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Welcome to the Careers area for the School of Geography. 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 of Geography Careers Consultant, Gemma Garrett.
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. To book please either visit the Careers & Enterprise Centre (WG3 Queens' Building) or telephone us on 0207 882 8533.
What to do from first year to improve your employment prospects
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 more on the 'What to do and when' page to help you identify next steps that will work for you.
There are opportunities for Geography students to do volunteering and professional certification with London Citizens: read here for more information.
Hear what other students say about their experience of getting work experience and being active on campus in our film:
Your Geography 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 to those totally unrelated. Read our options page and get links for where you can get further info by clicking the picture below.
You can also read the Careers & Enterprise industry guides to get an overview of different career sectors, the skills they require (how to develop these) and where to find more information.
Where to find vacancies: volunteering, internships and graduate jobs
QM Jobonline - this lists over 2200 graduate job, volunteering and internship vacancies
QRecruit - find QInternships for students and graduates, temporary work and QProjects opportunities.
Download handouts on job seeking in different sectors, from the environmental sector to marketing to charities and development.
Download the resources below for a list of websites where you can find volunteering opportunities, internships and directories of member companies who you can write to and set up your own work experience.
Making internship and job applications
For information and advice about interviews, networking, making speculative applications and assessment centres see the Resources page of the Careers & Enterprise website.
Careers & Enterprise: services we offer
Careers & Enterprise is located in WG3, in the Queens building, near the Octagon.
We provide a range of services to help you secure work and professional experience whilst you study and a job after you graduate, as well as advice and funding to start or grow a business We can support you in a variety of ways:
One-to-one appointments with a Careers Consultant or Application Adviser: book an appointment to talk about finding work experience, work, career options, further study or get your CV or application form checked. Book up to a week in advance by calling 020 7882 8533 or book in person in WG3, Queens building
Careers events: meet employers and find out more about different jobs from Alumni Career Ambassadors at our fairs and workshops and panels.See www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events for a full list of events and how to book.
As well as our programme of events open to all students, the School of Geography has its own bespoke career programme managed by me (Abi Sharma, SoG Careers Consultant). This is in the form of small group career tutorials in years 1, 2 and 3; a careers segment to 'Geography in the World' in year 1; a careers lecture in year 1 and a 'Career Conversations' event open to all years every Spring.
Jobonline vacancies website: our online jobs board lists over 2000 part-time and full-time jobs, internships and volunteering activities in the UK and overseas. Search www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs
QRecruit: build your work experience through our work experience hub - find temporary work on or local to campus through QTemps, get work experience in a local charity through QProjects, undertake a paid internship through QInterns.www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit
Enterprise programme: apply for funding to ‘try’ or ‘grow’ a business or social enterprise and use our programme of events and one-to-one appointments to develop your entrepreneurial skills and ideas. www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/enterprise
Online information: practice interview software, DVDs on assessment centres and loads more helpful resources and advice can be found on our QM Plus page.
Award winning QProjects ... what's it all about?
QProjects is an award winning work experience scheme that places QM students into CV-enhancing placements in local charities and community organisations.
QProjects is designed to give you the chance 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, all the while helping a local charity in need of your time and skills. 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.
Since 2012, over 400 students have been placed into a QProject.
Previous Project Leader roles have included opportunities with the Canal Trust and Thames 21, and roles such as Marketing Officer, Funding Project Leader, and Research and Evaluation Project Lead.
Visit our QRecruit pages to see what vacancies are currently available. From the QRecruit homepage, click on 'vacancies' (top menu) and then select 'QProjects' from the 'vacancy type' option box.
Meet a Project Leader:
Anum Ahmed, English Literature graduate 2014
Educational Research Project Leader, Ragged School Museum
Communications Project Leader, StudentVoice
Shortly before graduating Anum was accepted on the Graduate Development Scheme at the Department for International Development (DFID). Anum has fed back:
‘I believe that my QProject placements at the Ragged School Museum and StudentVoice helped me enhance vital professional skills that I was able to showcase at my DFID assessment day. My placement at StudentVoice significantly improved my problem solving and communication skills as I had the opportunity to liaise with students, film directors and regional charities through harnessing StudentVoices’ social media, blog and the e-newsletter. My QProject placements also inspired me to apply for a job within the international development sector as I knew that I enjoyed making a positive difference to communities through tackling social issues. My QProject placements were not just about gaining vital work experience in fact I can certainly say that QProjects helped form a strong foundation for my career. I learned about the ways in which I could excel at job interviews and assessment days. After each QProject interview I was given thorough feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of my interview and the strategies I could employ to improve my communication techniques.’
Starting a business/social business
Queen 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 £10,000 of funding through our ‘Try It’, ‘Grow It’ and 'Build it' awards, with opportunities to apply each semester.
1-to-1 enterprise appointments – book an appointment by calling 0207 882 8533, or visiting us in the Careers & Enterprise Centre on the ground floor of 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.
Access to experts – we can put you in contact with experts (from intellectual property to business accounting advice). Email email@example.com and tell us what you need to know about.
Workspace – students can work on their businesses in the Qube, an on-site bookable space in the Francis Bancroft building.
Workshops – check our events website to book onto our practical workshops including business plan writing, pitching, cashflow, and marketing, run each semester.
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.
Entrepreneurial networks – join Queen Mary Entrepreneurs, or ask us for a business mentor and we can try to match you with a mentor from a local start-up to support you through the early stages of setting up your business.
For more details visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise
To find out about enterprise events visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events
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