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Fabian Womens Network MENTORING PROGRAMME

Applications for the next cohort (2019/20) are now open
Following the astounding success of the first eight years of the Fabian Women’s Network mentoring and political education programme, we are now recruiting our ninth cohort of aspiring women. If you are a woman looking to develop or further a career in politics or public life then this could be the scheme for you.

Taking part will enable you to develop your political skills and increase the impact and influence you can have on political and public life through mentoring from one of a number of highly influential women along with bespoke training and peer group support.

The scheme launched in 2011 on International Women’s Day and since then has gone from strength to strength. Nearly 200 women have now completed the scheme and each of the seven cohorts over ten months, has received mentoring as well as taking part in organised training and networking activities. The scheme includes time spent in Parliament in London, what will be the final trip to the European Parliament, a series of networking and other events and a residential weekend where mentees will take part in training and further development in the core skills required to be effective in public or parliamentary life.

The programme has already delivered some incredible results for its participants and the Fabian Women’s Network. Mentees have been selected or shortlisted as Parliamentary candidates, and as candidates for the London and Welsh Assembly with brilliant support from other mentees. Many others were shortlisted. 42 women have been elected into local government positions and subsequently promoted into cabinet positions, and a large number of women have gone on to become school governors and trustees on the boards of charities. Some have formed their own charities. The majority of mentees have gained promotion, been nominated for awards and written for or spoken in national media.

How to apply
From 24 May, the Fabian Women’s Network will be inviting applications for the next cohort of the mentoring scheme from Fabian women.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear interest in politics and public life and a commitment to their own and others’ development in their application. The scheme will run from 9 September 2019 to June 2020. Applicants must be free to attend induction on 9 September 2019.

The deadline for applications to be a participant on the scheme is midnight 23 June 2019.

To apply for the ninth cohort of the FWN mentoring scheme, you must submit a completed Application Form 2019, a concise CV and a Diversity Monitoring form by email to FWNmentoring@fabians.org.uk

The deadline for applications to be a participant on the scheme is midnight 23 June 2019.

For queries please contact the scheme Coordinator Christine Megson at christine.megson2@ntlworld.com

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

Civil Service Fast Stream – Application and Assessment Centre Workshop

Civil Service Fast Stream: drop-in session
Monday 3rd December from 11.30 – 14.30
Keynes Seminar Room 4

Have you applied to the Civil Service Fast Stream? Are you currently going through the recruitment process? Or are you thinking of applying in the future, but have questions about their schemes or working for the Civil Service? 

Join Elliot and Sophie, current Fast Streamers, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding your application, the recruitment stages (including the assessment centre and final selection boards) and working for the Civil Service! They’ll be on campus on Monday 3rd December from 11.30am – 2.30pm, so drop by, no appointment needed! If you have any questions about the Fast Stream, come along and have a chat!

The Civil Service Fast Stream is an accelerated career path to leadership with supported development. They are a graduate employer that is consistently ranked in the top five of The Times Top 100.

The Civil Service is looking for graduates with the potential to progress to the most senior levels of the Civil Service and become our future leaders.  By ‘potential’ we mean graduates who have the motivation and ability to progress to the highest levels of our organisation. We are seeking the widest range of people, who can bring differing life experiences to their roles, enriching our organisation and helping us to better represent the whole of the society that we serve.  There is no typical Fast Streamer. We believe that people perform their best when they can be themselves at work.  We value who you are before you join the Fast Stream and ensure that through flexible working you will still have time for the things that matter the most to you outside work.

Event link: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3597&service=Careers+Service

EMPFEST 2018 Alumni Careers Panel Event

 As part of EMPFEST 2018, the School of Politics and International Relations is bringing Alumni back to campus.

Hear from a panel of 5 alumni speakers who will share the secrets of their career success in Politics and International Relations…

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time:  2pm – 4pm
Location: COLT3 – Cornwallis South East (Octagon)
SIGNUP

FEATURING:

Annette Fisher
Freelance Social Accountability Practitioner &
Participatory Action Researcher

Jonathan Millins
Head of Office for the East of England European Partnership

Mitchell Adams
Content Manager, Dods Parliamentary Communications

Scott Macdonald
Deputy Head of the Iraq Team at the
Department for International Development

Sulmaan Hanif
Regional Manager, Middle East and Africa,
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Our alumni’s career experiences include the Civil Service; European Government; International Research and Global Public Affairs.

You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable information through open, honest dialogue with the students who attend.

At this event, we aim to highlight unique career possibilities that exist for School of Politics degree holders, helping you envision possibilities for yourself you may never have considered. The event wraps up with a networking session where attendees can mix and mingle with all of the panellists.

What to do with my degree in Politics and IR?

If you are undecided about where you would like your degree to take you, it may be worth spending some time to really explore your career options. As a non-vocational course, a degree in Politics and International Relations provides a broad range of careers you could go into. This varies from teaching, Public Affairs and Lobbying, Journalism, social and political researcher to working with a non-governmental organisation and many more!

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

A degree in Politics and IR gives you many useful transferable skills including:

  • the ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly;
  • the capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments;
  • excellent written and oratory skills;
  • intellectual independence and autonomy;
  • team working skills;
  • a flexible and open-minded approach to work.

Useful links
To find out more about the different careers your degree could take you into, try the following sites:

If you are unsure about your career path, or you would like advice, the Careers and Employability Service offer careers guidance interviews. Full details or to book an appointment.