Humsforhire – Calling all Humanities students! 6 – 17 March 2017

hums-for-hireCalling all Humanities students!

The Faculty of Humanities is holding 10 days of exciting events to support students in thinking about a broad variety of career paths.  Whether you are certain on the field you want to go into once you graduate, or are still struggling to decide on what to have for dinner tonight, these events will provide information and advice on all of the possibilities open to you.

The beauty of being a Humanities student is that our potential career avenues are endless; from key positions in civil service, journalists, teachers, marketing directors and even working for the MI6.  Humsforhire is hosting an array of workshops to cater for these different interests, including some of the following:

  • Humanities CV Clinic
  • Teacher Training Applications
  • Graduate Schemes – everything you need to know!
  • Have you Googled yourself lately?
  • Graduate schemes: Where? Why? How?
  • Personal Effectiveness

In addition, we are holding events with people from outside of the University, with exciting guests ranging from:

  • Caroline Hewitt, producer and production manager best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005) and Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) – Caroline will be attending ‘A Career In The Movies’ Workshop on Thursday 16th March
  • Sarah Bolwell, Production Editor of the Burlington Magazine, who will be sharing her experiences on how her MA led her directly down to the career she wanted. This event is ‘The MA track to employability’ on Tuesday 7th March
  • We will also be having a coffee shop drop in with the Deputy Curator at the Royal Engineers Museum who has offered to give one-to-one advice on those interested in a career in the museum/heritage sector.

With many more workshops and events listed in the Humsforhire programme, there is something for everyone to get involved in and benefit from.

How to get involved?

Simple!  To book your place onto any of the Humsforhire events, head to and for more information please go to or drop in to the Careers and Employability Services just next to Keynes bus stop on the Canterbury campus!

It is going to be a great few days and we can’t wait to see you there!

01/03/17 Humanities Employability and Placement Champion

Don’t stop, never give up

Get it in early. Calm down, I’m talking about applications. Job applications, year abroad applications and placement applications.

Many companies run rolling applications where they process applications as they receive them, not from when they close the applications. As such it’s really important to get those applications done as early as possible to make sure your application stands out right at the start.

Getting in early also helps you to prepare for any psychometric testing, assessment centres and interviews you may receive because these are typically done at a set time and date so having your application in early gives you weeks more to prepare for these daunting steps, and as everyone knows: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

You need to be setting aside at least  1-2 hours per application, (I know you just cringed, I did as well- just as I did when I was doing my applications)It is long, boring and frustrating filling in all this data again and again but you just need to remember the end goal. Trust me, the time when your inconspicuously faffing about (take me for example; making toast) and you get that phone call inviting you to an assessment centre or an interview or better yet; the job offer it all becomes worth it.

I know you are tempted to put it off until the last minute, everybody is! I was the same at the start until I was in a fluster sending off applications I’d rushed and didn’t notice until an employer emailed me saying they were happy to offer me an interview if I could clarify whether or not I was born in 1895. That’s right, I wrote to a prospective employer that I was a 120 year old undergrad. I was mortified and luckily they saw the funny side but they didn’t have to, I should have balancing my time better, they had given me all the info I needed about deadlines and I just wasn’t prepared enough for it.

All this forward planning and organisation is going to work out great for you in the long run as well! It is a great skill to take to the work place and if you have an imminent deadline approaching for that module you hate (we all have one, don’t deny it) you are covered! The applications have been sent, you can rest safe in the knowledge that you have done all you can for now and it’s up to them to decide if they want you or not.

A great way to get a head start is to go to the Careers and Employability service in the little building by Keynes and the bus stop. The team there are fantastic, they really know their stuff and they run all kinds of workshops and CV classes throughout the year for you, host employers at the University for talks and even have a drop in session where they will one-on-one sit down and work on your CV and covering letters to maximise your chances.

How do I know all of this? Well, I was once like you! I too was desperately applying for jobs left, right and centre and I’ve managed to secure a fantastic internship at a massive company by utilising the skills, tools and dedication I have talked about above.

