The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS
How the University of Kent Careers and Employability Service can help you to recruit graduates.
About the University
The University of Kent is the leading academic institution in Kent and is one of the top thirty universities in the UK according to The Guardian 's Higher Education League Tables . It is based on two main sites, the original campus at Canterbury and the new Medway campus which opened to students in September 2005. University of Kent courses are also available at the University's Associate Colleges in Kent, in Tonbridge and in mainland Europe. See www.kent.ac.uk/studying/where/index.html for a full listing of our sites.
The University has over 12,000 undergraduate students and over 1500 postgraduate students, plus well over 3000 full and part-time students registered on pre-degree courses such as Access courses, HNDs and Foundation Degrees.
These are just a few of the wide range of courses taught at Kent :
- Social Sciences: Business Administration, Management Science, Accountancy, Law, Economics, Health & Social Care; Psychology.
- Science and Technology: Computer Science, Multimedia Technology and Design, Electronics, Physics, Forensic Science, Biosciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Conservation.
- Humanities: French, German, Italian, Spanish.
- Vocational courses: Architecture, Pharmacy, Tourism Management, Civil Engineering (foundation degree), Construction (foundation degree), Music Technology, Sports Therapy, Health & Fitness.
For a full list of all degree courses at the University see www.kent.ac.uk/studying
Skills gained through study at Kent:
Many of these degrees, including those in the sciences, include the opportunity to study a foreign language and to spend a year studying at a university in Europe as part of the course: the University of Kent has particularly strong links with universities in France, Germany and Italy. Courses incomputing skills are available to students in all subjects, including Humanities. The Careers and Employability Service has recently developed a Careers Employability Award on the University Virtual Learning Environment. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm for details.
Why recruit a graduate?
- They are generally intelligent and quick to learn.
- They are flexible and open-minded and able to take the initiative.
- They have good communication skills, both spoken and written.
- They have developed skills in analysis, logical thinking and the use of information through their degree studies.
A placement is a great way for a student to get a glimpse inside a company, industry, or a particular occupation. It can help an individual to discover whether the career path they have chosen is right for them; to hone their 'soft skills' and learn to work well with others; and to enhance their future employment prospects.
How will your company benefit?
- Students have a good range of technical and non-technical skills to offer employers
- Placements can strengthen links between business and academia and can lead to research collaboration
- Assessing performance and suitability over a long period prior to graduation is an effective way to recruit graduates
- Students can often bring “new blood” to an organisation, with new ideas/outlooks and ways of working
- Raising your company’s profile and reputation amongst the student population
- Existing employees can develop managerial skills and benefit from knowledge transfer
How to promote a placement
If you have a placement opportunity to advertise, it can be promoted via the online Vacancies Database. Employers can either register for free on the Kent Vacancies Database and input the vacancy, or email details to email@example.com.
A weekly digest of placement opportunities is distributed by the University's Careers and Employability Service to placement officers in the academic schools, for them to distribute to their students. Any placement opportunities intended for students of a specific subject are also be passed to the relevant Careers Advisor to add to their email bulletins.
Advice and guidance
If you are considering offering a placement and require assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The University's Careers and Employability Service will work with you to establish which students to approach and may then refer you to a placements officer in the relevant academic school. Once details of the placement have been confirmed, we will be happy to advertise it on your behalf and free of charge on the online Vacancies Database.
How the Careers and Employability Service can help you to recruit graduates
The Careers and Employability Service is the main link between the University and employers wishing to recruit graduates, for full-time or part-time work, permanent or temporary.
If you wish to recruit students for part-time work during term-time, or for casual vacation work, contact Kent Union Job Shop - phone 01227 824251 or see www.kentunionjobshop.co.uk
We can advertise your vacancies free of charge in our online vacancies database, which covers:
Vacancies for finalists: vacancies for the coming summer or autumn may be advertised throughout the academic year to final-year students seeking employment after graduation;
- Immediate vacancies for candidates who have already graduated;
- Placements and internships: sandwich placements, summer internships and career-related vacation work or courses
Vacancy details can be accepted via Prospects Net at http://employer.kent.prospects.ac.uk or by:
Employer Liaison Officer
Careers and Employability Service,
University of Kent,
Kent, CT2 7ND.
It would also be helpful if you could send us any hard copy material that you feel might be useful to applicants, so that we can put it in our careers library for reference. This might include recruitment literature, company product information, annual report etc.
Please read our Vacancy Handling Policy before sending us vacancy details especially the section concerning vacancies submitted through recruitment
You may wish to print our information sheet on recruiting Kent graduates
Graduate Prospects Recruiters' Desk.
To advertise nationally to students and graduates at universities throughout the UK, visit this online portal atwww.prospects.ac.uk/links/RecruitersDesk
We can provide rooms for you to interview students on campus free of charge and lecture theatres and seminar rooms are available if you wish to make a presentation on your company to students (there may be a charge for these facilities). Please click here for further information and to see some of the rooms available.
The Careers Fair will take place on Tuesday 5th November 2013 in the Sports Centre and will involve employers, professional bodies and educational institutions from a wide range of career areas. It will be open to students of all subjects seeking graduate positions, year-in-industry placements, summer internships, vacation work and further study opportunities. If you would like more information please email email@example.com
This is our on-line directory of potential recruiters of graduates in Kent. It does not provide information on current vacancies but aims to give an overview of employers in the county who may recruit graduates on occasion. It can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/kentopps.htm If you would like your organisation to be included in KENTGRADS, please click here to fill in the form. There is no charge for entry in this database.
Do you already have Kent graduates working for your organisation? The Careers and Employability Service and the Alumni Office are keen to enlist alumni to help and advise current students through the Alumni Careers Network. Please encourage them to contact Jenny KeaveneyJ.A.Keaveney@kent.ac.uk for further information.
24.9.2012 - 14.12.2012
14.1.2013 - 5.4.2013
6.5.2013 - 14.6.2013
For further information on any of these services, please contact Lara Cavill, our Employer Liaison Officer:
Employer Liaison Officer
Careers and Employability Service,
University of Kent,
Kent, CT2 7ND,
Tel.: 01227 823480
The Careers and Employability Service is committed to equality of opportunity in keeping with the University of Kent Student Charter and the NUS/AGR/AGCAS Code of Practice. A full copy of the Statement of Service for the Careers and Employability Service is available at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/docs/statementofservice.htm