Where could you work? How can you apply your interests to a fulfilling career? What industries are growing and what are job market trends? Join industry professionals for a series of informal sessions to discuss the factors influencing the working world for graduates.
Welcome to our Industry Insight Series
Starts 29 September 2021
Not sure what you can do with your degree?
Whether you’re looking to pivot into tech or take your first steps into a career in digital communications, tourism or consulting, our new online workshop series has all the insights, advice and tips you need to land your dream role – whatever your degree discipline!
From Humanities graduates dominating the financial services industry to Law alumni at the top of the media game, our panels of powerhouse players will show you how you can succeed in any industry, no matter what subject you are studying. Hear from trailblazing leaders about what is in store for the future of the following sectors and how your unique skills are in demand across a variety of industries.
29 September, 12pm-1.30pm
Did you know Belfast was recently ranked as one of the best places in Europe for tech firms by fDi Intelligence, a specialist division of the Financial Times. The tech sector in Northern Ireland is booming but how can you break into the industry if you come from a non-computing academic background? The IT sector is constantly changing with developments and advancements in technology. Employers in the sector need graduates with technical know-how to solve problems, but they also need graduates to work across their business, marketing, human resources (HR) and finance functions. Meet our panel of key players from the tech industry and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.
6 October, 12pm-1.30pm
The finance sector goes beyond tax and accounting. The pandemic has highlighted the need to plan for a digital future within the financial services industry - with a new generation of graduate talent leading the charge.
For business and consulting roles, there are plenty of jobs for graduates running the gamut from marketing, strategy planning, human resources (HR) or information technology (IT). Some roles lean towards people management, while others focus on helping organisations solve problems and enhance performance. Meet our panel of key players from the professional services industry and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.
12 October, 12pm-1.30pm
There's high demand for graduates to work in this fast-paced sector with roles in space, music, nuclear, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and automation and robotics. Even if you don’t come from an engineering academic background, many growth areas such as food and drink demand graduates with a wide range of skills, including logical thinking, good communication, creativity, teamwork and leadership. The industry will always need a steady intake of employees to support the countries best-loved brands, as well as to lead the way in innovating and creating new brands. Many companies run their own graduate development programmes. Meet our panel of key players from the manufacturing and engineering industry and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline..
27 October, 12pm-1.30pm
If you're passionate about making a real difference to people's lives, then a career in the science and health sector could be for you. The pandemic has put the world’s healthcare professionals centre stage, but aside from vocational roles in medicine, pharmacy and nursing, there are a wide variety of graduate roles in customer care, finance, hospitality, human resources (HR), IT, legal services, marketing, procurement and sales.
There are also hundreds of science and pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK and many regularly feature in top graduate employer rankings, with graduate roles available in commercial areas such as IT, finance and human resources (HR), as well as in science and research. Meet our panel of key players from the health and life sciences industry and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.
2 November, 12pm-1.30pm
Solicitor or barrister are not your only options. There a number of law jobs to choose from including Barristers' clerk, Chartered legal executive, Company secretary, Coroner, judge, lecturer, Legal secretary, Licensed conveyancer, Mediator, Paralegal, Patent attorney, trademark attorney and usher. Furthermore, the emergence of some of the world’s largest legal firm in NI has now opened up a stream of opportunities across operations, marketing, communications, business development, project management, document management, technology and more. You'll need effective communication and people skills. You'll also need to be discreet, as a lot of the information you'll hear is confidential. The ability to follow instructions and an assertive and tactful manner are also important. Meet our panel of key players from the legal services sector and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.
13 January, 12pm-1.30pm
From the emergency services and healthcare to education and social care, by choosing a career in the public sector you'll get to work on issues that have a real impact on society. You can expect good working conditions and professional development. As well as vocational opportunities in healthcare, law enforcement, social care and education, administrative and professional roles are available across civil service departments and local government, in areas as diverse as environmental health, media and communications and youth and community work. Meet our panel of key players from the public sector and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.
19 January, 12pm-1.30pm
Northern Ireland boasts a breadth of options within arts and culture and a thriving tourism industry that offers graduate roles in finance, IT, human resources (HR), customer service, event management, sales and marketing, property, legal and general management. With consumers demanding a constant stream of high-quality content, media companies are investing in digital technologies and a workforce that allows them to compete in this innovative and fast-moving creative sector.
There is a diverse range of roles available from advertising and animation to journalism, scriptwriting and web design. As well as graduate entry roles such as runner, researcher or broadcast or editorial assistant, larger media and internet companies have roles in finance, information technology (IT), marketing and human resources (HR). Meet our panel of key players from arts, culture and creative industries and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.