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.

Volunteers wanted for School EDI committee

As you may know, last year the School became one of only eight history departments in the UK to receive an Athena SWAN bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to equality across gender and all the protected characteristics. But we aren’t stopping here! In our quest to make the School a place where everyone, students and staff, can achieve their best through a supportive environment and equal opportunities, we are already thinking about applying for a silver award.

This is where you come in: we need student input and feedback to help make sure this process is about everyone in the School, not just staff. Our two fantastic student members of the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee have stood down, and the School is hoping to recruit several students to take their places.

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Teach First opportunity for Stage 2 students

Final chance to submit your application for Teach First’s paid, two-week award winning internship.

Over half of both maths and science departments in schools experience significant shortages of specialist teaching staff. (Association for School and College Leaders, 2014).

Could you be an inspirational role model for the pupils that need them the most?

During our Insight Programme you’ll get training on leadership and teaching, and get the opportunity to step into the classroom and deliver your own lesson at one of our partner schools.

The programme is available to students in their penultimate year at university who have a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) background. This can include Maths or Sciences A-Levels, even if your degree is not specifically in a STEM field.

To summarise the fantastic benefits, you will:

  • Develop key employability skills such as public speaking, teamwork & decision-making.
  • Earn £500 for the two weeks, with all accommodation and travel covered by Teach First.
  • Gain experience in the education sector and understand the STEM challenge.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 9 December. Click here to begin your application.

To be eligible for our programme you should:

  • Be graduating in 2020 (if you are currently studying for a PhD you can still apply however you must have completed your studies by 2020).
  • Be a STEM specialist: either studying for a STEM degree or have A-levels (A*- B) in the following subjects: two sciences (biology, chemistry or physics) and/or maths and/or technology (DT or ICT).
  • Have right to work in the UK.

As a science teacher and Teach First ambassador, it is my role to support students from your university with the short application process. Therefore, please direct any questions you have about the programme or application to Ross Cooper at rcooper@teachfirst.org.uk

Guest post – Advice on the defence and security sector

Sam Cranny-Evans is a graduate of the School of History, and works as a defence industry analyst with IHS Jane’s (you can read his graduate profile here).

Sam has given a number of talks for the School in the past on how to apply your research skills to a future career, and on the work he has done for Jane’s. Below, Sam has set out his advice for anyone interested in a career in the defence, security, and open intelligence sector.

Your future career

There are a few things I would encourage you to remember, regardless of what career you would like to have:

  • A path to your dream job may not be straightforward. I was a chef, before becoming a personnel trainer, then a data analyst and finally ending up where I am now. Don’t be disheartened if it feels like you aren’t progressing in the right direction.
  • You may have to build ancillary skills (data analysis, for instance) but you have the ability to do this – if you can study for a degree, you will have the skills you need to acquired other skills.
  • It is likely that you will have to work for not very much money at the start. This is quite normal, and if your goal is to have a job that you enjoy then it is to be expected.

Jobs in the defence sector

There are lots of places to apply to – many of the organisations below offer internships and entry-level jobs:

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Pathways to FE teaching

Work Experience in Teaching for final year students

The Education and Training Foundation has partnered with a number of colleges in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and the Thames Valley to provide 40 hours of work experience, covering a range of activities to give an insight into what teaching and working in an further education college is like.

Subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Science
  • Animal Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • IT

The Foundation is also offering £300 to students who take part at the end of the placement to cover expenses.

Click here to find out more. Applications close on Friday 21st December.

Kent Open Day at Dechert – Fri 18th Jan

Kent Law School has arranged a Kent-only Open Day at global law firm Dechert on 18th January.   The Open Day will include an insight into the firm and what they do, including their training contracts; a skills session; and, networking with trainees, partners, graduate recruitment team.  This is an ordinary open day but exclusively available to students from Kent (and that includes non-law students too).


