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Upcoming POLIR Careers Events

The School of Politics and International Relations has a number of exciting careers events and opportunities coming up this term.

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Careers in Diplomacy with guest speaker Owen Traylor
5th March 2020  * 11am – 12pm * GS6
There’s no such thing as a typical Diplomatic career. You could be based in London or working in one of the Foreign Office’s small, challenging or remote embassies, or working on global issues in one of our large embassies in Washington and Paris. Find out more at our Careers in Diplomacy Event. Guest speaker Owen Traylor, former Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Israel will speak about his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Service. Owen served for more than three decades in the British Foreign Service; including on the Cabinet Office Committee on Northern Ireland in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement; in Turkey; Japan and Israel.

Brussels Trip to the European Parliament
13th- 15th March 2020
PolIR, EUROSOC, the Global Europe Centre and CAS are organising a student trip to Brussels. It will include a guided tour of the European Parliament, other Brussels-based institutions, museums and the city highlights. If you are interested, please sign up by Thursday, February 27th. The estimated price of the trip is £120 and includes a return bus from Canterbury and 2 nights in a central Brussels hotel with breakfast.

Women in Politics – Careers Panel  – 20th March 2020
From 6pm – 7pm in GLT3 with a reception in the Grimond Foyer
To celebrate International Women’s Day we have invited a panel of accomplished women with careers in a wide range of Political fields. Hear them speak about their career journeys followed by a networking reception with refreshments. CANCELLED 

Careers in International Affairs Forum
POLIR Fully Funded Field Trip – 30th April 2020
Careers in International Affairs Forum is an annual meeting in which students, graduates, recruiters and experts will network, share their offerings and exchange insights in the field of international affairs. Young people interested in pursuing their careers in foreign relations and diplomacy will have a chance to meet and hear from key employers such as think tanks, NGOS and humanitarian organisations. 

POLIR Brussels Trip to the European Parliament

 Date: 13th– 15th March 2020

PolIR, EUROSOC, the Global Europe Centre and CAS are organising a trip to Brussels, taking place on 13th – 15th March. This will include a guided tour of the European Parliament, other Brussels-based institutions, museums and the wonderful city settings.

The estimated price of the trip is £120 and includes a return bus from Canterbury and 2 nights in a central Brussels hotel with breakfast.

Click here for more information and to register!

Please register by Thursday 27th February.

Careers in Diplomacy Event 5th March

There’s no such thing as a typical Diplomatic career. You could be based in London or working in one of the Foreign Office’s small, challenging or remote embassies, or working on global issues in one of our large embassies in Washington and Paris.

Find out more at our Careers in Diplomacy Event

Date: 5th March 2020
Time: 11am – 12pm
Location: Grimond Seminar Room 6

With Guest Speaker Owen Traylor

Owen Traylor, Senior Research Fellow in our Conflict Analysis Research Centre and former Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Israel will speak about his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Service.

Owen served for more than three decades in the British Foreign Service; including on the Cabinet Office Committee on Northern Ireland in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement; in Turkey; Japan and Israel.

Civilian and Military Police Careers Event

Careers in Policing

In conversation with alumni working in the Met Police
Thursday 5th March, 6-7pm in KLT3

An informal talk about the experiences of a law alumnus and a history alumnus who both have policing roles with the Metropolitan police and the military police at the same time! The speakers, Jamie Gordon and Jon Roberts will welcome your questions whilst also talking about their experiences.

Jamie Gordon is a serving Inspector within the Metropolitan Police. He works in the Directorate of Professional Standards, the organisation’s Internal Affairs function investigating and prosecuting police officers and staff whose actions fall below the standards expected. He has previously worked in Child Sexual Exploitation, Public Order and Intelligence roles within the Met. Jamie is also a Major in the Army Reserve and he commands a company of Military Police Officers based in South London. Prior to this he worked as a Captain in NATO’s Public Affairs branch and deployed to Slovakia, Norway, Hungary and Germany in that role. Jamie has also served on operations in Afghanistan. Jamie is alumni of KLS/UKC having read for a Law Degree at the University.

Jon Roberts is a Detective Sergeant within the Met’s Improvement Command where he works as a supervisor on the Central Specialist Drugs Team. His role is focused on tackling the supply of illegal drugs within the capital. Jon has previously worked in a variety of investigative and front line roles. Jon is also a Major within the Army Reserve and is cap badged to the Military Police. Jon currently works as a Young Officer Development Advisor where he is part of the team selecting and shaping the Army’s next generation of leaders. He has held a number of posts at regimental level and has also served on operations in Afghanistan. Jon is alumni of UKC having read for a War Studies degree and Master’s in History.

Join us for this fascinating and unique insight into career pathways in policing and law enforcement.

There is no charge, but please can you reserve your place at this event: https://cutt.ly/careersinpolicing

The event can also be accessed here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/events/event/43808/careers-in-policing

 

Careers in International Affairs Funded Field Trip – Apply Now

The School of Politics and International Relations is funding a field trip to the Careers in International Affairs Forum on the 30th April 2020 in central London.

