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Careers and Enterprise

QTaster

Gain insight into companies who are both well-known and new to you, learn about the day-to-day culture, their internship and graduate application processes and e-meet their employees!

Generously supported by the Sir John Cass’s Foundation

What is QTaster?

Would you like to find out what your chosen career path is really like? Are you looking to gain more insight into a sector? Or do you just have no idea where to start with making your career choices? QTaster gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into different sectors, working environments and roles across a range of graduate employers.

How will QTaster help you in your career journey?

QTaster is designed to help you explore your career options, allowing you to gain insight into different companies and roles to discover what’s out there and what might suit you. You might also find QTaster useful if you are looking to acquire experience, the programme allowing you to find out about companies you may want to gain experience with and build your network.

What will a QTaster virtual session involve?

All QTaster sessions will take place online. These may include:

  • Presentations by different speakers from across the organisation
  • Virtual tours of the offices
  • Information about their internship and graduate recruitment processes
  • Interactive online activities
  • Facilitated online networking sessions
  • And, of course, the opportunity to ask lots of questions!

The online skills sessions will outline how to make the most of the online sessions and how to apply your new commercial awareness and professional networking skills to shape your career choices.  

When are the next QTaster events?

The next QTaster events will be taking place during the autumn term, with applications for this round opening in the summer (dates to be confirmed).

Can I choose which employers I visit?

You can provide preferences and we will try our best to allocate based on these. This may not always be possible, but remember, it is all about different experiences and exploring organisations who are new to you.

Is QTaster for me?

QTaster is ideal if you have ever had any doubts or uncertainty about your future career path – the programme gives you a real life insight into individual roles and sectors. It could confirm you are happy with your current direction or you might be inspired by an area you have never heard of! Due to funding, QTaster is only open to Undergraduate students and a limited number of Post Graduate students.

Video produced by previous QTaster participant and first year Film Studies student, Calin Butnaru. Featuring autumn 2018 participants.

How does QTaster benefit me?

You will increase your skills in commercial awareness and professional networking. By visiting or e-meeting a variety of different organisations, your knowledge of different industries and roles will expand along with your knowledge of how to research careers and companies. It will increase your confidence in networking and many students come away with some valuable contacts. You will also benefit from coaching from professional experts who will help you apply what you’ve learnt so you can get ahead in your career. 

Successful completion of QTaster will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record). The programme is designed and structured to complement the development of your professional skills.

What types of employers have hosted through QTaster in the past?

Microsoft, HSBC, Barclays, Expedia, BT, SKY, Civil Service, Media Com, Fidelity International, Springer Nature and Ernst & Young, Skanska, Salesforce, Credit Suisse and many more.

Is there work outside of the sessions?

Yes, but don’t worry, it’s not too much! We just ask that you keep a reflective journal during your time on the scheme to ensure you get the most out of it.

What have previous QTaster participants said?

“My experience with QTaster has been nothing but positive. During a pandemic, networking opportunities were scarce and QTaster was able to provide invaluable insight into reputable companies through virtual, engaging sessions.”

Check out these blogs from Aakanksha and Asifa to hear more about their experience on the programme.

Is there support for the travel costs?

Yes. If you are concerned about how you will pay for the travel costs to different host organisations in London, please do speak to the QTaster Programme Coordinator. Travel funds are available to those students who need it at a first come, first served basis.

How do I apply?

Applications for QTaster are currently closed. They will open again this summer for the autumn round (dates to be confirmed).


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