As well as the information resources on this website, the Careers Information Room at Canterbury and the Resources Room at Medway www.kent.ac.uk/careers/medway.htm hold a wide range of resources in other media. You can drop in at any time between 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday to use this material.
See our video for a look around the Information Room at Canterbury.
If you want to explore an occupation in more depth, these files contain information from professional bodies; case studies; press cuttings; details of relevant vocational courses - a mine of miscellaneous information to give you a clearer picture of the work and training involved in that career.
These files contain reference copies of any information sent by employers: job descriptions, graduate brochures, annual reports, company magazines, etc. In some case we also file press cuttings that give an additional insight into the organisation and its business.
Few employers now produce print-based information for graduates and the majority put all their recruitment material on their website. Even where we still have printed information in the reference file, you should check the employer's website for more up-to-date and more comprehensive information.
Also see our page Finding out about Employers
The Careers Information Room holds a full collection of postgraduate prospectuses for U.K. universities, filed on the revolving stand at the back of the Careers Information Room. We also hold some information on postgraduate study overseas.
Job HuntingOur reference files on this topic include:
- The Job Market
- The Creative Career Search
- Application Forms
- Covering Letters
- Psychometric Tests
- Interview Skills
Booklets written by careers advisers at the University of Kent:
- Career Planning Guides
- for undergraduates
- for postgraduates and contract researchers
- for new graduates
- Making Applications
- Going for Interviews
- The Creative Career Search
- Choosing a Career
- Careers for Law Graduates outside the Legal Profession
- Applying for a PGCE
- Teacher Training
You can collect copies of these booklets from the Careers Service to take away and read at your leisure.
INFORMATION SHEETS AND HANDOUTS
There are approximately 400 of these, which give a detailed insight into individual careers ranging from Airline Pilot to Actuary, from Forensic Scientist to Fast Food Restaurant Manager and from Theatre Director to Tax Advisor. All are written by careers advisers in higher education institutions throughout the UK.
Each profile covers the following information:
- Job Description: A brief overview of the occupation, with information about the role/typical jobholder's function
- Typical Work Activities: the day-to-day tasks involved in doing this job
- Salary & Conditions: including working hours, locations, travel opportunities, lifestyle implications
- Entry requirements: any required or preferred degree subjects, at undergraduate and postgraduate level; important skills and/or personal characteristics; tips on getting in
- Training: on-the-job training provided by employers or professional courses you may need to take
- Career Development: how your career might develop over the first 5-10 years
- Employers & Vacancy Sources - what sort of organisations recruit graduates into this field and where are jobs advertised?
- Related Jobs - if this occupation isn't quite right for you, these are alternatives that may be worth considering
- Case Studies: profiles of graduates working in this field
Alternatively, you can pick up printed copies from the Careers Service - about half of the series is kept in the filing cabinet in the back section of the Careers Information Room for you to help yourself. If the occupation you want is not in this cabinet, all the profiles are available for download on Prospects Web under Types of Jobs http://www.prospects.ac.uk/types_of_jobs.htm
Options with your Subject
A series of over 70 information sheets. Subjects covered range from Accounting and Finance to Zoology. Printed copies are available in the Careers Information Room to take away, or they can be downloaded from the Prospects website at www.prospects.ac.uk/your_degree_what_next_skills_gained.htm
BOOKS AND DIRECTORIES
The Careers Library has a collection of books available for reference. These cover a wide range of careers but are particularly useful for:
- Media Careers
- Working Abroad
- Psychometric Tests
We also have books that can help you to assess yourself and your career preferences, to make applications and to practise psychometric assessment tests including:
- What Colour is your Parachute?
- Rate Yourself
- Square Pegs & Round Holes
- Write a Winning CV
- Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions
- For a list of books on tests, see www.kent.ac.uk/careers/psychotests.htm
These are kept on open-access shelves in the Careers Information Room
You can view some of our collection of books online at Shelfari www.shelfari.com/university_of_kent_careers_advisory_service
Graduate directories cover a wide range of employers - mostly large corporate or public sector organisations. Copies of the following are available to take away in the entrance area
- Real Prospects Directory www.prospects.ac.uk
- The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers www.Top100GraduateEmployers.com
- TARGETJobs www.targetjobs.co.uk
- Best Companies Guide www.bestcompaniesguide.co.uk
Our Graduate Directories page www.kent.ac.uk/careers/graddirectories.htm gives details of the most useful websites for graduate vacancies
The Prospects Postgraduate directory givesdetails of 6000 postgraduate courses and research programmes at UK universities in three volumes:
- Arts and Humanities
- Business and Social Science
- Science and Engineering
These are also available on Prospects http://www.prospects.ac.uk/search_courses.htm
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES
The following newspapers are kept on the rack in the entrance area:
- The Guardian - Media, Education, Society and Work sections
- Kentish Gazette
- Canterbury Times
- Kent on Sunday
These are not just useful for job vacancies - the business pages (and often the main news pages) will carry stories that give a lot of useful background to individual employers, such as profit (or loss!) figures, takeover bids and expansion plans.
There are links to the vacancy pages of major national newspapers from www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitespub.htm
We receive a number of careers magazines such as:
- Real World www.realworldmagazine.com
- Eurograduate www.eurograduate.com
- Lawyer 2B http://l2b.thelawyer.com/
- New Scientist Graduate Careers Special www.newscientist.com/topic/careers
Copies are set out in the entrance area of the Careers Service building.
DVDs and VIDEOS
These can be watched in the Careers Information Room - just ask at
the Careers Helpdesk or on-line. The following are particularly useful in helping you through the
process of choosing a career and the various stages of selection for jobs:
- Journey to Work – “from a degree to a graduate job”
- Looking Good on Paper (video) - making effective written applications
- Your Job's On-Line - maximising your chances of success with online applications
- Making an Impact – the graduate job interview
- At the Assessment Centre – an overview of the different aspects of an assessment centre
We have reference files and books covering time out; working abroad (short or long term); vacation work; using your degree subject and much more. Ask at the Reception Desk.
Our Links Pages www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitesmen.htm have links to many employers' web sites and also to graduate directories, general employer lists and some of the better search engines for finding UK and overseas employers.
Last fully updated 2011