How to make the most of the Jobs Market

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Our Jobs Market on 18th May is your chance to meet employers face to face and apply for live job opportunities. Ask questions, find out more about the employer and apply there and then – simple! With a range of employers from a number of fields, this is a great opportunity to network, make some great contacts and hopefully land yourself a job!

Register your place here, and read on for our top tips to help you make the most of the event…

What to bring:

Copies of your CV (for tips on writing a CV, see our CVs and applications blog posts here), notepad and pen, a list of questions to ask and lots of enthusiam!

Make a good impression

Start conversations with recruiters by introducing yourself. Ask how their day is going and smile to show that you are listening. Be polite – remember that recruiters are people too! Making notes will show the recruiter that you are interested in what they have to say and will be useful for you to refer to afterwards. Remember to ask for a business card – this can be helpful if you decide to make a job application. Finally, try to dress smartly; this will help you feel more confident and counts towards making an excellent first impression.

Ask the right questions

Make the most of this face-to-face opportunity with an employer (remember there are live vacancies available) by asking questions that you wouldn’t usually be able to ask. Here are some suggestions from us: 

  • What roles do you have available?
  • What do you enjoy most about working for Company A?
  • What work experience do I need to have when applying?
  • How can I make my application stand out?

If it’s a graduate scheme on offer:

  • Can you tell me more about what your graduate programme involves?
  • What can I do now to prepare myself for your recruitment and selection process?

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International Student Careers Week 13th-17th Feb

We have a great programme of events lined up this February for international students who want information about working in the UK and overseas during their studies and after they have graduated.

Booking open now! Click the links below to book your place ….

Monday 13th February, 5.15-6.45pm, Bancroft 1.13A        

Working in the UK after Graduation – Led by Careers & Enterprise and Advice & Counselling

This workshop will give you an understanding of how the recruitment process operates in the UK, the timeline for applying to jobs and what employers are looking for. You will also get information on visa regulations for working after study.

Tuesday 14th February, 2-3pm, People’s Palace, PP2

How to secure a job back in Asia after your UK graduation: A workshop by International recruitment specialists Hays

Learn how to stand out in the recruitment process when securing work in Asia. From job hunting, writing CVs, interviews, and job fairs. Wei Wei from Hays Recruitment will be giving his considerable international expertise to QMUL students.

Wednesday 15th February, 1-2pm, People’s Palace, PP1

Tier 5 visas for UK employment (Work experience in the UK up to 24 months): Led by Access Tier 5

Access Tier 5 provide visa sponsorship to any non-EEA graduates to undertake work experience with UK employers by sponsoring them under the Tier 5 visa category. Find out more about this scheme and how you can get short term work in the UK through it. 

Thursday 16th February, 1-2pm Bancroft 1.15A

Maximising LinkedIn for your job search       

In this practical workshop you will learn how to build your profile and use the key features of LinkedIn for networking and job searching in the UK and overseas. 

Thursday 16th February, 5.30-6.30pm, Bancroft 3.26      

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Upcoming events

Updated 16th February.

We have lots of great events coming up this term, including our International Students Careers Week – see below for some highlights. For the full list, see careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

International Students Careers Week – 13th – 17th Feb – see here for details.

Enterprise: Social Entrepreneur’s Journey – 21st Feb, 6-8pm

We will have 5 different social entrepreneurs (including Too Good To Go, Gym Bites and Motus Innovations) that will discuss their journey in developing their enterprises, highlighting their challenges and what they have overcome. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and for networking following the event.

Career Conversations: Exploring Careers in Public Relations – 28th Feb, 6.15-7.30pm

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore working in Public Relations. We are delighted to have QM alumni Lisa Dillon who is Director of Communications at Hearst Magazinesand Suraj Bhanot who is an Account Manager at leading PR agency Weber Shandwick.  Lisa and Suraj will each give a short case study presentation on a PR project that they have been involved with – to help you get a better understanding of the role of PR in different contexts. We will also be joined by Kate Turner, Public Affairs and PR Consultant at The PR Office.

Civil Service Fast Stream – Diversity Skills Session – 2nd March, 4-5pm

This workshop is about understanding the value of diversity and the importance of being authentic in the workplace. Hear from the Civil Service’s highest-ranking BAME director on how to get to the top while still being yourself. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with a Senior Civil Servant committed to increasing diversity at every level and championing the value of difference. He will discuss ways to build up your personal confidence and develop strategies to succeed at work.

All students are welcome to attend. This event would be of particular interest to QMUL students interested in government, politics, journalism, communication, and diversity and disability issues, and students from BAME backgrounds engaged in societies.

Want to work for a not-for-profit? – 8th March, 2-3.30pm

Frontier, the international volunteering abroad organisation, hosts a one hour workshop on careers in conservation and the benefits of working for a not-for profit. The information workshop will include how you can gain experience in the field via internships and job opportunities both in the UK and abroad. This workshop will take the format of a presentation alongside workshop activities where you will have an insight in to the different roles, what they involve and how to apply for such positions. There will also be an additional 30 minutes for open discussion and Q&A.

