Careers and Enterprise

Humanities Careers 2020

Build your career prospects during Covid-19 with our series of practical online workshops (June 1 - June 11 2020).

Our Humanities Career Workshop series is designed to help those graduating during Covid-19 to adapt to the changing job market. These online workshops cover a range of topics to support you in developing and achieving your career plans.

Who can register?

These workshops are designed for students from the following schools - 

  • Geography
  • History
  • Poltics and International Relations
  • English and Drama
  • Languages, Linguistics and Film

How do I sign up?

To reserve your place for a workshop follow the appropriate link below to sign up on Target Connect (using your Queen Mary login details). 


The online workshops will be taking place from 1st June - 11th June.

Effective job hunting in COVID-19
Monday 1st June
12:00 - 13:00

Are you worried about how easy it's going to be to find a graduate job? Are you applying at the moment but not hearing anything back? If so, then this webinar is for you. In it, we are going to explain..

- the latest UK labour market data surrounding coronavirus (as it relates to graduates)
- three of the most effective strategies that graduates can use right now to find work  
- a useful framework to help keep up energy and morale during job hunting (people have said they've found this so useful)

Crafting a Winning CV
Tuesday 2nd June
12:00 - 13:00

Many students reading this probably think they 'know how to do a good CV'... even if they have not quite got round to updating it yet! 

But do you know how to make it a WINNING CV that grabs a recruiter's attention, clearly demonstrates your suitability for the job and immediately moves you on to the next stage?

This workshop focuses on helping you to ensure that YOUR CV is relevant, targeted, contains strong evidence and stands out from the crowd.  

Explore a Masters in light of Covid-19 - pros, cons & making a strong application
Wednesday 3rd June
12:00 - 13:00

Are you now considering a Masters to start in autumn 2020?

Join this session to explore good reasons to do a Masters, factors to consider, how to apply and get TOP TIPS on how to write an effective personal statement that will help you to make strong applications.

Sort your LinkedIn profile in 60 minutes! 
Thursday 4th June
12:00 - 13:00

At the moment everyone is going on about using LinkedIn to network in order to help you find jobs. But how do you do it? This webinar will teach you simple tips and tricks for how to approach people (in a non-stalkerish way) online. We will also look at how to update your profile so you come across as skilled and interesting.

Careers Cafe: Your questions answered (virtual drop-in & chance to ask your career questions at the end of the week)
Friday 5th June
12:00 - 13:00

We'll be wrapping up the first week of our Humanities Careers 2020 event series, with an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about jobs, work experience or further study. It might be something that has come up over the week, a general question, or perhaps a query that has arisen in the light of Covid-19. 

Drop-in to this live online discussion with Career Consultants Serena Spoendlin and Laura Skedgell, pose your question and also hear what others are thinking about.

Impress with your Applications - How to write Cover Letters and complete Application Forms
Monday 8th June
14:00 - 15:00

  • Are you applying for jobs but not having any success? 

  • Do you feel your applications are either being ignored or getting rejected? 

  • Or do you finally want to get started with your applications but are not quite sure how? 

With many employer events having moved online and networking opportunities being limited, having a strong application is more important than ever. In this workshop we will look at how you can properly market yourself in your cover letters and application forms. We will discuss how to best research employers and really demonstrate your motivation for the role and the company, as well as highlighting your skills and experiences to make you stand out from the crowd. 

QM Alumni stories - How to enter the job market in uncertain times
Tuesday 9th June
16:00 - 18:00

COVID-19 has created unprecedented disruption to modern society, causing short-term and potentially longer term difficulties in the job market. However, times of crisis and uncertainty are not new. What can we learn from those who faced similar challenges before us?

In this online panel discussion, you will hear from former Queen Mary students who graduated during the economic crisis in the late 00s. They will share their personal stories of how they navigated a tough job market and provide tips and insights to help you think about how to approach the beginning of your career. You will also learn about the support on offer from QM Careers and Enterprise and Alumni Engagement after you graduate.

