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Getting a graduate job

As you’re in your final year of study, you're probably thinking about what to do next.

Our Careers and Employability Service organise a variety of activities aimed at helping you secure a great job, from deciding what you’d like to do, to applying for opportunities and attending interviews. There is a wealth of information, and range of resources, on our Careers webpages.  

We also offer online and face to face appointments so you can talk to us about your future career, including returning to the workplace after studying. You can book an appointment online through Target Connect.  

Kent alumni can access the Careers service for three years after you graduate. Don't forget to register for your alumni login so you can continue to access careers events and advice for up to 3 years once you graduate.  

Applying for a job

Your CV is a unique piece of self-promotion that will make you stand out from other candidates. We can provide advice on writing your CV and completing job applications, making sure you include all relevant skills and experience. It’s not just your degree that matters - employers want to know about how you have developed through your extra-curricular activities too. 

Attending an interview

When you get through to the next stage of the applicant process, why not contact us for a practice interview or book onto a interview skills or assessment centre preparation workshop? This is a great way to prepare and build confidence before your real interview and consider how you will respond to the different tasks and questions you might encounter.  

Bear in mind that some interviews may take place online. You can do online aptitude practice tests to help you feel prepared. 

You can also try out ShortListMe, which gives you interview questions to answer. Your answers will be recorded and played back so you can review how you did. You are then presented with guidance on what the interviewer was looking for in the questions. This is a great tool to help you improve your interview skills.  

We also provide a range of skills workshops and employer presentations to help you on your way.

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You will always be able to ask for a reference from university staff.  For many graduate jobs, or for post-graduate study applications, this will be referred to as an 'academic reference'.  Your Academic Adviser will always provide this if asked, but sometimes you may have worked extensively with another member of staff, for example a project or dissertation supervisor or staff on a particular module that is very relevant to your application.  

Who you ask is a case of what you feel is most relevant and who you feel knows you best, but it's always important to discuss intended applications with staff before nominating them.  Remember that references need to always accurately reflect the information that the University holds about you. 

If an employer needs to confirm your details such as name, study dates, award and congregating date, you can direct them to the Confirmation of Qualifications webpage where they can request confirmation of your details. 

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