To be considered for a place (event tickets and coach travel from the Canterbury campus to London*) please email aspirations@kent.ac.uk with a short motivational statement by 25th February 2020 .

* Please also advise if you will want coach travel from the Canterbury campus to the event in London, or if you plan to make your own way there. 

Careers in International Affairs Forum

Is an annual meeting in which students, graduates, recruiters and experts will network, share their offerings and exchange insights in the field of international affairs. The fifth edition will take place on the 30th of April 2020. Young people interested in pursuing their careers in foreign relations and diplomacy will have a chance not only to meet representatives of prospective employers but also of the academic institutions .

Pursuing a career in international affairs is an exciting path that requires a multitude of skills and knowledge as prerequisites before embarking on this international journey.

Multi disciplinary background sounds to be crucial especially for practitioners career path in foreign service, international organisations and media rather than research career path in think tanks or universities. Understanding of complex interrelationships, profound knowledge of other countries, political systems, and different mentalities, in addition to interest in people and the ability to combine this knowledge are qualities of successful international affairs professionals.

One of the ways to acquire these competencies is a postgraduate degree which provide participants, in addition to knowledge, with global network of contacts valuable as they progress in their careers. Learning foreign languages is another factor that is necessary in pursuing a career in international affairs. If you speak Arabic, Russian or Chinese in Europe and United States, it will definitely give you an advantage in your career in the field. Interpersonal skills are very important for a successful career in this field as it is required to be able to build and maintain good relationships – ultimately between nations, but starting with individuals and smaller groups. International experience such as studying abroad or volunteering for an NGO is an asset for an international career.

It is a competitive career , the more professional courses you can take, the better- the more internships and summer jobs that are relevant to the field, at places people have heard of, the better, the more relevant skills and competed projects that you can talk about in your interviews.

 

Placement Year Working to Combat Homelessness

Are you looking for an opportunity to start a career in the charity sector? We are searching for motivated and committed people to join our structured 12 month traineeship scheme.

Thames Reach is a London based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Our vision is to end street homelessness and our aim is to achieve the highest standards and effectiveness in service delivery to vulnerable people. Each member of the Thames Reach team plays a vital role in contributing and shaping the vision of ending rough sleeping and promoting improvement in people’s lives, and by joining us you can do the same.

On the Traineeship programme, you will experience a challenging yet rewarding high quality on-the-job training and the opportunity to develop the skills needed for a career in our front-line services. We also are looking to offer the same rewarding opportunities on our Apprenticeship scheme to come later in the year.

To succeed, you will need commitment, resilience, empathy towards homeless people and good basic admin and IT skills. Your programme will consist of two six-month placements at a Thames Reach Project one of which will be hostel based.

You will be required to work full time on a rota basis which involves working shifts, including evenings and weekends.

Thames Reach cannot guarantee location of placements for successful intakes.

To apply please go to our careers page to download the application pack via the ‘Apply‘ button.

London wide – Boroughs with vacancies include Brent, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Southwark

£20,573.00 pa (6.5% employer’s contributory pension)

37.5 hours per week inc. shifts

12 month fixed-term contract, starting 1st May 2020

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

For further information visit our website via the ‘Apply’ button.

Closing date: Sunday 23rd February 2020

For further information drop in sessions will be held on 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th and 14th February 2020.

Interviews: Dates between 7th March 2020 and 13th March 2020

Thames Reach is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We value, respect and celebrate diversity. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their history of homelessness, sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin or religious belief.

Applicants who have experienced homelessness are especially encouraged to apply.

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!

The National Student Survey

What is it?

  • High profile annual census of all final year students in the UK. (You will be contacted if you are eligible to complete the survey.)
  • 27 Questions about the teaching on your programme and your overall experience at Kent.
  • The key measure of student satisfaction used to rate universities.

How do I do it?

  • Go to http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/
  • Enter your student number (this is on your Kent Card) and other information as requested to confirm your eligibility to complete the survey.
  • Answer the questions (<10 minutes!).

Donations to Catching Lives

  • For every completed NSS survey, the School will donate £3 to the charity Catching Lives (https://www.catchinglives.org). Catching Lives is an independent charity supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent.
  • If by 28 February our response rate is at 75+%, the School will ‘round up’ the donation to £1000.

Fast Stream Application Deadlines & Events

The Civil Service have announced their 2019/2020 application dates for the Fast Stream:

Open: 26th September at 12:00pm (noon)
Closes: 24th October at 12:00pm (noon)

Details are on their Facebook page here if you’d like more information about this.

Application details can be found here: https://www.faststream.gov.uk/how-to-apply/

The Civil Service will also be on campus to talk to students at the Careers Fair during EMPFEST.

Further on campus events with the Fast Stream will be announced shortly.