What is LSSJ Employability?
Welcome to your LSSJ Employability blog page! As it is the summer break there will be less events and opportunities then during term time, but we are still adding information about all the employability events we have on offer, both at The University of Kent and by external companies so please make sure you keep checking our pages.
What is Employability?
“a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.”
Yorke, M. (2004), Employability in higher education: what it is – what it is not, The Higher Education Academy/ESECT
Although gaining a degree will show an employer that you are an intelligent and able person it is not enough to simply rely on your academic achievement to be an attractive future employee. Your academic study will build many useful skills but employers also want you to have awareness of the working world; commercial awareness i.e. an insight into the things that influence their sector/work such as political, economic, social, technical, environmental influences); skills such as resilience, communication, problem solving; and, they want you to be interesting. The last point is important – don’t just spend your time studying and building your work experience also have fun – take part in societies/have interests and enjoy your time at university.
How to use this resource:
Meet the team
Use the “Meet the team” tab to find out about who we are and how to contact your LSSJ employability team as well as our amazing colleagues in Careers and Employability Services. On this page you will find all the links you need to contact the correct person with your employability queries.
– we’re listing the events that are happening in the coming few weeks whether they are organised by the university/the Division/the Careers & Employability Service/Study Plus team or external events (usually organised by employers or professional bodies). We’ll try and collate the most relevant events for you.
Use the ‘Events’ tab to see what is happening on and off campus.
– Careers and Employability Service Sessions
– Study Plus Sessions
– External Events
– University of Kent / LSSJ Division Events
– Keep up to date (list of instagram and facebook pages for CfJ, KLS and SSPSSR)
Career Development Opportunities
Use the ‘Careers’ tab for career learning, work experience opportunities, competitions, mentoring and more.
– Opportunities (including job opportunities)
– Work Experience / Internships
Use the ‘Inspiration’ tab for tips and ideas of making the most of your time at Kent, we have have also added specific pages for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd year at Kent with ideas or activities to get involved in to improve your employability.
– Alumni Profiles
– Good news Stories
– First Year
– Second Year
– Third Year