Careers & Employability
Employer Opportunities: Your guide to recruiting from Kingâ€™s
Contents We've recruited a number of students from Kings on to our graduate programmes. We're interested in talented students applying to us with strong academics but just as important are their employability skills. Applicants who stand out are those who've done research and are well -prepared. As a leading employer of graduates, we recognise the important role played by Kingâ€™s Careers & Employability and their professional skills programme, in producing high-calibre, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world of professional services.
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Kingâ€™s Professional Skills Programme
How we promote
Why King’s? Events
The university’s career service, King’s Careers & Employability, is committed to hosting high quality events to increase the opportunity for inspiring students to speak face-to-face to employers and to create a personal touch within increasing impersonal recruitment processes.
Students at King’s have access to expert and professional guidance from a team of schoolspecific careers advisors. The students are not only advised on how to create an attractive and relevant CV or how to be an appealing and interesting interviewee, they are encouraged to stand out in the job market by increasing their employability through learning new skills and engaging in extra-curricular activities during their time at King’s.
As well as career fairs, which attract hundreds of passionate and motivated students, the events team here at the careers service also run themed weeks. These are brimming with seminars and workshops given by employers within the theme’s sector, giving our students the opportunity to ask specific questions, learn valuable employability skills, and gain the upper hand over the crowded talent pool.
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Careers fairs About
Part-time Work Fair
Kingâ€™s Careers Fairs give you the opportunity to meet hundreds of Kingâ€™s students in one day. These are the students who are actively seeking your attention, and are determined to get it.
Aimed at organisations seeking hard-working casual staff for both holiday and term-time, the Part-time Work Fair is for students who know the importance of having employment to supplement their University life.
Before events, students are offered advice on how to get the most out of the events, Visit our Employer website at www.kcl.ac.uk/ recruitonline for more information on how to get involved.
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Students are aware of the importance of gaining valuable work experience, not just in their desired career sector, but generally acquiring a solid work ethic - and not to mention, the real value of money.
Finance, Consulting and Technology Fair For students after a career in Finance, Consulting or Technology (FCT), this Careers Fair can increase your organisationâ€™s profile and put you at the forefront of our studentsâ€™ minds when they come to applying for positions. Regular attendants of the fair include students from both our Informatics and Mathematics departments, as well as a number of others. See the Costs & Stats card for more details.
Bioscience Fair A recent addition to our Careers Fair line-up, the Bioscience Fair attracts the very best life science students at all levels of their degree; undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students who are looking to further their work in the exciting sector. This careers fair is free for employers to attend and spaces fill up very quickly, so be sure to book early to guarantee your place.
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Graduate Career Options Fair
Due to popular demand, the Law Fair is our longest Careers Fair, spreading over three consecutive days. With a mix of top City law firms, chambers, government bodies and education providers exhibiting at the event, students with a wide range of career ambitions attend, including those not currently studying Law.
With a focus on organisations with some form of graduate recruitment scheme, the Graduate Career Options Fair is aimed towards all students at Kingâ€™s who are looking to work in sectors other than FCT and Law.
We have been so delighted with the calibre of Kingâ€™s students over the years that we devote many hours to workshops, presentations and drop-in sessions in an effort to recruit the very best vacation students and trainees.
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Work Experience and Internships Fair We are fully aware of the importance of students completing internships, especially as many organisations now recruit from their own internship schemes. As a result this Fair is open to a broad range of employers, who offer work experience or internships. This is the ideal opportunity to recruit eager and ambitious students who are focussed on gaining experience in a particular field in order to increase their employability.
Nursing Fair This is the first port of call for hundreds of our Nursing and Midwifery students to find out about opportunities for when they qualify here at Kingâ€™s. These students are filled with determination and a strong desire to make a difference to the healthcare sector, and are looking for the right employer to let them use their ambition and allow them to do this. Similar to our Bioscience Fair, the Nursing Fair is free for employers to attend, so make sure you book your place early.
Pharmacy Fair The Pharmacy Fair is your chance to make the brightest students of Pharmacy aware of your pre -registration opportunities or work placements.
