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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.

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.  

What is the time commitment?

QTaster takes place 3 times a year:

  • Semester A (September - December)
  • Semester B (January - March)
  • Summer (June)

Each programme requires you to attend 3-4 employer visits/online sessions and 2 skills sessions.

If you take part in QTaster in Semester A or Semester B, all the sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons. QTaster Summer is a condensed version of the semester programme, so sessions will take place over two weeks in June. 

When are the next QTaster events?

Introduction session

Tuesday 22nd September / Wednesday 23rd September 2020 (You will be required to attend one of these dates). This event will last 1 hour.

QTaster online virtual events

You will attend 4 virtual QTaster events during these dates which will all take place on a Wednesday afternoon: 7th October, 14th October, 21st October, 28th October, 11th November, 18th November. You will need to attend three dates, depending on which employers you are allocated to (visits last for 1.5 to 2 hours)

Career development workshop

Wednesday 25th / Thursday 26th November (You will be required to attend one of these dates).

 

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?

Organisations include, Microsoft, Civil Service, HSBC, Barclays, UBS, KPMG, Macmillan Cancer Support, John Lewis 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?

You can sign up to our programmes mailing list for reminders and to be informed when the next round of applications will go live.

Get in touch if you have any questions!


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