Your Future, One Step at a Time – mental health and employability project

Thinking about your career path after university or where to
start when it comes to employability can be a daunting prospect.

Especially if you are dealing with mental health difficulties,
including anxiety, depression and stress. In order to support your
employability development whilst at university, a range of small,
relaxed sessions will be running, which address any concerns
or questions you may have surrounding employment.
These sessions aim to offer:
• Employability advice in a supportive environment – with refreshments!
• Informal small discussion groups with tailored sessions to your
employability needs
• Topics may include career planning, support from your employer,
CVs and applications and your rights in the work place
• Option to receive one to one guidance
If you would be interested in finding out more and getting involved,
please contact:

Liz Foden
Employability Adviser (Social Sciences)

Teach China Graduate Programme

Kick-start your career with this challenging and fulfilling experience of a lifetime in one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies and societies.

The 12 month Teach China Graduate Programme combines an insight in to this fascinating country with teacher training, mentoring and access to the Opportunity China support network.

Enhance your global and cultural awareness, hone your presentation and leadership skills, while learning Mandarin.

Applications are now open for both the February 2018 intake, and September 2018 intake.

For more information and how to apply, please visit:


Want a career in law? Check out this exciting opportunity open to students from ALL disciplines!

City Solicitors Horizons is supported by the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET), The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) and leading City law firms.

About the City Solicitors Horizons programme:
50 talented first year undergraduates studying any degree discipline but interested in pursuing a career in law will be selected to complete an outstanding three-year support programme featuring:

Classroom and one-to-one training sessions Personal mentoring by lawyers at participating leading law firms Annual work experience placements with leading legal employers

About SEO London:
SEO is a diversity focused charity that helps students from under-represented backgrounds achieve their full career potential. In the last 15 years we have helped more than 5,000 talented undergraduates secure extremely competitive internships and graduate full time positions with more than 60 of the UK’s leading employers, including many leading City law firms.

How to apply:
Applications are now open! Please click here to apply. If you have already applied to SEO London you will still need to apply to the CSH programme.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so those interested in applying are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Places will be confirmed in December 2017.

Students will be selected based on social mobility criteria, academic performance and their commitment to pursuing a legal career.

To apply, you:

1. Must have been educated at a state funded school (at any point of your academic studies) and either:
a) be of the first generation of your immediate family to attend university; or
b) have been eligible for free school meals or some other form of income-related financial assistance; or
c) have been in care/are a care leaver.

2. Be reasonably committed at this stage of your university course to joining the legal profession; and

3. Have, in the judgement of your university, a strong potential to succeed academically.

4. You must also study at a university based in London or the south east of England. (Please see FAQs for more details.)

Practice Areas covered:

The programme is designed to give access to the full gamut of legal career opportunities. Practice areas covered include:

Children and Education
Civil Litigation
Intellectual Property

Fully funded placement opportunities for Wildlife Conservation or Biological Anthropology students


The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is one of the largest BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK and is a collaboration between University College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck, University of London.

We are offering 10 fully funded summer research experience placements in labs across the consortium. This special opportunity is only available to students from invited institutions, and we are particularly keen to hear from undergraduates at University of Kent.

To be eligible you must be in your middle year(s) of a relevant undergraduate degree, this includes biological sciences, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, psychology and veterinary science and be on track for at least a 2:1.

This is a great opportunity for students on the Wildlife Conservation or Biological Anthropology programmes of study.

You will receive:

• £200 per week stipend
• Training, supervision and support
• A LIDo PhD student mentor
• Opportunities for networking
• The chance to win an all-expenses-paid place on the LIDo Academic Retreat in September 2018

The projects available and details on how to apply for them will be available in February.

Registrations of interest are strongly encouraged via this online form:

SAC Employability workshops!

Join us for our special alumni-led employability workshops on Monday 30th October

As part of this year’s Employability Festival, we will be running a series of workshops created just for SAC students

  1. What could I do with my degree from the School of Anthropology & Conservation?

What does a Parliamentary Assistant, a Commercial Solutions Manager, a PhD student, and a business start-up entrepreneur have in common? Join us for this informal session to find out!

This session will give you the opportunity to meet real SAC graduates, find out what they are doing now and how they got there. Hear about their experiences since graduation, make some contacts and be inspired.

This session will run twice. The morning session will be held 11:00-12:00 in GS1 and the afternoon session will be held 15:00-16:00 in GS5. Refreshments will be provided.

  1. Communicating your Value

Students are often told that they need to stand out in the jobs market but given very little, or bad advice, as to how to do that in reality. With the continuing rise of competition for good jobs and technology removing some jobs altogether, it is more important than ever that you can target a desired job and sell yourself into it.

This session will help you understand the key things employers are looking for and how you can avoid the use of generic statements like ‘good communicator’ to stand out from the crowd. See your degree, experiences and skills in a new light and gain the confidence to convey your true value to potential employers!

Bring along your C.V. and get some real and relevant advice.

Evan Page, who is a Commercial Solutions Manager at Philips Healthcare Systems and a former SAC student, will lead this session.

This session will be held 14:00-15:00 venue to be confirmed. Refreshments will be provided.

