Hello and welcome to your final year,
I'm sure many of you will be wondering about the impact of Covid on the graduate labour market. The messages we are getting from employers is that most are still planning to recruit graduates over the coming year - they see graduate recruitment as vital to their business, even in turbulent times - however we can expect some changes. In some sectors there are likely to be reductions in the overall numbers they are recruiting and recruitment processes are likely to be all online.
While the overall message is that there are still graduate opportunities up for grabs, don't take that as an excuse to be complacent! The first couple of months of this semester are crucial for those interested in Graduate Schemes. This is going to be a competitive labour market so let's get started!
A quick guide to graduate schemes:
- Most graduate schemes are open now, or will open in the next few weeks. Many deadlines are at the end of October/beginning of November. It’s best to apply as soon as possible. You would not be expected to start work until around September next year.
- There are some graduate schemes in Northern Ireland and Ireland but most are based in England.
- MyFuture is the best source for finding schemes in Northern Ireland – although you’ll also find opportunities in the rest of the UK advertised there.
- Most are in private sector companies, but there are a few in the public and voluntary sectors
- Many set an eligibility requirement on degree classification (usually minimum 2.1 or 2.2). You can apply even though you don’t have your final grades yet, providing your average grades are at this level.
- Many are open to people of any degree discipline and don’t require relevant experience.
Here is a small sample of the schemes open right now:
- Cundall – Graduate Mechanical Engineer (Dublin)
- DPS - Graduate HVAC Engineer (Ireland)
- Thales – Electrical Propulsion Engineer (Oxford)
- Royal Navy – Air Engineer Officer (Various locations)
- BAE Systems – Graduate Shock & Dynamics Engineer (Cumbria)
- Carpmaels & Ransford – Trainee Patent Attorney (London)
- Colas Rail – Engineering Graduate Programme (London)
- PCC – Graduate Engineers Management Development Programmes (Various)
- Cirrus Logic – Product Engineer (Edinburgh)
- Arcadis – Graduate Engineering Programme (London)
- Toyota – Engineering Graduate Programme, Health & Safety Graduate Programme, Environment and Facilities Graduate Programme (Derby)
Wednesday 21 October 2-6pm
Thursday 22 October 2-6pm
The Graduate Fair is going to take place online this year through a platform called "Graduateland". This platform will match you up with the relevent employers at the event BUT it can only do that if you spend some time creating a profile.
The more information you put in to completing your profile, the better you will stand out to employers. You can also browse employers, watch videos and see current vacancies. The good news is, you only need to complete your profile once and your info will be stored for all future events.
The days of the fair are not split by sector. Each day will have a mix of employers. It makes sense to register for both days and then review your matched employers.
Go Global Week: 12 - 15 October
There will be a series of online events 12-15 October focused on working and studying abroad. See the Careers Events page for more details.
International Students Employability Programme
A programme of workshops specifically for International students who want to start a career in the UK. See the Careers Events page for more details.
Most of our other Career Development Programmes are currently on hold, but we are hoping to launch some in Semester 2, including the annual Global Leadership Programme. Keep an eye on the Careers Events page for details.
With most of our Careers activity happening online for this semester, you can act from your armchair. Check out the not-to-be-missed events for your diary
In addition to our Virtual Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair other events include:
Private Sector Employer panels:
- 30 September 2020 1-2pm – PwC, Deloitte, First Derivatives and Citi
- 06 October 2020 12-1pm – KPMG, EY, FinTrU, Allstate
IAESTE worldwide STEM placements - information session:
Gradcracker are running a series of webinars over the coming months with organisations such as:
- Johnson Matthey
The graduate schemes mentioned above and the opportunities presented at the Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair just give a small snapshot of the opportunities open to you.
If you are still deciding on your options, read our tips for identifying and exploring career options - there is plenty of information there and tips to help you get started.
In addition to speaking with potential employers at the Fair in October, we are planning to run an MAE mini fair in February. We'll give you more details closer to the time. This will give you an insight into the type of work that employers have for graduates from your school.
We are also planning a series of online events throughout the year to help you explore your career options. See our Events page for further details.
- This is a good time to research and start applying for postgraduate options.
- The deadline for the PGCE application at Queen’s is 1st November, so get your applications ready now! You can find more information about PGCEs and the different institution deadlines on the Careers website.
- JET is a prestigious programme through which graduates can teach English in Japan for a year. It’s a long application process, so they start recruiting now for next year.
- Applications for the Teach First programme are now open.
- Interested in Postgraduate Study in the US? The Fulbright Scholar Awards programme is now open for applications (deadline 08 October). Find out more about PG study in the US.
Find out how to get credit for your extracurricular activities through Degree Plus. From volunteering to clubs and societies, what you do outside the lecture theatre can make you more employable.
- There is tailored information for you on the Careers website: - Information for Mechaniacal and Aerospace Engineering students.
- 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 -> Book an appointment. All of our consultations now take place via MS Teams.