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Careers and employability

Careers, Employability & Skills at Queen's

Our expert team are committed to ensuring every student has access to the right experiences to develop future-ready skills. We work to expose students to the right connections and expertise they need during their time at Queen’s and into their early career.

We offer support with all aspects of career-planning and decision-making.

We work collaboratively to produce future-ready graduates.

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Our Careers and Employability team supports students across all subjects.

You will have full access to and support for up-to-date resources and networks, enabling you to develop your skills and confidence, take advantage of opportunities including studying abroad, and work experience to prepare you for that graduate job.

Our Careers Consultants provide impartial and confidential career information, advice and guidance. We do this through 30 minute one-to-one career consultations. These can be done either online or face-to-face in the Queen's University Belfast One Elmwood Student Centre.

There is a Career Consultant aligned to each school in the University, so you'll often see us out and about in your classes, supporting the delivery of careers and employability within the curriculum.

Our team will enable you to:

  •  Make informed career decisions
  •  Develop your skills and confidence to compete in the graduate job market
  •  Refine your job search skills
  •  Add an international dimension to your experience through study and work abroad
  •  Produce professional CVs and submit quality applications
  •  Impress at interviews and assessment centres
  •  Network with potential employers and alumni
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The Future-Ready Roadmap can help you develop new skills, explore the right opportunities, build your support network and gain the confidence to realise your ambitions.

It's designed to help you progress your employability throughout your time at Queen’s.

Everything we offer is clearly linked to the Future-Ready Roadmap so you can see where your gaps are, chart your progress and plan your future.

Find out more about the Future-Ready Roadmap.

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MyFuture is an online careers management tool available to all Queen’s students. 

You can use it to search and apply for jobs, book onto careers-enhancing programmes, check your CV, register for events and to access one-to-one careers support.

Find out more about MyFuture.

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Own your Future

The Future-Ready Award is an employability award that allows you to gain formal recognition and a certificate for the extracurricular experience you gain during your time at Queen’s.

The award enables you to articulate your learning and signals to employers that you have developed essential skills required to succeed in the workplace and is open to all Queen’s undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We have over 100 accredited activities available to search on our activity search tool.

These include extracurricular work experiences, community and voluntary work, global opportunities to work or study abroad, as well as early professional development activities.

Find out more about the Future-Ready Award.

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Our Careers programmes are designed to encourage you to try new things, meet new people and build relevant skills and experience, both at home and overseas. Our broad range of activities range from skills workshops and global opportunities workshops, to employer panels and careers fairs. Attending these events can help with all aspects of planning your future, from developing your employability to succeeding in graduate recruitment. A lot of our events are held in the Cube on the first floor in One Elmwood Student Centre.

Check out our Careers events listing to register for current Careers events and programmes.

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Every year over 900 Queen's students take the opportunity to go outside Northern Ireland to study or gain work-related experience.

Some courses offer periods of study and work abroad as part of your degree. 

All Queen’s students have access to a range of life-changing travel opportunities suited to every study level and discipline. 

You can go abroad for the summer, for a semester or for a whole year. Our dedicated Global Opportunities team are here to keep you updated on the wealth of work and study abroad opportunities available to you. We support outgoing and incoming students to ensure you enjoy and benefit from the experience. 

Find out more on our global opportunities webpage

Considering Studying Abroad?

Check out our student guide: Get Ready for your Year Abroad!

We’re proud to say our graduates play a leading role in the senior management of 80 of Northern Ireland’s top companies.

We prize entrepreneurship and academic ability. We also work with the team of enterprise advisors in the Students’ Union who are there to support students in starting businesses, through free advice, incubation space, enterprise programmes and competitions.

See how Enterprise SU can help you get your business started.

Student blog: How SU Enterprise Helped Me Start My Business

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Queen's is working in partnership with local, national and global industries.

Queen's is working in partnership with local, national and global industries.

Employers attend events on campus at regular intervals for Careers Fairs, Employer Panels, Pop Up events, and other skill development sessions, supporting early student engagement.

Our Summer internship programme and Work Shadowing Week programme also offer insights into how organisations operate, preparing you for the world of work. Many Employers also list their own events on our Careers management tool MyFuture, which Queen's students can log on to in order to find our more and register. 

Find out more about our Careers Fairs.

Find out more about Summer Internships and Work Shadowing Week.

See how you can benefit from these opportunities

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From Queen’s Radio to Quidditch, Dance to Dragonslayers- there is a society to suit everyone at Queen’s.

We have over 200 student societies organised by and for students and if there’s nothing you fancy you can always start up your own!

Hone your talents, meet like-minded people and develop skills to impress employers by joining a club or society. You can even get credit towards a Future-Ready Award accreditation if you help out with the management of a club or society.

Take a look at the range of Clubs and Societies on offer at Queen’s.

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See how you can make a massive difference to people’s lives, the community, or the environment.

Volunteering will help you meet new friends, have loads of fun, boost your CV and get a well-earned break from your university work. You can also get it formally accredited by earning Future-Ready Award credits while volunteering.

Whatever you’re passionate about, there's a volunteering opportunity that's right for you.

Take a look at what’s on offer on our Volunteering page.

Why volunteer?

Hear from one of our students: Get Skills and Give Back by Volunteering

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Follow in the footsteps of success

As the UK’s 9th oldest University, our history is rich with brilliant leaders, inspiring thinkers and incredible achievers who have been shaping a better world since 1845.

Read more about our high-achieving graduates on our Alumni page.

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