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Careers, Employability and Skills

It is never too early to start thinking about what you are going to do in terms of employment or further training after graduation. Use of the support and advice available from the Careers, Employability & Skills office at Queen’s can greatly enhance your personal skills and help improve your chances of securing the employment you want after graduation.

Introduction to Careers, Employability and Skills

The Careers, Employability and Skills office is based in the Student Guidance Centre, beside the university bookshop, and offers advice and support to students at all stages of their academic career. The range of services on offer includes professional guidance, skills and professional development programmes (e.g. Degree Plus), events and presentations which allow students to meet employers and postgraduate providers on campus and workshops to support all aspects of the recruitment process. The vacancy database provides access to part-time jobs, vacation opportunities, graduate employers and graduate jobs, year out placements, summer internships, International opportunities and volunteering.

Careers, Employability and Skills encourage all students to make the most of their time at Queen’s by availing of all the opportunities open to them and viewing the Queen’s experience as an opportunity to build skills and experience as well as achieving academic goals.

Further information and contact details can be obtained from the Careers, Employability & Skills website: 

Degree Plus

Degree plus is a new development at Queen’s which allows full time students to gain accreditation for skills developed outside of their academic programme, for example, through part-time work, volunteering, sports, clubs and societies or additional courses. Students who successfully complete the programme will receive the award of Degree Plus when they graduate. In a competitive graduate job market, Degree plus is a positive way of developing your employability skills and making your experiences work for you.

For further information visit the Degree Plus Website: 

Careers, Employability and Skills Seminar Programme

In the first semester of the academic year a programme of seminars is run within the School that covers different career-related issues including presentations from potential employers, advice on writing effective job applications, CVs and interview techniques. These seminars are open to all GAP students with the programme timetable published at the beginning of the first semester.

If you would like more information regarding this programme or any other career-related issue you should contact your Careers Liaison Adviser, Dr Patricia Warke ( or staff within the Careers Service in the Student Guidance Centre.


Career, Employability & Skills Seminar Programme 2010/2011
Provisional Timetable: 1st Semester

Week no. Date Time/Location Subject/Topic Additional Comments
1 29.09.10
2 6.10.10 Room 02/012
Overview of the CAREERS, Employability & Skills Service Joan Connolly (CE & S)
3 13.10.10 Room 02/012
Career Options: Degree Related Dr Tracy Power (NISRA) & Joan Connolly
4 20.10.10 Room 02/012
Effective CVs and Applications Getting yourself noticed by potential employers
5 27.10.10 Room 02/012
PGCE at UU Dr Stephen Roulston (UU)
7 10.11.10 Room 02/012
Postgraduate (MSc and PhD) Opportunities within QUB Dr. P. Warke (GAP) Dr. M. Murray (SPACE)
8 17.11.10 Room 02/012
Interview Techniques Tips and advice to help improve your chances at interview
9 24.11.10 Room 02/012
CV Surgery Overview and advice regarding student CVs
10 1.12.10 Room 02/012
11 8.12.10 Room 02/012

*All seminars take place on a Wednesday in room 02.012 on the second floor of the Elmwood Building (Geography).
This programme may be subject to change.

The GAP Careers, Employability and Skills seminar series for 2010/2011 is primarily aimed at final year GAP undergraduate and postgraduate students although level 2 students are also welcome and encouraged to attend. This seminar series addresses a variety of issues aimed at helping students focus on their future careers and providing advice that will increase employability potential through enhancing presentation of personal skills profiles. The current challenging graduate employment conditions mean that students need to focus on making the most of the skills they possess. Staff in the School of GAP and in Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills Office are keen to help students do this but this is a two-way process that requires student engagement and attendance at the seminar series is an important part of this.