Students rate QMUL careers service in the UK top 10

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been ranked in the UK top 10 for student satisfaction for its careers services in a survey of 7,348 students across the UK.

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Students praised the helpfulness and effectiveness of the Careers and Enterprise service, which attracted a five star rating, placing QMUL eighth out of all the UK’s universities.

Emily Huns, Head of Careers and Enterprise at QMUL, said: “I am delighted that students find our award-winning projects useful.”

One student wrote: “Amazing location with an amazing campus. Great facilities and great teacher along with truly competent staff! 10/10 would recommend.”

And another wrote: “Great supportive university in London.”

Award winning projects

QProjects won the Guardian University Employability Initiative of the year in 2014. The project places QMUL students into east London charities to deliver projects that would otherwise be delayed or not go ahead because of a lack of resources.

Students are given the opportunity to put their university studies into practice, acting as consultants; gaining workplace experience, tackling problems and leading on projects. The scheme solves two problems: it creates a new, accessible stream of work experience opportunities for our students whilst helping our local, resource-strapped charities to get projects done.

A mentoring scheme, called QMentoring, connects undergraduate students with a member of the QMUL alumni community, or a UK-based professional. Through these one-to-one relationships, students are supported to make better informed career choices, develop their employability skills, and gain confidence with applying for graduate job roles.   

QMUL’s careers service also encourage students interested in enterprise with advice on how to start their own business. QEnterprise includes events, training and funding opportunities – over 80 student businesses have been launched with support from QMUL’s careers service.  

Recent success stories include Law graduate Jamie Crummie who received money to develop an app called ‘too good to go’ that enables restaurants with unused food at the end of the day to sell it to customers at a reduced price.

QConsult places QMUL students into mini consultancy projects in London-based businesses and charities where they are faced with a real-life business challenge. The programme, which won the Guardian Employability Initiative Award in 2016 provides students with the opportunity to use and build their skills, develop their employability and learn more about the working world.

A service for students, staff and alumni

QMUL’s Careers and Enterprise team offers a range of services to help students to build experience. They offer one to one support in everything from applying for jobs, job hunting advice and job interviews, to making career choices, starting their own businesses and investigating further study.

The average salary for QMUL graduates is £24,000 and 91% per cent are in work or further study six months after graduation (15/16 Leaver Survey – Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education).

They also offer services for researchers, such as PhD Students and research staff from all disciplines and alumni.

The survey was carried out by StudentCrowd, which asked students to rate their universities for their campus/facilities, clubs and societies, students’ union, careers service, and internet/wifi. Students could award up to five stars in each of these categories and write a review.

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