Events and Programmes

Virtual activities for 2020/2021

Our broad range of activities range from skills workshops to employer panels and careers fairs. Attending these events can help with all aspects of planning your future, from developing your employability to succeeding in graduate recruitment. Check back here for regular updates throughout the academic year.

You can register for events relevant to you via the links below.

 

To enjoy uninterrupted access to our digital platforms, please register for events using your Queen's email address.

Have you got an idea for a start-up?

Why not pitch it at QUB Dragons’ Den for the chance to win a share of £15,000 to make your big idea happen.

Applications are open until 22 January 2021 when 25 shortlisted candidates will receive expert training on the perfect pitch before recording a virtual two-minute elevator pitch.

The ten candidates with the best pitches will then get specialist mentoring before bidding for cash backing during a final ten-minute pitch to our Dragons. For that reason, we’re in!

Deadline for applications 22 January 2021

Apply today via the Enterprise SU site

Employability Skills Bite Sized Sessions

Working with customers and clients

25 January 2021 12.30-1.30pm

All organisations have customers, and all organisations can only thrive if they meet their customers ever changing needs.

Whether you are considering a job as a software developer, a nurse, an engineer, a human resources manager or a linguist you will have customers. 

This session will give you an overview of what is required and how to answer those tricky interview questions.

The online session will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

International Students Employability Programme Sessions

Series of Three online sessions for International Students

There are three online workshops in this series for International Students. Attendance and participation at all three workshops will give Degree Plus Route B accreditation.

All three online workshops must be booked through your MyFuture account, the sessions will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

Workshop One – Prepare

Monday 25th January 2021 2pm – 4pm

Building your personal brand for employability – How to recognise your distinct skills, knowledge and potential gained from overseas experience, identifying transferable and transnational skills, but more importantly how to articulate these skills to potential employers on CV’s and in interviews. 

Planning and Preparation for Job Search – Session to highlight timeline, websites and resources on where to look for work experience and employment within and outside of the UK. Importance of being proactive and having an understanding of events such as careers fairs and employer workshops.

 

Workshop Two – Apply

Monday 1st February 2021 2pm – 4pm

CVs and Cover Letters - An informative session to cover the basics of writing a suitable CV, including guidance on content, structure, language and key characteristics of a UK CV.

Techniques of writing a covering letter will also be included in this workshop.

 
 

Workshop Three – Action

Monday 8th February 2021 2pm – 4pm

Interview Preparation – How to embrace and be aware of Cultural Differences when looking for a job, interview content and etiquette and how to approach employer questions.  

On the Job Etiquette – A workshop to outline the standards and expectations from UK employers.   Will also include appropriate emailing, office language and networking and how to get the most out of your work experience/internship/graduate job. 

 
 

Industry Uncovered Information Session

26 January 2021 1-2pm

Want to know what it’s really like to work in music, film or media?

We’re giving you the chance to host your own industry event to find out. As part of Development Weeks, we are running five student-led sector panels that you'll have the opportunity to research, market and host.

The sessions will feature: 

  • Music Industry Uncovered 
  • Film Industry Uncovered 
  • Theatre Industry Uncovered 
  • Language Industry Uncovered 
  • Media Industry Uncovered 

Find out how you can be part of it at our upcoming information session.

Building a Neurodiverse Workforce in Northern Ireland Webinar

02 February 2021 12 noon

Joined by an expert panel this session offers some fresh perspective on what employers can do to create a more neurodiverse environment. 

Drawing on experiences from professionals with autism and employers who have invested in diversity and inclusivity, the session will also introduce the Employ Autism Higher Education Network aimed at providing autistic students with internship opportunities.

This online session will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 
 

USA Summer Camps- Information Session

4 February 2021 12 noon

Are you interested in spending the summer in the USA?

Representatives from USA Summer Camps will present details on this opportunity and information relating to the application process. The best summer of your life is waiting for you in America!

USA Summer Camp has helped send over 40,000 people to work at camp in America. We work with over 700 Summer Camps in the US looking for enthusiastic, fun and dedicated people just like you.

Working at a Summer Camp in America means you’ll be paid to have fun, make a difference, all whilst expanding your CV and making memories you’ll never forget. Is there really a better summer job out there?

​​​​​​​Please register with your QUB email.

Erasmus Study Exchange Placements 21/22 - Information Session

10 February 2021 12 noon

Fancy spending part of your degree studying in another European country? The Erasmus Programme enables you to spend from 3 to 12 months studying at another European institution, as a recognised part of your degree.

​​​​​​​Did you know that students undertaking an Erasmus study placement can receive up to 540 Euros per month whilst at their exchange university!

Also, students who go abroad for a full year and who normally pay NI/GB/EU tuition fees wouldn't pay any fees during their Erasmus study placement. 

Come along to this online information session and hear from students who have participated in an Erasmus programme!

Please register with your QUB email.

Employability Skills Bite Sized Sessions

Using your character strengths

10 February 2021 12.30-1.30pm

This session is about the character strengths that make you the individual that you are.  In recent years’, the positive psychology movement has shown that working with our character strengths can help us to do better work and be more confident, more satisfied and have increased wellbeing. 

Come along to find out what your character strengths are and how to make the most of them.

Complete a free online assessment before coming to the session at https://www.viacharacter.org/ and download a free report.  There is no need to purchase a report.

You will not be asked to reveal what your strengths are during the session.  This is for your own personal knowledge.

The online session will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

Stock Market Challenge

Wednesday 17th February 2021 3-5pm

The Stock Market Challenge is an exciting stock market simulation and competitive game which will give you the opportunity to experience analysing the market and making investments.

