Hello and welcome to another academic year,
I'm sure many of you will be wondering about the impact of Covid on opportunities for placement, internship and graduate work. The messages we are getting from employers is that most are still planning to recruit students and graduates over the coming year - they see this recruitment as vital to their business, even in turbulent times - however we can expect some changes. In some sectors there are likely to be reductions in the overall numbers they are recruiting and recruitment processes are likely to be all online.
Although the overall message is that there are still opportunites for students and graduates, don't take that as an excuse to be complacent! The first couple of months of this semester are crucial for those interested in placements and internships with the larger companies. This is going to be a competitive labour market so let's get started!
Over the summer, the School of CCE and the Careers Service have collaborated to provide a Professional Skills module for CCE students. You will find it on your Canvas dashboard (CCE1001).
It is a non-credit-bearing module. Students who complete all requirements for the module will receive a Certificate in Professional Skills Development at Graduation.
It is expected that you will work through the module in your own time for the benefit of your professional development. By completing this module you will be able to present yourself for future employment or postgraduate opportunities with a well-rounded portfolio of skills and evidence for those skills that you can use in recruitment processes.
Within the Career Management Skills section you will find tailored resources to help you make the most of career opportunities throughout your time at Queen's and beyond.
- British Council will be at the fair and Go Global week to talk about their IAESTE internships abroad. This is a great way for students to gain relevant work experience. Applications open in a couple of weeks!
- Abvie - Chemistry Intern (Cork), Chemistry Intern (Sligo), Chemical Engineering Intern (Sligo)
- Pfizer - Various Chemistry and Chemical Engineering placement year opportunities (Sandwich)
- Cern – Technical Studentships: Material and Surface Science (Geneva)
Wednesday 21 October 2-6pm
Thursday 22 October 2-6pm
The Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair is going to take place online this year through a platform called "Graduateland". This platform will match you up with the relevent employers at the event BUT it can only do that if you spend some time creating a profile.
The more information you put in to completing your profile, the better you will stand out to employers. You can also browse employers, watch videos and see current vacancies. The good news is, you only need to complete your profile once and your info will be stored for all future events.
The days of the fair are not split by sector. Each day will have a mix of employers. It makes sense to register for both days and then review your matched employers.
With most of our Careers activity happening online for this semester, you can act from your armchair. Check out the not-to-be-missed events for your diary
In addition to our Virtual Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair other events include:
Life Sciences Employer panel:
IAESTE worldwide STEM placements - information session:
Go Global Week: 12 - 15 October
There will be a series of online events 12-15 October focused on working and studying abroad. This is an ideal way to find out about undertaking placements or internships abroad. See the Careers Events page for more details.
Life Sciences Employer Panel 7 October
From biotechnology to pharmaceuticals and food processing, explore the different ways to use your degree in industry, research, academia and other sectors.
International Students Employability Programme
A programme of workshops specifically for International students who want to start a career in the UK. See the Careers Events page for more details.
Most of our other Career Development Programmes are currently on hold, but we are hoping to launch some in Semester 2, including the annual Global Leadership Programme. Keep an eye on the Careers Events page for details.
Gradcracker are running a series of webinars over the coming months with organisations such as:
- Johnson Matthey
Some students already have a firm career plan, but most are still deciding between options.
In addition to speaking with potential employers at the Fair in October, and other employer events in Semester 1, we are planning to run a Chemistry and Chemical Engineering mini fair in January. We'll give you more details closer to the time. This will give you an insight into the type of work that employers have for graduates from your school.
If you are still deciding on your options, read our tips for identifying and exploring your career options to help you get started.
If that doesn’t help, book an appointment to speak with a Careers Consultant.
Don’t feel that you have to have one career in mind, it’s often more useful to have a shortlist so that you can be flexible with opportunities that arise.
In addition to the tailored careers resources in the CCE1001 Professional Skills for CCE module, there is information on our website to support you with all elements of recruitment and selection processes. We also have a new automated CV checking service (VMock) and a facility within MyFuture for you to practise video interviews.
Find out how to get credit for your extracurricular activities through Degree Plus. From volunteering to clubs and societies, what you do outside the lecture theatre can make you more employable.
- There is tailored information for you on the Careers website: - Information for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering students.
- We also have useful advice on the website about CVs, interviews and psychometric tests.
- If you would like some additional support, you can book an appointment to speak to a Careers Consultant via MyFuture -> Book an appointment. All of our consultations now take place via MS Teams.