENTS
All session now open for booking!
Postgraduate Week, Careers and Employability Service. 6th – 10th June 2022
Join us for a week of online employer talks and workshops for postgraduate students, to help you prepare for your next steps after your master’s.
- Becoming an Academic
- Discover Project Management
- Working in research outside of academia
- Next Steps After Your Master’s
- Delivering Great Consultancy
- Teacher Training with Teach First
To see the full schedule of events and book, please visit our website: www.kent.ac.uk/ces/pgweek.html. We hope to see you there!
- Focus on Shortlist Me Practice interviews – University of Kent – Interview Marketplace (shortlister.com)
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- Get a step ahead of the competition by gaining insight into the types of question
employers are asking
- Receive an overall score at the end of your practice interview and compete to break
- Gain feedback on your interview performance to know where to improve
Invitation for graduating students to sign up to Target for ongoing career support
All students graduating this year are being emailed via Target and invited to sign up to Target with an Alumni account using a personal email, so they can still use our services for up to 3 years after graduation. Please encourage your students to complete this when they receive this email invites. Or go to https://careers.kent.ac.uk/unauth/graduate/register
- Work and Opportunities Fund – Apply here
Are you planning or have you recently secured some unpaid work experience? Attending a training or networking event which will help you in your future career? You could be entitled to funding of up to £250!
This funding will contribute towards the cost of transport, accommodation, training, childcare, or uniform.
To be eligible, you must be:
- Be a student registered with the University of Kent, studying in the UK.
- Be undertaking work which is considered graduate-level or attending a training / networking opportunity that will support your employability upon graduation.
- Claim the funding against costs incurred in the first 3 weeks (or 120 hours) of your work experience.
Monday 30 May
CVs, Cover letters and Application forms, 11:00-12:00, Online
Join this information session to find out the key things you need to include in your CV, application forms and cover letters.
We will cover the dos and don’ts and ways to tailor your documents to make you stand out.
Study Plus Inclusive Careers: Imposter Syndrome by Sal Pearman, 12:30-15:00, Online
As much as we want to stay optimistic, focussed, and productive, it can be very easy to slip into negative patterns of thinking. To ask, “Am I good enough?”, “Can I do this?”, “Am I a fake?”. With the huge impact of a more digital and global community it’s easy to feel less capable, less confident, and perhaps less worthy than our peers.
This half-day workshop will demystify the truth behind Imposter Syndrome and will provide practical tools and techniques to accurately understand, communicate and celebrate our abilities.
Over the half-day workshop, we will cover:
- What is Imposter Syndrome (is it a real thing?)
- How we might experience Imposter Syndrome and how it can impact us
- How to accurately label our skills and experiences
- Challenging negative self-talk and self-doubt
- Mental reprogramming: thinking differently and thinking positively
Graduating? Your career action plan, 13:00-14:00, Kennedy KENSR10, Canterbury Campus
How ready are you for graduation and making job applications? This checklist will help you reflect on your career readiness and help you to set actions to fill the gaps.
This session is an in person only event on the Canterbury campus.
Graduating? Your career action plan, 15:00-16:00, Online
How ready are you for graduation and making job applications? This checklist will help you reflect on your career readiness and help you to set actions to fill the gaps.
Tuesday 31 May
This session is about the everyday of work.
- What makes a good team member, your role in a team and how these can change depending on the role and type of organisation
- The link between behaviours at work and perceptions of performance
- The dos and don’ts of phones and social media in work
- The practical, often unspoken, rules, from time keeping, to what to wear (even more confusing in our new hybrid world!) to what is expected in 1:1s
- Office politics, reading team dynamics and resolving conflict in teams
- The session shares some practical exercises that help attendees to understand how to approach new situations and tips on how to build good relationships with teams.
