One of the most important things that students think about when choosing a university is how it will help them to secure a job. At the University of Kent, they make sure that students have loads of opportunities to boost their employability alongside studying for their degrees, meaning that they graduate not only with a qualification but transferable skills and work experience too.
The University won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students for two years running, and a significant reason for this is because of the careers and employability services available to Kent students.
University of Kent offers free one-to-one support to all students and graduates for two years after graduation. This includes supporting with job applications, CVs, cover letters, interview practice and giving guidance to those who still aren’t sure what they want to do after university. Moreover, there are careers fairs during the academic year where students can meet graduate employers and learn more about various career paths.
University of Kent runs an Employability Points Scheme, which allows students to earn points on activities that boost employability such as volunteering or being a university ambassador. These points allow students to take part in workshops as well as secure work experience, internships and training.
Students also get the chance to study abroad during their degree. This experience helps to improve language skills and opens them up to new ways of learning. Some courses also offer the chance to work in industry for a year which ensures that students graduate with real work experience.
In addition to this, lots of the activities students can take part in whilst at Kent will provide transferable skills too. For example, serving on a society committee will demonstrate a wide variety of skills, such as leadership, organisation and good communication. So even pursuing hobbies at university can provide valuable experience.
The University of Kent is truly committed to ensuring that students are prepared for life as graduates and have the skills and knowledge to compete effectively in the global job market. And these initiatives work – 95% of undergraduate students from University of Kent who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).