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King’s Professional Skills Programme About The King’s Professional Skills Programme (KPSP) focuses on the employability of our students. King’s is filled with learning and teaching by top academic talent, but we know that academia and knowledge is only part of the bigger image of getting a graduate into a graduate career. Therefore, we invite employers like you to come and co-host one of ten sessions which will teach students valuable skills to make themselves first in line to be recruited. If they attend seven or more sessions, they are presented with a certificate, something to put on their CV, and the pride of knowing they’ve gone the extra mile to improve their employability. As well as the KPSP, we also run similar Skills Programmes specific to the Biomedical Science, 8 | Employer opportunities
History, Informatics, Law, Management, and Maths and Physics departments. We can’t run these without your help. We therefore ask employers to co-sponsor these events with other employers, so that we can continue to host these crucial programmes. Sponsorship includes branding on the King’s Careers & Employability website, recognition during the programmes as sponsors, preference of which session you co-host and one free week of TV advertising.
Mock Interviews KPSP Sessions Identify and develop your strengths for work Commercial Awareness Communicate with impact Effective team working It's not always what you know, but who you know Analytical thinking and problem solving Enhance your presentation skills
About Many students want to be able to practice their interview skills so that they know what to expect when they encounter their first interview. Whilst we do provide interview practice sessions here at Kingâ€™s Careers & Employability, we know that nothing is more like the real thing than one conducted by an actual recruiter. Therefore, we invite you to come in and put our studentsâ€™ interview skills to the test. Alternatively, we can arrange mock telephone interviews if coming on to campus is unfeasible.
The power of persuasion Learning to lead Interview techniques www.kcl.ac.uk/recruitonline | 9
Internships Accredited Internships The key focus of the Internship Programme is on the development of accredited internships which are assessed as an integral part of a degree programme - this is a fantastic way of embedding employability directly into the curriculum and opportunities for this exist in a growing number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the College. Students on the programme are conscientious, motivated, dedicated to both personal and professional career development and able to adapt quickly to the routines of a busy work environment. Aside from the clear benefits of internships to all students, hosting an intern who is undertaking an internship as part of their degree programme can be of particular benefit to your organisation. By offering an internship opportunity to a student enrolled on the Internship Programme at Kingâ€™s, your organisation is afforded the chance to 10 | Employer opportunities
Receive substantial and valuable contributions from motivated, committed and loyal students Increase productivity and flexibility in staff deployment Assess student potential for future employment Increase awareness of current academic development in a particular discipline Stimulate breakthrough ideas and new ways of thinking Give back to the community The Internship Programme team at Kingâ€™s Careers & Employability will quality-assure the internship to ensure the student has the opportunity to practically apply their academic knowledge in alignment with their course of study.
As part of our efforts to prepare students for life after King’s, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to think about offering part-time internships which students can fit around their studies.
Taking on a recent graduate through our King's STEP scheme means that you get a fully managed service from a dedicated team of specialist staff, taking the guesswork out of your talent attraction process. In brief, we will: Help you develop a placement specification, Promote your opportunity to our database of candidates, Provide a short-list of quality, prescreened candidates for your selection, Support you and your chosen candidate over the course of the placement.
Internships are a great way to get an extra pair of hands in your organisation without the bureaucracy of hiring a permanent member of staff and at relatively low cost. For the student, it’s an invaluable opportunity to gain experience in an industry that they are passionate about. For you, it’s a hard worker and the chance to help the next generation of graduate job hunters.
The programme is free of charge for employers to use, and they only pay the intern’s allowance.
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Themed weeks About
Assessment Centre Week
Kingâ€™s run a number of useful themed weeks throughout the year, focussing on certain sectors and employability skills. We dedicate a large amount of marketing to these weeks to ensure high student exposure.
With many large employers leaning towards Assessment Centres for recruitment, we want to give our students the best preparation possible for these potentially daunting events.
Legal Week For all students interested in a career in law, the Legal Week plays host to events and sessions designed to give students a better knowledge of work within the legal sector. In particular, the Networking event gives current students the ability to get insider knowledge about the sector straight from their academic predecessors.
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Students undertake group exercises, presentations, mock interviews and role plays, as well as competency practice. To round off the week, we host an extremely popular mock Assessment Centre day with a group exercise in the morning, and individual interviews and presentations in the afternoon, just like the real thing. We encourage you to co-sponsor this popular themed week and get your company details on all Assessment Centre Week marketing.
To help our creative students gain further understanding of a sector which is notoriously difficult to get in to, King’s invites employers from the media industry to give talks to students about a range of areas within the field. For example talks on film, TV, radio, PR, advertising and journalism have all proven very popular in the past.
Many of our ambitious students consider starting their own business and being self-employed, and we encourage such vocation.
