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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.

Hear what past participant Caitlin Chee had to say...

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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 from 08 January 2024.

Applications for this programme will close Friday 12 April at 12 noon.

Check back on 08 January 2024 for application details! 

For further details, come along to an online information session on 09 February 2024, check our Careers events to book onto the info session.


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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 (formerly known as Degree Plus).

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Real-World Consultancy Highlights

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