University of Kent
Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.
"There have been different workshops that allow students to improve their CV and get help with interviews as well as explaining the steps to get a job. The business school and business society provide talks from employers."
"The careers service is great as you can always go in for a chat if you're unsure about anything! You can also sign up for the employability points scheme and, if you earn enough points, you have the opportunity to apply for internships."
"There's an employability scheme that allows you to be rewarded based on how much you participate in it and allows you to meet employers that have a strong interest in this scheme. We get emails every week about the jobs available for the particular field we're pursuing and there's a careers week when employers come to the university with workshops and students can talk to them and gain some very useful insights. The university sends emails to recruit any students for jobs such as working on an important project or representing the university on open days. I was strongly advised to take a placement year with my degree and I am incredibly happy that I did. The placements available range from small companies to much larger ones."
"There are weekly employment emails and the opportunity to have your CV checked. There's a job shop on campus that lets people know about available campus jobs. You can also collect points to get internships and experience."
"They have a great employability centre that gives mock interviews, reviews CVs and holds regular seminars on how to improve employability. Lists of jobs/vacancies are also sent out weekly, which is convenient."
"The careers service offered a small 10-hour online course to prepare for getting a job, which benefited me immensely. There are careers fairs on offer too. My course did not provide the same level of help or information."
"There should be more than one career fair in a year in my opinion. There should also be more career events tailored to international students or students looking to find work in other parts of the world."
"Workshops are offered and the supervisory support is excellent. Communication and administrative support around the learning process is solid and I feel assured that I could find help if I were to need it."
"The careers service is busy but so detailed. You really have to be pro-active to get the most out the services available. I think the employability scheme is really successful in promoting work experience and extracurricular activities. The uni is well linked to TARGET, which is extremely helpful for grad scheme promotion."
"The careers service is very good as they provide CV workshops and clinics to review and help you to improve your CV. Moreover, the careers team organises a range of workshops and employability fairs to boost our employability skills."
"Placement workshops are held weekly and we're actively encouraged to go out and get a placement with support on how to pass interviews and assessment centres."
"The university has its own job shop that helps current students, graduates and former students with finding part time, seasonal and permanent jobs. Also, the university offers many employability workshops and fairs throughout the year to prepare students for the working world."
"We've had a careers fair every year since I started and we've also had compulsory lectures from the employability team with career advice. We also have our own engineering employability officer."
"There's almost always something going on related to careers and future employment. The careers service is run every day and has a drop-in CV help session, which is fantastic! Kent's online CV help actually helped my mum update her CV and we believe she landed her latest job because of it! We have a JobShop as well that advertises full and part time work in and around Canterbury as well as jobs on campus. A massive recruitment fair is held every year for culinary jobs on campus. That's a fun process to take part in as you gain a few friends as well as some important interview experience."
"The careers service has helped me to understand further what I want to achieve in jobs, and what jobs are more suited to me. The uni sends out emails detailing jobs that are available on and off campus and the uni can also point you in the right direction for work experience."
"The careers service at the university offers great help. This includes non-term times. They're always providing a lot of career opportunities through weekly emails and also through career fairs, which take place at various times during the academic year."
"The support from the Kent careers and employability service is astounding. They offer a two-week long careers festival, with various workshops intended to enhance our employability prospects. They also have an array of speakers and companies on campus to deliver talks. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the careers services offered in Kent. It's a shame that not everyone takes advantage of all the opportunities offered to them by the CES."
"I personally, being on an applied degree programme, have received a lot of support in creating a CV and cover letter and applying for placement positions. Carrying out placement applications in this way has been really beneficial as I feel more prepared to apply for jobs etc following the completion of my degree. I also know that, while on my placement next year, I will be able to learn so much more about working in my field of interest, which I am excited about. I have not really used any of the on-campus events but I have friends who have done and found them very useful. There are a wide range of employers from different fields, which is great. I would be interested to see this expanded, however, as the employers often seem more geared towards a business perspective, leaving out, for example, psychological career options."
"I believe this has been tremendous. The school provides bursaries for those doing internships abroad and work experience for those looking for jobs through the job shop and the careers employability service. They have been very helpful."
"Having gone to some of the career events, I can say that the university is really good at helping to give you ideas of ways to improve your employability and let you know about upcoming opportunities."