Supporting you through Covid-19

Online Resources

Browse our range of online information, resources and opportunities to help you boost your employability skills and develop your career - all easily accessible from the comfort of your own home.

Latest Information from the Employment Market: Here you will find a collection of information gathered from various sources, which aim to provide updates relating to the impact of Covid-19 on the Employment Market. We will add to this over the coming weeks to keep you up to date as best we can. 

Latest Information from the Employment Market

Many employers are reviewing their recruitment needs in the current circumstances. We are working to get the latest on student and graduate recruitment plans, and will be adding to the below as more information comes available.

General

Volunteering

  • Sign up to Queen Mary Community Support - a platform for Queen Mary staff and students to volunteer to support students/staff/retired staff who are self-isolating/shielding or working for the NHS. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Online volunteering opportunities: ZooniverseBe My EyesInstant WildMissing Mapsand Freerice
  • Browse a range of online volunteering opportunities through Queen Mary’s Students’ Union.
  • For ways to help the crisis nationally, Covid Mutual Aidis helping to coordinate activities.
  • Take a look at opportunities in your local area through do-it.org.
  • The London Assembly have compiled a list of groups in each borough that you are able to volunteer for here.
  • There may be other local groups started by neighbours, councillors or MPs. Good places to find out about these are NextDoor, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Specialist skills The Reach Volunteering website will match people with specialist professional skills, such as IT expertise, to charities who need their help.

Education

  • Prospectus, a recruiter in the Higher Education sector, send the message that if you see positions available, then apply, but be patient in waiting to be placed.
  • FDM advice – If you are interviewing live, treat it like an in-person interview, not a video interview. Don’t have notes and dress smart.
  • Teach First – The dynamic is different in a virtual assessment centre, take your time and imagine you are in a group setting.

Public Sector

  • We understand that the Civil Service are still interviewing for roles using virtual methods.

Third Sector

  • Harris Hill (charity recruiters), say that although there has been a drop in temporary roles, there are still lots of other roles that are hiring as usual (e.g. comms / marketing / digital / finance / HR) where people can be working from home. Start dates may just be 8-12 weeks away.

Finance, Consulting & Professional Services

  • GSK have told us that most of their departments are still trying to hire.
  • KPMG are developing a virtual work experience programme. 
  • Goldman Sachs – reducing summer internship scheme from 10 weeks to 5 weeks.
  • Mazars are still recruiting for lots of roles. 
  • Wall Street banks explore option of ‘virtual internships’
  • Daniel Trinder (Honorary Professor in SEF) about careers in banking - 
    • Budgets wont necessary be cut, because most firms set these from the start of January.
    • There is almost an implicit social contract between governments and the larger employers.
    • Opportunities may decline but lateral hires can happen in large numbers
    • Fund management is also changing itself to what they call passive investing so less jobs.
    • Investment banking (trading) will do very well out of the Coronavirus. The volatility in financial markets is very good for PNL
  • Grant Thornton have started running employability webinars.
  • AON - Internship programmes are now all project based – consist of core learning and modules (e.g. 3-day induction, weekly sessions), optional learning and training (e.g. intern pathway), global project (run centrally and across service lines), and business projects.
  • Visa - Recrutiment of graduates and interns is on hold for now.
  • Mazars - Mazars have cancelled the summer internships for this year, but graduate recruitment is continuing as normal. The start date may be pushed back to November or January.
  • Credit Suisse - Going ahead with 2020 internships and graduate schemes although dates and format may change.
  • Fisher Investment - Not expecting to run any internships this year.
  • Nomura - Planning to go ahead with summer programmes but in a different format.
  • Investment 20/20 have pulled together some resources to help students prepare for telephone and video interviews and a guidance deck on virtual assessment centres.

Journalism

  • Guardian Positive Action Schemes unfortunately have been put on hold for the time being but are hoping to open later in the year. 

Tech/IT

  • Amazon are hosting a series of virtual events for students.
  • IBM – trying to carry on business as usual, but running recruitment virtually and conducting inductions online.
  • mthree Aspire Scholarship a 12-week online training bootcamp that equips students with the skills they need to become a Full-Stack Java Developer.