Kieren, Employability Rep, Sciences


The Heat is on… How to find a placement

Finding your dream placement

You may be stressing, tirelessly applying to company after company and worrying because you’ve yet to hear back. But do not worry, it isn’t too late to find the job of your dreams. Many organisations are still hiring, whether that is a large multinational company or an SME based in Kent there are placements available. You can start off with or pop by the Careers and Employability service to get some extra advice. If there’s a particular company you’d like to work for be sure to email their HR department because placements could be created (a friend of mine discovered this recently after emailing HR – she has been scheduled in for an interview). As the saying goes if you don’t ask you don’t get. Events are regularly organised on campus too with prospective employees. Networking offers a great opportunity to meet the right people who may be able to point you in the right direction.

Utilising what is available on campus is what helped me in gaining my placement. My top three tips are:

1) Make sure your CV is up to date and shows off your achievements and skills. You need to impress the employers. You can pop by the Careers and Employability Service CV drop in session every day between 10.30-12.30 and 2.00-4.00pm. Alternatively, you can ask your school if there is anyone who is able to help you.

2) Attend networking events on campus as you don’t know who you will meet. For example, in the next four weeks just to name a few GSK, The Civil Service and HM Treasury are all on campus.

3) Push yourself out of your comfort zone. This can be through joining a new society and getting involved in volunteering or simply attending an employability session you wouldn’t have attended before. All of these will enable you to gain extra skills to add onto your CV and give you extra to talk about in interviews. Don’t forget volunteering hours will also contribute to the Kent Union KSCV award.

If you’re finding it difficult to find a placement it is best not to struggle by yourself, there are lots of people on campus that you can talk to and they are here to help! They may even have a contact which can put you in the right direction. There is lots of time left and no need to worry. Good luck with your search!

Melissa- Employability Rep, Social Sciences

The CV Competition is back, Apply now!

The Careers and Employability Service CV Competition is back with more opportunities for students to win work experience opportunities with 9 local organisations. This year the majority of vacancies are funded at £300 per week! Competition entry is open to all students. Details of the competition are available on the webpage


To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is send your CV and a covering letter. The organisations will then be sent the CV’s and asked to choose a winner. Confirmed experiences include marketing, event planning, conservation, community arts, curating, archiving and finance. Experiences will last 2 weeks over the summer vacation at a time suitable to the winning students and employers.


Employers were impressed with the applications and winning students from last year’s competition. Students were also very positive about the competition with one of our winners commenting: “It went very well. I had lots of things to do, I met lots of interesting people there, and had the opportunity to handle the water voles and mice, and take care of them which was really fun. It was a great experience.”

The competition is now open and will close on the 28th Feb


Top Tips for Acing That Big Presentation


Whether it’s as part of an interview, or you’re simply delivering information to your colleagues, presentations are an almost unavoidable part of modern working life. If you’re a student, delivering presentations may also form part of your course. Either way, presenting can be a nerve-racking experience.

Our biggest piece of advice is to prepare as thoroughly as you can. We can’t stress enough how helpful it can be to simply read through your presentation out loud before you deliver it. It’ll help you notice any woody wording or lengthy areas, and will help you establish a flow, which can help your audience better understand what you’re saying. It’ll also help you include natural pauses in your presentation, which is important for helping your audience retain the information you’re presenting.

Thankfully, giving presentations is something that gets easier with practice, and each one offers you the opportunity to learn from the experience. Remember: everyone gets a little nervous when giving a presentation! It’s perfectly natural to feel a little worried before and even during your presentation. Try to remain calm and concentrate on what you want your audience to learn. Thorough preparation is also key to increasing your confidence before the event.

We love a good presentation at Viking, so we thought we’d put together a little guide to help out anyone planning a presentation. Take a look and see if it helps you ace your next presentation:

Do you have any top presentation tips? Get in touch and let us know on Twitter at @viking_chat.

It’s Only the Beginning

“The one thing all famous authors, world-class athletes, actors, singers, business tycoons and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they began their journey when they were none of these personalities – and yet they began.”

