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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I see my total number of employability points?
Once you submit your sign up form we will keep you up to date with your total number of points. Alternatively, you can track your points yourself via signing up to Myfolio. Click here to find out more - www.kent.ac.uk/myfolio
Will I get paid for my internship?
All internships will pay at least the minimum wage. However, some companies will pay more than that or offer other benefits. You will be fully informed about the role and payment prior to meeting the company.
Can I choose the company for my internship?
No. We will match students to the specific roles within sponsor companies. Students with the highest number of points and the required skill set will be contacted and then invited for a short interview with a member of the EP team. We will then tell you about the company and the particular internship. You can then let us know if you wish to pursue this opportunity.
How many points do I need to be considered for a company internship?
All activities have a different weighting, see details on How to get points. On average you would need to accumulate about 175 points over the course of three years. Final year students usually have a higher chance in being considered for the internship rewards as sometimes employers do offer a permanent full-time job as a result of a positive internship experience. However, there are plenty of other rewards to go for which 1st and 2nd year students can attract in the meantime.
How do I prove I took part in an activity?
We work closely with Kent Union, UELT, Careers, Innovation & Enterprise and the individual academic Schools themselves to validate student activity. Many students will be contacted via these departments to ask whether they wish to take part and thereby students will automatically be verified.
Students who wish to state their involvement can email us with details of the activities they have taken part in. We will then verify this information independently.
Do I get an award at the end of the year?
The Employability Points Scheme isn't a formal award, it's a reward scheme. Participating in the extracurricular activities is the most important element of the scheme. Our aim is to encourage students to get more actively involved and take advantage of the many great opportunities we have here at the University and involvement means rewards!
At the end of the year students who receive rewards will also receive a certificate thanking them for their participation, as well as a breakdown of the activities where the student received the points.
Students who receive work experience and internships through the scheme can state on their CV that they received their rewards through “High levels of engagement in University activities.”
How are students allocated rewards?
Non-work experience based rewards, such as vouchers, trips and short term work experience are rewarded to students who achieve the highest number of points. Long-term summer internships require a short screening process to ensure students are placed in positions appropriate to their career and suitability to the role. We don't want to place students in roles they do not feel comfortable in.
Why should I register for Employability Points?
Because you get rewarded and by taking part improve your employability skills! Last year 284 rewards were offered to students, including vouchers, work experience placements, training or even summer internships for taking part in extracurricular activities during their studies at the University of Kent!
The best part is most students are already actively involved in Societies, Volunteering, Mentoring or Part time work, which are just some of the ways you can claim points!
Why do extracurricular activities make me more “employable”?
Extracurricular activities give students an opportunity to practically apply skills employers are looking for such as self-motivation, creativity, team work, leadership, initiative, communication, organisation, time management and responsibility to name a few!
With so many graduates competing in a limited job market, engaging in extracurricular opportunities is one of the best ways to stand out from the crowd.
What rewards can I expect in 2012/2013?
We’re aiming to reward a great number of students this year, from vouchers and work experience to internships over the course of summer 2013. Check our rewards and sponsors page for further details!
Can I claim points for activities I’ve done before I came to University?
Unfortunately not. We need to be able to verify your activities and this cannot be done for activities completed before your University registration.