Category Archives: Finalists

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Log your volunteering hours by Tuesday 18 May

The Kent Volunteering Scheme (KVS) is designed to recognise and support your volunteering achievements. There are various levels of awards, depending on how many volunteering hours you record.

By logging hours on the Kent Volunteering Scheme webpage, students can accumulate hours and progress through the scheme to receive guidance and support from the Careers and Employability Service.

When achieving certain levels of volunteering hours, students will receive support from staff; outlining how their volunteering experience has enhanced their employability skills, developed their Graduate Attributes and how to use this to your advantage when talking to employers.

For more information and to log your volunteering hours, please visit the Kent Volunteering Scheme webpage. The deadline to submit your volunteering hours is midnight on Tuesday 18 May.

If you have any queries, please email studentvolunteering@kent.ac.uk

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Conversion Master’s Programmes – career focused PG courses

Did you know you can study a completely different subject at Postgraduate level? At Kent, we have a range of Conversion Master’s Programmes where you can learn new skills, improve your job prospects and prepare you for a career in a different discipline.

For example, we offer business, economics and computing programmes for students from an entirely different background, while our Master’s degrees in law or journalism develop your academic and professional skills in new areas. You can find out more here.

View our Conversion Master’s Courses

Other subject areas include:

The list includes some of our most popular conversion programmes but is not exhaustive; you can find more opportunities on the full online prospectus.

What is a conversion course?

Conversion courses are intensive postgraduate programmes that allow you to pursue a career which may differ to your undergraduate degree or if you’re looking to change your career path. They can be from 1-2 years depending on the programme and with full-time or part-time study options.

Whether you’re changing direction or honing your skills, stand out and specialise at University of Kent with career-focused postgraduate courses taught by expert academics. Tomorrow’s world is waiting.

 

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What’s on: 19-25 April

This week sees the launch of the KentVision portal and events to support your next steps including the Year In programmepostgraduate study, and your future career.

Kent Vision launch

The new KentVision student portal will now launch later this week. Learn about the new system and watch the video for tips on how to get the most from Kent Vision.

Events for you to try this week:

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Let us know what you think of these updates by emailing communications@kent.ac.uk

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Careers advice: Quick Advice and Careers Advisor appointments available

The Careers Team are still here to help you with career support and advice over the Easter break.

As well as career-focussed events for you to attend online, you can also book in for Quick Advice sessions which are 15 minutes and can cover CV, applications, cover letters, your LinkedIn profile or job-hunting advice.

If you need longer, you can book an appointment with a Careers Advisor to get more in-depth advice about your career.

Book a careers appointment now.

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Year In programme – deadline approaching for Finalists to apply!

Are you in your final year and thinking about your next steps? Have you considered completing a year learning a new subject? This is an initiative where students can broaden their degree experience by adding an additional year but in a different subject. You could obtain skills and experience in Computing, Data Analytics, a Language or Journalism.

Your additional year can be taken between stage 2 and 3, or after you have completed stage 3. The programme will be added to your degree title, letting employers know about your increased employability.

This is a real opportunity to learn about a completely different area and gain some industry skills, which employers value. The deadline for finalist students to apply for the Year In programme starting in September 2021, is Sunday 9 May, so get your application in soon!

For more information about Year In, please visit the website.

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Postgraduate study at Kent – Instagram lives and scholarships

ZIn your final year? If you’re considering postgraduate study at Kent, check out these Instagram lives (@UniKentLive) coming up:

  • Wednesday 14 April at 14.00 – PG students Shelley and Laura will answer your Qs around Postgrad life at Kent
  • Friday 16 April at 15.00 – LLM student Alex from @kentlawschool will answer your Qs specifically around studying Law
  • Friday 23 April at 15.00 – Recruitment Officers Russel and Jon will give you application tips and advice and a tour of the Postgrad specific spaces on campus.

The Instagram Lives will be available to watch after on our Instagram.

Postgraduate study talk

Join Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate and Researcher College, Dr Tim Hopthrow, Deputy Dean of the Graduate and Researcher College and Stephen McLaughlin, Postgraduate Funding Officer for a Postgraduate Study at Kent presentation and Q&A session. Takes place online, Wednesday 21 April 12.00-13.00.

Come and ask questions about postgraduate study at Kent and find out what funding options there are for Master’s and PhD study.

Exclusive funding for Kent students

Kent has over 100 awards for students with a First or 2.1 degree undertaking postgraduate study at our locations in the UK and Europe including new scholarships exclusive to Kent Finalists:

Learn more about our postgrad offer at Kent by checking out our #StayOn #StandOut webpage.

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Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS): Appointments

Over the Easter break why not take advantage of SLAS and get on top of:

  • planning and revising for your exams including developing revision and exam techniques
  • developing your maths, financial maths and statistical knowledge in time for exams
  • developing and completing assignments including dissertations

You can either book an appointment online, visit our website or email learning@kent.ac.uk

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Student blog: 5 reasons to stay positive in your final year

“I’m Thelakshe, a final year Business and Management student at the Medway campus. Being a final year student during the Covid-19 pandemic can be quite difficult to manage. You will be going through a range of emotions during this year, from being scared, anxious, uncertain to excited and relieved.  

Here I share to you my top five reasons to stay positive about graduating this year. I hope this shares more positivity for this year and helps keep you motivated.

