Careers and employability
How is this affected by coronavirus?Students can access support for internships, placements and jobs, and book appointments with careers advisers, all online. A schedule of webinars is available. Kingston University provides learning content and tools to support professional development. *These provisions may change.
Expert careers guidance
One-to-one support is offered by faculty-focused careers advisers, as well as workshops on CVs, finding jobs and placement support. Online resources include CV builders, interview simulators and career quizzes.
Employer and industry links
There are plenty of opportunities to meet employers, including a part-time jobs fair, biannual careers festival, guest speaker events, skills workshops, business start-up sessions and informal drop-in sessions.
Job search directory
Support is offered through Kingston University's Jobs Central directory, online resources and one-to-one appointments. There are a wide variety of jobs advertised to students, both in the UK and abroad.
Santander Universities UK
This partnership enables students to apply for support for business ideas through the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards and explore solutions to real-life scenarios through the HackCentre programme.
Elevate is a new accelerator programme designed to empower Black home students, equipping them with commercial awareness and skills through a series of panel events, employer insight days and access to resources.
Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
How is this affected by coronavirus?Extracurricular opportunities are available to students online during the pandemic. These include activities and events hosted on the KUextra platform, enterprise education, mentoring, student ambassador work and other paid and voluntary opportunities. *These provisions may change.
- The KUextra online events platform enables students to book activities to make friends and improve their employability.
- Enterprise Education offers mentoring, workshops, competitions and access to the Nest incubation space for budding entrepreneurs.
- Mentoring schemes: students can get an external mentor for impartial guidance or can become an academic mentor to first years.
- Student ambassadors are employed to inform and inspire learners from schools and colleges plus prospective students at open days.
Volunteer and placement opportunities
How is this affected by coronavirus?The Union of Kingston Students advertises a variety of socially distanced volunteering opportunities on its website and also has a virtual volunteering page. *These provisions may change.
- Kingston Hub provides paid and unpaid opportunities for students to work with local organisations to tackle social challenges.
- Paid and voluntary opportunities allow students and staff to work together to effect positive changes to the student experience.
- Students can volunteer to be a course rep, which helps develop their communication, leadership and influencing skills.
- Kingston University maintains strong business links and helps students gain work placements or contribute to industry projects.
- Many courses offer students the option of completing a one-year industry placement, either in the UK or abroad.
- One-to-one placement support is given by careers advisers. Jobs Central directory advertises paid global placement opportunities.