Student Guidance Centre

Improve Your Employability

Follow these 8 steps to improve your employability

1. Understand your career options

Once you know the type of work you want to pursue you can ensure you develop the skills and experience most sought by employers in those areas. See our 10 tips for identifying and exploring career options and our Career Planning resources.

Inspiring Stories
Edna Rodriguez explains how she was supported to identify relevant career options.‌
2. Get some work / volunteering experience 

Part-time workinformation about Oncampus Jobs, links to useful websites and tips for finding part-time work. 

Volunteering- find local and international volunteering opportunities

Internships- find summer internships for students and graduate internship opportunities

Oonagh Nugent explains how part-time work, study abroad opportunities and volunteering have helped her gain relevant skills and experience.‌
3. Get some international experience

Identify opportunities to gain experience of living and working in another country through our Study / Work Abroad pages, including ErasmusExchange Programmes and Summer Schemes.

James Douglas describes how a year studying in Canada and the Brussels Study Tour helped him with his career path. ‌

4. Meet with industry professionals and potential employers

Lois Nelson explains how she made use of the Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair to help her secure a year-long placement‌

5. Gain accreditation for involvement in employability-enhancing activities 

Get Degree Plus accreditation for engaging in activities such as: Peer Mentoring, Milenium Volunteers, Course Representation, Belfast Enterprise Academy

Diane Murdock lists the range of activities that she has gotten involved with at Queen’s.‌
6. Participate in one of Queen's Career Development Programmes

Careers, Employability and Skills manage a number of Career Development Programmes to help you enhance your commercial awareness and build your professional network such as our:

  • Workplace Study Tours (e.g. to Brussels, to City Law firms, to Bioscience companies)
  • The City Scholarship Programme for first year students to undertake paid internships in Legal and Financial companies in cities such as New York , London and Edinburgh
  • Insight into Management – 3 days of interactive business games

Cormac McGrady explains how important the Law Study Tour was to his career development‌

Read why Chris Boyd describes Insight into Management as the best 3 days of his time at Queen’s‌

7. Plan to make it happen

Create a Personal Development Plan (PDP) - this is an excellent way of working out what you want and how to achieve your academic, personal and career goals.

 

8. Get Inspiration

Read more inspiring stories of how students and graduates have made the most of their time at Queen’s.