Students and Graduates
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How Can We Help You?
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"I am unsure of career options"
Click here if you would like to read some information on what your career options are, what to do next and how to improve your chances of success.
Click here if you feel you would prefer to talk one-to-one with a Careers Adviser (you will find that there is a Careers Adviser specialist for your School as well as a specialist Adviser for International Students)
If you prefer, you may also e-mail your Careers Adviser with one or two questions via e-guidance (answered within 5 working days)
"I want to improve my chances of securing a graduate job"
There are many positive steps that you can take to increase your chances of success in competitive local, national and global graduate job markets. Work Experience and Alumni Career Mentoring are two beneficial and clear option that are open to you. There are also many other valuable experiences available to students who want to make the effort to make the most of their time at the Univerisity. Click here to find out more, including how to gain accreditation for the activities you undertake via the Degree Plus Award.
Every year graduate employers ask Queen's to advertise thousands of graduate jobs and work placements. In addition to this, Careers, Employability & Skills (CES) also offers you hundreds of workshops (including Lunchtime Workshops and the Skills for Success Programme) and experiential opportunties throughout your studies. All of these are uploaded to Queen's Prospects Events and Job Vacancies for you to see. The first time that you enter this site, you will need to register for Queen's Prospects. Once you have done this you will be able search, book and apply to various jobs/activities. Signing up for Queen's Prospects is another relatively simple and advantageous step for you to take and we strongly recommend that you do so.
A quick overview of all the Events being offered by Queen's Careers over the next two weeks can be viewed via the "Whats On!" and Events on Campus this Week icons on the careers website.
"I would like to undertake an international experience during my time as a student. What are my options?"
Over 600 Queen's students took up the chance of working or studying abroad last year. There are a wide variety of options, with Erasmus, University Exchange Programmes, Study USA, BUNAC, Teaching English in Thialand and the Brussels Study Tour being among the most popular.
For Further information regarding how to add an international dimension to you degree - click here
"I would like some help in producing my CV, Application Forms and in preparing myself for interviews."
Careers Advisers are often asked for guidance and feedback to a student who is preparing e.g. an Application Form or going to a work placement or graduate job interview. There are a number of options for getting help with this:
- For a specific application or interview, you may prefer to discuss your application/preparations one-to-one with the Careers Adviser for your School.
- Alternatively, you may prefer to attend one of the Lunchtime workshops, Skills for Success or other workshops on CVs, Applications and Interview that are advertised via the Queen's Prospects, Events and Job Vacancies advertising tool (if you have not used this previously, you will find it simple and advantageous to you to sign up).
- For a quick question, you may also like to email your adviser using e-guidance
"What Careers Fairs are there at Queen's? When do they happen and how can I make the most of them?
Each year a large number of Careers Fairs are run by CES at Queen's. Any student from any discipline is welcome to attend any fair.
In the days running up to the biggest fairs, lunchtime workshops to guide you on how to prepare to get the most out of Careers Fairs are run. Again, these are advertised on Queen's Prospects, Events & Vacancies (If you have not already done so, you will need to sign up to use this tool)
"Are there any other information resources that I can study in my own time?"
Literature on career choices, graduate employers, professional associations, work experience, part-time jobs and further study is available in the Careers Information Room in the Student Guidance Centre, details of which are online. Takeaway graduate employer and other directories include - Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, Targetjobs, Real Prospects, Gradireland .
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Those who would like to find out more about their postgraduate study options
Your Careers Adviser can provide you with guidance on your Postgraduate study options both at Queen's and elsewhere. You may have some specific decisions to make regarding particular postgraduate study paths such as PGCE or PhDs which your Adviser may also be able to help you with. If you would like to read some general information about reasons why you might consider a postgraduate course, the main qualification options or information on funding, click here for further information.
Those who have graduated from the Queen's within the last 2 years
If you are graduating this year, or have recently graduated, we continue to offer you a range of services to help you, including: a series of graduate workshops covering job searching, applications, CVs and interviews;one to one support through Quick Query or booked Guidance appointments; graduate job vacancies and other options on Queen's Prospects Events and Vacancies.
The Support After Graduation webpage provides further information, including details of several graduate internship/training schemes.
Those who are interested in entering career-related student competitions
There are several prestigious competitions that Queen's students can enter. Some of these are sponsored by large businesses or professional bodies. Others are run as part of an experiential programme such as the British Council competitions associated with Erasmus and Study USA or are offered through Business and Enterprise in the Students' Union.
For further information on some of the main competitions, click here.
All students in putting together their Personal Development Plan (PDP)
Personal Development Planning (PDP) is about taking charge of your own learning and career development. By engaging in PDP, you use self-motivation techniques that can help you to become more successful in achieving your ambitions and communicating your strengths and experiences to others. Like Continuing Professional Development processes that you will be expected to engage with in your future working life, the PDP process is based on Kolb's Learning Cycle.
To access a variety of online self-assessments and further information to inform your development Plan: Click here.