Category Archives: Careers Service

£250 for Career Development

Work & Opportunities Fund

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!

What can I use the funding for?
This funding will contribute towards the cost of transport, accommodation, training, childcare or uniform.
*Terms and conditions apply.

Am I eligible?
In addition to the Terms and conditions, you must:

  • 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.

Click here for more information and to apply 

Exciting Upcoming Careers Events

Government Operational Research Service (GORS)
Thursday 14 February 2019, KLT5 13:00 – 14:00
GORS is offering Year-Long and Summer Operational Research placements in a number of government departments. You will have the opportunity to gain professional and technical skills whilst working on some of the most interesting and pertinent problems currently facing the country. For further details & to book visit https://careers.kent.ac.uk/

PwC Insight Day (Gatwick Office)
25th February, 10.45 – 17:30
Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate, graduate or ready for your second job, you can pick up loads of information about our work and decide which of our career options interests you most at our office based event. You’ll have the opportunity to spend some time in our Gatwick office discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. You’ll find out where a career with PwC can take you – and how far you could go – and you’ll be able to ask us questions face-to-face and get a better grasp of our business. Suitable for all degree streams. Event booking link: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/events/event.html?execution=e3s1

Your degree can take you anywhere!
Discover your skills with PwC!
27th February 2019, 13:15 in Keynes Seminar Room 11
This session will focus on how you can utilise the transferable skills you have gained from your studies and apply these to the workforce. Irrespective of your degree, all students will have acquired soft and technical skills from their studies that are relevant to a career in professional services. PwC, a multinational professional services network, will provide some suggestions on other ways you can develop your employability skills, as well as practice some interview questions and discuss the PwC application process. Register here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3617&service=Careers+Service

Master your Video Interview Skills
27th February 2019, 14:30 in Keynes Seminar Room 11
This session will cover what you should expect from a video interview and how you should approach this stage of the application process. We will discuss how to prepare in advance, common mistakes, the importance of body language and tips for a successful interview. You will have the chance to review real life good and bad example case studies, and have the opportunity to practice filming yourselves and observe how you come across on camera. A great opportunity to practice your interview technique with expert advice from a Recruitment Officer at PwC! Register here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3619&service=Careers+Service

BVE Expo coach trip (The UK’s leading broadcast, production and media tech event)
28th February, 08:00 – 18:30
BVE is the largest broadcast, production and media and tech exhibition in the UK attracting over 12,000 creative professionals, business leaders and tech professionals every year. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about all of the careers in Media and Production, network with employers and attend accredited seminars. Suitable for all degree streams, of special interest to Media, Production and Tech. Event booking link: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3733&service=Careers+Service

Build a Powerful CV

Sharpen Your Writing Skills

At the University’s Career Fair, graduate recruiters put communication skills top of the list. Sadly for them, about 20% of graduates’ English skills are not up to scratch for the workplace.

These free practical workshops will help you make your words count. We’ll pin down the function of different kinds of writing. We’ll identify who we’re writing for. We’ll learn about tone, content and structure. We’ll include a scattering of grammar and punctuation so you’ll avoid the worst pitfalls. We’ll examine exactly what will make an employer love your CV. Above all, we’ll write. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop and be ready to try out all kinds of writing.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Understand what writing skills employers look for
• Be ready to write clearly, accurately and effectively in a professional context
• Have a toolkit for approaching any piece of writing, from emailing the CEO to writing a press release
• Be ready to write a persuasive and effective CV.

Course Details:
Dates: Wednesday 14 November & Wednesday 28 November 2018
Time: 13:00-16:00
Location: This will be confirmed once you have booked your place
Cost: FREE

If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel free to contact us at studyplus@kent.ac.uk

Book your place via SDS

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 https://careers.kent.ac.uk/

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 www.kent.ac.uk/employability for details.

CES website: see www.kent.ac.uk/ces/publications/CGOnline.pdf 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. www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/careersmoodle.html

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. www.kent.ac.uk/employability/working/students/bursary-and-expenses.html

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

Web:
www.kent.ac.uk/ces
Facebook: www.facebook.com/UKCES
Twitter: @UniKentEmploy
Blog:
https://unikentemploy.wordpress.com
Email: careerhelp@kent.ac.uk