 All SAC students are welcome to attend, but places are limited! So make sure you book your place today by emailing

Employability Festival 2017

23rd October – 3rd November

Organised by the Careers & Employability Service, offering you presentations, workshops, guest speakers, industry experts and a careers fair. Special events organised just for SAC students too!

Get involved, consider your career options, meet with companies, discover work opportunities, and be inspired!

Check out the full programme here:


IBM Mentoring Scheme

Interested in finding a work placement?  Thinking about doing a graduate scheme?

This year, IBM will be mentoring first-year Kent students looking to do a placement and second year students who will apply for employment or a graduate scheme in their final year. This scheme will use virtual mentoring and most contact with students will either be via email, telephone or Skype.

The aim is to increase awareness of employability, the recruitment process, key competencies employers are looking for and advice/tips for securing a placement or graduate scheme. It also provides students with a fantastic chance to enhance their skillsets.

The scheme is not about encouraging you to join IBM but will give you valuable skills to apply successfully to any organisation.

IBM want to make students aware of how competitive today’s job market is and give them advice on how best to promote themselves.

This scheme is open to ALL stage 1 and 2 students. You can be studying for any degree subject and don’t need advanced computing skills!

For more information and how to apply, visit:

Deadline for applications is Monday 13 November 2017

Thinking about doing a Masters or PhD? ESRC funding is available!

If you are thinking about postgraduate study, come along to our briefing session on Wednesday 15th November at 2pm in the Peter Brown Room (behind Darwin College) to find out how to apply for Masters and PhD funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Kent is part of the ESRC funded South east Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS).  Students interested in applying for SeNSS funding will need to apply for a PhD at Kent by 21st January.   Further information about the application process will be provided at the briefing.

If you would like to attend the session, please add your name to the Doodle Poll


Careers & Employability Events – weeks 3 and 4

Settled in to the new term?

Why not check out these upcoming events run by the Careers & Employability service?

Week 3
Tuesday 10 October 2017 13:00-13:30 KLT5 Identify your skills Come along to this 30 minute session and learn how to identify the skills you have that an employer will want, plus any gaps in your skills you may need to fill.
Tuesday 10 October 2017 13:30-14:00 KLT5 CVs & Covering letters The do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a great CV and covering letter
Wednesday 11 October 2017 13:00-13:30 KLT6 Professional networking Learning how to network effectively is one of the most powerful tools an individual can use to advance their personal and professional life. This skill could possibly help you land your dream job and become close with the leaders in your industry.
Wednesday 11 October 2017 13:30-14:30 KLT6 Work experience and placements in the UK and how to protect your Tier 4 status – a session for EU and International Students What is work experience in the UK? Getting work experience is very important in the UK job market – this session will cover what is considered to be work experience, why it is important and ideas on where to look for opportunities on and off the campus. It will also brief section on what you need to consider if you are a Tier 4 student and want a year in industry or to be part of a vacation scheme.
Wednesday 11 October 2017 14:30-15:00 KLT6 What’s in a name Don’t judge a book by its cover the saying goes! Never has this been more appropriate when considering what companies to apply to for graduate jobs, placements etc. In 30 minutes we will break down some common stereotypes based on the products companies offer and instead explore the vast array of jobs instead. Prepare to be amazed!
Thursday 12 October 2017 12:00-12:30 KLT5 CVs & Covering letters The do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a great CV and covering letter
Thursday 12 October 2017 13:00-13:30 KLT5 CVs & Covering letters The do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a great CV and covering letter
Week 4
Thursday 19 October 2017 12:00-12:30 92 How to prepare for a Careers Fair You could just turn up on the day, but take time to prepare before going to careers events and you will get much more out of them. Tips on preparing for the Careers Fair on Tuesday 31 October
Friday 20 October 2017 12:00-14:30 Darwin Conference Suite International Student Experience Fair Come along to the International Student Experience Fair and learn about the support available to you at the University. Perhaps you need help with your studies, or you’d like to attend workshops to improve your learning? Maybe you’d like support for your personal wellbeing? Find out more at the fair. They’ll be a prize draw and the opportunity to win Amazon vouchers. An event not to be missed! We’re also holding an intercultural awareness workshop alongside the fair, where you can learn about other cultures as you study in an international environment.

Kick start your career in the non-profit sector


Applications for Charityworks 2018 are open now!

Charityworks is a PAID, 12 month graduate scheme which will give you all the skills and tools you need to build a career in the UK non-profit sector.

As a Charityworks Graduate Trainee you will undertake a full time job in a partner charity or housing association, and take part in an acclaimed leadership programme.

You’ll build experience of the sector, gain an understanding of the key issues, and have access to a national network dedicated to making a difference. You’ll do a real job in a placement organisation ranging from national charities like AgeUK and NSPCC to award-winning local housing associations like Poplar HARCA in the East End of London, to national organisations like the National Housing Federation.

You’ll be matched with a Charityworks Programme Manager and external mentor to help you make the most of the year. Twice a month you’ll come together with your fellow trainees and leaders across the sector to explore and debate the key issues affecting your work and society as a whole. You’ll also produce your own research, helping to raise your profile and develop your understanding of your environment.

For more information and to apply now visit: