Click on the tab for your year group to see helpful career tips, advice and information for your phase of study.
Careers for Undergrads: What To Do In Your First Year
- Follow your interests: become an active member of a QMUL society. Look for a position on the committee in your 2nd/3rd year.
- Get skills on-campus building experience through QProjects or QMSU volunteering.
- Familiarise with our services. You can get your CV checked and ready for applying to internships, volunteering and work experience.
- Take a look at our Qprogrammes. Our Qprogrammes give students the opportunity to gain invaluable skills that will be appealing for employers
Careers for Undergrads: What To Do In Your Second Year
- Be curious – look around & ask lots of questions about jobs you see around you or read about.
- Become more self-aware… What interests you? What do you enjoy; What are you good at? What do you not enjoy?
- Continue to build work experience whether on campus or off… even if not directly relevant to a future career, it will definitely give you transferrable skills
- Explore job options by attending career events and workshops
- Take on extra roles- sit on a committee, be a course rep or QMUL student ambassador.
- Use the long summer break to get an advertised internship, or write to companies and try to set up your own. www.studentladder.co.uk has a useful list of companies offering internships in diverse sectors from publishing to banking - remember to start looking in the early autumn of your 2nd year.
- The QMUL jobsboard advertises individual internships with a wide variety of organisations, keep an eye on this from January onwards
Careers for Undergrads: What To Do In Your Final Year
Often English students are looking for jobs in Media/Communications/Publishing roles where graduate schemes are limited. Look for individual entry-level opportunities too and think about approaching a company with a speculative application if they have no positions advertised.
- Good websites as follows:
QMUL jobsboard (some larger schemes, but lots of individual jobs sourced for University of London students. Use the criteria on the left of the screen to refine your search)
CREATIVE ACCESS (BAME students only)
- BBC careers
- If you think Business, the Civil Service, Financial Services, Marketing, Human Resources etc., is for you... identify graduate scheme vacancies and apply as early as possible. Many open in the August/September BEFORE your 3rd year! Make sure you check out Student Ladder and Target Jobs for masses of graduate scheme info.
- Not sure what to do? Take a look at Prospects.uk to browse different industries and roles
- Visit the Careers and Enterprise Centre for one to one advice & guidance, CV/application form checks and mock interviews
- Visit Careers and Enterprise for resources re interviews, practice psychometric tests, mock interview simulator and assessment centre workshops and information.
- Apply for postgraduate courses if you are interested in an academic career or your career of choice requires further study. Book a Careers and Enterprise appointment to get feedback on your application before you submit
Masters Students: Get Your Career on Track
If you want to get a graduate job at the end of your Masters (as opposed to continuing in academia), your campaign should start at the beginning of your MA programme. N.B. Do read the section for 3rd year undergraduates and follow any relevant links.
Graduate Schemes - Large Organisations
- A good place to start your research is with a hard copy of The Guardian UK300 (does not exist online – collect from Careers & Enterprise in Queens Building WG3), which highlights the top 300 UK employers, their different schemes & the all important deadlines - many of which will be before Christmas.
- Remember big corporates need people in all disciplines – so a tech company still needs great staff to work in HR, Marketing, Business Management etc. Explore beyond the obvious…
- Read these top careers tips for Masters students
Law & Teaching
- Look out for events early in the autumn term to help start your campaign, such as ‘Law Careers for Non-Law Students’ and activities run by Teach First, Ark & other teaching organisations.
Interesting areas, often without formal graduate schemes…
- Read our Getting Into… guides. Careers covered include Publishing & Journalism; Marketing, Advertising, PR & Events; Charities, Development & Human Rights; and Politics, Think Tanks & Government.
- Fine tune your CV and draft an outline cover letter
- Build a long TARGET LIST of organisations that work in the area you are interested in, prioritise the list and 1) check website regularly for opportunities and 2) approach them directly even if no roles advertised.
- Earlier in the academic year, look to still build experience/contacts: use the fact that you are still a student - it is a fantastic opportunity to write & ask for work experience, work shadowing, even the chance to come in & discuss what their job involves
- Later in the academic year, approach them for a graduate role: always do your research, find something that the organisation is doing & show how that relates to your interests; don’t forget to describe your motivation for getting in touch.
- Use an organisation’s website and/or LinkedIn, to always find a named person to write to.
- Don’t be surprised if you have to write 50-100 letters to get a useful response!
- Be persistent, follow up an approach with an email after 2 weeks.
Still not sure what to do?
