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    Careers & Enterprise

    Welcome to the Careers area for the School of Business and Management.  This area will give you information on career options, application techniques, how you can improve your employment prospects and gain work experience and graduate job vacancies. This area is maintained by the School's Careers Consultant, Vanessa Freeman and Internships Coordinator Sonia Singh. 

    See the  Careers & Enterprise website to find out more about the support we offer you or drop in to see us, in WG3 (by the Octagon), Queens Building.  
    We offer 20 minute appointments daily, in the Careers & Enterprise centre and Wednesday appointments with Vanessa from 1-4pm in FB 4.10 just for business students. To book please either visit the Careers & Enterprise Centre (WG3 Queens' Building) or telephone us on 0207 882 8533.  


    New!

    Spring Term 2017  Programme - sign up for these events here


    Assessment Centres   19 January 2017             3-4pm           Bancroft 2.41

    Assessment centres are used by many employers to recruit new graduates.  This is a practical workshop where you will complete an assessment centre group exercise.  Facilitators will observe your performance and give feedback to help you be your best at the real thing.


    Next steps               27 January                           12-1pm          Bancroft 4.26    

    Applied for graduate schemes but not been successful?  Just unsure about what to do with your degree?  This session will show you live jobs related to business management and teach how to find the right one for you.


    Interview Skills          27 January                          1-2pm            Bancroft 4.26   

    Interview skills:  Preparation and practice or how to knock 'em dead and make yourself to good to miss.


    LinkedIn Lab          2 February 2017                   1-2pm            Bancroft PC lab 1.23 

    LinkedIn is used by many employers to find talent.  A hands on session to help you write a good LinkedIn profile and how to get the most from it as a networking tool. 


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    The process of getting a good job when you graduate starts in your first year.  When you apply for graduate jobs employers look for evidence from year one of transferable skills gained both from inside and outside your course and some professional work experience. It can sometimes be challenging to balance study and involvement in these things, so read our 'What to do and when' page by clicking here, to help you identify next steps that will work for you.

    Watch our video to hear from other students about the on-campus and work experience that they have done:  

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    East London Business Alliance (ELBA)

    Careers and Enterprise works closely with ELBA (East London Business Alliance) a social regeneration charity connecting employees of corporate organisations to the local community.  They have have over 100 member companies including JP Morgan, Barclays and Credit Suisse. In terms of Higher Education, ELBA works with 4 universities to help develop the employability skills of students to put them in a better position to secure graduate level positions when then graduate. Keep your eye out for posters and QMPLus emails advertising their opportunities such as:

    • Insight Clubs
    • Mock Interviews
    • CV Surgery
    • Mentoring Scheme

         

     

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      Your degree gives you a huge range of transferable skills, meaning that you can go into a variety of jobs - from those directly related to your degree (HR, CSR, Consulting) to those totally unrelated (Law, Social Work, Education).  How do you decide what you would like to do?  Click here to read our suggestions for working out your ideal career.

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        QInterns is the internship service for Queen Mary University students.  This involves placing students and recent QM Graduates in short paid internships in both small to medium enterprises and large organisations.

        There are many advantages in doing an internships such as:

        • Gaining valuable work experience
        • Great way to test if a particular career is the right one for you
        • Gain new skills as well as developing existing ones
        • Gain confidence
        • Opportunity to network and make contacts
        • Obtain a good reference to help with future job applications
        • Create a competitive edge when graduating

        The School of Business & Management has a dedicated Internships Coordinator that sources exclusive internships opportunities for Business & Management students.  These opportunities range from small start-up businesses to large corporate organisations.  Opportunities will be posted on the QM Careers website www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit and will also be announced on the QMPlus information zone.



        Previous roles have included:

        Conference Assistant at Global Insight Conferences

        Researcher at McGregor Boyall Associates

        Business Development Intern at My Social Innovation

        Analyst Intern at Ecomachines

        Marketing Intern at EasyCar

        Finance Intern at QMUL Finance Dept

        Operations Intern at Morgan Stanley


        Students are also encouraged to find their own internships with many large organisations taking applications for summer internships as early as August/September.  Most deadlines are end of Oct - Nov.
        Its best to think about the career you want to pursue and then target relevant companies.  There are many websites that specifically deal with internships, some useful sites worth visiting are:

        www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit

        http://jobonline.thecareersgroup.co.uk/careersgroup/student/

        http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/

        http://www.internwise.co.uk/

        http://www.e4s.co.uk/

        http://workinstartups.com/job-board/jobs/interns/

         

        If you need any help and support when completing an application for an internship please book an appointment to see a careers consultant.  It’s worth taking the time in getting an application checked over in order to maximize your chances in securing an interview.  Career consultants are also able to provide interview preparation for internships.  To book an appointment to see a careers consultant visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/book

         

        If you have any questions around internships please contact Sonia Singh who is the Internships Coordinator for the School of Business & Management  - sonia.singh@qmul.ac.uk

         

         

         

         

         

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          What is it?

          QProjects is an award winning work experience scheme that places QM students into CV-enhancing placements in local charities and community organisations. 

          Who is it for?
          Students who don't have much work experience to add skills and experience to your CV that will make you to stand out to future employers and explore what you would enjoy doing after graduation. As a business student, the skills you gain on a QProject will make you desirable to business employers.

