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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.

Volunteering for the Brussels Forum 2020

GMF’s Brussels Forum Volunteer Program

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is seeking volunteers to support operations at GMF’s Brussels Forum, a world-renowned international foreign and security policy conference. The Forum will take place June 25–26, 2020, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels.

Volunteers will get first-hand experience providing operational support for a major international conference, attend exclusive events, and expand their professional network.

Why You Should Participate

GMF offers the opportunity for highly motivated students and young professionals to take part in the logistical coordination of GMF’s Brussels Forum conference. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to work with a variety of teams including communications, security, guest relations, transportation, and production. Volunteers will also be able to participate in parts of the official conference.

Participation in the Brussels Forum Volunteer Program will count favorably towards a future Young Professionals Summit application, as well as other GMF events and programs.

* Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position for a period of approximately one week. GMF will provide lunch and dinner during the conference. However, we ask that you arrange your own accommodation and transportation during your stay in Brussels.

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work within a team
  • Ability to work in an intercultural and fast-paced environment
  • Fluency in English and preferably another European language
  • Flexibility to work long and demanding hours
  • Interest in transatlantic relations
  • Experience in event management is a plus, but not necessary
  • Full availability during the days of the conference (June 26-29)

If you have any preference and/or experience in one of the following fields (security, guest relations, production, transportation assistance, and/or media), please indicate it in your cover letter.

Dates

Volunteers are expected to be fully available for the days of and day before the conference June 24–26 and partially available for the days preceding the conference June 21–23. Depending on availability, volunteers can also help with conference preparations from June 16–19.

How to Apply

To apply please send a cover letter and a resume to Zachary Tarrant at ztarrant@gmfus.org. The deadline to apply is at midnight on April 3, 2020.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please email Zachary Tarrant at ztarrant@gmfus.org.

Thinking of a career in journalism?

The Guardian is offering summer placements for two weeks for those aiming to start a career in journalism.

The London office is running four schemes during the summer, one scheme for people with disabilities and multiple schemes for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) applicants.

Successful applicants will gain an insight into the profession, working across the newspaper and website.

You’ll also have an experienced journalist as a mentor to offer advice on careers.

The Guardian Positive Action Schemes

Disabilities scheme – reference code KIN0001UT

You will gain an insight into the workings of the newspaper and website, on sections such as Features, Society and Multimedia.

BAME all-editorial scheme – reference code KIN0001UP

You will work across a number of sections such as Weekend Magazine, Books, G2, Global Development, The Guide, Society and Multimedia.

BAME sport scheme – reference code KIN0001UQ

You will work on our sports desk alongside our team of journalists and editors, learning how we cover the biggest sporting events across the globe.

BAME podcasting and audio storytelling scheme – reference code KIN0001UR

You will work alongside our podcast producers, editors and hosts in our audio department.

BAME photography scheme – reference code KIN0001US

You will work alongside our photographers and picture editors, learning about different aspects of photo-journalism.

If you are interested please apply online by visiting www.theguardian.com/workforus using the relevant reference code above.

Please note that the schemes are only open to applicants over 18 years old.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 30th March 2020 for these schemes.

*Positive action is covered by section 158 of the Equality Act 2010

 

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.

 

Mayor of London – Media & Marketing BAME Internship

Mayor of London
Media & Marketing BAME Internship

Grade: 1
Contract type: Fixed term (11 months)
Reference:  MEMA2020
Interview date:  between Monday 23 March – Friday 3 April 2020
Application closing date:  Sunday 23 February 2020 at 23:59 GMT

 

The Mayor of London Media & Marketing BAME Internship is aimed at students from BAME communities who are interested in pursuing a career in PR or marketing.

 This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the high-profile work of the press office, marketing and digital communications teams for the Mayor of London. You’ll gain in-depth experience of working in a fast-paced press office, delivering campaigns and engaging with Londoners via a range of digital platforms.

You’ll develop essential skills, from writing press releases, dealing with journalists and managing media events to planning creative marketing campaigns and developing content for City Hall’s social media channels. The internship will provide a supportive environment to learn and hone your skills, including internal and external training opportunities.

You’ll need excellent communication skills, the ability to manage your time effectively and work as part of a team. We’re looking for candidates with real enthusiasm who can demonstrate an interest in media, PR and marketing and are committed to developing a career in these industries.

