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Careers in Diplomacy meet the FCO on Campus – 19th November

Working for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Careers Event

The FCO is the UK government department responsible for protecting and promoting British interests around the world, through the FCO in London and diplomatic posts in 168 countries and territories. Roughly a third are UK-based British Civil Servants; and around two thirds are employed locally in British Diplomatic missions overseas (such as an Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate).

The FCO are joining us on campus to discuss the range of career options they offer to students and graduates:

Date: 19th November 2019

Time: 4pm-5pm

Location: COLT 2

All students are welcome to attend.

Careers in the Public Sector: Panel Q&A

Wednesday 6th November, 2pm – 4pm in Grimond LT3

Interested in a career that’s rewarding and makes a difference? This is your chance to hear from leading public sector employers, including Kent alumni, who work / have worked within Government, public bodies and local government. They’ll share their career backgrounds, experiences of working within the public sector and career tips, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Book your place here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=4855&service=Careers+Service

Earn 15 Employability Points!

Panellists:

Amy Perkins, Assistant Parliamentary Counsel, Cabinet Office
Amy’s role as an APC is to assist in drafting and handling Government bills and provide legal and procedural advice to Government departments. This is a training role, which can lead to the role of Parliamentary Counsel (who take the lead on drafting and handling bills, and providing the necessary advice).


Martin Parr, Principal Consultant, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Martin’s work focuses on identifying where major public projects are working well, and where they are not, in their journey from feasibility though to full maturity; and to help the key stakeholders of these projects to understand how complexity impacts on their project. To assess complex projects and transformation activities so that the key issues and decisions can be dealt with in an evidence-based way. To assess technology in our major projects and consider how changes in technology or environment might impact on a system in the future.

Perry Holmes, Chief Legal Officer, Medway Council
Perry is an experienced local government leader, with particular expertise in local government law and elections. He has practiced as a solicitor for 25 years, moving to local government in 2001 and has worked at County, District and Unitary Councils. He has over 10 years’ experience as a Monitoring Officer ensuring that Councils and Councillors work within the law. He joined Medway Council in 2012 and is very proud to lead a set of excellent teams; the Capital projects, Category Management, Democratic Services, Elections & Member Services, Legal & Licensing and Property teams. He has developed close strategic links with the University of Kent, and in 2016 was delighted to receive their “External Innovation Champion” award.

Daniel Pollitt, Project Manager, Network Rail
Daniel is currently responsible for developing the ‘On Network Sections’ (everything at surface level/not in a tunnel) of Crossrail 2. This involves managing a team of design consultants, and working very closely with TfL and the DfT to develop a business case, and prepare a hybrid Bill to submit to parliament. He is a Kent alumni, who graduated from Kent Law School.

Paul Smart, Former Senior Government Policy Maker, Scottish Government
Paul retired from the Scottish Government in December 2018 with twenty years’ service, his last post being Deputy Director of the Colleges, Young Workforce and Scottish Funding Council Sponsorship Division. Prior to this Paul spent time helping deliver over £300m of CAP investment in Scottish farming, three years as programme director for establishing Historic Environment Scotland, and several years working in the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government.  During his time with Justice he was Head of Operations at the Scottish Tribunals Service during which time he led the merger of five tribunal administrations into a single administrative unit.  Still with Justice, Paul started as Head of the Victims and Witnesses Unit before becoming Deputy Director for Victims, Witnesses, Parole and Life Sentencing. Previously he headed-up the Scottish Executive’s Race Equality Team, following a secondment as Chief Press Officer for Environment and Rural Development and, before that, was Head of Rail Policy.  Before joining the then Scottish Office in 1998 Paul held a number of posts with Scottish Homes, the then national housing agency, after spending several years as an academic, finishing up as a lecturer in the Politics Department at Edinburgh University during which time he gained his PhD. He graduated from UKC (Eliot) in 1979 with a BA Hons in Politics and Government.

POLIR Alumni Careers Panel on 16th October 2019

For EMPFEST 2019 hear from a panel of School alumni who will share the secrets of their career success in Politics and International Relations.

Date: Wednesday 16th October 2019
Time:  2pm – 4pm
Location: KLT3
Please signup at https://careers.kent.ac.uk/

You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable career tips 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 Speaker Biography’s

Kami Asamani
Business Manager Arts Sub-Saharan Africa, British Council
Kami was appointed as Head Business Management Arts SSA at the British Council in February 2018. Prior to this, Kami worked as Programmes Manager Ethiopia and from 2009-2015 as a Project Delivery Manager in the British Council’s Education and Society business unit. Kami has long been associated with and interested in the creative sector and is excited by seeing young people gain access to new skills. Kami has a BA in Politics and International Relations and an LLM in International Law and International Relations, both from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Kami is passionate about learning about other cultures, especially African countries and Japan. She loves cooking and eating healthy food whilst sharing creative food ideas @kamiasamani.

Joseph Dutton
Policy Adviser at E3G
Joseph Dutton is a Policy Adviser at energy and climate change think-thank E3G, working on UK and EU energy, infrastructure, and climate change policy. He previously worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group on the politics of UK and European energy policy and renewable energy development. He has held a number of roles in the energy, including in academic research, market analysis, and consultancy. He completed his undergraduate in Conflict, Peace and Security (2008) and MA in International Relations and European Studies (2010).

Kevin McNamara
Freelance Digital Communications and Campaigns Expert
Since graduating from the University of Kent, Kevin has been a parliamentary candidate on several occasions and worked on a number of campaigns, including being one of the organisers who got Catherine Bearder re-elected in 2014, as well as playing leading roles in successful Liberal Democrat campaigns in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Kevin has since turned his attention to working on other projects with social good at their heart, supporting projects like Nature 2030 and Empower as well as volunteering as a governor for his local NHS Trust which has a budget of over £300m.

Tom Spare
Executive Officer for Transitions and Engagement with Student Support Services, Cardiff University
I graduated from University of Kent in 2013, studying a BA in Politics. My career, thus far, has been in Universities, working at two Students’ Unions in student representation, education and policy, and now at Cardiff University as Executive Officer (Transitions and Engagement). I help oversee International Arrivals for around 750 international students and run events to help integrate international students in the wider university community. I also engage with vulnerable groups such as estranged students, student carers and care leavers, asylum seekers and Armed Forces Veterans. I work within the Student Support and Wellbeing Division that assists in every element of student life, from careers to counselling, from money advice to study abroad. Ask me questions If you are interested in a non-academic career in HE or want to understand what it’s like working for a University/Students’ Union.

Misha Upadhyaya
Stakeholder and Engagement Officer at Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
After completing her undergraduate degree and Masters at Kent, Misha left to join Thames Valley Police as a Civilian Counter Terrorism Officer. For over two years Misha led on Police work for the Government’s Prevent programme which aims to safeguarding vulnerable people away from radicalisation and extremism in the Thames Valley area. She worked extensively with the community to safeguard individuals from a myriad of risks. After this, Misha joined NHS England as the London and South of England’s Regional Prevent Coordinator where she oversaw the implementation and safeguarding legislation in the form of the Prevent statutory duty in over 150 health care organisations. Misha now works for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime where she leads on engagement and policy for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s, Countering Violent Extremism programme. In her free time Misha volunteers as a co-opted School Governor for safeguarding for at her local primary school.

 

 

 

Working in Government Insight Day on 13th November 2019

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) University Outreach Team cordially invites up to 10 students from your university to attend our ‘working in government’ insight day on 13th of November 2019, at 1 Victoria Street conference centre.

BEIS employs around 3,000 staff who work in our offices in London, Aberdeen and around the UK. BEIS is supported by over 40 agencies and public bodies including Companies House and the UK Space Agency. For more information about the department and the work we do, please click here.

Led by a budding group of young professional volunteers, the day will consist of six hours of ‘fun and interactive’ sessions leading students through what life is like as a Civil Servant in the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

There will also be time for networking with recent graduates working at the department.

