- School/Institute/Department: Careers & Enterprise Centre, Student Services
- Subjects: Enterprise, All
- Audience: Local charities and statutory bodies, current QM students
QProjects places QM students as Project Leaders on challenging projects within local charities. The aim is to give the student an opportunity to develop and showcase skills – such as leadership, influencing, problem-solving and initiative – whilst filling a skills and/or resource gap in a local charity. At the end of the 3-month project, the student can give a clear, positive outcome of their achievement on their CV, while expanding the college’s public engagement within East London.
Charity projects have been diverse and have included: improving the Search Engine Optimisation of a website, setting up a social media campaign, event-planning, leading a government lobbying campaign, developing educational curriculum, and writing funding proposals.
The Phoenix Education Trust is a local charity that has taken on 15 QM students since the launch of QProjects. The charity’s Director, Rachel Roberts, has fed back:
‘The students who have come to us through this scheme have been exceptional; they have been competent, confident and full of ideas. In this ever harder economic climate it is good to see a scheme like this which supports the community. QProjects is by far the best careers service initiative I have ever come across. ‘
QProjects is coordinated by Lindsey Shirah. For full details about the scheme visit the QProjects page.
The Careers & Enterprise Centre at Queen Mary, University of London looks after the career development of students and recent graduates. QProjects is one of the many entry points for organisations to interact with our student community. To find out more please visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/recruiters