Category Archives: Graduate Jobs

Alumni Careers Event with the POLIR Society

The POLIR Society is bringing alumni back to university. Hear from a panel of 4 alumni speakers who will share the secrets of their career success. 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.

Date: 17th March 2021
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm
Link to the event in Teams


Kami Asamani

As Head of Business Management for Arts Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) our team works in 19 countries in West, Southern and East Africa and the UK to create opportunities and connections for young creatives. My role is to clarify our targets, monitor our progress towards them and shape the governance of our work. 

Leo Wilkinson

Currently policy advisor to Sandro Gozi MEP in the European Parliament, I work on constitutional affairs, EU political parties, EU budget and regional policy. I have also been a trainee in the European Commission’s Spokesperson Service.

Emma Booth

I currently work at Serco and I am seconded into the Ministry of Defence to support them with their external engagement. I previously worked at the Cabinet Office leading on ministerial engagement. I have also worked in public affairs for Defence and Aerospace companies, as well as in UK Parliament. Whilst at the University of Kent, I was Chair of Kent Labour Students and the Social Sciences Faculty Rep. 

Emma Lagerstedt

I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Politics and International Relations with a year abroad at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am currently on my second year of the Policy, Advocacy and Government Affairs (PAGA) graduate scheme at Bristol Myers Squibb, a global pharmaceutical company. In my day-to-day I work within a team to engage with national stakeholders to inform health policy, which can include working on policy reports, feeding into consultations and organising meetings with key stakeholders. We also lead on relationships with patient advocacy groups and work with them to amplify the patient voice within the company and externally.




Want to start looking for social work jobs with local employers?  Then this event is for YOU!

Hear from a range of Social Work Employers from Local Authorities, Private and Voluntary Sector employers – Open to AllStudents. Please book online to reserve your place and access the Microsoft Teams Links at: 

The following Employability Talks will be taking place:
12:30 – 12:50 – East Sussex Council 
13:30 – 13:50 – Vocational Impact
14:00 – 14:20 – London Borough of Bexley 
14:30 – 14:50 – NSPCC 
15:00 – 15:20 – Careers and Employability Service 
15:30 – 15:50 – MA/Step Up to Social Work 

Further information email: or

Your Pathway to a Digital Career

Are you in your final year of university and curious about a career in the technology industry? Are you studying a Non STEM degree but keen on pursuing a career in tech?

FDM are launching an exciting four-part programme of events to enhance your digital skills and potentially fast-track you to the final stages of our recruitment process!

We will provide you with an overall insight into who FDM are, explore common misconceptions of a career in technology and transferable skills applicable to the world of tech. You will then learn a new skill in coding with one of our FDM internal developers. The series will conclude with an interview with an FDM recruiter and if successful, we will fast-track you to the final stages of our recruitment process! The events will run on a weekly basis, commencing on Thursday 12th November and concluding on Thursday 3rd December.

Programme of Events

Thursday 12th November 4-6pm – Introduction to FDM: Non-Tech to Tech

Thursday 19th November 4-6pm – Coding Bootcamp: Part 1 with FDM Developer

Thursday 26th November 4-6pm – Coding Bootcamp: Part 2 with FDM Developer

Thursday 3rd December – Fast-track Interviews

Criteria to apply:

– On track to achieve a 2.2 bachelors with honours degree

– Eligible to work in the UK or EU

– Passionate about pursuing a career in the technology industry

– Geographically flexible within the UK

– Able to support yourself financially during the training period

– Able to commit to the full 2-year graduate careers programme

To apply to take part in this exciting programme of events, please submit your CV and cover letter to Kristy Littlewood at with the subject: ‘FDM Programme of Events’. Applications will close on Monday 9th November.

Careers in Defence – Online Event for EMPFEST

Join a panel of defence sector representatives, including Kent alumni, who will share their experiences about working in defence, discuss the opportunities available and the value that non-STEM graduates provide in their workplaces. Q+A with representatives from BAE, Dstl and Janes as well as Jack Radford (Military History), a returning placement student. Particularly suitable for Humanities/History, Business, Economics, SECL, SSPSSR, Psychology and all non-STEM

This event will take place on zoom and is bookable via Target Connect

Students will receive 10 Employability Points for attending.