Prizes are available to the winners including insight opportunities with participating local employers.

This year’s employers include First Derivatives, Deloitte, FinTru, FSCom and PwC.

This virtual event is open to all students. No specialist knowledge of finance is required.

Seeking an International Career?

19 February 2021 1-2pm

Are you seeking an international career?

Join our panellists who will share with you their international career paths, their road to success and valuable lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Please use your Queen's email address to register for this event.  

 

Careers Beyond Profit: Conservation, Heritage and Museum

22 February 2021 1-2pm

Are you seeking a career in environmental conservation, heritage organisations, archives, museums and galleries?

Join our panellists who will speak with you about the skills and work experience needed to move into the sector.

Please use your Queen's email address to register for this event.

Careers Beyond Profit: Public & Not for Profit

23 February 2021 1-2pm

Are you seeking a career in the public, charity and NGO sectors?

Join our panellists who will speak with you about the skills and work experience needed to move into the sector and discuss their own path to success.

Please use your Queen's email address to register for this event.

Careers Beyond Profit: Creative Arts

24 February 2021 2.30 – 3.30pm

From arts & culture, music, publishing and film industries, you'll need a portfolio.  Join our panellists and find out what skills and work experience are needed to build your body of evidence successfully to move into the sector. 

This webinar will be “Live” during the Work Experience and Placement Fair 2021 on 24th February  (details of registration will be available shortly).

Work Experience and Placement Fair

24 February 2021 between 2pm and 6pm

The Work Experience and Placement Fair is one of the largest fairs in our academic year.

This year the fair will be held online and the theme for this year is #ExperienceMore which is exactly what we hope our students will do through the placement, voluntary and work experience opportunities on offer.

Whether you experience more adventure, growth, direction or confidence as a result of the connections and opportunities you discover on the day, we’re confident you’ll add more valuable experience to your CV.

For employers and organisations, it presents an opportunity to attract top talent from one of the UK’s leading universities.

Student registration is now open!

Register for the Fair

Employability Skills Bite Sized Sessions

Talking about global citizenship

26 February 2021 12.30-1.30pm

This session will give you an overview of what it means to be a Global Citizen. 

It will also help you relate activities/experiences that you may have had so that you can talk about them at interview.  We will use the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals to inform our session.  (This is an overview of the subject and not for those who already have a substantial knowledge.)

The online session will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

Global Opportunities: Focus on Summer

03 March 2021 12 noon

Come along to this online information session to hear about international summer programmes.

These include programmes IAESTE work placements, summer camps in the USA/ Canada, the US NI Mentorship Program and the Irish International Immigrant Centre. 

Please register with your QUB email.

Rian Immigrant Center- USA Placements & J1 Visa Sponsors Information Session

5 March 2021, 12:00 PM

Are you interested in spending a year working in the USA?

This information session will provide an overview of the 2 programmes that the Rian Immigrant Center offer to UG and Graduating Queen's students, including the eligibility criteria and application process.

The Rian Immigrant Center assists immigrants from Ireland and from around the world as they integrate into American society, and with partner organizations, promotes reconciliation in Ireland. Our J1 Irish Work and Travel visa program is very successful as we have helped over 1,000 students and graduates come to America to live and work for a year in their area of study.

Come along to the session to find out more.

Please register with your QUB email.

Employability Skills Bite Sized Sessions

Impressing in Meetings

09 March 2021 12.30-1.30pm

Starting a new job might also be your first experience of formal meetings. 

If you work as part of a team or you work in a large company, you will at some time find yourself taking part in meetings.  All companies will have their own style of meetings some formal and some very informal. 

This short session will give you an idea of what might be expected from you and what is best practice at meetings.  If you are not someone who likes to speak up at meetings, it will also give you some tips on making that easier.

The online session will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.

Real-World Challenge: Inside the Prison System

11 and 13 March 2021

How would you stop a young person from re-offending? Team up to tackle a real-world problem, then persuade the experts, while developing key employability skills in the process. Open to students from all disciplines, this exciting new programme gives you the opportunity to: 

  • Make a difference and effect real-world change 
  • Boost your CV with team-working and problem-solving experience 
  • Consult with experts and change your perceptions
  • Present your approach to an expert industry panel 

We have 30 places, offered on a first come, first basis, so apply today. 

Employability Skills Bite Sized Sessions

Change and Adaptability

24 March 2021 12.30-1.30pm

This short session will help you understand the process of change, give you some ideas for dealing with change and help you to see change as a positive step. 

In a year when we have all learned to adapt and deal with change, this session will help you to evidence those times when you have not only coped with change but found ways to adapt and thrive.

The online session will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.

Degree Plus Combined Experience

Application Submission Deadline for those graduating in Summer 2021

Deadline Midnight 1st of April 2021

This is open for applications from all UG and PG students. 

While applications are welcomed from any student or any year group or discipline, this is the final chance for those graduating in Summer 2021 to apply.

Development Weeks 2021

24 May – 4 June 2021

Development Weeks is two weeks in the academic year providing all students with dedicated time and space to take part in extra-curricular activity and gain Degree Plus Accreditation. The theme for this year is Connections. 

Check back here on our Careers website in Semester two for more information on events and how you can get involved.

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Careers Consultations

Find your dream career

Always on

You can book a one-to-one consultation with one of our Careers Consultants throughout the year. Whether you want help defining your career plan or tailoring your CV for an application, get in touch.

 

Global Opportunities - Virtual Drop Ins

How far will you go?

You can book a 15 minute appointment with one of the Global Opportunities Team to hear about the study and work abroad opportunities and ask specific questions.

The drops ins take place every Tuesday & Thursday, 12-1pm, during term time.

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