Student story: Louisa – Advertising Unlocked

Mother gives students a whole new definition of creativity

Louisa Dorothea Loehrig, MSc Marketing

Think BIG, thing TV, think attention-grabbing adverts that you can’t zap away. If you’ve lived in the UK (and not in a cave) you would’ve felt EPIC when seeing moneysupermarket’s Dave thrust his bubble butt whilst strutting in fabulous high heels,  unconsciously sang along to Boot’s iconic “here come the giiiiiiirls”, and/or thought about how you could become your own interior designer after falling in love with IKEA’s homey solutions. Meet the company responsible for all this: meet Mother.

Along with around 20 other students, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Mother in person – or in the many persons this company is. This was my chance to find out all about how exactly these masterpieces are created. Nothing, not even the miserable rain on the day, could dampen my excitement, and let me tell you – I was not disappointed!

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After receiving a warm welcome, coffee and snacks, and taking in the impressive space, we sat down on the big concrete staircase, eager to learn what was to come. Katie Mackay, Mother’s joint head of strategy I was über eager to meet (not just to see her choice of outfit), kick started the event by giving an overview of the company. Pictures of employees’ proud mothers adorned the presentation and the walls next to us – a reminder, not only of the company’s mission to take care of projects as a mother would, but also to make their own mothers proud of their work.

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3-Day Startup (3DS) – apply now!

Have you ever had an idea you would have liked to turn into a project or even a full business?

Would like learn the skills required to do just that? If so, the qEnterprise team have a fantastic opportunity for you.

3ds3DS is a free startup bootcamp running from 10th – 12th November. 50 QMUL students will come together to take initial ideas and intensively develop them into viable businesses, all in the space of three days. It will be high-energy, fun, practical, unconventional and extremely educational.

3DS is a superb opportunity to learn the essential skills required to launch businesses and other projects (or to impress employers), be involved in founding a startup yourself and to meet smart, engaged students with similar interests as future friends and collaborators. It doesn’t matter which subject you study or what experience you’ve had: we believe the skills required to get projects and businesses off the ground – idea generation, user research, prototyping, project management, marketing, presenting, commercial awareness – can be applied to all jobs and walks of life. Accordingly, 3DS is open to everybody receiving this email (yes you).

For a taste of what the weekend is like, and as evidence that 3DS is for everybody, check out our video from last year:

Applications are now open! To apply, and for more information, head to the website here: http://queenmary.3daystartup.org/.

We look forward to seeing you there,

The qEnterprise Team

All about apprenticeships

  • Did you know there are apprenticeships available in sectors including accountancy, engineering, IT and journalism, for example? Despite what you may think, they aren’t just for ‘learning a trade’.

  • Did you know that some apprenticeships even allow you to work and study towards a degree?

If you decide university isn’t right for you, it could be worth exploring apprenticeships, and there are a range of exciting opportunities available that you might not have previously considered. They enable you to start working and earn a wage while you learn key skills and gain the qualifications that future employers are looking for. 

Degree level apprenticeships involve working a minimum of 30 hours per week and gaining practical industry experience, whilst studying a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a partner university.

A Higher Apprenticeship is available to anyone with A-level qualifications, and provides workplace training, a salary and leads to a national qualification.

You can find a helpful overview of how apprenticeships work on the UCAS and Prospects websites. Prospects has lists of employer who offer apprenticeships in Engineering, Business and Law. If you are interested in applying to any of the employers listed, you could look on their websites for further information about what they offer and how to apply. Also, see here for a helpful overview of industries that offer apprenticeships.

So, where can you find apprenticeships?

The Government portal lists a range of opportunities (www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship) but you could also try the following …

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223

www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/search/jobs

www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/apprenticeship-vacancies (vacancies are pulled through from the Government portal above, but there is plenty of useful information on the site)

There are also companies that put students in touch with employers – like recruitment agencies. You could find these with a Google search, e.g. for IT and Technology apprenticeships, you could try www.archapprentices.co.uk

There may be funding available, depending on your circumstances. For more information, see www.gov.uk/career-development-loans or www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/eligibility.

If you are considering leaving your course and would like to talk through your options, call 020 7882 8533 to book a 1-2-1 appointment with a Careers Consultant. Also see our updated handout: Changing or leaving your course

Student story: My Summer Internship at Legance

maria bMy name is Maria Luisa and I am going into my third year in Politics and Business Management at Queen Mary. This summer I had the chance to spend two months interning at Legance, an independent Italian law firm with offices in Rome, Milan and London. I was lucky enough to be based in the office in Rome which is also my home city!

At first, I was a bit intimidated about working in a fast paced environment and in the corporate world but, after the first week, I managed to adapt easily thanks to the supportive environment that I found. Since day one, I have been assigned very stimulating tasks and have been involved in a great variety of activities of the firm which is the thing that I liked the most about my internship. In particular, I primarily dealt with doing research, helping write reports and interviews, translating documents from Italian into English, working with the Corporate Social Responsibility Sector, attending meetings and reporting back to the office.

If I have to describe my internship in 3 words I will definitely choose: challenging, as I had to come across to new topics that for me were unknown, engaging because since the beginning I felt very welcomed by all my colleagues and constructive, as I enriched my knowledge and improved my skills.

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Using LinkedIn to develop your network – 4 templates to get you started

linkedin-911794_960_720LinkedIn is an amazing resource. It gives you access to the career history of millions of people around the world, many of whom have similar backgrounds or interests to you. It also makes real the possibility of actually communicating with these people to find out more about what they do now and their career journeys.

All that said, it can be scary and potentially awkward introducing yourself to people you don’t know online.

To help you get started here are 4 easy templates which you can adapt to reach out to people on LinkedIn or via email.

The key principles here are:

  1. Be clear what you’re asking
  2. Get straight to the point

People don’t owe you anything and people are busy but if you can be specific and gracious in your approach there are a lot of people who are happy to oblige (it’s a nice feeling to get asked for your expert opinion).

  1. Contacting Queen Mary alumni

Finding people on LinkedIn who studied the same thing as you (or were in the same clubs/societies as you) is a great basis upon which to strike up a conversation with someone. You automatically have something very concrete in common. So use that to your advantage as shown in this template:

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Graduate opportunities in the public sector

Want to make a real difference with your degree? Ever considered a a public sector graduate scheme?

Here are 5 top opportunities for graduates in the public sector:

The biggest graduate recruiter in the UK, Teach First places graduates in schools with a higher-than-average proportion of free school meals or in areas of deprivation. After a five-week training course you head straight out into the classroom, working with young people while completing your training. At the end of the scheme, you’ll have a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a salary starting at £20,909 in inner London, increasing to £28,660 in your second year.

Dealing with everything from finance to health, the Civil Service offers graduates a diverse range of roles within which to specialise, while supporting the delivery of high quality services for the public. You will develop a portfolio of experience across different placements in government departments and agencies. You’ll benefit from an accelerated career path to leadership roles, with a starting salary of £28,000.

For schemes working in local government, also check out the National Graduate Development Programme.

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Guest blog: Three non-obvious careers for science graduates

So, you’ve decided that research isn’t for you? That’s okay – there’s life beyond the lab! Here are three alternatives that will allow you to put your undergraduate and/or postgraduate science degree(s) to good use.

Patent attorney

If you’re interested in the law as well as science, you might want to think about becoming a patent attorney – an intellectual property law expert who helps clients (from individual inventors to big companies) obtain and maintain patents for their inventions.

In broad terms, patent attorneys:  

  • assess whether an invention meets the legal criteria for patentability
  • apply for patents from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO)
  • draft patent specifications, i.e. a detailed written description of the invention and the scope of the protections sought, submitted as part of the patent application process
  • defend or enforce the rights conferred by patents (alongside solicitors and barristers) once they have been granted

If that sounds like your cup of tea, you should start browsing the many training programmes offered by law firms. An undergraduate science degree is the only qualification you really need to be a candidate for one of these. According to allaboutlaw.com, around 40% of patent attorney trainees do not have an MSc, and around 70% don’t hold a PhD. So while a postgraduate degree certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s not necessary.

When you’ve secured a training contract, don’t expect to get your patent attorney wings for another 4-6 years. That’s typically how long it takes to satisfy the criteria for acceptance on to the Register of Patent Attorneys. While training is mostly on-the-job, it does involve external courses and examinations:

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