Practice Group Assessment Centre Exercises, 13:00-14:00, Cornwallis East CESR2, Canterbury Campus
Assessment Centres are a common part of the graduate recruitment process, with group exercises being a key task. This is an interactive workshop, where you will practice a selection of group exercises and receive group feedback, to give you practical experience. Exercises will be common to assessment centres across different sectors so will focus on the skills element rather than industry specific knowledge.
This session is an on-campus only event.
Postgraduate Study, 15:00-16:00, Online
Are you considering postgraduate study? Find out about how to find courses, the application process and how to write a personal statement.
Wednesday 1 June
How to make the most of your vacation, 12:00-13:00, Online
Suggestions for activities you can do during the vacation to boost the skills and experiences on your CV.
Interview skills including video interviews, 14:00-15:00, Online
This session will cover common interview questions and how to approach them, including competency, strengths based and motivational questions. The session will also look at steps to take to prepare for an interview, helping you to feel more confident for the real thing!
Monday 6 June
PG Week: Discover Project Management, 12:00-13:00, Online
Ever wondered what project management really is, and where projects happen? Whatever your degree, join Association for Project Management’s insight session where you can discover more about this important skill, listen to people who’ve delivered projects, get your questions answered and, yes, find out how much you can earn. This session is aimed at Postgraduate students.
Study Plus – Time Management by Alvin Ramsamy, 12:30-14:30, Online
- What it is and why it is important
- Common barriers to good time management
- Understand different types of time management issues, strategies, techniques and tools to address these
- Know what your own time management issues are
- Leave with practical plan specific to your needs
Tuesday 7 June
Interview Skills and Tips with Intel, 11:00-12:00, Online
This session will give you an insight into how to successfully prepare for an interview, how to stand out to hiring managers and how to best speak about your skills and experience.
We will also detail the opportunities Intel offers undergraduates, such as a chance for growth and learning while working with industry-leading innovation. We offer 13-month internships in a range of disciplines within our Swindon, Marlow and Basingstoke sites. Interns are an integral part of the Intel family – you can be sure that your achievements will be recognized here.
PG Week: Writing CVs and cover letters for Postgrads, 13:00-14:00, Online
This session is aimed at current or recent taught postgraduates.
If you haven’t applied for professional jobs recently, or you are looking to update your CV, this talk covers the fundamentals of:
- What should go into a CV
- Creating a positive impact
- Constructing your covering letter
PG Week: Working in research outside of academia, 17:00-18:00, Online
Are you interested in a career in research, but outside of academia? Have you undertaken a master’s and you are wondering how you can use your research skills in industry? Join our alumni panel who will discuss their careers within research and how they have used their skills from their master’s, as well as a Q&A to answer any of your questions.
The panel will be made up of Kent alumni who have previously undertaken a master’s and are now working in research, including:
- Sean Janion, Senior Research Analyst at Chambers and Partners, International Law LLM alumnus
- Sophie Hughes, Research Associate at Clinical Outcomes Solutions, Cognitive Psychology / Neuropsychology MSc alumnus
- Estela Carmona Cejudo, Research Engineer at i2CAT Foundation, PhD Electronic Engineering and MSc Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks
Wednesday 8 June
PG Week: Postgraduate taster session at the Kent Community Oasis Garden, 11:00-13:00, Meet at Careers and Employability Service Building, Canterbury Campus
Open to Postgraduate students only.
Come and discover the Kent Community Oasis Garden situated at Parkwood. Come along for a 2-hour session at the garden to find out more about the project and get stuck into some gardening yourselves with a taster guided activity. Tea and biscuits provided!
Note: Please make sure you are wearing comfortable, flat footwear that is as sturdy as possible. We have some wellington boots available to borrow but these are limited in size and numbers.
PG Week: Postgraduates: Skills to Succeed, 11:30-12:15, Sibson SIBLT1, Canterbury Campus
As part of the GRC Annual Researchers’ Showcase, join the Careers team for a ‘Skills to succeed’ workshop. Learn how you can develop the skills to succeed in your chosen career.
