Events & Competitions

 

 

The Careers & Employability SPECTRA programme is a series of events including talks and workshops designed to help you progress in your career.  Keep checking this page and our social media channels to discover the spectrum of events happening at your campus.

UCA Canterbury events

Wednesday 19 September: Focus your career!

13.30 - 14.00, Library quiet study room

A new term and a new start. Meet the Canterbury Careers Team. This bite-size session is crammed with tips to focus your career this year and how to make the most of the Careers and Employability Service.

Thursday 18 October: Developing professional skills - getting the most out of your degree

13.00 - 14.00, Library quiet study room

What skills are employers looking for? What skills will you need for your professional life and how are you developing them right now? This session looks at how you can maximise your time at university and put the foundations in place for your creative career.

Tuesday 6 November: A unique and effective CV

16.00 - 17.00, Library quiet study room

Your CV is as unique as you are. Whether you are looking to update a CV or start one, come along for advice, hints and tips on how to create a CV that stands out and shows off the best of your abilities and experiences to employers.

Thursday 8 November: Teaching as a career

12.00 - 13.00, Library quiet study room

Want to teach? This session guides you through the different routes available and how to prepare and make an application.

Wednesday 14 November: Global Entrepreneurship Week

11.30 - 13.00, drop-in in the Foyer

Did you know that 47% of workers in the creative industries are freelance? Find out about UCA alumni who have set up their own businesses. Get ideas on how you can get started.

This week is also Global Entrepreneurship Week! Find out more at https://genglobal.org/gew 

Thursday 22 November: Foyer drop-in for your careers queries

11.30 - 13.30, Foyer

Do you have questions about different career options, gaining experience and skills or would you like a CV check-up? Pop along to the foyer with all your Careers and Employability queries. 

Wednesday 28 November: International Students: What's Next?

13.00 - 14.00, Quiet Study room

Colin Beard, Immigration Compliance Co-ordinator will give a brief introduction to post-study work visa options.

 

UCA Epsom events

Wednesday 19 September: What do Careers & Employability have to offer?

12.00 - 13.30, UCA Epsom cafe

Meet Neville Kemp, your friendly Careers & Employability Adviser. Find out about services and resources to get your creative arts career moving.

Wednesday 26 September: Skills on target

13.00 - 14.00, Room 120 (first floor, main building)

Get to know the skills and attributes you possess and how to match them to what employers look for in applicants to internships and graduate jobs.

Wednesday 3 October: Perfect pitch

13.00 - 13.30, Room 120

Get the essentials for introducing yourself and making an impact at a networking event, on the phone or at the start of an interview with a pre-planned ‘elevator-pitch’.

Wednesday 10 October: World Mental Health Day - How to deal with presentation or interview nerves

13.00 - 13.45, Room 120

A series of quick practical fixes to boost your confidence and relieve anxiety.

Wednesday 17 October: Film screening to celebrate Black History Month

13.00 - 15.00, R. MO14 (Creative Business School, Ground floor)

“A Man’s Story”

featuring Ozwald Boateng

“The Coolest Man on Earth” (The Independent) 

Directed by Varon Bonicas, this groundbreaking film takes us on an exhilarating behind-the-scenes ride into the world of high fashion with one of the most influential menswear designers of his generation. Followed by informal discussion. 

All welcome - Feel free to bring your lunch!

Wednesday 24 October: Writing a personal profile

13.00 - 14.00, Room 125

Do you need a brief but persuasive written profile about yourself for your CV, website or other purpose? Look no further!

Wednesday 31 October: CV basics

13.00 - 13.30, Room 125

Do’s and don’ts of what to include or omit, where to find the best resources and how Careers & Employability can help.

Wednesday 7 November: Cover letters and applications

13.00 - 13.30, online (please use Chrome or Firefox)

A quick ‘how to’ session to help you with this ticklish task!

Wednesday 14 November: Global Entrepreneurship Week - How to get started as self-employed

13.00-13.30         Room 125  For International Students.

Colin Beard (UCA Immigration Compliance Co-ordinator) on UK Visas and the Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme

13.30-14.00         Room 125  How to get started as a Creative Freelancer

                            Did you know that 47% of workers in the creative industries are self-employed?

Tuesday 20 November: Teaching as a career

13.00 - 14.00, Room 120

Claire Brown from Teach South East talks about the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.

Wednesday 28 November: How to get the most out of LinkedIn

12.30 - 13.00, online (please use Chrome or Firefox)

Building your profile, making contacts, finding potential employers and more.

UCA Farnham events

Wednesday 26 September: Focus your career

12.30 - 13.00, Library seminar room

A new term and a new start. Meet the Farnham Careers Team. This bite-size session is crammed with tips to focus your career this year and how to make the most of the Careers and Employability Service.

Wednesday 10 October: A winning CV

12.30 - 13.00, Library seminar room

This bite-size session gives the essentials for putting together a CV that looks good and promotes yourself effectively.

Wednesday 17 October: Convincing cover letters

12.30 - 13.00, Library ground floor

A bite-size lecture to explain how to write a persuasive cover letter to best promote you for jobs and work experience.

Wednesday 24 October: Foyer drop-in (Teaching as a career >> RESHEDULED to a later date)

Due to unforeseen circumstances this session on Teaching has now been rescheduled.

