Go Further- Chemistry and Chemical

  • Go Further- Chemistry and Chemical

What can I do while I’m at university to “Go Further”?

There are lots of employability-enhancing activities available through QUB.  Here are a few suggestions that may be of particular interest to students on your degree programmes.

Any year:

  • Discover routes to degree plus
  • Consider applying to become a STEM ambassador in schools with Sentinus
  • Think about applying for a Workplace Study Tour
  • Find out more about international exchange, study and work abroad
  • Consider applying for Project Children– 8 week paid internship in the US. Internships are provided in many fields. Application deadline is in spring.
  • Find voluntary work through Volunteer SU and at Volunteer Now.
  • Organisations such as BUNAC, CCUSA, Camp America and Projects Abroad advertise a variety of paid and voluntary vacation-time opportunities throughout the world. 
  • See the British Council’s work and volunteer links.
  • Participate in Insight into Management- a 3 day business skills programme run over Easter
  • Attend Careers fairs and employer events.  These happen all year round and will be advertised on MyFuture.

Level 1:

Level 2:

Look for relevant summer work and build your skills throughout the academic year:

  • Large companies in all sectors interested in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering students offer year-long placements and summer internships. MyFuture, Ratemyplacement, Prospects, Targetjobs, and GradIreland are useful sites for finding these. Gradcracker is a particularly useful site for finding STEM placements and internships. Many of the deadlines are set around December or earlier so it’s best to start applying in autumn
  • Consider applying for IAESTE to internationalise your work experience
  • Interested in Banking and Finance? A lot of the big companies run summer internship programmes e.g. Bank of England, Barclays, Citi, Deloitte, EY, HSBC, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Standard Life, RBS and a few run year-long placements e.g. Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, KPMG and PwC. Apply early in the autumn term!
  • Interested in Teaching? Gain some classroom-based experience in preparation for PGCE applications in final year.
  • Interested in Teach First? Consider applying for their two week Insight Programme or you can still apply for their Taster Programme if you are on a 4 year pathway 
  • Are you clear about which career option you want to follow?  Participate in the Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.

Level 3:

  • Apply early for graduate schemes and / or postgraduate study. Be aware of very early closing dates for some postgraduate courses such as the PGCE at Queen’s and UU.
  • Are you clear about which career option you want to follow?  Participate in the Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.

PGT:

  • Apply early for graduate schemes
  • Are you clear about which career option you want to follow?  Participate in the Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.

PGR:

  • Discover Careers support for PGR students
  • Are you clear about which career option you want to follow?  Participate in the Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.