What is this blog for?

This blog has been created to help students in the School of History develop your employability prospects, and to help you throughout your degree to prepare to enter the wider world of careers and employment.

Through the drop-down menus above, you’ll find signposts to all the employability-related services, awards, schemes, and opportunities available at the University. You’ll find advice on how to develop your skills and experience to prepare you for your career, and to help you decide on what that career should be!

Scroll down to find out more about the employability workshops and events going on across campus, and about opportunities for volunteering, placements, internships, paid work, and other work experience available to you.

‘Beyond the Barricade’ – volunteering opportunity to support the Age of Revolutions project

The School has an exciting opportunity to get involved in a national project showcasing the history of the Age of Revolutions.

As part of the national Age of Revolutions project, the University’s team are organising an exhibition at the Studio 3 Gallery on campus entitled ‘Beyond the Barricade’ (Sept-Nov 2018) that looks at the art of revolution. Part of this exhibition will document historic revolutionary activity in Canterbury and Kent, and Dr Ben Marsh, the project’s organiser, would like to invite anyone interested to contribute to this effort.

The team are looking for any volunteers to help contribute to a short section of the pamphlet that will accompany the exhibition, presenting the history of riots and protests in our local area. This will involve working with the Special Collections team in the Library and the Cathedral Archives and Library over the next six weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their experience of archival research, and to contribute to a national historic project that is expanding the public’s knowledge of our revolutionary and rebellious past.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Dr Marsh (B.J.Marsh@kent.ac.uk).

Extras wanted for WWI film

On 1st-3rd June, 8000ft Media will be shooting a 30 minute historically accurate film about Geoffrey Malins, the cinematographer who helped film the Battle of the Somme, and they would like to invite anyone who is interested to appear as an extra to play a British frontline soldier.

The shoot is taking place at Elham in Kent. Meals and refreshments will be provided, parking is available, and there space for camping if you would like to take part for the entire full weekend.

If you would like to see an example of 8000ft’s work, watch Andy Robertshaw’s a tour of some of the trench’s features: https://youtu.be/lgRm7aU-GoI

If you are interested in taking part, email Ross Barnwell at ross@8000ftmedia.com.

Drop-in sessions with CES advisors

The Careers and Employability Service are running a range of events this week – to be repeated in Weeks 28 and 30 – as part of their Don’t Panic! Bootcamp. These sessions are intended to make sure you are confident in a range of employability skills as you look ahead to the summer, whether you are graduating or coming back to Kent in September.

In addition to these bootcamp sessions, Helen Johnson, the Humanities Employability Advisor in CES, has set aside some time for bookable drop-in sessions with History students. Whether you would like advice on how and where to look for summer jobs, how to make the most of your skill set on your CV, or if you are considering applying for a graduate scheme next year, these sessions with Helen will be extremely useful.

If you would look to book one of these slots, please click the link below.

If you would like some advice but can’t attend any of these times, or if they are all booked up, you can arrange a time to speak to a CES advisor by emailing careerhelp@kent.ac.uk.


Humanities Placement Year – Find out more!

12noon-1pm, Tuesday 15 May, Woolf Seminar Room 5

Thinking about taking a placement year? If you are thinking about applying to take a placement year between Stages 2 and 3 of your studies, come along to this talk to find out about the benefits and to hear what previous students have done.

For further information email humsplacements@kent.ac.uk. To book a place at the talk, head to Target Connect.

Kent Gives Back – Volunteer to support Walk the Walk

The Kent Gives Back weekend is fast approaching and we’re looking for any alumni, students or staff who would be able to volunteer at the events to support a range of charitable activities.

The first event is The MoonWalk London on Saturday evening. The MoonWalk is organised by Walk the Walk, the UK’s largest grant-making breast cancer charity that is dedicated to not only raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes, but to also encourage women and men to become more aware of their own potential for fitness and wellbeing. The MoonWalk overnight power walking challenges have raised over £122m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

If you would like to be there as a steward, head to the Facebook event for more information and details on how to sign up.

Volunteers wanted at PWRR & Queen’s Museum, Dover Castle

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum at Dover Castle (located within the keep walls at Dover Castle, but unaffiliated with English Heritage) are looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in collections care, research, public engagement, and website development and social media.

Catherine Holt, the Assistant Curator of the museum, has come to speak at the University on a number of occasions over the last few years, and is very interested in welcoming new volunteers to the museum and providing training in all the different aspects of curation and museum management. If you would like to get involved, please contact her via email at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Volunteers needed for a new project exploring representations of the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918


A free event at the University of Kent
Friday 11th May 2018
10am – 3pm

Gateways to the First World War is launching a new project to investigate the ways in which the famous Zeebrugge raid of 1918 was presented to the British people, using local and national newspapers and magazines as a source.

