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Careers and Enterprise

Job hunting

In this section, you can find out more about how to find jobs in the UK. First, watch our video to hear a few quick tips.

There are many part-time opportunities on campus, from Student Ambassadors and Library Shelvers, to residential, café, and bar staff. To find opportunities on campus see: 

Queen Mary is surrounded by great areas full of shops, bars and restaurants. By looking at lists of shops in each area, you can think of who to contact about vacancies.  

  • Westfield Stratford City is only one underground stop away from Queen Mary. Visit their website for a list of shops and restaurants which may have vacancies. 
  • Spitalfields market is close by and has a number of bars, shops and restaurants. 
  • Oxford Circus is just 15 minutes away on the tube and many different shops and restaurants. 

Many independent local businesses still advertise vacancies in their windows. This is where handing in CVs in person can work. 


While we recommend that you try to get some form of work experience, voluntary work, insight day or alike, if you are looking to build your skills in other ways we encourage you to look at the QM Skills Award and Forage.

While recruitment agencies are an option, we would recommend our international students apply directly to the companies they are interested in, rather than going through an agency who may not fully understand the visa restrictions.

TargetJobs has a fantastic resource on how you should move through the process.

We highly recommend you use our CV checkerpractice interview platform and cover letter enhancer in the first instance.

We will equip you with the skills required to network with employers to find out what they are looking for and showcase yourself. You can use your own research to help you decide which employers you might want to apply for and check to see if they are attending any upcoming careers fairs, events or presentations on campus. Please note that networking will not result in you being offered a job on the spot, but rather you can ask the employer the questions you may need to strengthen your application.

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