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February - First Year

Terry O' Hanlon
Careers Consultant

‌Welcome to your February Newsletter. The month, we want to help you #ExperienceMore. Whether it’s through volunteering, summer jobs, internships, placements or through a period of work or study abroad, the work-related experience you build up during your time at Queen’s can help you stand out when it comes to applying for graduate roles. 

Discover how you can build your CV in a meaningful and rewarding way at the Work Experience and Placement Fair on 24 February.

Watch: Work Experience and Placement Fair Launch





Join our Employer Panels
19-24 February 2021

The theme for this year’s Work Experience and Placement Fair is #ExperienceMore and we hope you will be able to do that through our series of employer events taking place in the run up to the main event.

The focus is on Careers Beyond Profit and you’ll hear from employers from a range of organisations spanning multiple sectors including conservation, charities, public sector and the creative arts.  

You’ll also get a front-row seat to hear from industry leaders about carving out an international career, while PwC will chat about the value of work experience at the fair itself.

Discover Erasmus
10 February 2021, 12pm

If you haven’t heard of Erasmus, it’s a study exchange programme that allows you to spend up to 12 months of your degree studying in another European country. Recent participants from Queen’s have gone to Slovenia, Holland, Denmark, France and Spain.

You can receive up to €540 a month while you are at your exchange university, and if you go abroad for the whole year you won’t pay your normal NI/GB/EU tuition fees.

Tell Us What You Think
Help shape the future of the student experience at Queen’s

Final years: The National Student Survey is open.

The NSS gives you the opportunity to say what you think about your course at Queen’s. It allows you to say both what you liked and what you think could be improved.

Your feedback will be used to help those considering higher education to make decisions about where and what to study. Queen’s will also use this information to make real changes to the student experience. You will also be entered into a draw to win one of five £100 high street shopping vouchers.



Meanwhile, all non-final year undergrads can take part in the Student Experience Survey. You could win one of eight £25 shopping vouchers for completing the survey.

Bitesized Employability Sessions
10 & 26 February 2021

If you missed the first in our new series of Bitesized Employability Sessions, it’s not too late to join in.

The next topics covered in these lunchtime overview webinars will be: Using Your Character Strengths and Talking About Global Citizenship. The former will help you discover careers that suits your personality while the latter will help you translate your global experience to the skills employers are looking for in a job interview.

Register for the sessions via the buttons below.

Let’s Talk About Summer
3, 5 March 2021

From work placements in Europe and beyond to USA summer camps and year-long stateside work and study opportunities, our Global Opportunities team are here to guide you through your travel options for this summer and beyond.

They have two upcoming information sessions: the first is focussed on international summer programmes, while the second will look at J1 visas and gaining entry to the USA to work or study for a year.

Register for the sessions via the buttons below

Stock Market Challenge
17 February 2021

Fancy experiencing the highs and lows of the trading floor?

Then you won’t want to miss our upcoming Stock Market Challenge. This virtual trading game is open to student from all levels and disciplines and there are cool prizes on offer including industry insight experiences with top employers like First Derivatives, Deloitte, FinTru and PwC.

Graduate Opportunities
Student Support

Student Support and Hardship Funds:

This is a challenging and anxious time for students and, in some cases; this may be exacerbated further by financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University's Student Support and Hardship Funds are available to support students in financial hardship during their studies and I would encourage students to review the Student Financial Support Webpage and investigate possible funding/support.

Click on the link below

Student Financial Support | Study | Queen's University Belfast (


Wellbeing on Weekdays (WOW) Events 

There is a variety of events planned for students this semester through the Wellbeing on Weekdays (WOW) programme.

Activities are based on the Take Five Steps to Wellbeing which is a model designed by the Health and Social Care Trust to maintain and improve your wellbeing. Every week there is something different such as making a House a Home, Stress Relief Yoga and Managing Anxiety using CBT Techniques.

Click on the link below to see how you can take part.

News and Events | Student Guidance Centre | Queen's University Belfast (



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Keep Up With Careers
You can watch, listen and read in your own time

We want to make it as easy as possible to access careers advice and support.  If you miss a virtual workshop or session, you can re-watch via our past events page.

All our sessions are also available as podcasts. We also have a website and blog packed with useful information and resources.

Click on the links below to get started.

Listen to the Careers podcast

Watch a past event

Read the latest blog

Access the Careers site