To register, we simply ask for 100 words from interested students detailing why they would be interested in attending the workshop, and a potential future career as a civil servant. A member of your university’s careers service can also attend, if interested. We will be in touch with successful applicants in due course.

We can only accept up to 10 students from your university to allow a wide variety of students to attend from across different London universities. However, further events will be put on in the future over the course of the academic year.

While not a recruitment day, and led solely by volunteers, attendees will learn more about the Civil Service and methods of obtaining employment in departments such as BEIS.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR 100 WORD APPLICATION 

Careers in Parliament Recruitment Fair

Love working with people in a highly rewarding customer-driven environment? If so, we would like to meet you at our Recruitment Fair on Thursday 9 May 2019 between 3pm and 6.20pm.

Come and discover more about careers in the House of Commons, House of Lords and Parliamentary Digital Service and speak to staff about current and future opportunities.

There are jobs to suit everyone at UK Parliament, including in Security, Finance, Catering, Research, Heritage and Public Engagement.

There is no need for you to bring your CV on the day.

How to book your place at the Recruitment Fair

Attendance at the Recruitment Fair is free but you must book in advance. You can book your place online or by phoning 020 7219 4114.

Current vacancies at UK Parliament

Even if you cannot attend the Recruitment Fair you can still apply for roles at UK Parliament.

 

 

 

 

12-month London Based Asset Management Placements

12-month Placements/Graduate Roles with London-based asset manager,  BlueBay – One of Europe’s largest Fixed-Income Managers

Are you looking for a placement or graduate role with real responsibility from day one? Do you want invaluable experience and knowledge of the inner-workings of an industry-leading asset manager? Do you want the opportunity to work for a highly regarded, well-established firm? BlueBay are looking to hire placement students and graduates from all degree backgrounds across many areas of asset management….

These roles are open to graduates and placement students from any degree subject, however you must be on track for or achieved a 2.1. You will receive support throughout the entire application process!

Company: BlueBay
Location: Mayfair, London
Roles: Graduate Roles and 12-month placements in:

1. Operations 2. Client Operations 3. RFP (Request for Proposal)

Salary: £24,000
Assessment dates 1st – 10th May
Start Date: Week Commencing 8th July 2019
Degree: Any degree
Apply here: https://www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/bluebay-generalist-19/?ref=PM
Deadline: 08/04/19

Who is the company?

– With around $50 billion under management and offices across the globe, BlueBay is one of Europe’s largest specialist fixed income managers

– Established in 2001, BlueBay is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada, with full investment autonomy and substantial operational independence

– Located in beautiful, modern offices in Mayfair, BlueBay pride themselves on their core values of integrity, transparency and respect, taking a collaborative and innovative approach with their clients

 

What are the roles?

  1. Operations

– The operations area is the ‘engine room’ of the business, ensuring smooth running of trading processes

– Within operations you will rotate across 3 areas: security operations, derivative operations and mixed treasury, exposing you to all areas of financial services

– In each area you will be ensuring that trades are running smoothly by liaising with other teams, researching and writing reports and digging into why a trade may have gone through incorrectly

Is this role right for me?

– You must have an aptitude for accuracy, analysis and drawing hypotheses

  1. Client Operations

– Client and regulatory reporting is for those with outstanding communication skills, providing both clients and external bodies with the information they need to make decisions

– You will get the chance to work with the sales team to pull together reports to provide to clients, as well as the regulatory team to submit data to governing bodies

Is this role right for me?

– You must be proactive, willing to learn and possess great written and verbal communication skills

  1. RFP (Request for Proposal)

– You will be creating and collating content for client proposals, which is great for those who enjoy researching and writing

– You will be working closely with the sales team to put together proposals to send to new clients

– This role is different to the client operations role as you will be filling in questionnaires about BlueBay for new clients, rather than helping to source information for existing clients

Is this role right for me?

