Boost your CV

You’re already developing a wide range of skills through your course, but there are many other opportunities to help you enhance your skills while at Kent.

Find a job

Gain some experience while studying to boost your CV and make yourself more employable once you graduate.

Opportunities with Kent

Placements/year in industry

A Year in Industry (sometimes called a Professional Placement Year or a Sandwich Year), is your opportunity to put what you have learned into practice.

It enables you to increase your practical understanding of your subject, gain further knowledge and develop skills vital for your future.

Help and support

Your School can help you find the right types of companies, and the Careers and Employability Service will support you through the application process.

If you want to talk through whether a placement year is right for you, book a 'Drop In' at the Careers and Employability Service for impartial advice, or email us.

Please contact your School to see if they offer Year in Industry or Year Abroad programmes and contact them for the next steps.

Careers and Employability Service vacancy database

You can use this database to search for placements, internships and graduate vacancies with employers outside of the University.

It only takes a couple of minutes to register and you can get targeted email alerts for vacancies specific to your interests.

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University of Kent vacancies

The University of Kent advertises a wide variety of vacancies, some of which are suitable for students to do while they are studying.

The University also advertises graduate vacancies.

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Kent Hospitality vacancies

Kent Hospitality provides housekeeping, catering, bar and reception services at the University of Kent.

There are vacancies for term time and also for the summer holidays.

Students seeking casual work during term time should talk directly to the manager of the Kent Hospitality outlet they are interested in working for.

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Academic school websites

Look on your academic school webpages because sometimes vacancies are advertised to students on particular courses.

Examples of vacancies could include graduate teaching assistantships, administration work, helping at UCAS days, web design and many more.

Student Ambassador Scheme

The Student Ambassador Scheme provides students with the opportunity to work with local schools and colleges on a range of exciting projects - both on campus or in schools.

Student ambassadors take part in a range of activities including: campus visit days, open days, school and college open days, HE fairs, subject specific taster days, residential summer schools, mentoring small groups of school students, aspiration raising activities, projects in Brompton Academy (the University’s Academy) and its feeder primary schools.

Opportunities can be paid, credit bearing, or voluntary.

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Looking to earn some money but want to work for yourself?

Have you got an idea that could grow into a successful business?

Kent offers support to all students, graduates and staff who are keen to investigate the option of being self-employed or setting up a business.

The Kent Enterprise Hub offers subsidised office and lab space and free business advice sessions.

More on how Kent Innovation & Enterprise can help

Opportunities with Kent Union

Kent Union volunteering

Interested in volunteering?

Want to give up your time to help others?

Kent Union has thousands of volunteering roles, from running a Student Group, to representing students by being a Student Rep or Network Officer to supporting students by being a Buddy.

By Volunteering, not only are you helping others you are also gaining experience and developing a huge array of employability skills. 

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Kent Union Jobshop

Jobshop is a service provided by Kent Union to help you find employment while you study.

Jobshop is for students studying at the University of Kent in Canterbury and Medway.

It costs nothing to join and only takes one click!

There's a wide variety of vacancies advertised including retail, administration, catering, IT and childcare.

You can join a mailing list to receive regular updates on the latest vacancies.

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Kent Union

Kent Union employs students in all of its shops, bars and other outlets in Canterbury and Medway.

Student staff are able to advance to supervisory positions and some graduates are recruited into full-time positions.

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Year in industry/abroad

Placements/Year in industry

Year in Industry (sometimes called a Professional Placement Year or a Sandwich Year), is your opportunity to put what you have learned into practice.

It enables you to increase your practical understanding of your subject, gain further knowledge and develop skills vital for your future, as well as the opportunity to try out a potential future career.

More on year in industry placements

Work abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance for you to develop personally, academically and professionally.

As a Kent student, a world of study abroad and work placement opportunities is available to you – from China, Hong Kong and Thailand, to the US, Latin America and Europe – and we’ll support you every step of the way.

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Learn a new skill

IT skills

A range of classes and online training is available for staff and students who would like to improve their skills or gain the ECDL qualification.

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Study Plus

Enhance your CV and improve your employability by taking a Study Plus course in something different to your main area of study.

Attendance of Study Plus courses will be recorded in your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) and you will earn employability points.

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There are many opportunities and various modes of language learning available, which will enhance your employability and enable you to use your skills internationally.

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Study skills

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) offers one-to-one appointments with learning advisers, maths and stats clinics, help developing your academic writing, and creative language development.

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Volunteering and co-curricular

Representing students

Kent Union is a student-led organisation. This means that the decisions and choices Kent Union make are informed and made by you, the students.

In order to do this, Kent Union run elections for Full Time (or sabbatical) officers who take a year out (paid) during, or after their degree to represent your views by working for Kent Union. There are also Network Officers who volunteer alongside their degree. 

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Sports and societies

Kent Union and GK Unions currently supports student societies and sports clubs, all of which are run by Kent students, for Kent students.

Join societies and sports clubs to meet friends, give back to the University, and have fun!

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Volunteering is any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives.

It provides a way of giving your time and skills to help others and assists you in building your employability skills.

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Academic Peer Mentoring

You can also volunteer as an Academic Peer Mentor to develop your skills. Academic Peer Mentors support new students as they start university. Mentors receive training, you can easily fit it around your studies and it will be added to your student record that potential employers see.

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Buddy scheme

The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer non-academic support scheme co-ordinated by Kent Union that helps students through university life at Kent.

Buddy Volunteers act as a ‘go to’ for students who have worries or questions about the University or University life.

The Buddy Scheme runs lots of regular events and trips and also signposts to other activities on offer across the Union, University and Student Groups

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Start your own business

Student enterprise consists of a range of innovative activities designed to enhance students' skills and abilities, while providing them with additional core skills required by a fast-paced employment market. These activities include:

  • Enterprise competitions
  • Enterprise skills awards
  • Enterprise champions

If you would like to set up a business or learn how to make the most of your talents and improve your confidence, we can help you develop a range of skills to overcome challenges and make your ideas happen.

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