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.
Kent offers its students an extensive range of study abroad opportunities through a network of over 200 universities across 39 countries.
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.
More information on the Student Guide
Careers Fair success
The 2016-17 Careers Fair attracted over 2,000 students who got to meet with one or more of 132 employers.
We will engage with even more graduate recruiters in 2017-18.
Kent is consistently in the top 20 for graduate starting salaries with 96.1% of our students being in employment or further study within six months of graduation.
In 2016, 82% of Kent’s leavers were employed in graduate-level employment in the UK.
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Nationally recognised careers 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.
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 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.
Employability Festival 2016-17, a University-wide month-long series of events showcasing the ways in which you can get experience and gain skills while studying, attracted over 10,700 students and 200 graduate recruiters to 147 events.
The event was attended by leading businesses including Accenture, Amazon, IBM, Lloyds of London, Microsoft and PwC.
In 2016/17 over 2,200 Kent students got involved in a volunteering activity.
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.
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 2016-17 students once again obtained experience abroad, including New York and China, using the bursary.
Careers Employability Award
This interactive online careers education tool helps over 1,400 students each year to develop employability skills.
This scheme supported over 600 students in 2016-17 from widening participation backgrounds in developing their employability skills. It provides students with advice and training and the opportunity to obtain paid campus-based employment.
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.
KEW-NET is an online mentoring/networking tool for Kent students and graduates to meet, support one another and help each other get ahead. It comprises over 1,500 registered members!
Kent graduates have been highly successful in obtaining employment. The 2016 HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey showed rises in the proportion of Kent graduates obtaining graduate-level employment in the UK – up by 1.6% to 82.0%.
The University’s unemployment rate for UK & EU leavers fell to 2.8% from 3.2% in the previous year. As a result, Kent’s full-time first degree employment performance indicator rose to 96.1% in 2015-16, up from 95.9% in 2014-15.