Category Archives: First Year

Civil Service Fast Stream Event, Thursday 1st October at 3pm

Current Fast Streamers on the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme will be giving a talk about their experiences both applying for and being on the Fast Stream.

Join their webinar at 3pm on Thursday 1 October to hear from current Fast Streamers and find out more about the Civil Service, the graduate programme and how to apply.

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.

Booking link: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=6531&service=Careers+Service

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.

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.

 

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!

Paid Student Ambassador Work for Sanctuary Recruitment

Are you well connected on your university campus? Are you looking to earn extra money alongside your studies this year? Would you like to represent Sanctuary Graduates and gain experience as a brand ambassador or headhunter, that not only looks fantastic on your CV but also gives you the chance to network extensively on-campus? We are looking for well-connected and confident brand ambassadors and headhunters to represent us on-campus for the upcoming academic year…

Company: Sanctuary Graduates
Locations: Your University Campus
Role:
  1. Sanctuary Graduates Brand Ambassador
  2. Headhunter
Salary:
  1. £1/£2 Per Sign-Up + Bonuses + Rewards + Prizes
  2. £1 per application + £200 per hire
Start Date: October 2019
Degrees Accepted: Any degree
Apply here: 1. http://www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/sg-brand-ambassadors/?ref=PM

2. https://www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/sg-headhunters/?ref=PM

Deadline: 26/08/19

You can be from any degree background to apply for these opportunities, however you MUST be on your university campus for the 19/20 academic year!

Who is the company?

– Established in 2012, we are the graduate recruitment experts

– We help 100s of employers reach, attract and recruit the best graduates, delivering excellence with a personal touch

– We are a rapidly growing scale-up business with an impressive array of happy, long-term clients who rely on us for their graduate and intern talent. These include KPMG, JDE, RB, Tesco, BlackRock and many more

What are the roles?

  1. Sanctuary Graduates Brand Ambassador

– As one of our Campus Brand Ambassadors, you will be representing Sanctuary Graduates on your university campus, raising brand awareness and encouraging students to sign-up to receive our opportunities

– You will be paid on a commission basis for each sign-up (with no cap!), and you can also earn further bonuses for achieving your targets

– The sign-up procedure is done online and only will take 30 seconds to complete, so you really could earn A LOT of money from encouraging your friends to sign-up!

– There are financial incentives for reaching milestones – regular cash rewards for reaching milestones of sign-ups, competitions with cash prizes and much more

– You must be available to attend a training day in late August in London

  1. Headhunter

– As part of our vibrant, motivated headhunter network, you will promote specific opportunities of our clients to your friends, coursemates and on-campus connections

– As the lead headhunter for your university, you will be paid on a salaried basis and be given promotional activities to complete each week

– This role is extremely flexible – earn lots of extra money alongside your studies whilst learning about many graduate, intern and placement opportunities!

Why should you apply?

– Earn unlimited commission whilst working flexibly and managing your own time

– Looks fantastic on your CV

– Chance to extensively broaden your networks

– Undertake a fun and rewarding role where your creativity is valued

– Opportunity to represent a leading recruitment firm (us!)

– Impart your invaluable knowledge onto those looking for an internship, placement or graduate scheme, and help your friends find their dream career!

Who is best suited to this role?

– You must be a current student at any university in the UK

– We are looking for well-connected, confident students that are keen to utilise their networks

– You must be driven, reliable and resilient

Click here to apply now: 

  1. http://www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/sg-brand-ambassadors/?ref=PM
  2. https://www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/sg-headhunters/?ref=PM

It only takes 30 seconds to register your interest in these roles, and we’ll support you throughout the full application process.

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.

Alumni & Student Pub Night

The Alumni Pub Nights series is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni and students.  The theme of the next Pub Night is career advice and mentoring:

Date: Tuesday 27 March
Time: 18.00 – 20.00
Location: Miller’s Arms in Canterbury
Register here

Join us and catch up on news from Kent and socialise with current students and fellow alumni.  The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service will be also be joining us to talk about what help they can give students, staff and alumni and how the mentoring platform, KEW-NET, could be of use to you.

Alumni please join us to find out how you can help a Kent student progress in their career. We will be exploring mentoring, campus talks, taking part in Kent’s Employability Festival and offering a student work experience.

This is also a fantastic opportunity for 1st or 2nd year students to network with alumni and find out about our upcoming graduate careers fairs and work experience opportunities.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Please help us get the word out and share on Facebook!

 

Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union and the Careers Vacancy Database .

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children.

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …

Check if the opportunity covers out-of-pocket expenses, it shouldn’t cost you to volunteer.

If you have undertaken an unpaid work placement, you may be eligible for a B:KEW bursary.

If you do take on voluntary work, log your hours on the Kent Union’s Toolkit and you may achieve an award through the Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering.