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    • 03/03/21 English at Work: an English Alumni Panel

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    • SED Careers Workshops February 2021

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    • 04/11/20 SED Career Cafe

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      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.

      Felicity Bush 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. If you would like to book an appointment please call the Careers team on 02078828533.


      We offer 1:1 careers appointments via MS Teams; a limited number of face-to-face appointments will be available from 24th May 2021. 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 Fliss 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. Find out how to book an appointment here.

      Career events

      Each year we have hundreds of employer events on campus who provide inspiration, insight and information about jobs. Events are currently taking place online via Blackboard Collaborate.  To browse 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, and see more links and information in the Resources tab above. 

      Employment Opportunities

      There are still employers recruiting during this time. Access QM Careers Hub to browse open vacancies, from part-time jobs to internships to graduate schemes; and take a look at QTemps for well-paid flexible work. 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.


      Our programmes are currently running virtually; these are amazing opportunities to build up experience and knowledge. 


      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
        BarristerLamb Chambers
        Trainee Solicitor Clifford Chance
        Broadcast Journalist BBC
        Media & Campaigns Amnesty international

        For more options with your subject and to find out more about jobs that you might like, visit these websites:
        Creative Choices
        The Guardian
        Career Player   


        • 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. 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.

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              • Masters Students: Get Your Career on Track

              • Alumni stories

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              • Opportunities

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              • Freelancing and working for yourself

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