School of Economics

University schemes

Across the University, there are a number of opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience that will strengthen your CV and benefit you when you're looking for jobs. For instance:

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Work and Opportunities Fund

The Work and Opportunities Fund offers students funding to cover costs incurred in the first three weeks of an unpaid placement. Students could be entitled to funding of up to £250 which could contribute towards the cost of transport, accommodation, training, childcare or uniform. 


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Business Start-Up Journey

The Business Start-Up Journey is a programme which brings student business start-up ideas to life. This 12-week co-curricular programme will provide you with a step-by-step guide to starting a business, teaching you the skills that are required to be a successful entrepreneur.


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Careers Employability Award

The Careers Employability Award is a Moodle based award, which takes just a few hours to complete and consists of quizzes and assignments. On completion you will receive the University of Kent Careers Employability Award certificate. Completing the award will greatly improve your career planning and job hunting skills giving you strategies to make appropriate career choices.


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Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service can help you discover your opportunities, make career choices, develop your employability skills, gain relevant experience, make successful job applications and perform well at interviews.


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Employability and Skills

To help students recognise and develop the employability skills they need for their chosen career, the University of Kent have gathered together information about what's available.


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Employability Points

The Employability Points scheme rewards students for active engagement in extracurricular activities during their time at the University of Kent, encouraging students to stand out to prospective employers in the process.


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Global Skills Award

The Graduate School runs the Global Skills Award for transferable skills training for MSc students. It is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.


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Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Attributes project is a joint collaboration between Kent Union and the University to create a set of graduate attributes. These graduate attributes aim to articulate the attributes that a Kent student, who engages with curriculum and extra-curricular activities, would develop by the time they graduate. Developing the attributes supports employability and future career prospects.


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HIVE Student Enterprise

Kent HIVE offers the Make Your Mark programme, which can prepare students for employment or self-employment by offering a support package of extra-curricular activities designed to increase skills, abilities, experience and confidence.


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Kent Experiences of Work (KEW)

If you want to gain some experience while studying to boost your CV but you're not sure where to start, here are some of the ways you can get involved in experiences of work while you are studying at Kent.


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Kent Union

Kent Union advertise a variety of jobs and volunteering opportunities, so you can gain skills ahead of graduation and build up your CV. They have an Employability & Volunteering toolkit which allows you to log your experience and track your hours.


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MyFolio is the University's e-portfolio tool, which provides each student with an intuitive web-based tool for planning, reviewing, reflecting upon, recording and presenting their academic, professional/career and personal development.


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Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning is a structured and supported process for students to record, review, reflect and plan their learning. PDP helps students to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and plan for their short term and long term future.


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Student Ambassador Scheme

The Student Ambassador Scheme recruits Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to represent the University in local schools, colleges and the community. The scheme allows students to gain recognition for the work they undertake in their Academic School and Departments supporting specific activities and projects.

The scheme helps students to develop their skills in preparation for future employment, builds confidence and encourages personal development.


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Student Learning Advisory Service

The Student Learning Advisory Service provides skills workshops and materials, with some particularly targeted at postgraduates.


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Student Societies

Taking part in societies and joining committees can give you valuable experience and help with your future careers.



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Last Updated: 06/02/2019