You don’t have to be harbouring ideas of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg in order to be interested in enterprise. Most graduates actually end up working for SME’s (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), which includes start-ups. And the best way to figure out whether working for a start-up may be the career path for you is to get some experience in that world. The QConsult Commercial programme allows you to do just that.
How does QConsult Commercial work?
Small businesses (mostly start-ups!) provide a team of students with a short project brief outlining the details of a particular business challenge they are facing. Teams then research and analyse information around their business challenge and present their recommendations back to the business. The business gets a chance to solve a problem they are facing and you have the opportunity to build your experience managing a client relationship, working in a diverse team and communicating complex ideas in a professional setting. Student teams are asked to visit their client’s offices at least 2-3 times during the programme and communicate with them regularly, granting students a taste of what it’s like to work in a start-up as well as to work as a professional consultant.
What will you have to commit to?
- You will be expected to dedicate 4hrs/week for 5 weeks working on your project. Most work can be done from campus or at home.
- You will conduct 2-3 visits to the business’s offices (a great opportunity for networking and experiencing what a start-up working space is like).
- You will be expected to meet with your team regularly, attend a training session and at least 2 coaching sessions with Careers & Enterprise staff.
- You will be paid London Living Wage (£9.75/hr) for the 20 hours that you will spend on your project in total.
- The Spring 2017 round of QConsult will take place from January-March 2017
What have past QConsultants said?
Before the project, all I thought about applying for was grad schemes, because that was all I knew about. This scheme has really opened my eyes and made me much more open to a range of opportunities. – Khalid Muruz
My experience of the project was very positive. It helped me to clarify a previously unknown industry and therefore it made my career choices more informed. – Dariusz Plata
How do I become a QConsultant?
Before applying, please have a look at the programme’s calendar of key dates to ensure that you have the time to dedicate to the 9 week QConsult project next term. The deadline for applications is Thursday 1 December at 10am.
You apply online HERE.