University of Kent
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    The career prospects for our graduates are excellent. The School is placed 5th for graduate prospects in both The Guardian University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017.
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    We encourage our students to gain valuable work experience while at university, whether it's a spring week, a summer internship or a year working in industry.
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psychometric tick box sheetPsychometric tests are regularly used by employers as an early part of their recruitment process.  The best chance of passing these tests is plenty of practice. With this in mind the Careers Service have a launched a new service for practice psychometric tests.

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iStock 000007387041 squareStudent Employability: Breaking Barriers is a series of free talks for students and staff that look to help individuals overcome and challenge potential discrimination in the workplace and will help students build valuable links and knowledge in preparation for post-University employment.

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What did your role involve at the Department for Work and Pensions?

I was posted as an Economic Analyst in the Strategy Team, working in the Disability Analysis Division (DAD) on two large projects: the Fulfilling Potential Outcomes and Indicators Framework and the International Comparisons of Disability Evidence Synthesis.

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What did you role involve at the Mizuho Bank?

Whilst working at Mizuho bank I researched and developed new Reverse Stress Testing scenarios based on departmental stresses, and creating new FX and interbank rate model; concluded weekly with updates and adjustments subject to meetings. I completed a variety of departmental revaluations daily, often manually overriding data points

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Internships are not only a great addition to CVs but give a real insight into the world of work and can help decide on the career path you wish to follow. Graduates who have undertaken an internship whilst at University are three times more likely to get top jobs. We strongly encourage all our students to gain work experience whilst at University; whether it is a Spring Week or a longer summer internship.  We are able to offer guidance and assistance on where to look for internships and the application procedure and the University of Kent offers a bursary to help with work experience expenses. A number of our students have received job offers following on from a summer internship.