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What careers support is there at Kent?

The Careers and Employability Service is here to support you now, and for three years after you leave Kent.

Whether its finding internships and work experience, volunteering, or your dream graduate job, we are here for you. We can even help you with selecting postgraduate study options.

Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser

You can access our help through online or face-to-face appointments using our booking system, where you will find 15-minute Quick Advice appointments, 45-minute Careers Guidance appointments, or even practice interview slots for when you have a job interview lined up.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do after Kent, a Careers Guidance appointment will help you in making decisions and future plans.

If you just have a quick question, or would like a CV or application reviewed, a Quick Advice appointment is best.

Online resources

We also have a wide range of online resources that can help with achieving your next career goal. We have an online CV reviewing system that can check your CV and even match it against a job description, giving you a real edge over other applicants. If you haven’t got a CV, or think it might need a lot of work, we have some handy guides to CVs and applications.

We also have a practice interview system that will help you improve your video interview performance.

If you find yourself being invited for an assessment centre, you might want to check out our practice tests which give feedback on how you are performing. If you’re looking to gain some experience, but want to work remotely, we have a guide to developing skills at home.

Help getting your dream job

We also have the Careers Award, which takes you through the process of thinking about, and planning for your future career – and you get 60 Employability Points for completing it!

If you want help getting into your dream job, we have some helpful guides on working in different roles and sectors, or alternatively, you can find out what people go on to do that have studied the same subject as you.

Events and workshops

We also run a large number of events and workshops at which hundreds of employers every year come onto campus to give insight into the world of work. This includes our sector themed weeks where we soon have charities and NGOs, Inspiring Women, Creative Industries and Science and Data.

Earn Employability Points

Don’t forget, that any activities that you do, are likely to give you Employability Points, which can help you gain work experience and internships.

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Where will Go Abroad Bitesize take you?

The Go Abroad team is pleased to announce Go Abroad Bitesize, an exciting new initiative supporting global opportunities for Kent students.

Current Kent students can now apply for funding to carry out short, extra-curricular placements abroad. The deadline to apply is 6 February 2022.

These could be anywhere in the world and could involve studying (for example a summer school), working (summer internship) or volunteering.

To find out what opportunities may be available, how much funding you could get, how and when to apply, please visit the Go Abroad Bitesize webpage.

See where other Kent students have travelled

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Boost your employability with a specialised year

Develop your skills and get career-ready by adding a year to your undergraduate degree:

Stand out from the crowd in the job market and be ready to live and work in tomorrow’s world.

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New Year, new study habits

Want to develop some new study habits in the new year and start your studies with energy and enthusiasm? Here’s how the Library Team can help you keep those New Year resolutions.

Be more organised and save time

Use study tools in our Software Finder to help plan your study time and ensure you get the most out of each session. These are perfect if you find yourself getting distracted from your work, need help blocking out your environment or want to create an action plan for your next assignment.

Digital ‘re’tox

Maybe detoxing is more traditional at this time of year, but why would you want to go offline when you have so many digital resources at your fingertips! This could be the year that you get fully acquainted with the range of e-resources that the library has to offer. Use LibrarySearch Digital and the Digital Resources Directory to get searching.

Health and wellbeing

Wellbeing tools are great for looking after your mental and physical health. They can encourage you to take regular breaks, use your downtime to fully relax and can even help you work on your sleep habits! Stepping away from your study at regular intervals is important to stay healthy and focused. Pick up a copy of Inquire and have a coffee break at the Library Café!

Stay motivated

Working with others can really help when trying to stay motivated. Why not form a study group with friends to keep yourself on track? It’s so much easier to bail out when you’re working alone, so commit to study sessions with others! You could even book a group study room in the library, decked out with presentation screens so you can share ideas and keep sessions engaging.

Discover something new (or very old!)

New to the University (welcome!) or not familiarised yourself with the Templeman Library yet? Pop in and see us – we are 24/7 until Summer from 17 Jan! Alternatively, learn about the services on the Library and IT e-induction on Moodle. Watch this short film on the Templeman Library and how we can help!

