As a First Year Civil Engineering student, you will be prioritising settling into your course and generally getting involved with opportunities and supports offered across the University.
Some useful early career information, planning and development opportunities to start thinking about and engaging with include:
1. Familiarise yourself with MyFuture, Degree Plus, Careers Service/ Consultants at the Student Guidance Centre and the Careers website.
- All Queen's receive a free MyFuture account. This allows you to view jobs, view/book into extra-curricular careers workshops, employer talks, or one-to-one appointments with a Careers Consultant. Just download the App or go to www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture and use your Queen's email address as your username and normal Queen's password to log in and view. You should also look out for MyFuture (download from App store by choosing "Symplicity Jobs and Careers" and selecting Queen's University Belfast).
- The Degree Plus Award offers over 150 approved extra-curricular work experiences, early professional development programmes, global/international experiences and community and voluntary experiences (both inside and outside Queen's). Check out the Degree Plus website , ask your Careers Consultant or contact email@example.com if you have queries.
- Look out for your Careers Consultants and Student Helpers from the Careers Service based at the Student Guidance Centre (SGC) and across the campus. You will meet your consultant at talks/workshops within your course; at Careers/Degree Plus workshops and Pop Ups across campus (including DKB, McClay Library foyer and Careers Fairs) or via booked MyFuture Appointments
- This webpage for Civil Engineering students is hosted on the Careers website where the Careers Service also provides general careers information on its website on topics such as how to prepare for job applications and interviews.
2. Come along and try out one or two Careers activities of events during your first year.
You will find 4 key Themed Weeks/Deadlines heavily promoted to all Queen's students each year. The offer lots of opportunities, information and guidance that will help you to build your CV and will also help you to gain understanding and practice of how to effectively articulate your skills and experience to employers and others e.g. to help you get summer work, placements and eventually, a graduate job. These events are:
- October Science & Engineering Career Fairs and January Work Experience Fair in the Whitla Hall. Any student can drop into the fair and browse the employers and opportunities on show. The Work Experience Fair in January is particularly relevant to First Year students who are interested in gaining a placement or internship in Civil Engineering.
- Go Global Week: "Come to Go Global Week to meet the organisations that can offer you the experience of a lifetime to study, work or volunteer abroad"
- Degree Plus Award (certificate presented to qualifying students along with their Degree Parchment at their graduation ceremony) . You will notice promotions for two types of accredited activity (Route A or B). You can get involved or apply for Degree Plus at any time from first year through to Final Year. The Degree Plus website includes an 11 minute induction video to tell you what Degree Plus is, the benefits of getting involved and how to gain a Route A and or Route B accreditation.
- Development Weeks: Open to all students, including First Years. You will see short events and workshops advertised in January and more significant career development programmes, tours and internships offered in May.
- Skills for Success Workshops in the SGC: These short 2 hour workshops offer employer insights to any student of any level (attend 4 as a Degree Plus Route B activity). They cover topics such as:
- Develop Your Commercial Awareness
- Know Your Strengths
- Ace Your Application
3. Think about how to make use of your summer break to gain work or other experience for your developing CV.
Getting involved in some of the events suggested above will build up your understanding of the sort of experiences that are available, are of interest to you and show you how to apply to them.