Meet colleagues in CES who are working with KBS

 

Liz Foden, Employability Adviser (Canterbury)

Hello, my name is Liz Foden and I am the Employability Adviser for Social Sciences. You may see me delivering an employability workshop or at the Careers and Employability Service building – so do come and say hi! I am available for CV and application advice, as well as, support with interviews and creating a LinkedIn profile. If you would like to practice your interview technique or you are looking to get some feedback on your CV, I would be happy to help! The Careers and Employability Service (based next to Keynes College) run daily 15 minute quick advice appointments. If you have any quick queries regarding your CV, covering letter, an application or interview, you can book an appointment via Target (https://careers.kent.ac.uk). We also offer mock interviews, which are 30 minute practice interviews, where you’ll receive constructive feedback, to help you prepare for the real thing.

During term I organise many events and trips with employers from the finance, accounting, marketing and investment management sectors, so keep an eye out for these, which are advertised on Target and also our social media pages (Facebook; @UKCES, Instagram; Unikentces and Twitter; unikentemploy). I also coordinate a mentoring programme, which helps students aspiring to work in the City connect with Kent alumni working in industry. If you are interested in finding out more about this get in touch.

I have worked at the University for over 8 years, prior to this role, I worked in the School of Politics and International Relations, supporting employability School based activities, including the recruitment for policy and research internships. Before working at the University I studied History BA and volunteered at Brogdale Collections as an Events Assistant.

Outside of work I play for Kent’s staff netball team Kent Unicorn’s. We compete competitively in the Thanet District League, and we have just moved up divisions. This has been great fun, not just to play netball, but also to meet staff from other departments at the University.

You can book a Quick Advice appointment with me here or contact me at e.r.foden@kent.ac.uk. I look forward to meeting you all!

 

Amy Wiggins, Careers Adviser (Medway)

Hello, I’m Amy Wiggins, a Careers Adviser for the University of Kent based at the Medway campus.  I’ve been working at Kent since January 2010.  Prior to that, I completed the graduate scheme at Enterprise Rent-A-Car where I worked for three years.  I’ve also had experience in running my own photography business as well as taking a career break to travel from 2018-2019.

I didn’t always want to be a Careers Adviser.  In fact, I’m embarrassed to say that I came out of a careers appointment at school and said to my friends that the adviser ‘obviously couldn’t decide what to do with her career, so became a Careers Adviser!’  But having learnt quite a bit about different career theories, I am a firm believer in John Krumboltz’s theory of ‘planned happenstance’.  This theory recognises the fact that opportunities, as well as setbacks, do arise throughout your life, all of which can impact your career path.  I don’t think I would have even considered becoming a Careers Adviser until I worked in a shared office with the (then) Careers Service in my role as a Volunteering and Skills Development Co-ordinator.  And I probably wouldn’t have got the job as the Volunteering Co-ordinator without the voluntary work I did alongside working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  So although when I got involved with charity work I wasn’t working towards becoming a Careers Adviser, it put me in a better position to make the most of the opportunities that were available.

Outside of work, I enjoy paddleboarding, rock climbing, photography and travelling in my campervan.  When I’m at work, you’ll find me either in my office (G0-10) in the Gillingham Building or out and about around the campus. You can book a careers appointment with me here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk or if you have a question you can email medwaycareers@kent.ac.uk  At the time of writing this, we are currently working from home due to Covid-19, but you can still book an appointment as normal – it will just be via video or telephone depending on your preference.  We also have lots of events you can attend via Zoom so hopefully see you soon!

Natalie Basden, Careers Adviser (Medway)

 

Hi, I’m Natalie Basden, a Careers Adviser at the Medway campus of the University of Kent. I’ve worked here for over eight years now and love it! Before that I was a Careers Adviser working for Medway Youth Trust, where I supported young people in schools, as well as in the community.

Other roles have included working as a Learning and Development Coach at John Lewis and being a recruitment consultant for Manpower. I also worked for Iceland Foods for five years whilst doing A-Levels and then my degree, so I know what it’s like trying to balance work with study! My worst job was a temporary role selling double glazing. I hated it but some of my colleagues loved it – each to their own! It’s important that you find a career that suits your skills, values and interests – it’s a process that takes time but the Careers and Employability Service can help you. You also need to be adaptable and open to opportunities. Most people change careers several times during their working life.

Outside of work I play netball for a team in a local league. I also have two cats that rule the house! My favourite food is chocolate and you will often find me at the campus vending machines.

You can book a career guidance or quick advice appointment with me through Target Connect. I look forward to meeting you!