Making the most of events
Attending Careers and Enterprise events is a fantastic way of making connections, as well as developing skills, knowledge and confidence. All our events are accessible. Please see our About Us page for more details. If you have any additional needs please email us.
Before an event:
- Research as much as you can about the employers you will meet.
- Dressing smartly will make you feel more professional and confident - even online, it makes you feel the part!
- Prepare some questions to ask the employers and alumni you will meet.
At an event:
- Introduce yourself in a clear and relevant manner, mention what your professional or academic interests are or why you are attending the event, an then ask an open-ended question to get the conversation going.
- Speak to as many people as you can.
- Ask questions and show that you’ve listened to the presentation by asking follow up questions, and don’t forget your prepared questions.
- Ask for contact details if you would like to continue the conversation beyond the event.
After an event:
- A day or two after the event, take the time to follow up on the connections that you have made. Thank them for taking the time to talk to you, include something that helps them to remember you (e.g., ‘I very much enjoyed our discussion on…’) and reiterate your interest in their organisation.
- When you make an application or get invited to interview, you can refer to this contact as someone who has inspired you, further showing your interest in the organisation.
Queen Mary Careers Virtual Events Code of Conduct
- Act as if you are at an in person event – be polite and professional in your conversation, language and self-presentation. You are representing the university and employers/alumni remember their experiences, so poor behaviour by you can negatively impact you and other students in the future.
- Take a look at the Netiquette Guide [PDF 208KB] for events and the Code of Student Discipline [PDF 303KB] for guidelines on interacting in an online context.
- If we deem your behaviour to be inappropriate, this will be followed up or you will be removed from the session.
- Harassment, bullying and hate expressions of any kind are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you are found in breach of this, you will be ejected from the event and reported to the QMUL Report and Support Team.