1. About to complete another hurdle successfully

You may have found this year challenging and difficult, however just remember that you are very close to completing your degree successfully where all your hard work will be all worth it. You have come a long way with this degree and have done absolutely amazing during a global pandemic, so carry on working positively and this year will be another success!

2. New career or job opportunities

Upon finishing your degrees, there are many career and job opportunities available for you to enter. There are many things that the University can help out with too, especially in choosing your careers and job hunting. You may even consider going onto completing a Master’s, PhD or finding degree-related jobs. The University has a specific website for final year students to help make your next steps.

3. Support services available at Kent

There are many support services available here at Kent.  The University’s Careers Team offer great support ranging from careers guidance, interview practices, study plus schemes and many more. You can access the Careers and Employability Service for up to three years after you graduate. Check out the Careers and Employability page for more information.

4. A wonderful summer to look forward to

With restrictions slowly easing, this summer is definitely one to look forward to. Whether you decide to travel within the UK or try out new things, a well relaxed summer is waiting ahead for you. Make yourselves relaxed this summer by treating yourself to a chilled summer. Let’s hope the weather is also staying positive for us. The University is also organising a series of summer events for you to join on campus when coronavirus restrictions ease – so watch this space! 

5. Moving onto a new and exciting chapter of your life

Joining University has been a new chapter of our lives which is nearly accomplished. The exciting thing is that you will be moving into another new chapter of your life. This can be exciting and tense but imagine it as the new opportunities approaching. 

The main message I wanted to convey is to keep being positive despite the circumstances we are in. Please remember the University is here to support you all the time.”

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What is stress and what can we do about it?

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Due to Covid-19 and lockdown, this year it is more important than ever to understand stress and how it can be reduced. With deadlines and exams fast approaching, many students can find this a very stressful time. Understanding stress and how it affects you can make it easier to deal with. Below are some interesting facts about stress and some links for where to go if you need help.

What is stress?

Stress is when your body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode. It releases hormones and chemicals like adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine, which causes a number of reactions.

Everyone can experience stress in different ways and changes caused by stress can be emotional, physical, behavioural, or a mixture of the three.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.

Where can I go for help?

Student Support and Wellbeing Services:

If you feel that stress is affecting your mental health, don’t be afraid to reach out to Student Support and Wellbeing. The University is able to offer counselling and other support to any students experiencing issues such as anxiety, depressed feelings and emotional difficulties. For more information, head to Student Support and Wellbeing.

Stress Management Workshops are also available and delivered by qualified counsellors who will help you to identify stress triggers and learn how to manage stress levels effectively. Sign up for the next workshop on 28 April.

Speak to your friends or family (or someone you trust):

When you’re feeling stressed, often the temptation is to isolate yourself. However, speaking to friends and family can help a lot!

Although it can be difficult to connect with friends due to Covid-19, interaction with others can help with relaxation and generally just talking things through. A good idea could be to go for a socially-distanced walk, or to call your friends online.

The Stress Management Society’s ‘Free Stress Guide’:

If you’re looking to better understand stress and how to deal with it, take a look at the Stress Management Society’s ‘Free Stress Guide’. It explains what stress is, how to recognise it, and what you can do to cope better.

Prepare, Connect, Be Calm

Exam season can be difficult and this year students all over the world are facing new challenges as they prepare for exams. At Kent we have a lot of resources, information and activities to help you stay calm, connected, and feel prepared to tackle your exams.

Head to the Exam Calm page to see how you can make the most of a range of support from different university departments who are working together to help all students throughout the summer term.

Remember: stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing! It helps us to survive dangerous situations and is a natural reaction. However, being in a state of stress for long periods of time can be damaging to our health, so don’t be afraid to reach out if you feel you need help. To look after yourself, ensure you are getting enough sleep, managing your time, taking part in physical activity and talking to others! Try taking up hobbies, and take breaks from work whenever possible.

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Upcoming Study Plus courses to boost your skills

The Study Plus scheme provides a range of short-term courses and workshops which can enhance your graduate employability skills alongside your main subject specialism.

All events will be delivered virtually either by teams or zoom, details will be on Target Connect and sent to you beforehand. Here’s what’s coming up:

Study Plus – Digital Writing by Jakki  Bendell 30 March 10.30-12.00 

  • Understand how digital writing differs from academic writing
  • Know what to write about and how to engage your readers
  • Plan and structure your content
  • Get to the point quickly

Study Plus – ASPIRE Pitching finals and showcase 31 March 14.00-16.00

Selected student entrepreneurs have the chance to pitch their business to our panel of expert judges and win £1,000 to develop their business. Everyone is welcome to join the showcase and celebrate the Business Start-Up Journey programme.

Study Plus – Leading your Team Session 2 By Leanne Davies 1 April 13.00-15.00

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of being a leader.
  • Explore different leadership styles and their impact on individual and team performance.
  • Identify what motivates and inspires me and my team to do our best work.
  • Delegate effectively to develop and maintain a performing team.
  • Explore how to give and receive feedback to reinforce or change behaviour.
  • Coaching questions?

Study Plus – Editing and Proofreading by Jakki  Bendell  6 April 14.30-16.00

  • Understand the difference between editing and proofreading, and why they are difficult
  • Know how to check and improve the readability of documents
  • Identify techniques to edit and proofread your document systematically
  • Know what to look for
  • Use free software editing tools

If you book and can no longer attend, please let us know by emailing studyplus@kent.ac.uk as we do have limited places.

We look forward to seeing you at the events and don’t forget to check out Study Plus term 3 events.