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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kent Mentoring Scheme
The Kent Mentoring Scheme is a professional mentoring and networking tool for Kent students and graduates. The network is made up of alumni and business professionals connected to the University who are able to offer advice and support.
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.
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.
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.
Student Learning Advisory Service
The Student Learning Advisory Service provides skills workshops and materials, with some particularly targeted at postgraduates.
Taking part in societies and joining committees can give you valuable experience and help with your future careers.