Want to gain some more research skills to help with your studies and employabilty? Head over to the Library Research Skills Moodle module. Get lost in our Special Collections and Archives. Visit the website to find out what collections we hold that may help you with your studies, pop into the reading room to speak to our team or come along to an exhibition. A good place to start is our online British Cartoon Archive or British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

Find a guardian angel!

Now maybe this wasn’t on your list of resolutions, but it should be. Every subject at University of Kent is overseen by an Academic Liaison Librarian. Luckily for you, they’re on hand to help with all of your study worries, whether you need help finding your way around the library, or want some guidance on how to use some the tools we’ve mentioned.

You can find the details for your guardian angel liaison librarian under ‘subject support‘ on our website. Do you have any study-related resolutions we’ve not mentioned, and want to know how the library can support you in keeping them? Leave a comment below and we’ll do what we can to help!

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Support at Canterbury in the Spring Term

Now that we’re into the Spring Term, it’s a great time to remind yourself of all the support available to you at Kent.

First points of contact

The Colleges at our Canterbury and Medway campuses are staffed by the Colleges and Community Life Team, who provide friendly informal advice, support and referral to specialist support services for all students living on and off-campus. You can get in touch with them at CCLTeam@kent.ac.uk or you can book an appointment online at a time that’s convenient to you to come and speak to one of the team.

You can also get in touch with your School if you have a query. Your School should be able to help you or point you in the right direction for further support.

Support with your studies

Our Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS) can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. Book an appointment with a Study Advisor or Maths and Stats Tutor.

Don’t forget your School is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Remote study support

Remote study is for students who are significantly impacted by the pandemic, and it is not possible for them to return to campus (e.g. travel restrictions or health concerns).

If you are studying remotely, make sure you check out our blog for online guides and ways to socialise with other students, and all the University’s support services are also available online. 

See remote study support

Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability, chronic condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or autism, please contact Student Support and Wellbeing to see how they can help you make the most of your time at university.

What kind of mental health support does Kent offer? Check out the visual guide for a mental health meeting to see what you can expect. There are also more visual guides to accessing other student support services, and external resources organised by theme.

We offer a free confidential counselling service which offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again.

Kent Union

Don’t miss The Big Fair on Thursday 27 January! Run by Kent Union, it’s your chance to join a new society, sport or group. You can also learn more about off-campus housing and job opportunities.

From money worries to housing issues, academic problems to visa support, Kent Union’s Student Advice Centre is available to help through their free, impartial and confidential advice service.

You can also get in touch with your Kent Union full-time officers who are each responsible for specific areas within the Union.

Career advice

The Careers website has a wealth of information to help you create a great CV and get prepared for interviews and selection tests. Book an appointment with a Careers/Employability Advisor to review your CV, arrange a mock interview or to just talk through your career options. 

Sign up for a free Study Plus course to improve your skills and boost your CV.

Managing your finances

If you are struggling with finances, take a look at our financial advice and help webpages for tips on budgeting, finding a job and where to go for further support. Emergency funding options are available if you are experiencing financial hardship.

Campus Security

Campus Security are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Find them in the Security and Transport Centre (Canterbury) or Medway Building (Medway). 

Or you can always get in touch with them by calling 01227 82 3300 (non-emergency) or 01227 82 3333 (emergency) or via the SafeZone app.

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Support at Medway in the Spring Term

Now that we’re into the Spring Term, it’s a great time to remind yourself of all the support available to you at Kent.

First points of contact

The Colleges at our Canterbury and Medway campuses are staffed by the Colleges and Community Life Team, who provide friendly informal advice, support and referral to specialist support services for all students living on and off-campus. You can get in touch with them at CCLTeam@kent.ac.uk or you can book an appointment online at a time that’s convenient to you to come and speak to one of the team.

You can also get in touch with your School if you have a query. Your School should be able to help you or point you in the right direction for further support.

Support with your studies

Our Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS) can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. Book an appointment with a Study Advisor or Maths and Stats Tutor.

Don’t forget your School is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Remote study support

Remote study is for students who are significantly impacted by the pandemic, and it is not possible for them to return to campus (e.g. travel restrictions or health concerns).

