Parents and family

Careers and Employability

As well as giving your son or daughter a first-rate academic experience, Kent equips them with essential skills to give them the edge when it comes to getting a job.

Whether it’s through developing time-management skills, studying abroad, opting for a Year in Industry degree or an Enterprise module, or taking part in the Jobshop and volunteering programmes, there are plenty of opportunities to give CVs the added extras employers look for.

Employability Points scheme

Kent also runs a nationally recognised 'Employability Points' scheme which rewards students for active participation in extracurricular activites during their time at Kent that improve and enhance their employability.

Activities include:

  • Language courses
  • Attending/organising events
  • Volunteering
  • Mentoring
  • Course/School/Faculty representative
  • Work placements
  • Society, music, media or sports club
  • Skills/careers workshops

In 2012 the Government's Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) used the Employability Points scheme as a case study for a report based on best practice within business/university collaboration. The scheme has grown and developed very successfully and, in 2016 there were 7,782 students and 145 companies involved.

Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Our students are encouraged to record their achievements and reflect on their development while they are at Kent via the University's e-portfolio tool, MyFolio.

MyFolio is a dynamic online space to record and showcase skills. Your son or daughter will be able to create pages to share with peers, tutors or prospective employers.



Where are they now?

Kent’s graduates have gone on to work for major companies such as the BBC, IBM, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Lloyds TSB, Tesco, London Stock Exchange, Bank of New York, HSBC, Channel 4 TV, Marks & Spencers, Ford Motor Company, the Home Office, BMW, Sainsbury, BT and Eurotunnel.

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Last Updated: 23/10/2017