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December - Second/Penultimate Year

Terry O' Hanlon
Careers Consultant

‌Welcome to your December Newsletter. It’s been a jam-packed semester of careers events and activities. If you missed any of it, you can catch up on our past events page.

One of the most interesting lessons we’ve learned from our Employer Panel series this semester is that career success is not always linear. You don’t need to feel stuck by preconceived notions of what you think you ‘should’ be doing. Create your own unique path.  

It doesn’t matter if that path appears to zig zag - as long as you are guided by a common theme of playing to your strengths, growing and learning in your work then you are in the right place.

Challenge and change can be scary, but not as scary as feeling stuck where you don’t belong.  As we look ahead to 2021, bear in mind that your possibilities are endless if you keep an open mind and stay agile. 

Watch: Lessons from leaders - Adaptability and courage





Get a Head Start in Your Business Career
Free Institute of Directors student memberships

Calling all future business leaders: We have 100 free student memberships to the Institute of Directors worth £75 each. If you are serious about success, an IoD student membership can give you the competitive edge, with benefits including access to:

  • A guru panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Networking events
  • Internships and work placements
  • A peer-to-peer networking community
  • Direct - a magazine for board-level executives

Free places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so snap one up before it’s too late.

Application details via MyFuture

Opportunities to develop your skills
Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards

The Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards are focused on students from backgrounds, which do not traditionally encourage aspirations for a career at the Bar and help them to make an informed choice about their opportunities.

 Funded by the donations of senior members of the Inn, the scheme provides two funded weeks (£250 per week) of work experience every summer for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. One week is spent marshalling (i.e. shadowing a judge in court) and the other week in Chambers with a barrister.

The scheme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students who;

  • Are available to participate from Monday 28 June to Friday 9 July 2021 (inclusive).
  • are in the second, third or fourth year of a qualifying law degree, or taking the Graduate Diploma in Law or an equivalent conversion course. Postgraduates with a qualifying law degree may also apply.
  • have little or no family history of higher or professional education.
  • completed secondary education in a state school. (In exceptional circumstances, students who attended secondary education in a fee-paying school may be considered.)

This is a competition so a full application will be required. As such, ensure you read and understand the application requirements and eligibility. Full details will be posted on My Future In early November.

Boost Your CV by Volunteering
Earn Your Degree Plus Award

The season of goodwill is almost upon us. If you’ve been thinking about how you can give back in 2020 and beyond, why not consider volunteering? Volunteering can not only give you a serious dose of feel-good vibes, but you will also boost your CV in the process – especially when it allows you to earn our Degree Plus employability award in the process.

Watch: Earn Degree Plus through Handy Helpers

Win a £500 Gift Card
Help us tailor our Careers service to your needs

Hands up who is due some good luck in 2021?

How would you like to win a £500 gift card to spend in a shop of your choice including Amazon, Argos, ASOS, GAME, JD Sports, John Lewis and M&S?

To be with a chance of winning, all you have to do is take part in the Trendence Student Survey. It takes just 15 minutes to complete and you’d be doing your bit to help us out, too, which has gotta be good karma, right?

Tell us by taking the survey today.

Read: More about the Trendence Survey

Access our Digital Careers Library
Discover employers, roles and expert career advice

Did you know we have a whole library of digital publications on our website for you to explore? There’s lots of essential reading to help you on your career journey, including:

  • GradIreland Guide 2021
  • Inside Careers guides
  • Prospects Student Career Guide 2020/2021
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

Check out our digital publications here and start building a vision for your future today.

Check your CV in seconds
Upload a PDF to Queen’s VMock CV checker

Did you know you can have your CV reviewed and receive feedback within 15 seconds using VMock CV Checker?

 Whether you’re applying for a part-time job, a placement, internship or a graduate role, make sure your CV hits the mark.

Sign in directly to Queen’s VMock CV checker or via the quick link in MyFuture. Click on Upload CV and select a PDF version of your CV. You’ll get feedback in seconds.

Watch: Introduction to Vmock 

Looking ahead to Semester 2
Save the date for our Work Experience and Placement Fair

Our Employer Panel series will continue next term with some inspiring virtual sessions with themes including resilience – a skill all our students have demonstrated in 2020. It’s no surprise that the 2020 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey found that millennials and Gen Zs have proven to be among the most resilient and adaptable. You can channel that power into career success.

Another not-to-be missed upcoming event is our Work Experience and Placement Fair on 24 February. The theme for this year is #ExperienceMore which is exactly what we hope you’ll do through the placement, voluntary and work experience opportunities on offer. Whether you experience more adventure, growth, direction or confidence as a result of the connections and opportunities you discover on the day, we’re confident you’ll add more valuable experience to your CV. 

Keep an eye on our events page for all the details.

Support from
Careers, Employability and Skills

Your personal My Future Account:  Make sure you know how to access it and use it to search for jobs, book into Careers/Employer Events and also one-to-one guidance appointments with a Careers Consultant. Go to and use your Queen’s email and normal Queen’s password to access.

School of Law Careers Information  – find careers options, relevant employer websites and graduate stories directly related to law are worth a look for generating ideas.

  • There is tailored information for you on the Careers Website
  • 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-> Appointments -> Book an appointment

 General Reference

All About Law -


Prospects UK-


Law Careers net-


Grad Ireland-


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