QMUL Model Extra opportunities – find out more!

modCome visit us at Mile End library! We’re holding a stall inside, where you can ask us about our fantastic range of QMUL Model Extra opportunities!

Find out more and apply for these great opportunities, all of which are non-credit bearing, and take place once a week over a semester. See a full list of opportunities below, and visit careers.qmul.ac.uk/qmulmodelextra for more details.

InQUBEate – build the skills to launch a business or social enterprise.

Leadership, Management and Professional Skills – develop an understanding of management and the working environment, and refine your skills that will help you succeed through group-based learning.

QConsult – take on a consultancy project for a real business or charity.

QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream – explore the Civil Service, meet the staff and experience their recruitment methods.

QTaster – learn about different potential careers by visiting various graduate employers.


Student story: Lessons learned from internships

26854826_1701300166586943_888886152_o (1)My name is Daniel and I am about to finish my BSc Economics degree in a few months. Read on for my insight into the actuarial profession and how you can get an internship in the insurance industry.

How did you source your work experience?

During my first year I really did not know what I wanted to do but I was very keen to find an internship. I knew I would have a sixteen week holiday over the summer with not much to do. My first internship was hard to find as there are limited opportunities for first years but after applying online to 30 places I was finally offered an internship role at XL Catlin. This is an American insurance company and one of the largest syndicates in the Lloyd’s of London market. Here I was given the chance to work with many different departments. I found working with actuaries the most interesting and this helped me to narrow my search in the second year for another actuarial role, and I found one at Allianz.

What were some of the key lessons you learnt?

The insurance industry is extremely broad and has many opportunities even if you are not really interested in insurance itself. Every insurance company holds a huge amount of reserves and have large investment divisions with plenty of internship opportunities. One of the most notable examples is Royal London, which is the UK’s largest mutual fund. This particular firm has an internship open to second years across all their investment divisions as well as a graduate scheme.

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Bag yourself some work experience with the likes of TfL, NHS and Crossrail

QChallenge London will offer successful applicants the chance to develop their problem solving skills, their leadership skills and their cultural intelligence.

Apply for QChallenge London here.

Watch the video below to see Andy Coxall, CEO of Common Purpose Student Experience, give an intro into this brand new programme.

This is your opportunity to test yourself, your creative thinking and your ability to work with different people. You’ll develop leadership skills and your ability to innovate. You’ll also develop your networks across a wide variety of organisations across the city. Who knows where your challenge could take you?

Applications for QChallenge London close on Sunday 3rd December, and the programme will run from 5 February to 18 April 2018.

Please visit our website for further details and to apply.

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.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

QChallenge London – applications now open!

Are you interested in building your CV and professional networks by leading real change in a top London organisation?

QChallenge London is a brand new employability programme exclusive to QMUL undergraduates in partnership with Common Purpose, and applications are open now.

Successful candidates will work in a team to explore a major challenge for a London organisation with a focus on health, housing and transport.

This opportunity is ideal for students who are:

  • Interested in developing their skills in the working world
  • Keen to put their mind to a real life business challenge
  • Looking to network with leaders from business, government and NFPs

Participants will be offered the chance to present their findings to their organisation as well as receiving a £50 voucher for submitting a reflective essay.

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The programme will run from 5 February – 13 April 2018. Applications are open until 3rd December for all QMUL undergraduates. Postgraduates may not apply.

Apply online here

If you’re looking for a unique challenge, which will not only expose you to an exciting range of networks and experiences but test your creative thinking, then apply for QChallenge London.

Student blog: Spring Week Success

Yesterday we heard from Arjun, who has just finished his 1st year studying Business Management. He shared his advice about the importance of Spring Weeks – read on for part 2 and his thoughts on what to do before applications open…

IMG_7310What should I be doing in the meantime?

Find what you’re interested in – are you interested in the fast-paced markets? Looking for an advisory or client facing role? Keen to work with numbers? Most firms will provide good insight into their respective business areas on their dedicated careers page – so I recommend checking it out and exploring the potential opportunities available to you.

Brush up on your CV – I cannot stress enough how much a clear and concise CV will be the make or break of recruiters taking you further in the process. On average, recruiters spend only a couple of seconds skimming a CV to know if they are interested in a candidate. So to ensure you make it through that stage, you must:

  • Ensure any past work experience and volunteering focuses on what you have contributed and/or achieved in a short bullet point or two per role
  • Make sure each job states the organisation, location, date and your job title
  • Make sure your formatting, layout and grammar is consistent and clear
  • Remove unnecessary details like gender, photo date of birth or personal ID numbers (oh – and that embarrassing and totally unprofessional email address you made when you were 13? Yes, get rid of it and replace it with a professional one!)

For business and finance, your CV should be no longer than 1 page – recruiters do not like long CVs, so play around with the margins, summarise your secondary school grades and remove things that add little value. Show your CV to a close friend, family member for their comments or why not book an appointment at the Careers & Enterprise Centre? I would thoroughly recommend it! I got advice and tips on my CV that helped highlight inconsistencies and improve my general layout.

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Student blog: The importance of Spring Weeks

Calling all First Year students: Let’s talk about the importance of Spring Weeks…

Arjun Jethwa - PhotoArjun Jethwa, 2nd year Business Management

If you’re interested in a career within Investment Banking, Asset Management, Accounting or Consultancy – this excellent springboard will give you the competitive edge when it comes to getting fast tracked into some of most prestigious internships in the city. I went through the process last year and gained a Spring Week and I thoroughly recommend you do the same!  Here’s some short tips and information I would recommend for fellow incoming first years…

What are they?

Some may already know about them, most probably do not, but every April a few hundred curious, ambitious and well-driven first year students enter some of the prestigious European and American banking institutions in the city, and leave having secured summer internships that will get them ahead of the competition and closer to their dream job once graduating.  Ranging from a week to a couple of days, many banking institutions provide students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to work for their firm through work shadowing, practical work and networking opportunities to some of the most senior individuals and graduates who were only just recently in your same position – they are hugely beneficial for anyone interested in this profession and makes your CV really stand out, especially when opportunities for first years are so limited.

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