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If you are looking for part-time work whilst you study, your first port of call should be, a completely free service provided by Kent Union for students, to help you find employment while you study. They have all sorts of jobs including admin, IT, bar & catering, teaching, health & care, retail and more.

If you are looking for work experience, placements and internships, or graduate work, register on our vacancy database for free access to vacancies.

if you are an international student Student Circus has a list of jobs open to students with a tier 4 visa - register and log in with your Kent details.

The Student Guide has a lot of other ideas of how to gain employability skills whilst you’re at university, and build up a strong CV for when you graduate.

If you have followed the tips in the Skills section and have built up a strong CV throughout your time at university, then you stand a good chance of finding a suitable graduate job.

If you don’t find one as soon as you graduate, there are many ways to help build up your CV to make you a stronger candidate:

  • Consider the various graduate internship opportunities available. These provide short-term (usually between two and six months), graduate-level work placements that help you to build up your skills and experience and may even lead on to a permanent job. Although some employers (especially in the media, arts and charity sectors) do have unpaid internships, many are paid at least at minimum wage level.
    • Graduate Talent Pool- a partnership between Government and employers, designed to help new and recent graduates gain real work experience
    • Graduate STEP - 2-3 month internships offering meaningful, paid work for recent graduates
  • Get voluntary experience. This may not be easy if you need to earn money to pay off your student debt, but volunteering is a good way to get experience relevant to social work, education, medicine, police/probation work, counselling, healthcare and the media, amongst others.
  • Teach English abroad. You don’t need a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification, although it could be useful, and there are opportunities almost anywhere.
  • Many students will consider a postgraduate degree as a way to improve their qualifications, but this is not a cheap option and you need to think carefully about how it would fit into your career plans.
    • Short courses in areas such as computing, languages, business and bookkeeping can be an immense help in making you more employable.
    • If you are trying to get into a competitive area such as marketing or PR, professional bodies offer introductory courses that will develop your knowledge and demonstrate your motivation to employers.

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Last Updated: 16/05/2019