Welcome to our International Student Employability Programme
Semester 2 events start 24 Jan
A series of three online sessions designed to boost the employability of international students at Queen's.
In our series of three online sessions for International Students running in both semester one and again in semester two, you will discover how to build your personal brand, craft an effective CV and cover letter for the UK job market and learn all about the nuances and etiquette of the UK workplace – including how to ace that all-important interview!
If you miss a session in semester one, you will have another opportunity to retake all or part of the programme in semester two. Attendance and participation at all three workshops will count as one activity which can be used towards Degree Plus Combined Experience accreditation.
"I now understand what an employer looks for in a CV"
“I joined the programme to find out why I wasn’t being successful in interviews. It was so valuable to understand how an employer actually looks at your CV and how important it is to tailor your CV to different jobs.”
Final year Engineering student, Indonesia
“I wanted to learn how to improve my employability prospects and these workshops definitely helped me. I learned how and where to research the graduate job market in and outside the UK, but also how easy it is to underestimate yourself and the many employability skills you already have.”
Queen’s international student
“I joined the programme to learn more about local and international job opportunities. The most valuable thing I learned was that I can access career resources in one place, on MyFuture. It was also really interesting to learn about the resources and job portals available for international students. The pace of the programme and the amount of information was great.”
PhD Music Student, Canada
24 January, 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, highlighting 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.
31 January, 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.
7 February, 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, outlining 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.
14 February, 8.30am - 10.30am
Join us in the Student Guidance Centre Hub for an informal breakfast networking event aimed at international students. Meet employers from a range of companies and practice delivering your 'elevator pitch' through breakout sessions.
Please note, this session is most suited to international students who have completed or intend to complete the other elements of our International Student Employability Programme.