– You must have great researching and writing skills, attention to detail and be able to work efficiently and independently when required

You can apply to these roles with any degree, however you must be on track for or achieved a 2.1!

Why should you apply?

– These 12-month placement and graduate roles offer an entry-level route into this exciting firm, with hands-on experience in a specialist department

– You will gain invaluable experience and knowledge of the inner-workings of an asset manager

– You will have the opportunity to work for a highly regarded, well-established firm who are experts in their area of fixed income

– You will have the opportunity to be part of a sociable graduate community that spans across many different teams who often work together

– You will be offered training in all areas of financial services, providing you with great exposure to the asset management industry

– You will have the chance to attend hedge fund events to broaden your knowledge of the asset management industry

 

Click here to be considered – Apply now:

https://www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/bluebay-generalist-19/?ref=PM

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

 

FDM Group Event – Graduate Opportunities for Students

FDM Group invites you to drop in and speak to them and grab a free hot drink between 11:30am – 2:30pm on Thursday 14th March in the Sibson Atrium.

“Come and chat to us about the opportunities that we have for final year students seeking a Graduate role and, our industrial placement vacancies for first and second year students.

This is a great opportunity to meet some of the team in a more relaxed environment.

We look forward to meeting you then!”

Read more about the FDM graduate programme here.

There will be a competition running on the day for the post on social media by a student with the most likes/retweets about the event and the prize will be an insight day at the FDM offices.

Sign up here

MP for Dover & Deal recruiting for a Graduate Caseworker

Charlie Elphicke, the Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal, is adding a full-time caseworker to his local team.

Do you have a passion for people and politics? A good writer, organised, with a strong work ethic and lots of initiative? The successful applicant will join a small, energetic team that is determined to help people in need and make a positive difference to our community.

Key responsibilities include research, drafting letters, producing reports, producing video content and handling social media and enquiries from the local press.

This is the perfect role for someone who cares about people and enjoys a wide variety of work in a busy office.

Closing Date

15 March 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews likely to start week commencing 18 March.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter to jamie.rose@parliament.uk.

Websitehttp://elphicke.com/

Click here for more details

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Graduate Scheme

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Graduate Internship Scheme 

Internship up to 9 months
Closing date: 11 Mar 2019
£19,384 per annum plus £5,000 Location Allowance (pro-rata)

Business areas:

  • Administration / Corporate Support
  • Communications / Marketing
  • Customer Insight
  • Defence
  • Operations
  • Economist
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Human Resources
  • Humanitarian
  • Policy
  • Press Relations
  • Procurement and Contracts Management
  • Security

The UK’s relationship with the rest of the world has rarely been so complex – or so interesting. Across the globe, the UK faces both challenges and opportunities. The FCO has teams working on everything from crisis in Syria, to helping British nationals in distress overseas, to creating new opportunities for British business, particularly in the fast growing economies, as well as managing a global network of posts overseas.

This is a unique opportunity to be right at the heart of the FCO’s work and to understand what it takes to run an effective global organisation. You will participate fully in the work of the FCO department into which you are placed and have an opportunity to influence how policy is made and delivered.

All the placements offer an in-depth insight into the work of the host FCO department and plenty of opportunity to learn more about, and experience, the wider FCO. No two placements are the same, and could be in any of the following departments:

• Geographical – Polar Regions, Western Balkans, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, East and West Africa
• Policy Themed – Economics, Defence Strategy, Cyber Engagement, EU Strategy, Climate Change and Environment, Human Rights, Counter Terrorism
• Customer Services – Consular, Parliamentary, Protocol, Crisis and Disaster Management
• Corporate – Internal and External Communications, Security, Human Resources, Press, Procurement

Please see the two ‘Day in the life of a Graduate Intern’ within the attached candidate pack for examples of the type of work you can expect to be involved in.

You will be part of a friendly and supportive team, where everyone is committed to diversity and encouraged to seek out development opportunities. Roles will allow successful candidates to develop their skills in relation to the Civil Service Success Profiles framework. You will be given a wide range of support, along with plenty of opportunities to learn about FCO work outside of your specific role. This may be through participating in Learning and Development (L&D) events and using FCO and Civil Service L&D tools. You may also have the opportunity to complete parts of the Diplomatic Academy Syllabus.

