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.

Preparing for the Careers Fair – Tues 31st Oct, 12-3, Sports Centre

Employability Festival is in full flow, and I hope you have gone along to a few of the dozens of workshops, talks, and events going on across campus intended to support and enhance your employability prospects.

One of the most important EmpFest events to go along to is the Careers Fair. For the past few years Kent has organised one of the largest employment fairs in the South East of England – over a hundred companies and employers will be coming down to the Sports Centre in order to meet you.

The Careers Fair is one of the best opportunities you will have to learn about the jobs and careers available to you, and to make a key connection that might be the first step on the road to a work experience opportunity, a work placement, or an interview.

Just going along will be extremely useful, but to get the most from the Fair you should prepare, think about who you want to speak to, and be ready to pitch yourself to employers. The Careers and Employability Service have prepared the follow checklist to help you; I hope it is useful, and that you make the most of this opportunity.

EmpFest – your experiences

Layout 1The University’s Employability Festival has been and gone – two weeks of talks, workshops, networking sessions, and fairs, all run with the aim of enhancing your employability prospects and your awareness of the jobs and careers that await you.

We hope that you engaged with EmpFest, and went along to the sessions that interested you. If you have any feedback on any aspects of EmpFest, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the CES, as they would love to hear your views, and if you have any suggestions or areas you would like to see covered in future events.

Also, if you attended any particularly useful sessions during the last two weeks – perhaps something that gave you a ‘Eureka!’ moment, or opened your eyes to a new path for the future – and you would like to write a guest blog for this website, get in touch with Jon Beer (J.Beer@kent.ac.uk). Guest blogs are very welcome, and you will receive Employability Points for taking the time to write up your thoughts.

There will, of course, be more employability events and talks throughout the rest of this term – keep an eye on the Upcoming Events box in the top right of the blog. These events will continue on into the Spring term, which will be capped off by #HumanitiesForHire, a sort of mini-Employability Festival specifically for Humanities students. Keep an eye on the blog for more details about that.

EmpFest – Routes into Teaching and the Teaching Fair, Thurs 3rd Nov

Teaching is a popular career option for many students, as it is both a challenging and rewarding field. But the number of ways you can become a teacher can be confusing – what is the difference between a PGCE and Schools Direct? What do charities or private teacher training companies offer? Can you apply through UCAS, or directly?

To answer these questions and more, a talk on Routes into Teaching will be held as part of Employability Festival on Thursday 3rd November (11-12 in KLT2).

Speakers from the Department for Education, Canterbury Christ Church University’s PGCE programme, and Kent-Teach, an organisation which help Kent schools recruit new teachers, will be coming to campus to tell you about the different ways you can become a teacher, and help you think about what you can do while you are a student to prepare for that first step in your career.


The Routes into Teaching session will be immediately followed by the Teaching Fair in the Keynes Atrium. Over a dozen school associations and teacher training providers will be on hand to answer your questions about teaching and what they can offer you.

If you are thinking about a career in teaching, or would just like more information about what teaching involves and the options that are open to you, the Routes into Teaching talk and the Teaching Fair are the key events for you during the Employability Festival. You can sign up to attend the Routes into Teaching session via this link, and you can find out more information about the Teaching Fair here.


Getting the most out of the Careers Fair

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A new page is up on the blog, focusing on helping you prepare for the University’s Careers Fair on Tuesday 3rd November. This will be your opportunity to meet with representatives from up to 130 different organisations, from a vast array of industries and sectors, and so preparation will be essential.

Head to the page for advice on how to make sure you get maximum benefit from this great opportunity, and click the link below to download the flyer prepared by the Careers and Employability Service.

Flyer – Getting the Most from the Careers Fair

EmpFest 2015!

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The Employability Festival is a month-long series of over 170 events held across the University and on every type of subject, with a single goal – helping you to maximise your employability prospects.

The Employability Festival is organised centrally by the Careers and Employability Service, with support from each of the academic schools around the University. These events range from large fairs – the Careers Fair, one of the largest employment fairs in the country, on 3rd November; the Work and Study Abroad Fair on 27th October, and the Kent Opportunities Fair on 5th November – to bespoke training designed to improve your skills – developing a CV, confidence at interviews, and tackling graduate employer assessment centres, to name just a few – to sector-specific events to highlight opportunities in teaching, banking, software design, marketing, the arts, and a huge range of others.

The University’s Employability Festival begins on 12th October on the Medway campus, and 26th October at Canterbury. You can find out more information about a few of the events organised by the School of History below, and you can read the full programme online, or pick up a copy from the History Office. You can find out more about Employability Festival at http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/empfest/index.html.