Welcome to your LSSJ employability blog page! We are just beginning to add information about all the employability events we have on offer, both at The University of Kent and by external companies. We will also shortly be changing the name  – let us have your ideas and you could win a voucher.  Email us at lssjemployability@kent.ac.uk

We really look forward to keeping you up to date on all the fantastic employability opportunities at Kent.

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 work; 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:

Over the next few months this blog will grow.  For now, you can find out about:

Events

– 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” drop down tab to see what is happening – we’ve divided it into “University” events, “Study Plus” events and “external” events.

Career Development Opportunities

Use the “Careers” tab for career learning, work experience opportunities, competitions, mentoring and more.   As this resource develops it is likely that we shall add new tabs to break it down.

Meet the Employability & Placements Team:

Jayne Instone, Placements & Employability Manager, LSSJ
Jayne is a qualified Careers Adviser who worked in the Law School Kent from 2013 and now has responsibility for the new Division of LSSJ.
Jayne will be bringing in interesting alumni, recruiters and industry specialists to contribute to a speaker/workshop programme.

You can contact Jayne on lssjemployability@kent.ac.uk

Shona Murtagh, Placements & Employability Administrator
Shona is based in Medway and has responsibility for placements in the Division – Social Work and Journalism.
You can contact Shona on…

Kate Feeny, Placements & Employability Administrator
Kate is based in Canterbury and works on employability projects with Jayne.
You can contact Kate on lssjemployability@kent.ac.uk