You must be an undergraduate or graduate of BAME origin (African, African-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin, or a combination of the above) and on track to receive, or has already received, a 2:2 in any degree or who has one year’s experience in media, PR, marketing or other related field.

There are two internships will commence in September 2020 and will be for a duration of 11 months.

The Greater London Authority’s BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) Media & Marketing internship scheme is a diversity initiative targeted at students and recent graduates of African, African-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin. These groups are under-represented regionally, and nationally, in PR which is why this scheme was created (in accordance with s.158 of the Equality Act 2010).

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. This may include remote working, compressed hours and flexibility on start and end times.

The job will be based at City Hall (near London Bridge station and Tower Bridge)

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave per annum (pro rata), interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.

If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process then please contact a member of the recruitment team via email on glajobs@london.gov.uk quoting reference MEMA2020

 

Get Career Ready! Careers Service Workshops

The Careers Service are hosting a number of small workshops this term to assist students to Get Career Ready!

Click here for more information and to book.

Get career ready! – Finding experience (All students)

Are you looking for work experience opportunities either in the UK or abroad?

Join this informal group Q&A to discuss ways of gaining relevant experience, job hunting resources, and how to talk about your experience.

Get career ready! – Succeeding in applications (Finalists)

Are you struggling to get through the application process?

Join this informal group Q&A to discuss the various methods used in selecting and recruiting candidates and some of the techniques that can be used to maximise application success.

Get career ready! – Where to find jobs (Finalists)

Do you have questions about where to find graduate jobs?

Join this informal group Q&A to talk to us about job hunting resources, networking, social media recruiting, speculative applications and how to focus your job search.

Get career ready! – Interviews & Assessment Centres (Finalists)

Are you getting to interview or assessment centre but not getting selected, or would you just like to know how to prepare for them?

Join this informal group session to share and learn from the experiences of others to better prepare yourself. We can suggest how to research formats of interviews and assessment centres, and how to identify likely questions you may be faced with.

Investment Management Insight Day apply now!

Investment Management Insight Day Coach Trip
Limited places, apply now!

Are you a final year student, aspiring to enter a career in Investment Management? Would you like to network with global investment firms and hear about careers in Investment Management? Apply for a place onto an exclusive insight day with Investment 20/20 and Barings! You’ll have the chance to meet with Investment Management firms and hear from recruiters at Investment 20/20, hosted at Barings; an international investment management firm in London.

What is Investment 20/20?

Investment20/20 is the careers site where you can learn about the investment management industry and all its opportunities. We provide access to school leaver and graduate trainee programmes across our 42 partner companies. We run a vibrant Investment20/20 network for all our trainees with regular events and a trainee forum.

Schedule: Tuesday 25th February 2020

07.45 PROMPT         Coach departure from Keynes College bus stop, Canterbury Campus

08.45 PROMPT         Coach departure from Gillingham Building bus stop, Medway Campus

10.45 – 11.00           Registration and refreshments

11.00 – 11.25           Welcome & Introduction to Investment Management

11.25 – 11.40           Introduction to Cambridge Associates – What the firm does, the culture and what it’s like to work here

11.40 – 12.30          Interactive session – get ready to network!

Meet people who work in different Investment management jobs, interview them and report back to the group

12.30 – 13.00          Preparing for the recruitment process                          including applications, identifying key skills and LinkedIn

Coach travel included. Return to Medway campus 15.00/15.30. Canterbury campus 15.30/16.00, traffic permitting.

Refreshments will be available, but lunch is not provided, however you can bring a packed lunch.

How to apply?

This is a free event, open to final year University of Kent students only. Any degree subject.

– Submit 150 words about ‘Why you would like to attend the Investment Management Insight Day’

– Please send your submission to Liz Foden; e.r.foden@kent.ac.uk by 9am on Monday 3rd February

– Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so get your application in soon!

*If you have any special access requirements or airborne allergies, please email e.r.foden@kent.ac.uk

* By applying for a place on to this trip, you are agreeing for your full name to be shared with Barings and Investment20/20, for registration purposes, if you are successful

If you are a Canterbury student, please find details here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=5539&service=Careers+Service

If you are a Medway student, please find details here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=5537&service=Careers+Service