We would like to recruit a team of volunteers to work with Professor Mark Connelly in exploring the stories relating to the raid.

Join us at this event at the University of Kent to find about more about the project and how to get involved.

Find full details of the event and book your place here.

Voluntary summer placement – Layers of London

Layers of London is advertising three voluntary student placements to take place in June. Head to their website for more information.

Layers of London is a digital mapping platform where users can overlay historical maps over the contemporary map of London to see how the city has changed through time. Stories and memories on the website are crowd-sourced so we can get a diverse, representative and interesting range of histories about London pinned on the map to their exact locations today! These include oral histories, photographs, stories and memories and examples include; documenting the building developments and changes in Barking and Dagenham, documenting Conscientious Objectors in Haringey and recording prisoner of war stories in Newham and much more.

If you are interested in taking part, head to our website for more information and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is 14th May.

The CES Don’t Panic! Bootcamp

The Careers and Employability Service has set up its Don’t Panic Bootcamp – a series of skills sessions and workshops intended for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of some core employability skills and ensure they are prepared the world of work.

For more information and to sign up for any of these sessions during the summer term, head to https://careers.kent.ac.uk.

CES services over the summer term

The Careers and Employability Service will be open and running all its usual services throughout the summer term – while you will no doubt be focusing on revising for your exams, don’t neglect your employability plans for the future! – and they have asked all schools to highlight the following activities and events running during May and June:

15 minute quick advice appointments

In order to streamline some of the services offered by the Careers and employability and look at staff efficiency, the drop in service has been reviewed and has now been replaced with bookable quick advice appointments. Students can now book a 15 minute appointment for feedback on CV’s, application forms, cover letters and personal statements and advice on job hunting and interviews.  Appointments are available during the following times: Monday-Friday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm. This new service is a pilot and reviewed after a period of time to ensure it is working for both students and staff.

Summer Events – you can see details about this on Target Connect and the University events calendar

The Careers and Employability Service have planned a programme of Employability events for the Summer Term. Entitled ‘Don’t Panic Bootcamps’ these will run in weeks 26, 28 and 30 and are aimed at students who will be graduating but who haven’t secured employment or students who want to try and gain work experience over the summer months

The programme will cover the following:

  • Career choice / Targeting employers
  • CVs and applications – bookable 30 mins feedback sessions
  • LinkedIn
  • Assessment Centre practice
  • Interview Skills
  • Psychometric testing

Pop Ups

The Careers and Employability Service stand can also be found on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12-2pm on the Plaza to offer support, information or advice and to answer any questions about our services.  Come and say ‘hi’!

Placement opportunities with the Gulbenkian

The Gulbenkian Cinema and Theatre is advertising three placement year opportunities in the 2018/2019 academic year. The placements are offered on a part-paid basis – the successful applicant will be paid for 15 hours work per week, with 20 hours work undertaken on an unpaid basis.

If you are interested in these opportunities, download the job descriptions below for more details and how to apply.

Creative Learning Internship – Gulbenkian – 2018-19

Digital Communications Internship – Gulbenkian – 2018-19

Technician Assistant – Gulbenkian – 2018-19

Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day

Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day at Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Sunday 20 May, 11am to 2pm
  • Augustine House, Canterbury Campus


  • Speak to expert tutors and gain details about the available courses
  • Find out about student support, including fees and funding
  • Learn about the application process and student life
  • Hear a range of talks, including the different routes into teaching, and bursaries.

Event page with booking form: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/open-days/postgraduate/postgraduate-routes-into-teaching-open-day-may-18.aspx

Heritage Training Placements for BAME students with Historic England

Historic England are offering a number of training placements for current undergraduates and recent graduates from a BAME background with a range of national heritage organisations. See below or their website for details.

  • Are you interested in heritage but not sure if it’s the career for you?
  • Do you want to learn new skills while being paid?

We’re excited to offer a number of training placements for undergraduates or recent graduates (graduated within the last 18 months). If you’re interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below.
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CES Workshop – the benefits of a placement

The University’s Placement Development and Employability Manager, Claire Martin, will be running a session at 12noon-1pm on Thursday 5th April in KLT5 on the benefits of undertaking a placement, either as part of or alongside your degree, and how to find placements. If you are a Stage 1 or 2 student, do go along and learn how you could set yourself on the path to your future career through a placement.