  • Open to:
    • KLS students in stage 2, 3 or on a postgraduate degree
    • any final year student on any other degree/PG degree at the University of Kent
  • Must not be a qualified lawyer (in any jurisdiction)
  • Must be on track for a 2.1 degree and have AAB grades at A level (or equivalent).  Real mitigation for slightly lower grades will be taken into account.  If you wish this to be considered please supply information with your application.
  • Genuine interest in the type of work that Dechert does.  Some of their main areas are corporate securities, investment funds, litigation, white-collar crime.
  • You must be commercially astute.
  • International students may apply.

Your travel costs, up to £75, will be reimbursed by Dechert (please note, transport will not be organised for you – you find your own way there and claim your costs after the visit).  Lunch will be provided.

How to apply:

If you wish to be considered for a place on this Open Day provide the following information:

  1. CV – it must include each module that you have studied and the grades achieved.
  2. Details of any access or dietary requirements
  3. In no more than 400 words explain why you wish to attend the Dechert Open Day

Email your application to Jayne on klsemployability@kent.ac.uk with “Dechert Open Day” in the subject bar.

Deadline to apply for non- Law students: 9am, Wednesday 12 December


The eligibility criteria will be strictly applied and the standard of applications should be the same as if you were applying directly to the firm.  Applications will not be considered until the deadline.  As such, incomplete or substandard applications will not be identified before the deadline and no second chances will be given.

Civil Service Fast Stream drop-in session

Monday 3rd December from 11.30 – 14.30 in Keynes Seminar Room 4

Have you applied to the Civil Service Fast Stream? Are you currently going through the recruitment process? Or are you thinking of applying in the future, but have questions about their schemes or working for the Civil Service? 

Join Elliot and Sophie, current Fast Streamers, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding your application, the recruitment stages (including the assessment centre and final selection boards) and working for the Civil Service! They’ll be on campus on Monday 3rd December from 11.30am – 2.30pm, so drop by, no appointment needed! If you have any questions about the Fast Stream, come along and have a chat!

Event link: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3597&service=Careers+Service

The Civil Service Fast Stream is an accelerated career path to leadership with supported development. They are a graduate employer that is consistently ranked in the top five of The Times Top 100.

The Civil Service is looking for graduates with the potential to progress to the most senior levels of the Civil Service and become our future leaders.  By ‘potential’ we mean graduates who have the motivation and ability to progress to the highest levels of our organisation. We are seeking the widest range of people, who can bring differing life experiences to their roles, enriching our organisation and helping us to better represent the whole of the society that we serve.  There is no typical Fast Streamer. We believe that people perform their best when they can be themselves at work.  We value who you are before you join the Fast Stream and ensure that through flexible working you will still have time for the things that matter the most to you outside work.

Undergraduate of the Year Awards

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards celebrates the UK’s best undergraduates. It is the only undergraduate award in the UK and is widely recognised by graduate recruiters.

The final shortlist of ten from each category are invited to the exclusive awards event in Canary Wharf, London on 26 April 2019 to network and dine with graduate recruiters before the winners are announced. The Awards are run in partnership with a range of high-profile graduate employers, including VISA, P&G, Rolls Royce, Deutsche Bank, and TeachFirst.

Applying to these awards is a great opportunity to reflect on yours skills, and potentially setting you on course to gain great experience of the graduate job application process. To find out more, head to the Awards website!


Essay competition with Volkswagen Group UK


As technology advances and becomes more innovative, it will impact and influence the ways in which people drive and travel today and in the future. At the forefront of new technology is autonomous driving alongside many other advances in the industry.

To enter, your task is to draft an essay between 1,500-2,500 in length discussing the short-term and long-term considerations for Volkswagen Group UK when bringing autonomous vehicles into the automotive industry.

To register your interest and receive a full brief, please email: inspire@vwg.co.uk

Completed entries must be submitted to the above email address by Friday 1st March 2019.

If successful, you will be invited to a Finalist’s Day on Wednesday 10th April 2019. This will include the chance of experiencing the Volkswagen Group UK Headquarters along with presenting your ideas.

Postgraduate Studentships PhD Funding Fair

Wednesday 5th December 2018, Central London

The Fair is your opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from some of the top UK universities. All of the universities present at the Fair have PhD funding opportunities to offer and are looking for the best students.