          What does it involve?
          Projects generally last for 3 months and take up only 1 day a week of your time, allowing you to fit the placement around your other commitments. The employment rate after graduation for past Project Leaders is over 92%.

          Previous project leader roles have included organising events, leading marketing and social media campaigns, leading business engagement projects, and assisting charities’ human resources and finance teams.

          Sign up to receive email alerts about new QProjects by emailing Laura on l.beswick@qmul.ac.uk  or browse on www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit by selecting ‘QM Projects’ in the dropdown.

           

          Meet a Project Leader:
          Joe Barlow, Passport to Employability Project Leader
          Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP)

          During his QProject Joe was able to network with local businesses. Through one of these networks he was offered some additional part-time work with a local management consultancy.

           ‘The project itself has helped me develop many skills. I now feel incredibly confident speaking in front of crowds of both professionals and students. The opportunity helped me develop my skills of condensing information I have learnt in my degree and practice them in a work place environment. It also gave me added team work experience which will be incredibly useful in the future.

          The opportunity of working at THEBP has not only provided me with incredible work experience for my CV, but it has also provided me with contacts I can count on in the future. This experience also gave me the opportunity to gain some part-time employment, something I would not have been able to gain in this sector without doing the QProject.

          QProjects has definitely given me a great chance of gaining full employment once I graduate, and I am extremely thankful I had the chance to participate in this.

          Shortly after graduating Joe went on to gain a graduate role as Programme Manager at Understanding ModernGov.  Joe says:‘Without a doubt the work I have done with QProjects has clearly helped me here. It was that experience I feel really gave me the edge in this job process.’

           

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            QConsult is a 10 week project, where you work in a team for 3 hours/ week to solve a business problem of a QM Department or School.  It is a brilliant way to boost your work experience alongside your studies, giving you skills in client focus, commercial awareness, creative thinking, problem solving, team work and decision making.  At the end of the project you present your recommendations to the client and get their feedback.  If you are interesting in working in consulting this is also a way to explore the idea and gain directly relevant experience. 

            Students who have undertaken QConsult projects have gone on to work in IBM, Barclays Corporate, Bloomberg and Queen Mary Finance department.

            QConsult participant,now working as an Application Specialist at Bloomberg:
            QConsult was very helpful as it enabled me to gain some valuable transferable skills. I will be working as an Application Specialist at Bloomberg, where I will be responsible for consulting clients about the Bloomberg products such as the Bloomberg Terminal. The QConsult project helped me to match my skills and experiences with the job description of the new role at Bloomberg. The project helped me to come up with innovative ideas in order to give advice to the client (QM IT department), which is considered to be very essential for the role I applied to. I would recommend every student to take part in this project as it enables you to achieve some valuable skills.

            QConsult applications are open now - closing date Sunday 4th December.  Download the application form below.

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            Students with headphonesQueen Mary Careers & Enterprise provides students and recent graduates with a range of support for their entrepreneurial ideas:

            Seed funding – students and recent graduates (up to one year) can apply for up to £5000 of funding through our ‘Try It’ and ‘Grow It’ awards, with opportunities to apply each semester.

            1-to-1 enterprise appointments – book in an appointment via the Careers & Enterprise Centre in the Queens’ Building to get advice about developing your business idea. Whatever stage your idea is at we can meet with you and help you to develop it.

            Mentors – we’ll try to match you with a mentor from a local start-up to support you through the early stages of setting up your business.

            Workspace – students can work on their businesses in the Qube, an on-site bookable space in the Francis Bancroft building.

            Workshops – check our website to book onto our practical workshops including business plan writing, pitching, cashflow, and marketing, run each semester.

             

            Competitions – look out for competitions run throughout the year that provide sponsorship to attend external enterprise events. 

            Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) - international students with a credible business idea and relevant entrepreneurial skills can apply for endorsement from Queen Mary to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Immigration Permission.

            For more details visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise

            To sign up to these events and more visit: http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

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              NEW! Online interactive interview simulator 

              1)      Browse interview questions – find out what employers are looking for and what the how to provide a strong answer to a range of different questions

              2)      Practise interview questions – answer questions, against the clock, to build confidence and improve your technique. Choose from pre-built interviews or custom build your own, selecting the questions you want to work on

              3)      Browse the advice centre – articles cover a range of topics from tips on how to perform well at interview and how to develop your commercial awareness, to what the weirdest questions of the year are and more!

              Log in using your QMUL log-in details: http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/applying/interviews/index.html

              Psychometric Tests

              You can do a practice psychometric test on our system 'Assessment Day'.There are full length numerical, verbal, inductive, logical and diagrammatic tests online, with downloadable answer sheets that explain the solutions to each question.

              Register at  http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/qmul/ using your @qmul email address.

              Other online practice test resources:
              http://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/student/employability/employability.jhtml 

              http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/psychometric-tests/275677-psychometric-tests-what-they-are-and-why-graduates-need-to-know

              http://www.insidecareers.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-approach-a-numerical-reasoning-test/

              http://www.psychometric-success.com/

              Read advice about assessment centres in our Careers Brochure and check our events page for any employer-led practise assessment centres running on campus.

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                If you are looking for a job after you graduate, use our industry guides to find out where to look for vacancies in your sector:
                http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/options/industryguides/index.html

                You can also browse over 2000 jobs on our jobs board: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs