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Find your dream role

We’ll help you explore career options that match your skills and interests; support you to narrow down your choices to find the right career fit for your personality and enable you to develop the skills and experience you need to break into your chosen industry or sector.

Getting started

It’s never too early to start planning your career.

Starting in first year will save you time later on. Whatever your study level, we can help you move forward in your career planning journey.  Start by telling us which of these statements applies to your current career plan.

No Plan?

If you have no idea what your next step will be after you leave Queen’s, don’t panic.

Many students need guidance when it comes to steering their career plan. The first step is research. This includes self-research – finding out who you are, what makes you tick and what you can offer an employer.

Next, research what job titles and sectors might suit you. Get inspired by previous graduates and use the alumni tool on LinkedIn to follow the career paths of others from your course. An impartial Careers Consultation can help you flex beyond your subject and open up your options,  while this Career Planner tool can help your prioritise skills you’d like to use in a job.

Next steps:

  • Get to know yourself – Write down your strengths, interests and skills and complete the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator to gain insight into your personality.
  • Assess yourself – Audit your skills against our key employability skills and look at ways in which you can develop your transferable skills through part-time work, work experience or extra-curricular activities
  • Explore your options – Explore career options specific to your subject and consider the skills you are developing on your course such as group projects and presentations.

Vague plan?

Once you know a bit more about yourself and the roles that interest you, you will be much better placed to identify where you want to be and set goals to help you get there.

Finding out more about specific careers that interest you – both through networking with people in similar roles and researching employers online – can help you narrow down your choices. Now is the time to assess what skills you will need to land the role you want and to look at how you can develop those skills.

Next steps:

  • Get work experience – Part-time work, volunteering and internships can develop key transferable skills such as working in a team and project management.
  • Develop your extra-curricular activities – Joining a club or society or sports team develop your skills. Check out DegreePlus to formalise this experience with an award.
  • Chat to employers – Careers programmes, work shadowing, insight days and internships can all offer invaluable industry insight. Keep an eye on MyFuture for these opportunities.

Firm plan?

Once you have established your career goals, it’s time to plan how you can achieve them.

Careers events and fairs on campus can connect you with key employers and present graduate opportunities in your sector. Read how our successful alumni made the most of their time at Queen’s.

Our experienced careers consultants can help you tailor your CV and draft a great cover letter and we have plenty of resources to help you find the perfect graduate job

  • Utilise your contacts – Approach any contacts you have, or speculatively approach companies, to set-up an information interview.
  • Build your commercial awareness - A Career Development Programme such as a Workplace Study Tour or Insight Into management programme can offer industry insight and build your network.
  • Look at relevant job ads – Assess what skills you need and do relevant work experience or extra-curricular activities to fill the skills gap.

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