Arts & Theatre

  • ATG has suspended (not stopped) recruitment for the time being and other theatre operators seem to be doing the same. See ATG Careers for updates.
  • For students who want to create theatre, there are several initiatives still open, particularly this Open Call from Farnham Maltings. Furthermore, many theatre professionals (search on Twitter) have put open calls for new writing during this period of down time so it could be a great time to submit any plays they are currently developing. You may also want to create work for digital platforms where possible. For students who are looking to embark on a career behind the scenes or in Theatre Management, working remotely on initiatives with arts organisations is a good idea.
  • For those already working in the industry who may have been adversely affected by the current landscape, please see some support initiatives below:
    • #Creative Network - a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation, the challenges of working from home and what we can do together to make the most of difficult circumstances.
    • Industry Minds – Mental Health Support for anyone in the creative industry.
    • Free Power Hour - A free hour of consultancy support to guide your arts organisation (self-employed or otherwise) through these uncertain times
    • Further freelance support signposting from Museum Freelance
    • Government Helpline for self-employed & freelance workers: 0300 456 3565 
    • Theatre Helpline for 24/7 industry support: 0800 915 4617

Science

Health

  • The World Health Organsiation have a series of online courses, which you can access here
  • TPP are still recruiting. TPP staff have been identified as key workers and are working to develop technology to support the NHS in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Law

  • Linklaters are developing a virtual work experience programme. 
  • Allen & Overy are hoping to go ahead as normal in Autumn with graduate schemes, and are contingency planning to run these virtually if needed.
  • Clifford Chance - Two work experience schemes. 
    • SPARK: being run as a 3-day virtual programme in the summer with 2-days of optional work shadowing in December
    • Vacation scheme: now shorter (3-day scheme), consisting of: virtual pre-scheme social/tips on making the most of virtual experience and what to do afterwards, case studies, presentations (individual and group), virtual Q&A’s, breakout/reflection discussions; some parts of the scheme are compulsory and other parts bespoke/optional.
  • Kennedys is to run a new training scheme that merges law school and the training contract. The new Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship (GSA), as the firm is calling it, is to begin in autumn 2021.

  • Hogan Lovells have cancelled their summer vacation schemes - made alternative offers for later vacation schemes (winter 2020) or permanent training contract roles.
    • Invested in tech that will enable them to offer virtual internships and other interventions such as webinars, informational sessions and insight events to students. 
    • First year insight events to be run virtually over the summer.
    • Assessment days for training contracts and vacation schemes will run later in the year

Other

The information above was accurate at the time of publication.

Employer-led webinars

To access all of our Careers and Enterprise webinars, as well as webinars held by employers, please visit our Downloads page and scroll down to 'Webinars' 

  • QM Jobs Blog: Follow our blog to keep up to date with the latest information from employers and to access useful guidance to help you navigate the Covid-19 period.

  • Our YouTube Channel: Watch our weekly job market updates, and find out more about the support we provide. Please note that these videos were accurate at the time of publication. 
  • Jobs and Work Experience: 
    • Browse QMJobsOnline for live job and work experience vacancies.
    • Visit Inside Sherpa to find out more about jobs across a range of industries. Watch video interviews with employees, work on tasks typical of the jobs you are interested in and receive tailored feedback from the organisation. These courses would look great on your CV!
  • Industry Guides: Why don’t you use your time at home to read up on career opportunities across different industries? We have a large selection of Industry Guides that you can download.
  • CVs & Applications: Another great use of your time at home is to create a CV if you don’t have one already, or update your existing one. Use our CV & Application guides to help you do this, and don’t forget you can book a Skype appointment with one of our Application Advisers to have it checked.  
  • Interviews & Online Tests: Use our online resources to understand more about recruitment processes, and prepare yourself for interviews and online practice tests using our range of online tools.
  • Other Useful Resources (Networking, Commerical Awareness, Job Hunting): We have lots of other guides and resources to help you boost your employability skills, find employment opportunities and prepare for applications and interviews. Browse all of these, here.
  • Online Careers Events: We are running as many careers events as possible online. Browse upcoming events here, or watch recordings of recent events that you may have missed, here.