Postgraduate research employability, careers guidance and support

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Development and future readiness

Employability, Careers Guidance and Support

The Graduate School offers a range of opportunities for students to develop their future-readiness and manage their own careers whether that is into further academia, non-academic employment or self-employment.

Career 1-2-1 Appointments

For All Postgraduate Students

Career 1-2-1 Appointments

Career 1-2-1 Appointments will be running across Semester 2.

Appointments can be booked via MyFuture. Once logged in go to
Appointments > Book an Appointment

*please note that these sessions are bookable 15 days prior to each appointment.

Guidance and 1-2-1 Appointments

Career Consultations at the Graduate School
Partake in a thirty minute confidential career consultation with a qualified Employability and Careers Officer.

Postgraduate Research Consultant
The Graduate School’s Postgraduate Research Consultant, with an interdisciplinary background in Psychology, Education and Gesture Studies, offers career support and guidance to PhD students and early career researchers at QUB.

Now available: new and innovative learning programmes aimed at developing future-ready and resilient researchers, who perform confidently in a currently challenging employment market.

Researcher Development Consultant
Appointments with the Researcher Development Consultant at the Graduate School offer PhD students career support and guidance. Topics that can be discussed at these appointments include:

  • Careers after the PhD
  • How to transfer academic skills to non-academic work environments
  • Review of job application documents
  • Interview Preparation

Graduate School Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship and innovation consultations give you the opportunity to discuss the following:

  • Ideas you have to start a business or social enterprise.
  • Support with setting up a business.
  • Advice on where to get started as an entrepreneur.
  • Guidance on specific support you need.
  • Signposting to opportunities for finance and investment.
  • Information on the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

CV Clinic at the Graduate School
A fifteen minute confidential CV assessment with a qualified Employability and Careers Officer.

Would you like feedback on your current CV? This CV Clinic will assess your CV’s layout and content. If you are applying for an immediate job, please bring the relevant information with you to this appointment. A job description and person specification will enable staff to provide criteria-specific guidance.

Please note, your CV can be presented on paper or on your own laptop. Documents on mobile/smart phones or USBs will not be reviewed.

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Employability Workshops

The Graduate School also offers a range of employability workshops to support postgraduates with the next step in their career. Workshops are demand led and often co-developed by employers and industry experts.

These can and include practical skills development around:

  • Strategic Job Hunting - LinkedIn
  • Mock Interviews
  • Preparation for Academic Interview
  • Preparation for Non-Academic Interview

To sign up for our next workshop please visit MyFuture.

If you would like to suggest any workshops please email Dr Lilian Simones, 

Future Ready

‌Are you a PhD student in 2nd year or above?

Have you thought about the next steps in your career development?

The Graduate School is launching a new career development programme, Future Ready. This aims to help support you to successfully navigate your chosen career path.

Future Ready runs over 5 consecutive Mondays from 10am - 4pm and covers the following sessions:

  • 31/10/17: Design Your Life
  • 06/11/17: CV Builder (Academic & Non-Academic CVs)
  • 13/11/17: Tell Your Story
  • 20/11/17: Employer Speed Networking
  • 27/11/17: Personal Action Plan

Application forms are available on MyFuture: Future Ready Application Form 17/18 

Deadline to apply: 23/10/17

For more info contact Lilian Simones:

Researcher Plus & Degree Plus

Gain Experience and Accreditation

Researcher Plus & Degree Plus

As a current postgraduate student of Queen’s University, you will have the opportunity to gain official recognition by the University as a result of developing your own skills and research in addition to your studies.

Find out more

Postgraduate Researcher

Development Programme