Employability Points


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Waterstone’s is one of the leading booksellers on the High Street and online.


Within the recently rennovated Rose Lane Waterstones store, students will have the opportunity to learn from Store Manager, Martin Latham, who is a published historian with over 20 years of experience in retail management.

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Waterstones is offering 5 work experience placements, allowing students to gain the opportunity to work in Management as a management trainee, whilst also gaining an insight into publishing, events management, business operations and marketing.

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Waterstones will bring out that potential you felt you never had. I learnt the ability to switch tasks, develop team work skills, enhance my confidence and gain a comprehensive appreciation of retail management.

The scheme is excellent as it allows you to feel good about yourself – you work really hard and you get rewarded. The goal is to be recognised and the EP Scheme does this – it recognises everyone.

~ Dario Quadri Ilkhani, School of Politics and International Relations

If you love books as much as the Waterstone’s staff do; and you are prepared to muck in with everything from shelving, carrying over three floors, customer queries, pricing, website management, orders, window design, reviews to sticking labels- then two weeks in this shop will show you just how hard Bookseller’s work. You will learn a lot but like most things- get out of it as much as you put in!

~ Pauline McGonagle, School of English


@SamJ_Reynolds Hi Sam, we might have the aircon too high (in @WaterstonesRose , the remaining shop), we will check,… https://t.co/Fhn6QTOtQc

Posted 751 days ago

@frootle That is very kind Phil, but there is no need to worry, we will all go to the new shop.

Posted 825 days ago

@clbrl01 @CarolynBarker1 C&H Fabrics will be moving into this building, and we believe it will still be on view.

Posted 856 days ago

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Waterstones provided five work experience placements, covering retail management, events, operations and publishing.


Waterstone offered two work experience placements, where students gained the chance to work in Management as a management trainee at the Canterbury store.


Waterstones offered two 2-week work experience placements opportunities working in Management as a management trainee for this popular high-street bookseller.

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EP Team: How do you feel the EP Scheme can benefit students at the University of Kent?

Martin: Gain a foothold in media and retail, also experience of a large company with 4,000 employers – FUN!

EP Team: What key duties and responsibilities will the students have as a part of this work experience?

Martin: Students will be merchandising, recommending products, delivering customer service and possibly assisting with events.

EP team: What type of students would benefit from this experience:

Martin: All students would benefit having this experience on their CVs. Retail management experience would be great for Kent Business students, whilst students from the School of English and History in particular would find the publishing interesting.

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Last Updated: 06/09/2017