CES workshops and events this term

The CES is running a range of workshops, talks and events this term on:

CV & cover letter writing How to identify your skills
Application forms & Situational Judgement Tests Presentation Skills and how to get over your nerves
Developing Career Confidence Using LinkedIn
Mock Assessment Centres Using Languages and Working in Europe
How to speak to employers Interview Skills
Getting into the creative industries Professional Networking Skills

For more details about each event, and to book your attendance, head to the CES’s TargetConnect site.

EmpFest events in Week 2

EmpFest kicks off on Monday 1st October – a month-long series of events, workshops, talks and opportunities focused exclusively on your employability development.

You can find the full programme of events on the CES EmpFest website, but here are some of the highlights (click the link to go to TargetConnect for more details and to book a place at any of the sessions):

There are loads of other events taking place next week, and throughout EmpFest. The School has organised some of its own events, including a Careers Day at the PWRR & Queen’s Regiment Museum at Dover Castle and a talk on using your research skills in careers outside higher education. There will undoubtedly be something for you, and the School strongly encourages you to go along to as many sessions and events as possible, and to take advantage of the range of opportunities and advice available on campus during EmpFest.

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.

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’!