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Go Further - Psychology

Bitesize Careers

  • Any Year

    There are lots of employability-enhancing activities available through Queen’s.  Here are a few suggestions that are likely to be of particular interest to Psychology students.

    Any year:

    • Investigate the various ways of gaining Future-Ready Award accreditation. The Future-Ready 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
    • Overseas Volunteering Placements - a number of organisations provide relevant overseas volunteering placements that would be useful for Psychology students e.g. SLV, Projects Abroad, Think Pacific. These are expensive, but look out for the Psychology Overseas Bursary that the School of Psychology and Careers, Employability and Skills offer at the beginning of the academic year.
    • 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.
    • Find voluntary work through Volunteer SU and at Volunteer Now.
    • Organisations such as BUNACCCUSACamp America and Projects Abroad advertise a variety of paid and voluntary vacation-time opportunities throughout the world. 
    • Interested in teaching?  The British Council lists lots of opportunities to work and volunteer abroad as an English Language assistant/teacher.
    • Look at the Career Development Programmes run by Careers, Employability and Skills including: Insight into Management, Queen's Global Leadership Programme
    • 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.
    • Attend Careers fairs and employer events.  These happen all year round and will be advertised on MyFuture
  • Year 1

    Level 1:

    • Look for summer work – some summer and Development Week internships will be advertised on MyFuture after Easter.
    • Interested in Teaching? Teach First run a Taster Programme for Level 1 students
    • Interested in Professional Services? Some companies run “Insight” schemes for first year students e.g.  DeloitteEYKPMGPwC
    • Plus above opportunities for any year.
  • Level 2

    Level 2:
    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 consumer-related fields? Many companies offer year-long placements and summer internships. MyFutureRatemyplacementProspects and Targetjobs are useful sites for finding these. Many of the deadlines are set around December so it’s best to start applying in autumn.
    • Plus above opportunities for any year.
  • Level 3

    Final Year UG:

    • Apply early for graduate schemes and / or postgraduate study.
    • Plus above opportunities for any year.
  • Post Graduate


    • Apply early for graduate schemes
    • Plus above opportunities for any year.