- Think as widely as possible – research job areas you know about, but also research companies/organisations that attract/inspire you and look at what roles for graduates exist in those organisations… there will be many jobs out there that you probably don’t know exist.
- Book a 1:1 guidance appointment with a Careers Consultant to kickstart your thinking, book an appointment by calling us on 020 7882 8533 or drop into WG3, Queens’ Building.
Know what you want to do, but concerned your CV experience is weak?
- Even in your MA year, it is not too late to build your CV if you are prepared to work hard, whether through regular part-time work, work-shadowing, an internship, or volunteering.
- Book a 1:1 guidance appointment with a Careers Consultant to help identify gaps & craft a plan of action…
Finally, the Basics:
- Always personalise your CV & Cover letter to maximise relevance to each organisation. Consider mailing old-fashioned paper copies, more unusual and harder to ignore than an email!
- Get CVs, Cover letters & Applications checked with an Applications Advisor in the Careers & Enterprise team, call us on 020 7882 8533 or drop in to WG3, Queen’s Building to book an appointment.
- INTERVIEWS… visit QMUL Careers for more resources AND book a Mock Interview with a Careers Consultant by calling us on 020 7882 8533 or drop into WG3, Queens’ Building.
WELCOME TO QM CAREERS AND ENTERPRISE
Career and Enterprise: Who we are and how we can support you
Whether you know what you want to do or are still deciding, use our range of support and opportunities to explore your options, and develop your skills, experience and networks.
Laura Skedgell is the Careers Consultant for the School of English and Drama. Read our statement of service and to see a full list of services available to you and visit our Careers and Enterprise page to find out more about our programmes and resources.
The Career and Enterprise Team continue to support you during Covid-19. We have recently launched our #AdaptToSucceed campaign to provide useful information and advice to students & Alumni through this period. On our Careers & Enterprise COVID-19 page you will find a range of resources to help you, including ways in which we as a team can offer support, up-to-date employment market information, tips on developing your employability from home and answers to your questions.
Our Team is operating remotely while offices remain closed. This means that all of our appointments, employer events and programmes are now taking place virtually.
We offer 1:1 careers appointments via Skype. If you want to discuss anything that relates to career planning, professional prospects, further study options or if you simply want to have a chat about your career ideas book an appointment with Laura Skedgell or another Careers Consultant. If you have a job application you are working on and would like feedback or if you want to discuss how to improve your CV you can speak to one of our student employability advisers. To book an appointment simply contact the Career Team front desk here.
Each year we have hundreds of employer events on campus who provide inspiration, insight and information about jobs. All of our events are now taking place online via Blackboard Collaborate. We have recently created a unique and exciting programme of events starting in June that is specifically aimed at Humanities students. See below or click here to find out more and register. To browse all of our other upcoming events click here.
Online Information & Resources
You can keep boosting your skills and developing your career plans during this period. We have a wealth of online tools and resources to help you learn about careers in different sectors, find opportunities of interest and be successful in applications. Click here to find out more.
There are still employers recruiting during this time. Access QMJobsOnline to browse open vacancies, from part-time jobs to internships to graduate schemes, and more. We also encourage you to follow our blog to keep up to date with the latest employment market information and insight from employers. Read our fortnightly newsletters to browse lots of job opportunities and employer events.
Careers and Enterprise are working hard to ensure as many of our programmes can still run throughout the Covid-19 period.
The QMentoring programme is running as normal, however, we would advise all upcoming mentoring sessions take place either by telephone, or video call, for the foreseeable future. Despite making this slight change to the programme, we are very keen for all our QMentoring relationships to continue to progress and we will send further updates as soon as our advice changes.
For budding entrepreneurs, our Enterprise team is running its services virtually. Visit the Enterprise pages for more information.
What Can You Do With A QM English Degree?
English graduates can go into a huge variety of jobs, as you have a range of skills developed through your degree such as persuasive communications skills, creativity, presentation skills & critical analysis. According to the Institute of Student Employers, more than 80% of the big graduate recruiters don't really mind what subjects applicants have taken - so there may be more career routes open to you, than you might have thought.
According to LinkedIn, here are some jobs that QM English & Drama alumni were doing in 2019:
Rights Manager (Publishing) Hachette UK Marketing Lead KPMG Head of Government & Healthcare CBI Deputy Editor - Digital Metro UK Teacher St Paul's Academy Global Mobility Effectiveness Manager PwC Barrister Lamb Chambers Trainee Solicitor Clifford Chance Broadcast Journalist BBC Media & Campaigns Amnesty international