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.

Employability @ Kent 2018

Yesterday the School held its Employability @ Kent talk for new students, bringing together members of staff from the CES, Kent Union, and the Employability Points scheme to talk about the employability development opportunities available throughout your time at Kent. For those who couldn’t attend, and for anyone who would like a refresher on the employability opportunities available to you, the recording is below:

If you’re a new student who attended yesterday’s talk, don’t forget to log it on MyFolio to register for the EP scheme and claim 5 Employability Points for attending. To register, go to https://myfolio.kent.ac.uk/myfolio/artefact/employabilitypoints/

If you have any questions about the EP scheme, feel free to contact the team at: employabilitypoints@kent.ac.uk

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.


Looking for work or an internship? Head to the CES jobs board

The University is regularly contacted by companies and organisations and asked to advertise jobs, graduate schemes, internships, and volunteering opportunities.

These are all hosted on the University’s jobs board, at https://careers.kent.ac.uk/home.html.

Log in with your Kent IT details, and you will be able to browse vacancies, find details, and submit applications. You can also use this service to keep an eye on upcoming employability workshops and events, and book a place at any that interest you.

If you’re looking for work experience or a placement, you can also sign up to KEW-NET, the University’s e-mentoring platform.

KEW-NET allows Kent graduates to connect with current students and offer you support as you start out in the world of work. Each mentor can choose which services they offer, from speaking to you on the phone or reviewing your CV, to offering internship opportunities and work shadowing events. And if you sign up to KEW-NET as a student, you can choose to become a mentor yourself as you progress through your career.

CES focus groups – Tues 14th Nov

The Careers and Employability Service is holding a pair of focus groups with students next week, and you are invited to go along.

As thanks for taking part, the CES will be offering a free Lunch, 10 Employability Points, and – most importantly – the chance to have your say about student employability and the support on offer at the University of Kent.

The focus group sessions will last one hour, and will start at 12noon and 2pm (you can pick which session to go along to) on Tuesday 14th November in Rutherford Cloister Room 15.

If you would like to take part, please email careerhelp@kent.ac.uk with the subject ‘Focus Group’ to register your interest by Friday 10th November.

CES CV competition – open until 28th Feb

The Careers and Employability Service is currently running their annual CV Competition, sponsored by Santander Universities.

All you have to do to enter is submit your CV, and if yours is judged to be an example of really good practice and presentation, you could win a two-week work experience placement with a range of different employers.

This is a great incentive (if you need one!) to get your CV up to date and ensure that it is the best representation of your skills and experience it can be. Head to the CES website for more information, how to apply, and the companies the CES works with to provide the work experience placements.

University CES shortlisted for ‘Best Careers/Employability Service in the UK’

The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service has been shortlisted by the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for ‘Best Careers/Employability Service in the UK’!

Tim Reed, Head of the Careers and Employability Service, said: “The University of Kent is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Best University Careers and Employability Service category at the 2017 NUE Awards. This award category acknowledges Kent students’ outstanding success over the past few years as well as recognising the exceptional contribution made by Careers and Employability Service staff to the student experience at Kent.”

To see the full press release about the award nomination, head to the CES website.