To attend, please register here: Researchers’ Showcase 2022 Registration (google.com)
PG Week: Delivering Great Consultancy, 17:30-19:00, Online
Please join us on the 8th June for the PA Consulting & University of Kent ‘Delivering Great Consultancy’ Virtual Workshop.
This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your CV, expand your network with people in the consulting industry, and experience real consulting training which all our consultants do during their welcome week at PA Consulting.
If you’re interested in a career in consulting, or are curious to find out more, please sign up!
This event is tailored for postgraduate students and organised with the Kent Business School, but all students are welcome.
Thursday 9 June
PG Week: Next Steps After your Master’s, 11:00-12:00, Online
Are you thinking about your next steps after your degree? Considering a career in academia or industry? This session will support you in thinking about your options.
This talk will cover:
- How your Master’s can boost your job prospects
- Graduate jobs and application tips
- Further study options – What is a PhD? And PhD application tips
- Taking a year out
PG Week: Becoming an Academic, 12:30-13:30, Online
Join Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate and Researcher College and Professor of Theatre and Performance, who will be sharing insights into becoming an academic.
By attending this talk, you will learn:
- What do academics really do?
- Routes to doing PhD or further study
- Academic pipeline – different academic career paths, e.g. Research Assistant, postdocs etc.
PG Week: Teacher Training Opportunities for Postgrads with Teach First, 14:00-15:00, Online
Becoming a teacher is a big choice. To learn more about how you can make a difference and why Teach First may be the best route for you. This is a great way to see how you can use your skills and your degree and give back to a community that needs it.
- Learn about how our Training Programme works. In a nutshell, you’ll earn a salary, gain a fully-funded qualification, and benefit from in-school training with a comprehensive support network.
- Hear more about our schools in South East & South Coast.
- Find out more about STEM and the opportunities this can give you.
- Find out about our application process and how you can be successful.
- Get your questions answered.
Friday 10 June
PG Week: Interview skills for Postgrads, 11:00-12:00, Online
As you approach graduation and start preparing for your next steps, including interviews, this session will cover common interview questions and how to approach them, including competency, strengths based and motivational questions. The session will also look at steps to take to prepare for an interview, helping you to feel more confident for the real thing! This session is aimed at Postgraduate students.
Other Career Information and Events
an industry-recognised award, which credits the best student examples of digital literacy in the country. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who are applying to placement or grad roles, to demonstrate desirable employability skills such as creative thinking and communication.
From engineering to geography, business to architecture, the Digital Edge Awards are open to all UK university students. To enter, students should submit coursework where they’ve showcased digital literacy skills – that’s work that shows off creative problem solving, critical thinking and visual communication! The awards are judged by a panel of experts, including
the founder of RateMyPlacement, Oliver Sidwell!
As well as the opportunity to receive an accolade for their CV, two winners will receive a £9,250 cash prize, alongside six runner-up prizes of £1,000!
You can find out more about the awards here. Entries close 31 May.
The Future Talent Programme was created to support talented individuals in the UK and Ireland who come from a disadvantaged background. Applications are open to students from all degree backgrounds in their first year (or second year if enrolled in a four-year degree) of university. The deadline to apply is Saturday 4th June. Please have a look at our website to find out more and feel free to share this opportunity with your network!
Career opportunities with disability confident employers
Future You is a unique event designed to provide bright and ambitious students with disabilities and longterm health conditions an insight into the career opportunities available within disability confident
employers, the support available, and how to access this.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Understand the importance of disability to our participating firms
- Hear from panellists what it is like to work with a disability with a top employer
- Learn how to positively disclose your disability and request support
- Participate in confidence building and motivation sessions
- Expand your network with disability confident employers.
The event is open to all undergraduate students who have a disability* or long-term health conditions –visible or otherwise – interested in finding out more about career opportunities. Applications are particularly welcomed from those studying STEM subjects. Students studying for a Masters of PHD are also welcome to apply.
To find out more, and to apply, visit:
The Young Lives Foundation are looking for volunteers this summer. www.ylf.org.uk