We aim to enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects while you study with us.
What we do to help
You will gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from the School of Politics & International Relations. In today’s jobs market, employers demand much more from new employees than a degree. From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you develop key transferable skills, as well as providing subject specific training, to gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.
The School of Politics and International Relations continues to develop a comprehensive internship, placements and work experience portfolio. Our Employability, Internships, Placements and Alumni Relations Manager, Claire Tanner runs an engaging and extensive Employability Programme. The programme is focused on providing our students with skills that will help them in their approach to the job market. This has included workshops on summer internships, networking, to careers in Diplomacy and the Civil Service. Students have access to a weekly Employability Newsletter, with details of jobs for graduates, internship and volunteering opportunities. For alumni and student stories, advice from recruiters in the field and internship accounts we have our School’s Employability blog. The School has developed links with a number of institutions willing to provide internships, including the EU Commission and Kent Union. Students also have a fantastic opportunity to complete an Internship Module in their final year. This allows students to experience first-hand practical application of their degree subject in the wider world of work, whilst developing their transferable skills. Claire is available to provide 1-1 sessions to all students on matters of employability, skills development and applying for opportunities, and will be running internship workshops throughout the year.
Through our online student pages we provide links to internal services that can offer help in developing their employability skills and enriching their student experience, such as the Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering and Employability Points Scheme. We are actively aiming to increase our online presence, with a Facebook page and Twitter profile that students can follow for up-to-date employability information, as well as current information on events taking place within the School.
Academic Peer Mentoring Scheme
The School also runs an Academic Peer Mentoring Scheme, where final year undergraduates have the chance to mentor Stage I students. This gives final year students a wonderful opportunity to develop a number of skills such as management, leadership, teaching & support. It also gives Stage I students the opportunity to ‘learn to learn’, outside of the confines of the traditional teaching environment.