If you are studying remotely, make sure you check out our blog for online guides and ways to socialise with other students, and all the University’s support services are also available online. 

See remote study support

Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability, chronic condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or autism, please contact Student Support and Wellbeing to see how they can help you make the most of your time at university.

What kind of mental health support does Kent offer? Check out the visual guide for a mental health meeting to see what you can expect. There are also more visual guides to accessing other student support services, and external resources organised by theme.

We offer a free confidential counselling service which offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again.

Kent Union at The Hub

Kent Union are based at The Hub at Medway campus. Check out what’s on at The Hub  to see Spring Term events run by your students’ union.

The Medway Advice Service provides free, confidential and impartial advice to all University of Greenwich and University of Kent students studying at the Medway Campus.  Advice is offered on a range of topics, including academic, finance, student funding, and housing.  View their webpages for information, assistance and contact information. 

Career advice

The Careers website has a wealth of information to help you create a great CV and get prepared for interviews and selection tests. Book an appointment with a Careers/Employability Advisor to review your CV, arrange a mock interview or to just talk through your career options. 

Sign up for a free Study Plus course to improve your skills and boost your CV.

Managing your finances

If you are struggling with finances, take a look at our financial advice and help webpages for tips on budgeting, finding a job and where to go for further support. Emergency funding options are available if you are experiencing financial hardship.

Campus Security

Campus Security are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Find them in the Medway Building (Medway) or the Security and Transport Centre (Canterbury).

Or you can always get in touch with them by calling 01227 82 3300 (non-emergency) or 01227 82 3333 (emergency) or via the SafeZone app.

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Top tips for January starters

Welcome to Kent – we are so glad you’re here. It can feel odd starting in January when many students have already completed the first term, so here’s some top tips to help you find your feet.

  1. Make sure you have fully completed enrolment and registration
    You need to enrol online when you start at Kent, this includes financial registration too. Check you’ve completed all the steps.
  2. Get familiar with the systems you need
    Here’s the key systems you will need while studying at Kent:
  1. Go to inductions and events
    These welcome events are great to help you settle in and make new friends.
  2. Don’t miss Kent Union’s Big Fair on 27 January
    Discover sports teams, societies, your Union and more at the Big Fair in January.
  1. Take time to explore the local area
    There’s so much to do in Canterbury and Medway so we recommend taking the time to venture off campus and find the perfect study or social spot.
  1. Download the Uni Kent Student App
    Download our app for current students for quick access to news, events and what you need to study at Kent.
  1. Don’t forget there’s always help if you need it
    There’s so much support at Kent from careers and study advice to mental health and financial support. If you ever have a question or need some help, please get in touch!

We hope you have a fantastic time at Kent!

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Join the Remote Study College Committee

Here’s a message from the Remote Study Residential Life Assistant (RLA), Abigail about the Remote Study College Committee and why you should join:

‘Hi, my name is Abigail. I am a postgraduate student studying an MA in Curating. I am also a Residential Life Assistant (RLA). As you probably already know, there are 8 colleges at the University of Kent and each college has an RLA. I am the current RLA for Eliot College.

‘Interesting additional fact about me, I am also currently the only RLA that is remote. The University has gone a long way to bring as many students back on campus as possible for in person learning. However, there remains a large community of students like us who for one reason or the other are still remote. This fact sparked conversation between the College and Community Life Team and the RLAs and we have decided to create the Remote Study College Committee to cater specifically to the needs of the remote student community.

‘The traditional college committee is made up of student volunteers who plan encouraging and fun events for their college to promote student socialisation and keep up the community spirit at Kent.

‘The remote student experience, as we know, is vastly different from that of the typical student’s and so to ensure that we can make the very best of our student experience, I would like to invite YOU! Yes, you reading this, to join the Remote Study College Committee.

‘Help us to help you to make new friends, create a more accessible and inclusive environment, as well as plan, promote and manage the kind of events YOU want to see.

‘To find out more information about this committee and how you can join, contact cclteam@kent.ac.uk’