Deloitte Tax – from Law to Tax Consulting – 9th March 6.30-7.30pm

Deloitte LLP will be coming to us to discuss a career in Tax at Deloitte, and how the skills developed during your law studies are a great fit for Tax Consultancy. They will be offering further insight into Deloitte and their culture, as well as an introduction to Tax as a career and what you can expect from day to day life as a Tax Consultant. We will talk you through the different career opportunities and pathways into Deloitte Tax, giving you some insight into what to expect from the application process. You will also have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about the application process or life at Deloitte in general.

Our careers events page is changing!

We are launching  our *new* events booking system on Monday 14th November, and wanted to give you a sneak peek as to what it will look like!

You can still find all of our events at the following page: careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

Whilst the page will look a little different (see below), it’s really easy to book onto an event still. Simply choose an event from the list and click for more details.

Our new system, Target Connect, means you can book and cancel your place at an event online, and the waiting list feature means that as a student cancels their place, the next student on the waiting list will automatically be booked in.

Your login details are exactly the same ones you use for QMPlus. If you’re already signed in to QMPlus, you won’t need to sign in again. However, if you are prompted for a login, then use your existing details.

We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!

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Upcoming events – November/December

Tuesday 6th December

Enterprise: InQUBEate Final Pitches

The final session of our incubator programme, InQUBEate, will be hosted in Central Working, Whitechapel. Students will pitch their business ideas and how they have developed over the course of the previous 8 weeks. If you are thinking of joining next term or want to hear the journey our entrepreneurs have been on, please join us on this evening. Drinks and food will be provided at 6.15pm and pitches will commence at 6.30pm.

Wednesday 7th December

CCLS: Mishcon de Reya: The business of law/commercial awareness

Employers want to see that you understand the context in which law operates – that you have commercial awareness. Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya, will take you through current and potential future developments that will affect lawyers, the way they work, what they do, and how they do it.

For PG Law students only
Wednesday 7th December
Does the thought of an interview send you into a panic? Have you ever had an interview?
Have you had an interview and want to do better next time? Then come along to this interactive skills clinic, getting some tips and individual practice on how to ‘Impress at Interview’.

Even though we try to source as many internships as possible, one of the best ways to obtain one suitable to your goals is to find it yourself.  We will help you clarify your goals, identify potential sources, and use the best approaches to possibly securing one.

Thursday 8th December

Career Conversations: Careers in International Development

Come and meet QM alumni who work in a range of different areas of International Development – from project management and policy to academia and fundraising. Join us to hear about what their job involves, how they got started and their top tips for getting in to the sector.

Upcoming Events

There are plenty of events still to come this term, and many more opportunities to meet top employers on campus. See careers.qmul.ac.uk/events for the full list of upcoming events and registration details. Read on for some of the highlights coming up in the next 2 weeks …

Focus on Technology

Focus on Technology is our programme of events which explore the range of areas you can pursue in the technology sector.

Focus on Technology: Careers in Technology Panel (join the waiting list)

Monday 17th October: This panel discussion will feature people from a range of organisations (including Bloomberg and Network Rail) and roles, talking about their careers and taking questions from you.

Applications Masterclass, delivered by IBM (waiting list)

Tuesday 18th October: This session led by IBM will look at the application process and give an insight into the things recruiters are looking for on an application.

Morgan Stanley Technology Skills

Wednesday 19th October: Hear from a QMUL alumnus about working in the Technology Division of Morgan Stanley. The workshop will also cover business problem-solving questions and group discussions in assessment centres.

QMUL Technology Fair 2016

Thursday 20th October: The Technology Careers Information Fair is a key way to find out about a range of opportunities in this area. Exhibitors include Accenture, Deloitte, ION Trading, Cancer Research, Alumni by MThree Consulting, Amazon, EDF Trading and many more.

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Undergraduate Law: Work Experience & Vacation Schemes: Panel & Networking

Tuesday 18th October: Everything you wanted to know about Vacation Schemes: panel discussion and networking.

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*Business & Finance Fair next week* and other upcoming events

Business & Finance Fair, 11th October, 5-7.30pm, The Octagon

Do you want an internship or graduate job in the business or finance sector?  Want to connect with employers and find out the inside track so you can impress at interview? Interested in seeing which companies offer jobs for QMUL students?  

Organisations at the fair include: Bloomberg, CIMA, PwC, Willis, Towers Watson, HSBC, ICAEW, Lloyds of London, EY, FCA, Civil Service Fast Stream, Teach First, Moore Stephens, Mistubishi and more to be confirmed!

Come along to our Business and Finance Fair and find out about the range of work experience and graduate opportunities for you, whether you are a first year, finalist or postgrad. 

Book at www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

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See these other great Focus on Finance events, and register below:

Business Game led by PwC, Thursday 6th October, 1-3pm

Employers are looking for you to have commercial awareness.  This business game will give you a unique chance to really develop your commercial acumen ina practical way, in preparation for work experience and grad job applications.  This game is similar to what you might have to undertake at an assessment centre – so it’s fantastic way to practise.  

Book at www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

Data Analytics Case Study led by Barclays, 12 October, 1-3pm

This workshop, run by a data science team at Barclays will cover a couple of real case studies drawn from their work.  It will be participatory and will give you a chance to see what a career in the growing industry of data science involves.  

Book at www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events