Category Archives: Careers Service

Diversity and Inequality in Criminal Justice Event

Unlocked Graduates is proud to be running a speaker and panel Q & A event in partnership with Clifford Chance as part of their Black History Month series.

Racial inequality is one of the most pressing issues facing our criminal justice system. Over 25 per cent of the adult prison population is from a minority ethnic group compared to just 14 per cent of the general population. In the youth estate the problem is even more stark – with minorities representing over half the children in our prison system. In this event we will hear from people on the frontline in this crisis – those campaigning for change, people with lived experience and graduates who are taking on the challenge of finding solutions within the sector.

We will be joined by Ash Prashar. Ash is a justice reform campaigner with a unique background. He’s a former young offender who went on to work for Boris Johnson, Tony Blair & VP Biden. He advocates for criminal justice reform and prison abolition in both the US & UK and has created programs for the formerly incarcerated, campaigned for bail reform, ending solitary confinement and the restoration of voting rights. Ash will present on these issues followed by a discussion with Clifford Chance partner, Matthew Newick.

This will be followed by a panel of frontline workers chaired by Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski – with professionals across the sector and from Unlocked, discussing their roles working in law, policing and prison – and how you too could have an impact by working on the frontline.

The virtual event will take place on 12th October from 12-1.45pm. You need to register in advance here.

Please note that you need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply Now. The system used for registrations requires you to upload a CV but this will not be reviewed, if easier you can upload a blank word document. You need to do this in order to register.

The 2020 EmpFest Programme is now Available!

For the first time our annual Employability Festival will be held online! This is a great opportunity for all University of Kent students from all campuses to gain insights and skills for their future careers.

EmpFest will feature events organised by the Careers & Employability Service; Academic Schools, Professional Services, Employers and Professional Organisations to offer presentations, skills workshops, guest speakers, discussion panels and industry experts.

The EmpFest programme is now available at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/empfest/prg.html

EmpFest: 12 – 23 October Selection of events

Monday 12th

#EmpFest20 – South East Water: The use of psychometric testing in selection, recruitment and career development – 12pm
Join Organisational Development Advisor Millie Wilson online to learn about the use of psychometric testing in recruitment and career development. This session will cover how you can prepare to take a psychometric test, how we decide who is the best ‘fit’ for a role and how you can use feedback from psychometric testing in all areas of your life. You will leave this webinar with a set of free tools to learn more about yourself and what your results may look like.

#EmpFest20 – Student Circus: Job Search for International Students – 3pm
This session will include helping international students navigate the job market. We will cover the following:
• Our journey from intl students to Entrepreneurs in the UK
• What is the current job environment (economy, sector specific)
• Timelines to follow for visas
• Tier-2 employer screening (how to find the right employers)
• Options post Tier-4 expiry (apart from Tier 2, there are many options)
• Tips & Tricks (making sure students don’t trip over simple mistakes, employer feedback & easy ways to be noticed)
• Q&A at the end

Tuesday 13th

#EmpFest20 – Civil Service Fast Stream Application Process – 11am
The Fast Stream is the Civil Service’s flagship leadership development programme, developing graduates from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to become our future senior leaders. The 15 schemes provide a breadth of opportunity to contribute to the fast-paced work that makes a difference to society. Sign up now to find out more about the Fast Stream and the application process!

#EmpFest20 – CII: Careers and Opportunities in Insurance and Financial Planning – 12pm
Are you looking for a rewarding career utilising your degree? From cyber risk, helping people manage business and finances; risk including catastrophe, driverless cars and much more; Insurance and financial planning have significant influence in the economy and international reach – this could be your passport to success.

#EmpFest20 – Marsh & McLennan Overview – 2.30pm
Please join Marsh & McLennan for an overview of their opportunities and how to get ahead with your application! Risk, strategy, management consulting

Wednesday 14th

#EmpFest20 – Paragon Law: Securing work in the UK. Advice for EU and International students – 2pm
Paragon Law will provide visa and immigration updates for international and EU students looking to secure a graduate role or set up in business. They will provide an overview of the current situation and changes post December 2020.

