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Real-World Consultancy Programme

Real-World Consultancy Programme

Could you join our student team and tackle a real challenge facing a client or organisation?

We are recruiting for the Real-World Consultancy Programme.

If you want to be challenged, have fun, make friends and hone your problem-solving skills then this is the extra-curricular programme for you!

It's free to join and open to Queen's students of all levels.

Apply to the Real-World Consultancy Programme via MyFuture

**Due to a high volume of applications, the deadline for this programme is now Monday 08 April at 12noon.**

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Programme Information

The programme will run from Tuesday 21 - Friday 24 May 2024 (9:30am-5pm each day).

*NB: This is after exams.

We can't accommodate participants missing any part of this four day programme. Full attendance is required.

Through this exciting four day programme, students will gain a different type of work experience by providing a consultancy service to real clients and working on a real challenge that those clients face. You will work in a project team with other students from different disciplines and will be facilitated through a Design Thinking process to resolve the client’s problem.

This is a great first step for students with no/limited work experience or a great opportunity for students to develop highly valued Design Thinking skills prior to undertaking a placement, internship or graduate job.

This programme provides practical experience for developing these Future-Ready Skills: Interpersonal Skills, Commercial Awareness, Initiative, Innovation and Creativity.

Training in Design Thinking delivered by an external facilitator. This professional training can cost up to £400 per person per day, but participants on this programme will get it free.

Participants will work in a team with other students on a real problem for a client who will be external to Queen’s.

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How do I apply?

Who is eligible to apply to this programme?

This programme is open to degree-registered students or recent graduates from any subject and any level of study. 

Only 40 places are available. Preference will be given to students from under-represented courses. We will operate a waitlist for other interested students.

How do I apply?

You can apply to take part in this Programme by logging onto the MyFuture Careers tool and filling out the application form in the job in MyFuture.

**Due to a high volume of applications, the deadline for this programme is now Monday 08 April at 12noon.**


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Programme Benefits

What are the benefits to taking part in this programme?

  • Gain an understanding of how Design Thinking can be used to solve challenges
    Interaction with students from other disciplines and year groups and building of team working skills
  • Work-related learning through working with a real client on a real problem, which can be included on a CV and used for job applications
  • Increased confidence in your ability to be creative, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial.
  • Experience of consulting and working for a client.
  • Experience of pitching an idea
  • Increased time management skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Students who attend all aspects of the programme, and complete the programme in full, including any work required, can then use this as an activity to apply for a Future-Ready Award accreditation

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Real-World Consultancy Highlights

Check out these images from our 2022-2023 Real-World Consultancy Programme.