The type of placements we offer are suitable for those looking for general FCO work experience and NOT specific career related experience or experience relevant to ongoing academic studies. We carefully select suitable Internship placements from across the organisation in a range of roles offered by all our Directorates. Individuals are assigned to a Department for the duration of their Internship and we do not offer the option for Interns to select a placement or request a preference for a particular area of work for their Internship.

We are hoping to be able to offer Interns the opportunity to apply for the Civil Service Fast Pass Scheme, which is run by the Cabinet Office Diversity Team. The Scheme offers you the chance to be fast-tracked through to the assessment stage of the Civil Service Fast Stream application process if you receive a positive evaluation after the first six weeks of your placement. Further details on this will be provided at the beginning of placements, should the Cabinet Office Diversity Team confirm this is possible.

Please note:

• These Internships offer an insight into working in the FCO and valuable experience for future job applications.
• All Internships are expected to end in May/June 2020, depending on an Intern’s start date in 2019. Successful candidate’s indicative start date is August/September as an exact start date is dependent on candidates completing their pre-appointment checks and security clearance.

Please read the attached Candidate Pack in full for further information on the roles and responsibilities, minimum criteria required and details of the internship. The Candidate Pack also explains the selection process and notes what applicants will be assessed on at the first sift and at interview.

We want to encourage applications from the most talented people from all backgrounds.

Please note that the FCO carries out name-blind (anonymised) recruitment to help build a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Qualifications
A Graduate with at least a 2:2 degree (first degree). For those graduating in 2019, we will need evidence of your predicted grade. If your degree was awarded by a non British university you must provide satisfactory evidence that it equates to a British degree, i.e. via NARIC. It is also essential that you provide evidence of your qualifications if called to interview.

Behaviours
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Motivation & personal development
  • Benefits
  • Pensions
  • Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful
  • candidates.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
For more information, please read the candidate pack.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Open to UK nationals only.

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

If you have any questions about the internship or the recruitment process please email fcorecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Please include the seven digit vacancy reference number (1617790) in the subject line of your email.

For more information, click here

POLIR Fully Funded Field Trip – Careers in International Affairs

Career in International Affairs Forum

The School of Politics and International Relations is fully funding a field trip to the annual Careers in International Affairs Forum.

Tickets to the event and a coach trip into London are included.

Places are limited to 10 students, to apply please email: aspirations@kent.ac.uk
and explain why you would like to attend the forum.

Date: 29th April 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: City University of London, St John Street London EC1V 4PB

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY

08:30- 9:00 Registration

09:00- 9:30
Opening Statement – Simon Anholt, Co-Founder, the Good Country

09:30- 10:15
Career in British Foreign Service
– Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Richard Everingham, Lead on the Fast Stream Recruitment

10:15- 11:15
Career in International Organisations
– World Bank: Claire Willman, International Affairs Associate,
– United Nations Population Fund: Matthew Jackson, UK Director

11:15- 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:15
Career in Think Tanks
– Chatham House: Lisa O’Daly, Director of Human Resources
– Royal United Services Institute: Oliver Kraft, Research Fellow

12:15- 13:15
Leadership Opportunities
– British Council: Bethan Dinning, Project Manager & John Rolfe, Schools Outreach Manager
– Shwarzman Scholars

13:15- 14:15 Lunch Break

14:15- 15:15
Career in Humanitarian Sector
– International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Sophie Da Silva, Recruiter & HR Marketing Officer
– UNICEF: Yahav Lichner, Senior Adviser

15:15-15:45
Career in International Affairs, Private Sector
– Jonathan Paris, Senior Adviser, Chertoff Group
– Richard Griffiths, Senior Advisor, Dentons

15:45 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00
Career in the United Nations
– United Nations: Eva Jansen, Human Resources Officer

17:00 Closing notes

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