#EmpFest20 – Careers in Accountancy Panel – 3pm
Are you thinking about a career in accountancy? It’s not all about numbers! Accountants are financial specialists at the heart of all areas of business. Hear from a panel of accountants and professional bodies, working in a range of areas from tax, audit and assurance, in small, mid-tier and top-tier firms. They’ll share their career backgrounds, qualification routes and tips for entering the career sector, with Q&A.

#EmpFest20 – Introduction to Frontline Graduate Programme – 3pm
Frontline is a social work charity working to ensure that all children in England have a safe and stable home, and that their life chances are not limited by their social or family circumstance. We create social change for these children and their families by developing excellent social work practice and leadership through our programmes and by building a movement of leaders in social work and broader society as part of our Fellowship. In order to achieve this, we aim to have 4,000 impactful fellows by 2025.

#EmpFest20 – The University of Law: Careers in Law for non-Law Students – 4pm
If you’re considering a law conversion course, we’ll talk you through the courses, what you’ll study and take you through the route to becoming a Solicitor or Barrister.

Thursday 15th
#EmpFest20 – Leyton UK: How to get the right job for you, and keep it – 10am
Antoni Peychev, Kent Law Alumnus and current Global Business and Digital Transformation Manager for an R&D Tax Consultancy, will be covering How to get the right job for you, and keep it!
Antoni has worked within a range of sectors, including Media, Banking, Legal, Publishing, Digital Consulting, R&D Tax Consulting, Data Science & AI, in roles such as, Journalist, Private Banker, Litigation Executive, Legal Product Specialist, Business Analyst, Project Manager and Lifelong Student and Mentor, building up a wealth of knowledge, which he is ready to share! If you are thinking What do I want to do once I graduate? What do I do if I don’t know? How do I go from student to a trusted professional? What if I have no talents? What if I work hard instead? How do I succeed in today’s fast-paced world? – then this session is for you! Let’s chat!

#EmpFest20 – School of Economics: Working in Finance – 6pm
Come and hear Economics graduates talk about their career paths to a graduate job in finance, how they secured their roles and what it is like to work in the financial sector. This will be followed by networking opportunities.

Friday 16th
#EmpFest20 – Step into working with offenders – 4pm
Meet Olivia Ross who graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology earlier this year. She now works as an offender resettlement worker for Penrose, helping offenders find housing, employment and support including mental health services on their release. In this session she will talk about how she got her job and her experiences so far. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

….. WEEK 2 ……

Monday 19th
#EmpFest20 – Unlocked Graduates: Alternative Careers: Career in Criminal Justice – 1pm
Want a graduate job that makes a difference? Unlocked Graduates aims to change the prison system through rehabilitation. Our participants work on the front line to impact society every day with their outstanding work. Find out how YOU could be part of the movement by tuning in to this presentation!

#EmpFest20 – APM: Project Management Insight – 2.30pm
An insight into project management from a project professional, Daniel Pollitt. Find out more about the Association for Project Management, the professional body that represents the profession and Daniel’s experiences so far.

#EmpFest20 – Bright Network: Tackling Virtual assessment centres – 4pm
Assessment centres can be daunting, especially if you’ve never attended one before and with the shift to a more digitally focused world, recruiters are also moving to digital platforms to assess their candidates. Our careers experts Jake and Shelly are here to give you their top insights on how to successfully navigate the different tasks you’ll face during virtual assessment centres. In this session you’ll gain the key skills to tackle these tasks confidently, learn how to maintain professionalism and impress firms (virtually!), as well as boost your overall employability.

Tuesday 20th
Virtual Careers Fair, 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 21st
#EmpFest20 – SSPSSR: Year in Professional Practice (Placement) – 12.00
This session is to introduce students to the Year in professional practice. It aims to equip students with all the information they require to help them make an informed decision about undertaking a placement year and the support available to them.

