Hello, dream job.
It is of course an honour to study at Queen’s University, which is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and the best in Northern Ireland. Having such a quality degree from Queen’s definitely puts you at the top of the pile of CVs when it comes to job applications. However, it doesn’t guarantee you anything merely because you are a Queen’s graduate.
So, what should you do to really stand out from the crowd? What should you do to be able to land your dream job?
The answers are all at the Student Guidance Centre where Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills team is based. This dedicated team specialise in careers and employment support. Many of the undergrads I know struggle a lot when it comes to job applications in their final year, and they didn’t even know there is someone right here on campus to help. If you know how you can get the most from this service, you are already half-way there on the journey to a successful future. Here is just a snapshot of the services they offer.
1.They’ll make sure your CV and Linked in profile are on point
Have you ever struggled to write a CV? Do you know what to put and what not to put in your CV? Do you know what HR managers are looking for in a CV?
Queen’s has a number of experienced career consultants who are always willing to check your CV. At most career fairs, you’ll find them at the booth near the entrance to provide a quick CV check service for you. You can also book a CV check slot online through Queen’s Career website any time.
2.They can help you formulate a career plan
Throughout your time at Queens, you may have different thoughts about your future career. Whether you’re applying for an internship, or you want to start up a business, the careers team are here to help. In my experience, Queen’s career consultants are very experienced and professional, and they can answer any career query you might have.
If you are struggling with career options, or any career related matters, book a consultation slot online through the careers website.
3.They have a direct line to major firms
The employability team organise massive career fairs where almost all of the big firms are represented. Some firms even conduct their interviews on campus. If you want to know more how to get into your dream firm, or want to know more about the firms that can help when it comes to making key career decisions, then I would suggest you go to the fairs and talk to the firms. It is also a great chance to network, which you may find useful when it comes to the dreaded job applications.
4.They can hook you up with key employers
Many employers will have outreach programme where they will visit Queen’s campus and organise workshops for students. The most common workshops I have seen are CV workshops, communication skills workshops and employability skills workshop. If you have spare time, then you should definitely go to one these sessions.
5.They can take you on a life-changing journey
I’d say this may be the best part of Queen’s career service. I took part in the Global Leadership Programme 2018 last month, in which I got an opportunity to travel to the USA for a seven-day leadership training course at a discount price. They run a lot of programmes throughout the year, such as the London Law / Finance Tour, City Scholarship Programme and Brussel Study Tour among others.
It is never too early to plan for your future. And remember, with Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills team, you are never alone in shaping a better future for yourself.
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Shing Him Mak
LLB Law| 1st year |Hong Kong
I am from Hong Kong and currently working as an International Ambassador, Queen’s LawPod Marketing Officer and Campus Tour Guide. I particularly like the Ambassador role as I like networking with new people. I like playing piano and exploring around the city when I am free from my study. I’ve been studying in Northern Ireland for about a year now. I love the friendly people, the beautiful natural scenery and the accent in Northern Ireland. I am sure these are the things that I would have never seen if I studied elsewhere. As a law student, I find it interesting to see the differences between the law here and the law in my native Hong Kong.