It is free for employers to present these talks and can be a fantastic way of scouting original talent. We also run competitions throughout the week to inspire students to be creative and we hope to offer work experience with employers as prizes.
We therefore run sessions explaining the correct way to go about starting a new business venture, presentations to showcase the resources and advice available to students, and talks from successful entrepreneurs to give students an opportunity to ask questions and be further inspired. In 2013, we ran our firs t ‘Innovatio n Centre’ with students dropping in to talk speak to entrepreneurs about their business ideas.
The students we recruit from King’s College London are well rounded and ambitious individuals who flourish in a corporate environment.
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Other opportunities About
Here at King’s, we don’t want to restrict students’ engagement with employers. We therefore offer as much variety as possible to keep students captivated by their career search.
Giving you the chance to promote your company and its graduate opportunities, employer presentations are an excellent way of making sure that when our students graduate, they think of your organisation.
Our Careers Events team will be on hand to provide a meet-and-greet service, help meet your A/V needs and any other assistance you may require throughout your presentation.
King’s Careers & Employability knows the importance of one-on-one contact with your future career candidates. We therefore give you the opportunity to spend either half a day, or a full day, meeting students for usually 20 minutes each. Students who attend show real passion for your particular company, and want to know about your individual recruitment process, favoured CVs and interview advice. 14 | Employer opportunities
Examples of previous bespoke promotions ▼
Bespoke promotions Let your recruitment creativity flourish and come on to campus with your own type of graduate engagement. With this kind of flexibility, you can really show off your organisation’s originality. We will tailor the cost to whatever it is you want to do whilst here at King’s, so a bespoke promotion can be a great value way of making your organisation stand out amongst our students. King’s Careers & Employability will even lend you their office to use as a base if you need it.
TV Advertising See our website for costs and details on using our televisions for a non-event advertisement. The screens are placed around our careers centre so you know the career focussed students will see it. www.kcl.ac.uk/recruitonline | 15
Remote engagement Promote your events We have numerous ways of promoting both oncampus and off-campus events which we welcome you to take advantage of.
newsletter receive a personalised email which you can target to students and recent graduates in a specific course, year of graduation,
Social media and online
King’s Careers & Employability has a strong social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, and we also use school-based blogs to reach out to students. We even have a section of our website dedicated to employers’ off-campus events.
Display screens We use display screens around the University to highlight upcoming events. Contact the team to see which screens your event will be shown on.
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Vacancies for part-time jobs, full-time jobs and STEP internships are advertised on the College’s online jobs board, JobOnline. Visit kings.thecareersgroup.co.uk to see it in action.
Podcast To keep our students motivated about choosing a career, we produce an “Inspirational Careers” podcast which is then placed on our website. We record an employer like you talking about what their day-to-day activities are, the skills they use, and why they enjoy your role—and then let the student guess what their job is. The student can then click a link to find out what the answer is, and hopefully be inspired to consider careers which they may have otherwise not thought of.
Some of our previous podcasters ▲
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How we promote About We promote our events using the latest methods of engagement with both students, staff and other employers. Online Our website kcl.ac.uk/careers Careers Events calendar kcl.ac.uk/careers/ events Facebook & Twitter Student Society social networks Staff & Student email
Media Student newspaper; ROAR Display screens around King’s Posters Flyer distribution The King’s Messenger (all-student newsletter) 18 | Employer opportunities
Deloitte has a long-standing relationship with King’s College and we have a great number of alumni now working across our Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance areas. We continue to work with the university and target King’s students due to the high-calibre of applications that we receive every year. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship with the university over the coming academic year.
Contact us Book a place To book a place at most of our events, visit us online at kcl.ac.uk/recruitonline and click ‘On Campus Activity’
Email Email the Employer Liaison and Events team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Call the Employer Liaison team on:
Social Media Join our LinkedIn group, ‘King’s Careers and Employability Employers Group’ to keep up to date with the latest news from the team.
@kingscareers facebook.com/kingscareers King’s Careers & Employability send out a termly employers’ newsletter. The newsletter includes event reviews, commentary articles, news from across King’s and information on upcoming events. Let us know if you aren’t currently receiving this but would like to.
020 7848 7132 The Internships team can be reached on:
020 7848 7359
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Employer Liaison & Events Kingâ€™s Careers & Employability Kingâ€™s College London The Bridge, Level 1 Macadam Building Strand London WC2R 2LS 020 7848 7132 email@example.com www.kcl.ac.uk/recruitonline