My 10 week summer internship at the Development Office, University of Kent has been a real experience, which I will treasure for many years to come. During my internship, I was part of the Fundraising and Prospect Research Department; working as Fundraising Research Intern. Working at the Development Office was not a normal 9-5 shift. In fact, I got to be involved in real projects – ranging from fundraising campaigns to filming videos and working at the congregation.

I started off my internship looking into the Telephone Campaign where I was involved in preparing recruitment and training materials, as well as preparing the annual report for the Autumn 2015 Telephone Campaign. Being an undergraduate in a scientific field, the report was perfect for me where I could utilize the statistical and analytical skills that I had learned from my studies. This year, the Telephone Campaign, which is one of the biggest fundraising campaigns carried out by the university, was successful in raising over £90,000. The funding is used to facilitate projects such as Kent Opportunity Fund, Hardship Bursary, Postgraduate Scheme and Student Projects in order to promote student experience by facilitating students. In order to promote the Telephone Campaign, I represented the Development Office at the Freshers Fayre stall by designing flyers and distributing them to the students. Alongside the campaign, I had the opportunity to get an insight into the footstep project, a fantastic avenue for the alumni to connect with the university by providing donations to support various projects run by the University and in return, have their personal message engraved in a brick.

One of my shining moments was designing website content for the Student Sport Scheme, a new student project that focuses on enhancing the student experience in the sports sector. Being a student myself, I appreciate the sheer importance of sports in the wellbeing of a student.  My role allowed me to design and compose the website content for this scheme. This involved researching previous alumni, such as Olympic Gold Medallist Susannah Townsend, who received financial support from the university to succeed in their chosen sports whilst studying. It was an invaluable experience to have the privilege to look into their work in sports and how they benefitted from the university. This is evidence of the important role I was provided with, as the content I prepared has now been published on the university website.


I was also trained in prospect research, including how to carry out various research on Kent alumni, trust organisations and remarkable personalities. I thoroughly relished wealth rating and developing my knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge. It was astounding to learn about the efficiency of the database, which unequivocally helps in carrying out stewardship. Prospect Management and New Leads are also another aspect of the prospect research that I developed my interest in throughout my internship.

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I get knocked down but I get up again

Searching for a placement I eagerly checked my exam results, hoping for a 2:1.  You can imagine my shock and disappointment when I realised I had achieved a 2:2. I was determined to continue my search for a placement despite my disappointment.  True to being forewarned, a lot of positions weren’t interested in anything less than the 2:1 I’d been warned about and some even wanted a 1st! But, so many companies were more than happy to take someone with a 2:2 if they could prove they had the necessary skills.

“But… what are this necessary skills?!” I hear you cry…! Teamwork and communication and problem solving skills, oh my! Exactly the kind of experience you get from being involved in societies and volunteering and where better to get involved than Uni?! I personally have been on the committee of the Physics society for two years (I did a foundation year as well) as well as mundane little things like a part-time job back home, all of it added up until I was accepted and moved up the scale of various applications, through the psychometric testing of multiple companies, assessment centres and interviews, until all of that hard work finally culminated into the pearl at the centre of the oyster: the job offer!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always sunshine and roses! For every stage of one offer I got through, I was rejected form nine others but the thing you need to remember is: life is full of knockbacks and disappointments but it’s the good times (like finally getting that offer!) that really make it all worthwhile.

I’m going to insert a shameless plug in here: The Employability Service are INCREDIBLE. Without their CV workshops, drop-in sessions and support I wouldn’t be where I am today. The team there really know their stuff (after all: their job is to help you get your job!) and couldn’t have been more supportive and caring if they tried.

Long story short: I’m going on the placement of my dreams in July, earning real money and gaining life-skills that will serve me well for years to come, despite the tears and frustrations of repeated rejections, I have finally got the placement! The opportunities are there if you can just reach out and grab it!


I did and I’m never looking back.


Kieren Scott, BSc Physics