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Postgraduate Study Series III: Career Guidance

Regardless of your reasons for choosing postgraduate study, upon graduation you’ll likely be looking to start a career, even if your reasons for choosing further study were to delay this inevitability a little longer! The final post in our postgraduate series explores the career resources available through Careers & Enterprise Service, who provide careers information, advice and guidance to all students within Queen Mary University. I recently attended an event celebrating their success in helping students and thought it would be useful to share some insight.

15 September 2015

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I’ll start by mentioning the resources they provide and conclude by sharing my own experience of obtaining a social media internship, which has provided me with part-time work throughout my degree, for which this post is part of!

When visiting Careers & Enterprise, you’ll receive high quality services and advice from one of the largest careers advice centres in the country, part of the Careers Group at the University of London. Whether you’re seeking career advice during your studies or guidance for work after graduation, the careers team can help you find experience ranging from part-time work to graduate schemes.

The services they provide students include one-to-one appointments every weekday (except Friday) to discuss career development and management, offer reviews of CVs and applications, and interview coaching. If you aren’t able to make it to the Mile End campus, appointments are also offered by phone or Skype! All Schools also have a dedicated Careers Consultant, who will provide a bespoke programme of activities for your School, tailored to your needs as a postgraduate student.

In addition, they provide events and training workshops to meet employers and enhance your skills by offering numerous employer-led events, ranging from panel discussions to career fairs across various industry sectors. In the Autumn 2014 term, 246 different employers visited our campus to meet Queen Mary students! These events are designed to give you confidence with networking and increase your insight into various careers.

In finding jobs and work experience, they host JobOnline, a search engine for students to job hunt for graduate jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities. There are hundreds of jobs available across many industry sectors. QRecruit is an additional portal, which provides students and recent graduates from Queen Mary with Internships and part-time work. Here you can find vacancies ranging from paid internships (QInterns), to paid part-time and temporary roles (QTemps), and many more opportunities! The Enterprise programme also provides students with support and funding to start new businesses and social ventures.

As you can see, there are plenty of resources provided by Careers & Enterprise. My experience using these resources has led me to this role! I work as a Social Media Intern for UK Student Recruitment in the Marketing and Communications Department at Queen Mary. I applied for this role after seeing it advertised on QRecruit by sending in a covering letter and CV. I was looking for part-time work to make some extra money and develop further employability skills. As an avid social media user myself and with previous experience in a marketing role, I thought this internship would be the perfect part-time job!

Shortly after I applied I was invited for an interview and was successful in obtaining the position. My role involves working with other interns to promote Queen Mary through social media. This includes posting on their official Instagram page and via Twitter! We aim to promote the student experience at Queen Mary by attending events on campus and throughout London and sharing these with prospective students. Writing these blog posts is also part of the role, and has been a good opportunity to develop a body of written work as evidence of my communication skills. Overall, I have found the role quite flexible (10 hours a week is manageable around my class schedule) and enjoyable! Attending interesting events and taking pictures throughout my day (and getting paid for doing it) has been great!

To find out more about Careers and Enterprise at QMUL please visit their website.

  • Carolyn Minaudo is a final year student at Queen Mary, studying an accelerated two-year Law degree. Originally from Toronto, she also has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Political Science from Queen’s University in Canada. Carolyn came to London for the first time to begin studying at QMUL and hopes through sharing her student experience you’ll be inspired to join her!

 

 

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