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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

 

Women in Academia Careers Event 23rd January

As part of the panel series “Female Leaders” this careers event introduces successful women pursuing a career in the highly competitive field of academia.

The event aims to inform and motivate women and to encourage building effective networks. The speakers will share their career path, challenges and advice in moderated rounds.

We welcome questions for these rounds in advance via the following email: aspirations@kent.ac.uk.

The session will conclude with an open Q&A session and networking with refreshments afterwards.

Date: 23rd of January 2019 at 5:30 – 7pm
Location: Templeman Lecture Theatre

Panellists:
Dr Nadine Ansorg, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict Analysis
Dr Heejung Chung, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy
Dr Andrea den Boer, Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Dr Harmonie Toros, Reader in International Conflict Analysis

 

 

 

 

Interested in a Career in Law?

Linklaters, a large, global, Magic-Circle law firm, are offering a Kent-only open afternoon to students at the University of Kent.  Students from ANY degree subject are invited. Over 40% of UK lawyers are graduates of subjects other than law.

ELIGBILITY

  • You are studying for an undergraduate degree in any subject
  • You are either a 1st year on a 3 year degree or a 2nd year on a 4 year degree.   (I have checked and these criteria are NOT flexible).
  • You are on target for/expect to get a 2.1 degree – the instruction mention predictions but you will not have any if you are in 1st year so you must make your own educated guess based on how well you think you are doing.

HOW TO APPLY

Further information and the application form can be found here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/KentOA/

DEADLINE

There is no formal deadline but the event takes place on 24th January so Linklaters will be operating a rolling application system (i.e. they will consider your application as soon as it arrives.  Make an impression and beat the rush – apply ASAP).

Kent Volunteering Scheme

The Careers and Employability Service have now launched the Kent Volunteering Scheme.

The scheme allows students to log their volunteering hours with the CES and progress through levels –starting at just 10 hours and going up to 1,000+, the scheme looks to recognise all kinds of volunteering completed by students.

Once you have logged your hours, the Careers Service will keep track of your progression and support you in articulating the skills you have acquired through your volunteering experience.

We want students to become actively involved in the Scheme to ensure your hard work is recognised and supported, and so we are allowing students to log their volunteering hours from 1st May 2019 until 15th May 2020.

You can get involved here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/volunteering.html

Students can also email studentvolunteering@kent.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Red Cross Volunteering Opportunities

The International Family Tracing Department of the British Red Cross are seeking Volunteer Caseworkers for their Canterbury office.

A commitment of at least 12 months is required, training is provided and you must be available for at least a half day every week (with flexibility around other commitments, holidays etc).

If you are interested please follow the link below for the online application:

IFT Volunteer Caseworker 

In addition, the British Red Cross is also seeking  volunteer interpreters, particularly those literate in Sorani, Arabic, Pashto, Dari and Vietnamese. These roles are more ad hoc than the Caseworker role. Details are in the link below.

IFT Interpreter Volunteer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Ben Rands
International Family Tracing Service Coordinator – Canterbury British Red Cross, 2 Lower Chantry Lane, Canterbury, CT1 1UF
Mobile: 07525 233898
www.redcross.org.uk/trace

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020 Scholarships

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020
Universidad de Los Andes Academic Summer Course
Red Tree Study Scholarship Funding

These scholarships will offer recipients the chance to learn first-hand about the recent history of the Colombian conflict and the challenges of implementing the current peace deal. Students will be enrolled at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for three weeks, during which time they will combine lectures and seminars on campus with site visits that deliver practical knowledge of the political and social situation in Colombia. They will visit the UN, JEP, Congress, and the Reparation of Victims Unit, for example. They will hear directly from people involved in the conflict, including ex-combatants, social leaders, victims, politicians and negotiators.

To mark the 5th Anniversary of this hugely successful course, there are  two full scholarship places, to the value of $3,900 USD each.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and keen to learn more about peace and conflict in Colombia. Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Colombian or Latin American politics, but should demonstrate an eagerness to engage in lively debate during the course tutorials and site visits.  The program is open to students from a range of arts, humanities and social science subjects, and is aimed particularly at those with an interest in conflict resolution and international relations in Latin America. Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree program for the academic year 2019/20.

What is included?

The 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships cover full participation in the course which runs at Universidad de Los Andes from Monday 8 to Friday 26 June 2020. This includes supervised bed and breakfast accommodation (a private room in a modern student residence with kitchen facilities), an airport pickup upon arrival in Bogota, a schedule of site visits and excursions as part of the academic provision, as well as a supplementary calendar of social and cultural activities, all of which are covered by the scholarship. Participants will need to arrange their own flights to and from Colombia, and to cover the costs of some lunchtime and evening meals.

Previous Participants

The scholarship recipients will be joining students from prestigious universities throughout the world. Our students have come from Duke, Brown, Yale the University of Southern California, Vassar College, SFSU, The University of Maryland, Ohio State, Emory University, Boston University and NYU in the USA; Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Sussex, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, Sheffield, QMUL and York in the UK, Queen’s Ontario and the University of British Columbia, in Canada, Uppsala and Lund in Sweden, and many more. You can read reviews of the course from many of these students online here and here.

We have provided numerous students with scholarship funding to study in Colombia in recent years, many of whom have continued to study the region and its political and social developments long after their time in Bogota. To hear directly from some of our 2019 scholarship recipients, please click here.

Scholarship application process

Applications for the 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships are open until Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants must submit a scholarship application form, accompanying academic reference, and a general program application form by this date in order to apply for the funding. The final selection will be made by the Director of the Masters in Peacebuilding course at Universidad de Los Andes. Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipients on or before Friday 24 January 2020. All applicants will be contacted via email to let them know the outcome of their application.

Please email apps@redtreestudy.com to request an application.

You can read more about the program here on our website.

Alfa Fellowship Program – Deadline 15 November

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

Participant Profile

Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European and Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments.

Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or related fields.

Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service.

While Russian language skills vary, most fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility Requirements

U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany)
Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in another foreign language to qualify for the program
  • Graduate degree in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a related field
  • Evidence of leadership potential

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional-level initiative focused on the fellows’ assignments in Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program will not sponsor independent or academic research.

The Alfa Fellowship Program includes the following benefits:

  • Round-trip transportation to New York City or London and accommodation (if needed) for selection interviews
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., including speakers, activities, travel, and accommodation
  • Program-related transportation between U.S./U.K./Germany and Russia
  • Pre-departure and Russia-based language training
  • Moscow Seminar Program, including briefings, assignment planning, and excursions
  • A generous monthly stipend during the program in Russia
  • All program-related travel within Russia
  • Accommodation in Moscow
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance during the program in Russia

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program year is:

November 15, 2019

For details regarding the application process and to access the online application, please visit the How to Apply section.

Selection Interviews 2020:

Interviews for candidates based in the U.S. take place in late January in NYC, and interviews for candidates based in Europe take place in mid-February in London.

Please note: if selected to interview, you will be required to attend the interview in person on the day it is scheduled in order to be considered for the fellowship.

If you are offered and choose to accept the fellowship, the program begins in March. For more information and to apply please visit:

https://culturalvistas.org/programs/abroad/alfa-fellowship-program

 

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.