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1 The University of Kent Careers & Employability Service Careers with a degree in Comparative Literature/English Language and Linguistics You can download a copy of this presentation at

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3 One third of graduate jobs accept any degree subject. BECAUSE: Learn new skills quickly Analyse & solve problems Communicate well Open to new ideas, adaptable and flexible “Managers of change” Marketing and Sales Retailing Social Work Personnel Civil Service Accountancy Banking Computing

4 Humanities Degree Skills ability to write well in a variety of styles. to organise your work and meet tight deadlines. to convey meaning precisely. to summarise, argue and debate. to research, select, analyse, organise and present information. to think logically. EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION! “Would you say their are any skill shortages in the UK for actuary's ie their enough out their, is their a shortfall of any kind of actuary?” In an from an HBOS HR manager to me!

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6 What can I do with my degree subject? What graduates in your subject did after leaving Kent Jobs related to your subject Employers and vacancy sources m.htm#lang

7 CHOOSING A CAREER CHOOSING A CAREER and booklet available from Careers Service. Prospects Planner - powerful career choice program. I Want to work in …..

8 Postgraduate Study MA taught – 1 year Sept to June – lectures, June to Sept – dissertation. Research MA 1 to 2 years – often part-time PhD – 3 years. Must do an MA first. PGCE (teacher training) 1 year: about 6% of grads See

9 Postgraduate study Not much funding available for MA. Fees are about £5,000. At Kent get £1,000 graduate school scholarship reduction Many students work for a year to fund it or do it part-time whilst working Consider vocational MA – journalism, publishing, business, HR etc. Normally apply middle of final year. No UCAS can apply to as many course as you wish to – 3 or 4 is normal

10 Graduate Application Form Questions Describe a challenging situation which required your persuasive skills and your ability to organise other people in order to reach a successful resolution. Describe how your personal planning and organisation resulted in a successful achievement of a personal or group task. Describe a situation where you had to work effectively as a member of a team. What were the team’s aims? How was the team selected? What was your role?

11 Skills gained with a Humanities Degree: sell these in your applications! ability to write well in a variety of styles. to convey meaning precisely. to summarise, argue and debate. to plan, organise and meet tight deadlines. to research, select, analyse, organise and present information. to think clearly and logically and solve problems. To gather, assess, interpret and critically evaluate. EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION! “Would you say their are any skill shortages in the UK for actuary's ie their enough out their, is their a shortfall of any kind of actuary?” In an from an HR manager to me!

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13 VACANCIES University of Kent Vacancy Database Work Experience - see OTHER TALKS

14 Applications and Interviews Humanities CV: must be targeted at the job! Media CV Covering Letters Practice Interviews – journalism, teaching, marketing, HR, postgrad study etc. Application, interview and selection centre videos

15 Other Points Check you campus s regularly as I will send you s most Mondays! Apply early in your final year if you want a graduate training scheme with a “big” company, advertising, marketing, HR or primary teaching. Applications and interviews

16 Location of the Careers Service Open 5 to 5 Monday to Friday including vacations

17 BRUCE WOODCOCK A careers adviser is on duty for short (15 minute) consultations in the Careers and Employability Service any weekday morning or afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm. You don't need an appointment to see the duty adviser at these times. Just ask at Careers Reception to see them. If you need longer ring our reception on to make an appointment for interview.

18 Careers Employability Award on Moodle

19 The University of Kent Careers & Employability Service You can download a copy of this presentation at


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