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 Student Employability Manager Claire Tanner runs an engaging and extensive Employability Programme which focuses on providing our students with skills and insight that will help them plan their future careers. Annual sessions include Career Insight workshops on the Civil Service, Local and Central Government, Public Affairs and Lobbying and Security and Defence, as well as mock interviews and graduate assessment centres. Students have access to a weekly Employability Newsletter, with details of jobs for graduates, internship and volunteering opportunities, and for alumni and student stories, advice from recruiters in the field and internship accounts we also have our School’s Employability blog. The School has developed links with a number of institutions willing to provide internships, including WomanStats, Demos and Kent Union, and students also have a fantastic opportunity to take an internship module in their final year, linking a summer internship to academic study. Lastly, Claire is available to provide 1-1 sessions to all students on matters of employability, skills development and applying for opportunities, and signposts students to a range of other university services including the Careers and Employability Service, Kent Union and Employability Points.