Careers staff will be still available at the library ground floor 12.30-13.30 to meet up for your careers queries.

Come along and meet Kasia and Val.

Wednesday 31 October: Choose the right career path for you

12.30 - 13.00, Library Seminar room

How ambitious are you? Where do your talents lie? What career best suits your personality? This interactive session explores these questions and more through a series of thought provoking exercises.

Wednesday 7 November: A bite-size session for international students

14.00 – 14.30 Library Seminar Room, Farnham

A brief introduction to post study work visa options in the UK for current Tier 4 students, including UCA’s Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur scheme. We will be available after the session for your questions.

Wednesday 14 November: Beginners guide to freelancing

12.30 - 13.30, Library seminar room

According to the creative industries federation, 47% of workers are freelance. This session explains how you can get started!

Wednesday 21 November 2018: Glam up your CV (drop-in event) + Imogen Dall creator of the zine Creative Breakdown Insurance 

11.00 - 13.30, Library ground floor: Bring your CV (or covering letter). We’ll give feedback and tips to show you how to better promote yourself.

14.00 - 15.30, Seminar room: A thoughtful and reflective insight from writer Imogen Dall on surviving as a freelancer. Includes refreshments

 

UCA Rochester & Maidstone Studios Events

Wednesday 19 September: Focus on your future

12.00 - 14.00, Foyer

A chance to meet the Careers & Employability Adviser and get some individual advice and tips to help you succeed in getting work placements, internships or jobs.

Wednesday 26 September: Developing professional skills - getting the most out of your degree

12.30 - 13.30, Xchange

This session looks at how you can maximise your time at university and put the foundations in place for your creative career.

Wednesday 3 October: Black History Month

12.30 - 13.30, Seminar Room 507

Celebrating success. Find out about people in the creative sector who have broken down barriers and how you can too.

Wednesday 10 October: World Mental Health Day - POSTPONED

12.00 - 14.00, Foyer

Find out how to deal with interview or presentation nerves and practical fixes to boost your confidence.

Wednesday 7 November: Teaching as a career

12.30 - 13.30, Seminar Room 507

This session will guide you through the essentials including routes into teaching, useful resources, how to prepare and make an application.

Wednesday 14 November: Beginners Guide to Freelancing (Global Entrepreneurship Week)

12.30 - 14.00, drop-in in the Foyer

Did you know that 47% of workers in the creative industries are freelance? Find out about UCA alumni who have set up their own businesses. Get ideas on how you can get started.

This week is also Global Entrepreneurship Week! Find out more at https://genglobal.org/gew 

Wednesday 21 November: International Students - What’s Next?

13.00 - 14.00, Seminar room 507-R – Upper L1 near the library

Colin Beard, Immigration Compliance Co-ordinator will give a brief introduction to post-study work visa options.

Wednesday 5 December: Bite size CV + Zine Creative Breakdown Insurance

Lecture Theatre 1 – by refectory and lift to lower floors

14.00 - 14.30, The dos and don’ts of what to include or omit on a CV

14.30 - 16.00, A thoughtful and reflective insight from writer Imogen Dall on surviving as a freelancer. Includes refreshments

 

Creative Charge 2019: Graduate Jobs and Internships Recruitment Fair

UCA Epsom (but students from all campuses welcome)

Tuesday 29 January 2019

14.00 - 17.00

We're inviting businesses, recruiters and other agencies from Advertising, Branding, Design, Fashion, Marketing, Media, Music and more to meet our soon-to-graduate, technically-skilled and talented UK-based and international BA and MA students.

Business card competition

Design your own business/calling card and win High Street shopping vouchers!

Submit an electronic copy of your business card artwork (in pdf format) to ngkemp@uca.ac.uk by Friday 18 January 2019 and it will be entered into a competition to be displayed and judged by visiting recruiters at the Creative CHARGE Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 29 January. Open to all UCA students and graduates.

(Please note that your submission will be confirmation that you give your permission to UCA Careers & Employability to reproduce and share your design for educational purposes only).

Fashion First 2018 at UCA Epsom

Competitions

Competitions are a great way to get work seen and you don’t even have to win to benefit. Many non-winners get their break through having work seen by a wider audience.

Contact Us

Click on the tab for your campus to access Careers and Employability support.

Careers & Employability Advisers

Charlotte Kupper

Nikki Martin

To book an appointment please go to the Gateway Desk in the Library.

Connect with us:

        

Gateway

Telephone: +44 (0)1227 817 314

Email: gatewaycanterbury@uca.ac.uk

Careers & Employability Adviser

Neville Kemp 

To book an appointment please go to the Gateway Desk in the Library.

Connect with us:

        

 

Gateway

Telephone: +44 (0)1372 202 461

Email: gatewayepsom@uca.ac.uk

 

Careers & Employability Advisers

Steven Gordon

Kasia Majewska 

To book an appointment please go to the Gateway Desk in the Library.

Connect with us:

        

Gateway

Telephone: +44 (0)1252 892 709 

Email: gatewayfarnham@uca.ac.uk 

 

Careers & Employability Adviser

Jan Rowan 

To book an appointment please go to the Gateway Desk in the Library.

Connect with us:

        

Gateway

Telephone: +44 (0)1634 888 734

Email: gatewayrochester@uca.ac.uk