Careers and employability

Our Careers, Employability and Skills team will provide you with the information, advice and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your career choices; take steps to realise your goals and develop your capacity to manage your career.

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Our experts are here for you

Our Careers, Employability and Skills team can help you to develop your employability throughout your time at Queen’s and beyond.

Our team includes professionally qualified careers consultants, employer engagement staff and a global opportunities team. We can support you in making career decisions, develop your skills and confidence, and help you take advantage of opportunities including studying abroad, work experience and graduate jobs.

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Our specialist Employer Engagement team work to communicate your value to potential employers in the global job market through our pioneering Workplace Study Tours.

Each tour group visits around eight to 10 graduate employers and engages in a range of business games, case studies and related exercises reflecting recruitment selection practices. Our current tours include Brussels, London Finance and Business Tour, London Law Tour, as well as a Global Leadership Programme in Asia and the USA.

Our Team Enable You To:

  • Make informed career decisions
  • Develop your skills and confidence to compete in the graduate job market
  • Refine your job search skills
  • Add an international dimension to your experience through study and work abroad
  • Submit quality applications
  • Impress at interviews and assessment centres
  • Network with potential employers and alumni
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Degree Plus allows you to gain accreditation for both personal development and work-related activities that you undertake outside of your degree.

The award is supported by employers who recognise the value of extra-curricular experience. Over 2,000 students graduate with Degree Plus every year.


Career Development Programmes

Examples of Queen’s Career Development programmes which contribute towards Degree Plus accreditation include:

• Workplace Study Tours
• Insight into Management
• City Scholarship programme
• MEDIA Programme
• Development Weeks
• Get Employment Ready Award

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We’re proud to say our graduates play a leading role in the senior management of 80 of Northern Ireland’s top companies.

We prize entrepreneurship and academic ability. We also work with the team of enterprise advisors in the Students’ Union who are there to support students in starting businesses, through free advice, incubation space, enterprise programmes and competitions.

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Many employers hire graduates that they already know, so you’ll reap the rewards of our industry links.

Our internship programmes place you with an employer, giving you an insight into how the world of work and business operates. What’s more, our alumni mentoring scheme connects with high-level employers and alumni around the world - New York, Paris and London.

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As the UK’s 9th oldest University, our history is rich with brilliant leaders, inspiring thinkers and incredible achievers who have been shaping a better world since 1845.

Read more about our high-achieving graduates.


94.4% of Queen’s graduates...

Are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation

(HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015/16)
Student Guidance Centre
"I feel that the Study Tour experience has had a significant impact on my career development and future career plans. It has opened my eyes to the vast opportunities available in the finance sector."
Clodagh McCambridge
Actuarial Science and Risk Management

Queen's graduates play a leading role in the senior management of 80 of Northern Ireland's top companies.


Queen's Students Abroad

Broaden your horizons and enrich your university experience

This practical industry or sector experience can be a fantastic learning opportunity and prove invaluable in launching your graduate career. Every year we welcome overseas students to Queen's through our Erasmus and Study Abroad schemes, whilst our students travel to our overseas partners.

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