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November - Second Year/Third (Penultimate) Year

Patricia Durkin
Careers Consultant

Dear student,

Our theme for this month is #ApplyYourself. This could mean in the literal sense of applying for placements or internships, or mean taking small steps to become a little more employable. There are suggestions within this newsletter to help you do that.

There are lots of placement and internship opportunities still open this month, plus we're hearing from some employers that they are delaying opening applications for their opportunities until the new year, so there should be more to apply for over the upcoming months.

Kind regards


Here's a small selection of the year long placement and summer internship opportunities that are currently open:


Virtual Data Hackathon
Data Hack for Good 2020

The Allstate Data Hack for Good is taking place virtually on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th 2020. There will be participant boxes with a range of goodies(like food and drink, swag and surprises), on the spot giveaways as well as prizes totaling over £1000 for winning participants.

Open to technologists of all experience levels and backgrounds, with the goal to use data and technology to make life better in Belfast.

Allstate will be providing training on AI, visualisations, design-thinking and other skills at the event.

There are several challenges—including one using open data to make some predictions/provide some insights to our covid times. to

Participants are encouraged to use any open data sets they can find; however, a curated dataset (Belfast Bikes data) will be provided for entrants to explore urban mobility.

Join our Degree Plus Employability Festival
11 November 12.30-1.30pm

Want to make your extracurricular activities count during your time at Queen’s? During our Degree Plus Employability Festival, you can chat live with organisations and teams providing programmes and activities accredited by our Degree Plus employability award. From exchange and placement programmes to volunteering, research, mentoring and language courses, find out about the range of fun and rewarding activities that can help you achieve an extra certificate at graduation in recognition of the skills you have developed. You can also chat with the Degree Plus team and hear what employers like EY and Nicva have to say about the award.

Bonus: All attending student will be entered into a draw to win one of six £20 Just Eat vouchers.

WATCH: Welcome to Degree Plus

Stand out as an International Student
3, 10, 17 November 10am-12pm

Are you an international student interested in starting a career in the UK? Through our International Students Employability Programme, you can learn more about: Building a Global Mindset; Job Search and Graduate Recruitment in the UK; Creating a CV for the UK market and Interview Techniques

Bonus: Attending all three online workshops in this series qualifies as one of your Degree Plus Combined Experience activities. 

Register for Workshop One on 3 November

Register for Workshop Two on 10 November

Register for Workshop 3 on 17 November


Global Scholarships
Find out more about fully funded work and study abroad opportunities

Our Global Opportunities team can help you plan for work and study abroad opportunities throughout your time at Queen's.

Coming up on 11 November 2020 12:00pm there will be an information session for Generation UK-China which aims to help students from the UK boost their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects and develop a global mindset through study and work experience opportunities in China. 

Missed Go Global Week? Re-watch it here

Start Building Your Network
Employer events are a great way to start researching careers

We’ve already hosted some amazing employers during our virtual campus events this semester. You can catch up and get some invaluable career insight and inspiration on our past events page.

Re-watch employer events

Up next we are hosting industry experts from the public and not-for-profit sectors on 11 November at 2 pm.

If you are considering a career in the public, charity or NGO sector, then this is a great opportunity to find out about the skills and experience you need to succeed.

Register for the employer panel


Win a £500 Gift Card
Think about your future with the 2020/21 Trendence Graduate study

If you have got 15 minutes and a mobile phone, then you could be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes including a £500 high street gift card, Apple Airpods or a £100 Amazon voucher - all by answering a short survey. The best bit? The answers you give could help shape how employers treat graduates in the future. 
When you think about your dream employer, what is important to you? Does a company need to have status and prestige or a strong record of promoting equality and diversity? Would you sacrifice having a good work-life balance for a higher salary? Or do you think you can have it all?

Employers across the UK want to know your thoughts about the future and, most importantly, what you think of them. These employers will use the feedback you share with us to help improve their graduate offerings and marketing campaigns.

Tell us by taking the survey today.

Read: More about the Trendence Survey

Search Over 300 New Jobs
Search on MyFuture by industry, job function, course or date

Our first virtual Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair was epic! Over 160 employers came, 300 new jobs were posted and 100s of job applications were made. All the jobs featured at the fair are on MyFuture.

Start my job search

Watch: Introduction toMyFuture

If you missed our inspiring leadership lessons and CV and job application workshops, you can re-watch the presentations from the fair here.