Student story: My QConsult experience (applications open now!)

Thinking about autumn term already? Don’t forget that QConsult starts again in September and applications are open NOW. 

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Carola (2nd from left) & her QConsult team

Carola Bigogno (2nd Year Biomedical Sciences student) took part in the spring round of QConsult, working on a project for a local housing charity. Here’s what she had to say about her experience on the programme:

Why did you get involved with QConsult?

When I found out about QConsult I was thrilled. I thought it would be a great chance to improve my skills and gain new transferable ones, to learn more about a particular job profile – consultant, which I found extremely interesting, and also give back to the community in a different, but still valuable way.  And I was definitely not wrong, the overall experience was incredible!

Did you enjoy the programme?

The best part, for me, was working together in a team: putting together ideas and opinions and using our skills to present to our client and write up the best report possible. I think that I’ve always worked pretty well in a team, however, working with other people can be extremely challenging. Luckily enough, everyone in my group was very professional. We also became friends, sharing not only the experiences of the programme but socialising together too.

What skills did you develop whilst on the programme?

QConsult was definitely a challenge, and not everything went smoothly! Before starting the project, I wasn’t confident about my skills and abilities. I also wasn’t really sure what was expected of me in a professional environment.

At the end of the project we were able to reflect on the experience and the skills we had gained. We discussed the topic within the team and with the careers advisors, and we realised that we had been able to develop and strengthen any skills we could think about, at least all the key ones, including written and oral communication, initiative, organisation and attention to details. When asked to identify the skills we still need to work on we all identified time management. In fact, we are all doing very challenging and demanding degrees within the team, therefore it was sometimes hard to dedicate enough quality time to QConsult.

Do you think QConsult has helped your employability?

I believe QConsult significantly improved my employability for many reasons. First of all, because I had the chance to work in a professional environment, where people – our clients – trusted our abilities. Moreover, it was an incredible chance to develop a significant range of specific and interpersonal skills, which will definitely boost my CV and confidence.

What would you say to somebody who’s unsure about getting involved in QConsult?

Don’t be scared by how challenging QConsult appears at first, and don’t give up as the project goes on! Not everything will turn out as you expect, but this is a great chance to step out of your comfort zone and understand your abilities, strengths and skills. You will also identify your weaknesses and learn how to deal with them. Moreover, you will learn a lot in such a short time and you will meet amazing people that will always support and help you.

If you’d like to experience QConsult for yourself, then get involved! Applications are open now and close on 29th August. For more information visit our website here: careers.qmul.ac.uk/qconsult

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