Careers and employability

  • Careers and employability

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 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, volunteering and graduate jobs.

See how the Careers, Employability and Skills team can help you.

Our team will 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

  • Produce professional CVs and submit quality applications

  • Impress at interviews and assessment centres

  • Network with potential employers and alumni

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PIONEERING WORKPLACE STUDY TOURS

Our specialist Employer Engagement team work to communicate your value to potential employers in the global job market.

During 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.

Learn more about Study Tours.

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EMPLOYER-SPONSORED SKILLS AWARD

Degree Plus allows you to gain accreditation for both personal development and work-related activities outside 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.

Find out everything you need to know about DegreePlus.

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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

Learn more about Careers, Employability and Skills

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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.

See our Global Opportunities page for more details.

Considering Studying Abroad?

Check out our student guide: 28 amazing photos from Queen's students that will make you want to study abroad

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ENTERPRISE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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.

See how Enterprise SU can help you get your business started.

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CONNECTING YOU WITH EMPLOYERS

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.

Queen's is working in partnership with local, national and global industries.

Strategic corporate partners include:

  • Seagate
  • Bombardier
  • Petronas
  • Infosys
  • Almac Group

Strong engagement with local companies including:

  • Moy Park
  • Randox Laboratories
  • TG Eakin Ltd.
  • Macrete Ltd.
  • Andor Technology plc
  • Wrightbus Ltd.
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See how you can benefit from these opportunities

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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

From Queen’s Radio to Quidditch, Dance to Dragonslayers- there is a society to suit everyone at Queen’s.

We have over 200 student societies organised by and for students and if there’s nothing you fancy you can always start up your own!

Hone your talents, meet like-minded people and develop skills to impress employers by joining a club or society. You can even get credit towards a Degree Plus accreditation if you help out with the management of a club or society.

Take a look at the range of Clubs and Societies on offer at Queen’s.

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

See how you can make a massive difference to people’s lives, the community, or the environment.

Volunteering will help you meet new friends, have loads of fun, boost your CV and get a well-earned break from your university work. You can also get it formally accredited by earning Degree Plus credits while volunteering.

Whatever you’re passionate about, there's a volunteering opportunity that's right for you.

Take a look at what’s on offer on our Volunteering page.

Why volunteer?

Hear from one of our students: 5 things I love about volunteering

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ALUMNI

Follow in the footsteps of success

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 on our Alumni page.

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