#EmpFest20 – School of Politics: Alumni Careers Panel – 2pm
A panel of Kent Politics Alumni will talk about their careers followed by a Q&A session with students.

#EmpFest20 – The University of Law: Solicitor Series – 4pm
Our Solicitor Series workshop will help you stand out in Vacation Scheme and Training Contract applications.  We’ll cover questions including, what type of firm is right for me? What type of Law would I enjoy practising? And What types of tasks would I expect as a trainee Solicitor?

Thursday 22nd

#EmpFest20 – L’Oreal Virtual skills session – 11am
In this event we will cover information about L’Oreal as a company and an employer, how the current climate has affected the wider business as a whole and everything in regards to what employers look for at Assessment Centre’s and how you can stand out from the crowd.

#EmpFest20 – Uptree: Interview skills – 12pm
Interactive workshop for all students who want to develop their employability skills, particularly for an interview. We will look at interview technique and how to sell yourself to an employer, applicable to all industry types. Uptree partner with a wide range of different companies to give you the most up-to-date career information. Join this event to hear about upcoming opportunities and events from top companies such as PwC, Clifford Chance, IBM and GSK.

#EmpFest20 – Bank of England: Virtual Assessment Centre Skills Session – 1pm
This skills session will cover all of the skills required from an ideal candidate applying to any of the Bank of England Future Talent programmes. We will be running through a typical application process and any hints and tips for completing a virtual assessment centre. https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/careers/early-careers/our-programmes

#EmpFest20 – Marketing and Business Alumni give their experiences – 6pm
Hear from four Marketing or Business Alumni who graduated in 2019 about their experiences in the following work places:
Harvard Communications – Marketing Executive for the technology and media industry https://www.harvard.co.uk/
Nomad Foods – Europe’s largest Frozen food company – Consumer Insights analyst role https://www.nomadfoods.com/careers/
L’Oréal Paris – 6 month internship
Ogilvy – who work with one in five of the UK’s top 100 brands – Brand Strategist and Planner – https://ogilvy.co.uk/have-career

23rd October

#EmpFest20 – FDM: Top tips for virtual and video interviews – 12pm
With more and more businesses utilising online platforms to conduct interviews, we have created a session with helpful tips to help with your success!
In this session we will cover the FDM onboarding process, what a strength based interview is and what it looks like and how to prepare for a virtual/video interview, this will be followed by a Q&A to answer any questions you may have.

#EmpFest20 – Step into social and market research – 12pm
Meet Hollie Gibson who graduated last year with a masters in Sociology. She now works for BMG, a social and market research agency that predominantly works with public sector clients. Her role as Graduate Research Executive involves assisting with all elements of research, including fieldwork, analysis and report writing. Her aim is to uncover the story behind data! In this session she will talk about how she got her job and her experiences so far. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

#EmpFest20 – Selection tests – 3pm
Often referred to as Psychometric tests, graduate recruiters often use verbal/numerical/logical reasoning, situational judgement, personality and game-based tests as part of their selection process. Find out more about these tests and to learn about Graduates First, an online facility where Kent students can practise them.

Civil Service Fast Streamer: Ask me Anything!

Civil Service Fast Streamer: Ask me Anything
19th February 2020, Keynes S6

Have you been considering a career in the Civil Service?

Whether delivering the agenda of the government of the day is your life-long dream, or whether you just want to find out a little bit more about what the Civil Service is, book now for a 1-1, face to face session with a Civil Service Fast Streamer.

The Fast Stream is an award-winning leadership development programme that will expose you to a variety of roles across government departments, developing you to become a future leader of the Civil Service.

What?

1-1, face to face appointment with a Civil Service Fast Streamer

When?

19th February, 10:00am – 12:00pm
by appointment only – click here to book)

or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
drop in – no appointment needed!

Where?

Keynes S6

Why?

Because the Fast Stream is The Times TOP graduate employer of 2019, because your work will impact upon the whole of society, because you can choose between 15 different schemes that offer roles across the country, internationally and across government departments…come and find out more for yourself!

£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