As this is a specialist Fair, there are limited spaces in both the morning and afternoon sessions. In order to attend, you will need to have applied, been accepted, and have received a personal invitation to the Fair. Click here to register to attend.

Free journalism workshops at the News Associates

If you’re interested in a career in journalism, News Associates is running a series of free, hands-on workshops to give you a glimpse into the industry and their award-winning NCTJ training.

News Associates is recognised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists as the best provider of journalism courses in the country – for more details, see their website.

London Workshop Dates

  • Friday, November 30 – News journalism (10:30am-1:30pm)
  • Tuesday, December 4 – News journalism (7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • Saturday, January 5 – Sports journalism (1:30pm-5pm)
  • Tuesday, January 15  – News journalism (7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • Friday, February 1 – News journalism (10:30am-1:30pm)
  • Saturday, February 16 – Sports journalism (1:30pm-5pm)

If you are interested in attending one or more of these workshops, click the following link to go to the application form on the News Associates website:

Click here to apply

Remember, you can apply for funding to support the cost of unpaid employability development events such as these via the Careers and Employability Service.

If you are interested in a career in journalism but would like to remain at Kent, the University’s Centre for Journalism offers a free week-long introductory workshop in the summer term, as well as a highly-respected MA in Journalism. See their website for more details.

Volunteer opportunity – Archival project with Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK is a charity working to support ex-service men and women who live with significant sight loss. The charity is beginning a project to explore the rehabilitation and training work undertaken by the charity since its inception, and it is looking for volunteers to support the scoping study that will be put together to support an external funding application.

This is a substantial opportunity for students who wish to gain first-hand experience of both the charities sector and of archival research. The successful applicants will be expected to support the project for roughly two days per week for several months. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be covered by the charity.

For details, download the role profile below. If you are interested in this role, please contact Roy Baker via email at archives@blindveterans.org.uk, or by telephone on 020 7616 7933.

Archive Project Volunteer, Blind Veterans UK

Alumni research presentation – Russian cross-domain coercion

On Friday 30th November, the School of History will welcome back Sam Cranny-Evans, a former Military History student who is now working as a defence analyst with IHS Jane’s, a leading defence and security analysis and consultation firm.

Sam has very kindly been supporting the School’s employability activities for the last few years, and has recently completed a book on armoured fighting vehicles around the world, and a detailed analysis of Russian war-making activities in Ukraine, Georgia, and Syria.

Sam has accepted an invitation to come and speak to all interested students and staff on this highly-charged contemporary subject. Sam will also be more than happy to give his advice on how to approach a career in research, analysis, and journalism to any students considering these areas.

Sam’s talk will be held at 6pm on Friday 30th November in Eliot Lecture Theatre 2, and all are welcome to attend.

IBM Mock Interviews – Wed 21st Nov

Do you want to feel more confident and prepared for an interview?

The School of Economics is pleased to announce that IBM are running Mock Interview Sessions on Wednesday 21st November, open to all students across the University.

IBM will be giving a presentation on how best to prepare for an interview, exploring potential interview formats and content at 12pm in KS17, followed by one-to-one Mock Interviews during the afternoon, which will include feedback.

The Mock Interviews have bookable time slots, so please email econemploy@kent.ac.uk to express your interest and we will let you know what slots are available. Spaces are limited, so book early if you would like to secure a slot.

BEIS Insight Day – Fri 16th Nov

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) University Outreach Team has 10 places for students from the University to attend its ‘working in government’ insight day on 16th November 2018 (10am-4pm), in the heart of Westminster, at 1 Victoria Street conference centre.

If you would be one of these ten students, submit a 100-word argument detailing why you would like to attend the workshop, and a potential future career as a civil servant. Click here for the sign-up form and to submit your argument. For more information, contact the team by phone on 07741 689057.

Remember that you can submit a claim to have your travel expenses covered for unpaid work experience activities, such as this insight day, through the University’s Work and Opportunities Fund!