Enhancing personal development and employability

Your time at Kent should lead to not only academic success, but also give you an advantage in the global job market.

Here are some highlights of the work we've done to enhance the Kent student experience to help you achieve your career potential.  

Expanding study abroad opportunities

Kent offers its students an extensive range of study abroad opportunities through a network of over 190 universities across 39 countries.  

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Working during your studies

Together with Kent Union, we provide opportunities for thousands of students every year to do paid or volunteering work for us or with regional, national or international organisations.  

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Rewarding you for active engagement

Launched in 2010, Kent's Employability Points Scheme is a unique scheme in the UK to reward you with experiences of work for your extracurricular activities.  

More on the Employability Points Scheme

Kent Student Awards

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience.  

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Group photo from 2019 Kent Student Awards
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Nationally recognised career advice

The Kent Careers and Employability Service is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) – the UK’s leading professional body for Higher Education careers advice, guidance and employability. The Careers and Employability Service is free of charge to you all-year-round and continues to be available for the first three years after you graduate.  

Graduate Attributes Scheme

The Graduate Attributes project is a collaboration between Kent Union and the University of Kent outlining seven attributes graduate employers are looking for, and helping students attain them during their studies at Kent. 

Moe on the Graduate Attributes scheme

Award-winning Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service received yet another top industry award in 2016-17. At the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards Kent was acknowledged as having the Best University Careers/Employability Service. The award celebrated the outstanding achievements of universities, students and employers in the undergraduate employability market.

Study Plus opportunities

Study Plus gives you the opportunity to take additional courses alongside your main programme and allows you to build transferable skills. While these courses are non-credit bearing, they give you excellent opportunities to get the most out of your time at the University of Kent. If your attendance on a Study Plus course is good, it is recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report to show to employers and you earn Employability Points.  

Jobshop

Jobshop is a not-for-profit employment service run by Kent Union. It helps Kent students find part-time, temporary and seasonal work.

Employability Festival and Careers Fair

Employability Festival is a University-wide month-long series of events showcasing the ways in which you can get experience and gain skills whilst studying. The 2018 Careers Fair attracted over 120 exhibitors and 78% of students described themselves as more confident about the graduate opportunities available to them as a direct result of attending the University Career Fair. 

Volunteering

In 2018/19 around 2000 Kent students got involved in a volunteering activity.

European study

The latest statistics from the UK's Erasmus+ National Agency show Kent to be fourth in the UK in terms of numbers on Erasmus study placements.  

Employability Points

Over 7,700 of you have got involved in the Employability Points Scheme and rewards have been provided by leading businesses including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Tesco and GlaxoSmithKline.  

Bursary scheme for work experience

The Kent Experiences of Work student bursary scheme helps more than 100 students each year to undertake work experience. In 2018-19 students once again obtained experience in a range of workplaces both in the UK and abroad. 

Careers Employability Award

This interactive online careers education tool  supports students each year to develop employability skills.

Autism and Employability Project

The Careers and Employability Service, in partnership with Student Support and Wellbeing, provides careers guidance, help in making applications and alumni mentoring for students with Autism.

Graduate destinations

Of Kent graduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, over 92% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

Of Kent undergraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, over 95% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

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