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

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Hot topics for accounting candidates

pexels-photo-209224At our ‘Working in Accounting’ event earlier this week, Brexit was stated by the panel of accounting alumni and professionals as the hot topic to be discussed at interviews to impress employers.

Interested in a career in accounting? Read on for some more insights from the event …

  • QMUL alumnus Akram Rizvi, who works for Westminster Council as Finance Manager, explained the cost implications of Brexit were vast for the public sector, and the effects on immigration, labour market costs, and changes in laws could potentially lessen investment options in EU banks. QMUL SBM alumnus Roni added that Brexit costs at his employer Acorn will sky rocket.
  • We heard from QMUL alumna Sonia Akhtar, Associate at Grant Thornton, who told us that tax transparency is a hot topic in the tax world, as companies are now under pressure to publish their tax strategy and give full visibility. Sonia studied French & German, graduating in 2015, and her role involves preparing tax returns for her clients. Having languages and a study abroad year, as well as part time work and being a member of the rock climbing society, helped her applications stand out to employers.

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Focus on Finance 2017 (2nd-13th October)

20161011_191511Focus on Finance is our programme of events designed to showcase the range of areas in the finance sector you can work in. Employers will be visiting the campus to highlight their opportunities to QMUL students and give you a unique insight into their work.

There are many job opportunities in this field – corporate finance, financial planning, investment banking, insurance – and this is your opportunity to find out more about the sector, and network with your potential future employer.

What’s coming up?

Visit our Events page at careers.qmul.ac.uk/events for the full list of upcoming events, and to register your place. Select the event title below to book on to the event.

2nd Oct: Working in Finance – QMUL Stories

The financial sector opens up a wealth of opportunities to QMUL students. Meet our alumni, and have the chance to ask questions about their experience. We will be showcasing roles in economics, consultancy, investment banking, retail banking, professional service firms, insurance and the public sector.

3rd Oct: Working in Accountancy

Accountants are financial specialists at the heart of all areas of business. They work across various specialisations, including consulting, corporate finance and forensic accounting. Hear from accountants representing professional bodies and an array of firm sizes, to learn their experiences of entering the profession and preparing for chartership.

4th Oct: Working in Investment Banking

Investment banks are best known for their involvement in trading and corporate mergers and acquisitions deals. But be aware that there are many other types of job in the industry – for example, you could be monitoring political developments in the Eurozone, helping billionaires manage their assets, or working on your bank’s business strategy. These are all important parts of the business and there are exciting roles for graduates here. Hear from a panel of QMUL alumni who have made a success of this sector.

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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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Enterprise: Who we are

Are you interested in starting your own business, developing an existing idea or networking with other aspiring and established entrepreneurs?

Do you want to develop your employability skills?

The Enterprise team can help you achieve these goals whether you want to start a business or learn more about the process itself. If you have a creative idea or an existing business that you want to expand, we can provide you with the funding, mentoring and skills that you need to succeed.

We provide seed funding, an incubator programme, mentoring, enterprise boot camps, specialist workshops, free stalls at markets both on and off campus, pitching events and talks from local entrepreneurs. To sign up to any of our events, see our events calendar.

InQUBEate is Queen Mary’s 8 week start-up incubator programme, which has places for students to join in Semesters 1 and 2.  During the programme you will have weekly meetings with mentors from a range of industries, receive training on a range of topics including marketing and legal issues, meet like-minded students to share your ideas with, and pitch for funding to a panel of judges.

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East London Social Hack

_dsc0505-edit-003This weekend 50 students from QMUL took part in the ‘East London Social Hack’, an intensive enterprise bootcamp that tasks participants to set up social enterprises in just 3 days to address key issues in their local community.

The first ‘East London Social Hack’ took place in March 2016 and, due to its popularity, the event was expanded this year with the support of an £18,500 grant from the UPP Foundation. This allowed the bootcamp to be increased from 2 to 3 days, and enabled the winning teams to receive a package of workspace and mentoring for 3 months in co-work space Launch 22, along with £500 of funding to market test their ideas.  

rrrrThe grant also enabled the university to assemble an impressive line-up of 16 local social entrepreneurs who helped students to develop and validate their ideas over the weekend, including Junior Ogunyemi, a QMUL economics graduate and author of ‘How to be a Student Entrepreneur’, Katherine Hibbert, founder of hugely successful property social enterprise DotDotDot, Junior Smart, founder of SOS Gangs Projects, and Alexis Olapido, founder of Gym Bites.

On day 1, students discussed social issues that they were passionate about and formed teams based on their values, culminating with their first pitch of the weekend. They heard from Katherine, who set up DotDotDot Property in Tower Hamlets to link empty property with renters who were willing to volunteer in their local community in return for cheap rent. The company now turns over £1milllion a year and has expanded across London.

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