Ella Fleming – Senior Analyst in Dstl and Visiting Fellow for RUSI (Bsc International Politics, MA Conflict Security and Development) She has worked in Defence and Security for 3 years and has expertise in socio-cultural and regional analysis, intelligence analysis, gender in the armed forces and has experience in designing external outreach models and external partnership management. Her academic background includes a BSc in International Politics and an MA in Conflict Security and Development. She has recently finished her Visiting Fellowship at the Think Tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) working on the future of African Security and decline of UK influence, and will pursue a sponsored part-time PhD at Oxford University in October 2020 based upon this research area. Her interests include assessing emerging geopolitical shifts and trends that may cause conflict, sectarian violence or regional instability.

Martin Parr– honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at Dstl. Martin Parr is an honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Martin regularly teaches at the Defence Academy and on the University of Kent’s MBA programme.  Martin has worked with a number of government departments to establish key strategic initiatives. He has advised on the governance of UK government programmes that have annual budgets in excess of £1 billion, including the Ministry of Defence test and evaluation programme. Martin has co-chaired international research collaboration activities for NATO.

Rebecca Jaggon– Systems Engineer, BAE Systems (MA Control Systems Engineering). I have been a Systems Engineer at BAE Systems for 3 years, including a 2 year graduate scheme. In this time, I’ve worked on aircraft control sticks, heads-up displays and controls. Before this I completed a Masters in Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, which gave me a strong background in modelling, a key part of my role. I also work a lot in requirements design and derivation. Whilst at university I had a job in IT; modernising databases for storing and automating the update of contractor information and rebuilding a company intranet. I also had a summer internship at BAE Systems working for 12 weeks on the development of Striker II, this led to being offered my graduate job with the company. Alongside my engineering role, I work in early careers and have taken on a role as a business representative in a national network for cultural and ethnic diversity.

Richard Blake –Procurement Graduate Scheme, BAE Systems (BA Business and Music). Richard Blake a second year Procurement Graduate at BAE Systems, based in Rochester, Kent. I studied at Canterbury Christchurch University reading Business and Music as a combined degree. I joined the company in September 2019 and have just started my third six-month placement throughout my two-year programme prior to exiting into a buyer role in the business. Outside of work I’m a keen musician, Trumpeter, as a member of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment band as well as multiple amateur and semi-professional groups playing a variety of genres. I’m also a keen cyclist.

Sam Cranny-Evans– Editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles (BA War Studies at Kent). Sam Cranny-Evans is the editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles, his writing focuses on paradigms in modern land warfare, and how armoured fighting vehicles have evolved to meet those emerging demands.

Jack Radford– Defence Analyst, Dstl Professional Placement Year student (BA History with Professional Placement Year at Kent). Jack is a current student at the University of Kent studying History with an emphasis on Military, British and Russian History. He has recently completed a Year-In-Industry placement as a Defence Analyst with the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory [dstl], an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence.

POLIR Alumni Careers Panel for EMPFEST 21st October 2pm

Listen to POLIR Alumni talk about their careers since graduation followed by a Q&A with students.

Wednesday 21st October 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm

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The School of Politics and International Relations online alumni careers panel followed by a Q&A session with students. The event is part of the University wide EMPFEST – focused on highlighting career options and opportunities to students.

School alumni sharing their advice, wisdom and experience with students looking to pursue a similar career.

Speakers for online POLIR Alumni Panel – EMPFEST

Scott Macdonald – Head of Good Governance Fund, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Sherah Beckley – Client Engagement Manager, Natural Capital Partners

Sulmaan Hanif – Business Development Director, Gartner

Rebecca Sangster-Kelly – Management Consultant, Chaucer

Kristina Block – Global Planning Editor, BBC News



Online ‘Think Tank’ Careers Webinar 28th October

Smart Thinking aggregates on one platform all the latest public policy research and analysis from the leading UK think tanks of the day. Curating UK think tank content for the first time, with the aim of stimulating vigorous debate and reaching as wide an audience as possible.

