2014-15 has seen a series of successes for students who have taken advantage of our work experience and enterprise programmes. Last week we gathered together some of those we have worked with along with companies and partners for an evening to celebrate some of the amazing stories.
The evening kicked off with us hearing from two of the organisations that have hosted students from Queen Mary University of London, and from the interns themselves.
Francois Taljaard, Director of Finance, Recruitment and Business Development at Coreco spoke about how the opportunity to take a student from Queen Mary benefited his business. His former intern, Yaseen Seedat (who graduated from QMUL with an MSc in Economics & Finance in 2013), told us how the opportunity to undertake an internship provided by QMUL with support from Santander enabled him to gain his current permanent role with Habib Bank AG Zurich.
Natalie Jonk, founder of the scientific crowd-funding platform Walacea, explained how her intern, Rhiannon Teague (funded with support from the Higher Education Innovation Fund) enabled her business to begin pushing forward and to develop its marketing success. Rhiannon told us how much she valued being able to undertake an internship in the first year of her Astrophysics degree that directly related to her interest and how she hopes to continue working with Walacea after her three month internship finishes.
QProjects, which has now placed over 400 students in three years, was spoken about by Greg Sanderson, co-founder of the Smart School Councils Community. Greg told us how his small charity was able to develop through bespoke projects undertaken by QProject Leaders, and how he has now started a social enterprise, Involver, which is taking interns from QMUL.
Robyn Drew, a second year Economics student, told us about her journey from being set on a career in corporate finance, to now wanting to work in the charity sector after having undertaken her QProject role.
Entrepreneurs Ariel Kamara (Design & Innovation) and Simone Fattouche (Laws) spoke about their businesses Kam Alive and BillHive and the support they have received from QMUL including taking part in our eight week programme InQUBEate; receiving seed funding via our ‘Try It and Grow It’ initiative; taking part in our ‘3 Day Start Up’ and even receiving our sponsorship to the European Innovation Academy in Nice, France. Both spoke about the range of support they receive not just from the Careers & Enterprise centre, but also the network of student entrepreneurs and mentors they have met via our enterprise programme.
Finally Aisha Raheem (Economics) was presented with a giant cheque from Santander for coming third in their national ’60 Second Pitch’ competition with her business Farmz2U.
To find out more about our work with students and businesses visit careers.qmul.ac.uk