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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.

P0675 – SPIR Internship Module

P0675 is an opportunity to have your internship accredited and reflected in your degree transcript.

You will need to source a minimum of 60 hours of relevant internship work. It is the student’s responsibility to find the internship, but you will have plenty of support from the School and University Careers Services

Internships are also contingent on employers meeting certain health and safety requirements, and signing an agreement.

Internships can be paid or unpaid and can take place in either the UK or abroad.

Entry by online module registration process and application via Moodle, and is dependent on gaining an appropriate internship.

Support and guidance will be provided, with 1-1 support session and bespoke workshops for students on the module.

Five workshops will take place in the Autumn Term, including sessions on experiential learning, skills development, portfolio building and graduate career planning

Attendance at the workshops is essential.

Assessment is skills-based and is by;

Essay (2,500 words) – 50%
Portfolio – 35%
Presentation – 15%

In the past three years some of the internships have included;

UN Women in New York

UK Civil Service including SDIP, in Departments for Work and Pensions, Energy Conservation and Climate Change, and UKTI

MPs (six), political parties, APPG, local government and councillors

NGOs including Teach Malaysia, Tomorrow’s People, CARA and a Chinese environmental NGO

Placements in Malaysia, China, US, Greece, France, Ghana, Canada as well as the UK

Module choices are made via OMR – opens 12th March for two weeks

If you are interested in PO675 then it is never too early to start planning for your internship, which can start as early as April 2018 (and must be completed by September 2018).

Getting prepared; updating your CV, creating a LinkedIn profile, having a general cover letter ready and thinking about where you might like to intern are all good places to start

Relevant volunteering counts too!