Skip to main content

Bitesize Careers

  • Any year
    • Investigate the various ways of gaining DegreePlus accreditation. The DegreePlus Award recognises and accredits Queen's students for the skills they develop through undertaking extra-curricular activities such as part-time work, volunteering, taking an active role in a club or society. There are lots of activities to choose from including many of the ones listed below.
    • Find out more about opportunities to study and work abroad
    • Attend Careers fairs and employer events.  These happen all year round and will be advertised on MyFuture.
    • Find voluntary work through Volunteer SU and Volunteer Now.
    • Find opportunities to develop your entrepreneurial skills through Enterprise SU
    • Look at the Career Management and Employability Programmes for a range of opportunities to develop your skills
    • Project Children – 8 week paid internship in the US. Internships are provided in many fields. Application deadline is in spring.
    • InsideSherpa provide virtual work experience programmes in a variety of sectors and for a variety of big names including Deloitte and KPMG.
    • Organisations such as BUNACCCUSACamp America and Projects Abroad advertise a variety of paid and voluntary vacation-time opportunities throughout the world. 
    • Development Weeks - there are lots of activities you could engage with to broaden your knowledge and skills. You could also bid for funding to run an event for other students.
  • Level 1

    Get some kind of experience - very few employers offer 'relevant experience' opportunities to first year students (there are a few exceptions below), but any experience e.g. part-time work, voluntary work, involvement in clubs and societies helps to develop your skills in ways that are valued by employers.

    • Think you might be interested in Banking and Finance?
    • Randox Apex programme is targeted at first year students offering work experience throughout your degree. This programme is typically launched during Semester 1. Look out for Randox coming onto campus.
    • Interested in Teaching? Teach First run a Taster Programme for Level 1 students.

    Start to think about the long-term - there are more 'relevant experience' opportunties available for second year students, but if you don't know what you want to do longer term, it'll be difficult to know which experience is 'relevant' to you. First year is a good time to start to explore your options. If nothing seems of interest in that list, try these 10 tips for identifying and exploring your career options

     

  • Level 2 / Penultimate Year

    Look for relevant work experience:

    • IAESTE - paid work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. Placements related to degree programme. Application deadline is in autumn.
    • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer internships and sandwich programmes e.g. CERNDiamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council
    • FuseNet advertise student internships related to fusion science and technology 
    • Interested in Teaching? Teach First run an Insight Programme for Level 2 / penultimate year students 
    • Large companies in other sectors may offer year-long placements and summer internships. MyFutureRatemyplacementProspectsTargetjobs and Gradcracker are useful sites for finding these. Many of the deadlines are set around December so it’s best to start applying in autumn.
    • Interested in Banking and Finance?

    Thinking of postgraduate study abroad? - If you are considering undertaking postgraduate study abroad, it's best to start planning in your penultimate year

  • Final Year
    • Apply early for graduate schemes and / or postgraduate study.
    • IAESTE - paid work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. These opportunities are also open to final year students. Application deadline is in autumn.
    • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer summer internships to recent graduates e.g. CERNDiamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council. Some of these may be open to final year students.
    • FuseNet advertise student internships related to fusion science and technology. Some of these may be open to final year students.
    • Plus above opportunities for any year.
  • PGT / PGR

    PGT:

    • Apply early for graduate schemes
    • IAESTE - paid work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. These opportunities are also open to PGT students. Application deadline is in autumn.
    • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer summer internships to recent graduates e.g. CERNDiamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council. Some of these may be open to PGT students.
    • FuseNet advertise student internships related to fusion science and technology. Some of these may be open to PGT students.
    • Plus above opportunities for any year.

    PGR: