The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent record of student employability. We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students, to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive, fast-moving, knowledge-based economy.
Graduates who can show that they have developed transferable skills and valuable experience are better prepared to start their careers and are more attractive to potential employers. Within the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, you can develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for. These include problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.
Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.
Facts and figures
- Electronic Engineering was ranked 6th for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2017
- Digital Media was ranked 21st for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2017
- Kent Multimedia and Digital Arts students have an excellent achievement rate, with 82% graduating with a 1st or 2:1 in 2014
- Engineering graduates earn 4.5% more
Our engineering graduates find employment in a diverse range of environments, including:
- Design Engineer at Delphi Systems
- Systems Engineer at BAE Systems
- Electrical Engineer at British Energy
- Service Engineer at Bombardier
- Scientific Officer at the MOD
- IT Support Officer at Fujitsu
- Hardware Engineer at HM Government Communications Centre
- Graduate Engineer at T-Mobile
Students graduating with one of our Digital Media degrees find employment in roles such as:
- Junior VFX Artist at Framestore
- Runner at Double Negative
- Graphics/Web Designer at Blue Box Creative
- Graduate Teaching Programme ICT Teacher at Chatham Grammar School for Boys
- Marketing Campaign Manager at eCircle Ltd
- Marketing Web Developer at Adfero Ltd
- Design Advertising Co-ordinator at Hays Recruitment
- Graphic Design Lecturer at Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology
Opportunities to enhance employability skills
- Graduate School’s Global Skills Award
- UELT’s Value Plus Programme
- Personal Development Planning (reference to ‘My Folio’)
- Employability Points
- CEWL’s Language Express
- Year Abroad study/work opportunities
- Kent Extra
- Employability Toolkit
All of our degree programmes place considerable emphasis on teaching transferable skills, including:
- Communication (oral and written)
- Technical aptitude
- Career motivation/passion for the industry
- Analytical skills
- Business awareness
- Technical Knowledge
- Time Management
- Problem-solving & initiative
Careers events and support
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts holds an annual Employability and Careers day. At this event, a range of local and national companies give talks on their business, the graduate schemes they offer, as well as what they are looking for in graduates. Student have the opportunity to meet employers and discuss career opportunities. Along with these companies, specialist University careers and placement officers provide workshops on employability skills and careers options. Students also have the opportunity to hear from returning alumni who are now working in a diverse and challenging range of occupations.
Join KEW-NET – our online mentoring/networking tool for Kent students and graduates to meet, support one another and help each other get ahead.
Ongoing support is provided by the School's dedicated Placement Officer and the University of Kent's Careers and Employability Service, as well as a wide range of advice on employability & skills information.
Get involved, get rewarded
In 2010 the University of Kent launched a scheme to reward students actively involved with extracurricular activities and to encourage students to engage with the many opportunities the University has to offer. By taking part in extracurricular activities, from volunteering, to part time employment, to being in a sports team, students are making themselves more attractive to future employers.
The Employability Points Scheme rewards actively involved students with points for every activity, which lead to rewards. Last year rewards ranged from internships and work experience, to work shadowing and vouchers, with over a hundred students rewarded. This year over 70,000 points have been awarded to students, with an average number of 50, across all students signed up to the scheme.
We encourage students to make the most of their time at the University of Kent, seize all available opportunities and stand out from the crowd.
For more details go to our website at www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints.
All of our BEng and MEng programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on behalf of the Engineering Council. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is an IET Academic Partner.
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has a long history of collaboration with industry in the region, the UK and internationally.