Confirmed speakers include:

Priscilla Owusu-Danso – VP, Technology Risk, Bank of America
Ross Garrod – Public Affairs Manager, Crossrail
Apostolos Lambrianides – Group Marketing and PR Mananger, The Delta Group


Laura Skedgell, QM Careers and Enterprise
Nathalie Grey, QM Alumni Engagement

How to pass the online recruitment stages - Advice from a Recruiter 
Wednesday 10th June
14:00 - 15:00

  • Have you been struggling to get past the psychometric testing stage in your applications? 

  • Did your video interviews get rejected?

  • Or are you nervous about the whole process and would like some advice first? 

Whilst many recruiters have been using online tests and interviews for years, many have now even moved their assessment centres online. Most applicants tend to get rejected at the first two online stages of the recruitment process (testing or video interview). However, the good news is that it's all about preparation and avoiding the common pitfalls. 

Sarah Morrison has been working as a Graduate Recruiter for Mazars for many years and is very experienced in assessing online applications and video interviews. She is also very familiar with virtual assessment centres.  In this session she will share some tips and tricks on how to be successful in the process, as well as what you should try to avoid.  There will also be time for you to ask questions in the chat. 

Career Cafe Week 2 - Your Questions Answered (virtual drop-in & chance to ask your career questions at the end of the week)
Thursday 11th June
12:00 - 13:00

As the final event in our Humanities Careers 2020 series, this is your opportunity to ask any questions that have occurred over the last 2 weeks and also to come and discuss 'what next?'... how are you now going to move forward.

Drop-in to this live online discussion with Career Consultants Andrea Cox and Caroline Lisser, pose your questions and also hear what others are thinking about.

Other events that might interest you…

The impact of Covid-19 on capital markets activity and investment banks (by Daniel Trinder)
8th June 2020
12:00 - 13:00

COVID-19 is impacting the entire financial system and its institutional architecture. One consequence is that it is testing the speed of response of European and national institutions regarding global prudential and markets regulatory coordination along with monetary policy coordination, along with the fiscal policy response. It is also testing the resilience of the banking sector to absorb a wide variety of shocks: credit risk, market volatility risk, and operational business continuity, while still supporting the lending and the raising of finance for the economy.

Daniel has extensive experience as an MD in Investment Banking and is now working as a Senior Advisor, Consultant and Honorary Professor. He will discuss the initial impact of COVID-19 on European capital markets activity and look at how investment banks are responding to the variety of shocks.

Working in the UK after study for International students
11th June 2020
12:00 - 14:00

In this webinar, we will provide up-to-date visa advice to help you plan your future career in the UK.

12-1pm: UK visa options after study update - Rachel Hacking (QM Advice & Counselling) 

This workshop will give you a full overview of the Tier 2 visa process for working in the UK after your studies, as well as the chance to ask any visa related questions to our expert from QMUL Advice and Counselling. Information about Tier 1 will also be covered.

1-2pm: Tier 5 Internship visa - Zenia Chopra, Head of Client Services, Kingsley Napley 

Find out more about the Tier 5 Internship route for working in the UK after study from Zenia Chopra.

Zenia has had 7+ years’ experience working within the Tier 5 GAE visa route and is one of the UK’s few leading experts on the Tier 5 GAE scheme and market. Zenia will be presenting an overview of the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange VISA scheme which allows international graduates to undertake work experiences in the UK for as little as 4 weeks to a maximum of 12 months.

Her presentation will cover:

  • Explanation of the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 GAE visa route – difference between the two routes
  • Process of applying for a Tier 2 sponsorship licence for an employer
  • Eligibility criteria – Tier 2/Tier 5 GAE
  • List of the overarching bodies under the Tier 5 GAE  visa route and differences between each of their schemes/fees
  • Process of applying for sponsorship via an overarching body
  • Benefits for the students to use the Tier 5 GAE visa route
  • Criteria for switching from Tier 4 to Tier 5 GAE

You might be interested in some of the other online events Careers and Enterprise have coming up, which are aimed at students from across the university. You can find out more about our events (and sign up) on our Events page. Plus explore a range of career resources available to support students during Covid-19 at #AdaptToSucceed

Placement: Location: Off campus