On the 28th October Smart Thinking will be hosting an interactive, online webinar looking at careers in policy and think tanks. The target audience are students who are considering a political or policy career and want to find out more about what life is like in a think tank, how you can go about getting a job in one and the common pitfalls to avoid as you apply. Tickets are free and offered on a first come first served basis. The audience will be able to ask questions when registering for the event so we cover the areas of most interest to them.

The panel includes some of the top UK think tanks and speakers will discuss their own careers as well as offering practical advice on the areas they work in:


Nonie Dube – Inhouse Recruiter, Chatham House

Rebecca Moran – Head of HR, Chatham House

Ryan Shorthouse – Director, Bright Blue

Jonathan Webb – Research Fellow, IPPR

Smart Thinking would be delighted if students would like to join the event. Please use the link below to register for this webinar.


Employability for Postgraduate and International Students

Application season is upon us, so what better time to boost your skills and get prepared for upcoming applications and interviews. Learn how to elevate your applications, develop the skills you need to succeed through the different stages of the process and know how to navigate an interview to make a positive and lasting impression.

Jake and Shelly will be answering all your burning questions, so you can develop the skills you need to become a pro at applications and ultimately land your dream grad job.

The agenda for the webinar is as follows:

  • Boosting your employability using virtual resources.
  • General application advice and how to avoid common mistakes
  • Resilience and confidence
  • 25 min Q&A with Alumni panel (Bright Network alumni, sharing their journey to securing a graduate role as an international and postgraduate student)

This is a free virtual event that you can access from anywhere with a laptop and tablet.

5th October, 4pm- virtual event. Book here

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:

Careers Advice during the Corona Virus Outbreak

Throughout the ongoing Corona virus outbreak we can support you in a variety of different ways.

Please email me at for careers advice, guidance, CV, application and interview assistance via email; or to arrange an appointment via telephone or online (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc).

The Careers and Employability Service are also here to provide support to all students. You can find detailed information on how they can do this on their website:

You can also find frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and employability here:

Graduate Roles at Sanctuary Graduates

Graduate Roles available at Sanctuary Graduates

Company: Sanctuary Graduates
Location: London
  1. Client Campaign Manager – Search Team
  2. Campaign Manager – Consultancy Team
  3. Client Account Manager – Rotational Graduate Scheme
Salary: £25,000
Start Date: Summer 2020
Degrees Accepted: Any Degree
Apply here:
Deadline: 20/03/2020

Client Campaign Manager – Search Team

As a client campaign manager, you will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of our newest and most innovative product – our on-campus brand ambassadors! You will manage the client relationships with top law firms, investment managers and leading technology sales firms, giving you responsibility from day one, as well as maintaining relationships with 100+ brand ambassadors

Campaign Manager – Consultancy Team

As a Campaign Manager, you will be helping our clients hire the graduates they need. Our sales team deliver you the clients, and then you will be solely responsible for the entire lifecycle of the campaign, work on numerous projects at once and gain exposure to a variety of companies, spanning industries and regions. Your role is to place the right candidate with the right company, and you will earn commission every time you do this!

Client Account manager Rotational Graduate Scheme

As a client manager, you will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of campaigns for several of our key high-profile clients. This graduate role will allow you to rotate through three teams (search, screen and consultancy), giving you the chance to see how each area of the business works. At the end of the two years you will move into the team that best suits your skills.

Who is best suited to this role?

We are looking for those that have:

– Completed their degree by summer 2020

– Excellent interpersonal skills, great initiative and a strong sense of ownership

– You must be kind, driven, hard-working and love problem-solving and fantastic attention to detail

– The ability to think outside the box, be upbeat and have an excellent and confident telephone manner

– The ability to work to tight deadlines and be truly invested in the work they do

Click here to apply now:

  1. Client Campaign Manager – Search Team:
  2. Campaign Manager – Consultancy Team:
  3. Client Account Manager Rotational Graduate Scheme: