Make it your New Year’s resolution to get the Careers Employability Award

Students often tell me that they think that the employment look is bleak for graduates but I would say that students who show initiative and start their planning early are almost invariably successful. By far the best way to start doing this is to get the Careers Employability Award.

You can complete it entirely on-line and the best time to complete the award is during the vacation when you are less busy. In less than half an hour a day you could easily complete the award in the vacation and transform your chances of getting a graduate job. It will equip you with all the skills required for successful graduate jobhunting. Free to University of Kent students it is completed via quizzes and assignments on Moodle. The earlier in your course you do it, the greater the benefits it will bring.

Students who have successfully completed the award will now get advance notice for some mentoring schemes, work experience opportunities and careers events where places are limited, giving them a greater chance of getting a place on these.

It contains 14 QUIZZES: need 75% to pass each quiz but unlimited attempts are allowed Also complete 3 of the following seven short and easy ASSIGNMENTS
  • Employability skills quiz
  • Employability skills quiz: drag & drop
  • How to develop the skills employers want?
  • Test your spelling and grammar!
  • What makes you happy at work?
  • How commercially aware are you?
  • Special interests topic lesson
  • Interview preparation
  • Practice interview
  • What are the most common interview questions?
  • Aptitude tests and assessment centres
  • CV quiz
  • CVs and covering letters: drag & drop quiz
  • Career planning drag and drop quiz
  • Analyse your skills and learn how to make top quality applications
  • Do you want to live to work or work to live?
  • Researching careers
  • Choosing a career
  • Submit a CV
  • Social media
  • Action planning

Completing the award will greatly improve your career planning and job hunting skills help you choose a career.
On completion, you receive an Award Certificate which you can add to your CV, and 40 Employability Points.
There are also subject-specific versions for Science, English and Arts students.

How to enrol:

  • Go to https://moodle.kent.ac.uk/moodle and enter your Kent login and password.
  • Type “CEM Careers Employability Module” into the module search box.
  • The module is called “Careers Employability Module”: enter by double clicking on it.
  • Enrol by clicking on “Enrol me in this Module” which is in the left hand menu under “Module Administration”.

Comments from users:

  • I learnt through playing!
  • I feel as though I have learnt so much in just two days.
  • It would be mad to apply for a job or attend an interview without doing it!
  • I recently had a very successful interview largely because I put the advice on the module into practice.
  • It really blew my mind with some ideas I’ve never known before, such as portfolio working and working from home. I never thought about obtaining happiness from my work before.
  • It has made me feel a lot more confident when it comes to applications and interviews in the future and has also made me think about skills I have that I didn’t think I had before.
  • It was so easy, quick and I learned a lot. Without realising, you have finished the course and have already put together a very good CV and covering letter.
  • Before the course I had only a vague idea of my career path and opportunities, now I am applying for Summer internships and know how to effectively sell my skills to a prospective employer and have a much more focused plan for my future.
  • I found the module to be highly thought-provoking as it really encouraged me to consider how my degree will benefit my future and what I can be doing now to improve my graduate employment prospects.
  • I enjoyed the depth of the module. It went far beyond some general tips on how to write a good CV and prepare for an interview. Rather it went in to detail about the whole process of graduate job search from the beginning to the end. It was very instructive
  • The module is very, very useful! I really love how it makes you to think about your personality and helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • The amount of time put into this is astounding! I actually spoke to friends from other universities who said they wished they had something like this.

For more information, including information on the Science, English and Arts Careers Awards go to http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm  If you have any problems enrolling on the award email me at bw@kent.ac.uk and I’ll enrol you.

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