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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*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

Focus on Finance (3rd-14th October)

Focus on Finance is our programme of events designed to showcase the range of areas in the finance sector you can work in. Over 40 employers will be visiting the campus to
showcase their opportunities to QMUL students and give you a unique insight into their work. From Accounting to Investment Banking and beyond, 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. Here are a few highlights below, but see the link above for all events.

Tuesday 4th October: ‘Careers in Insurance – Discover Risk’ with The Chartered Insurance Institute

This session focuses on insurance and wealth management – it will include an overview of the Chartered Insurance Institute with case studies from graduates and a Q&A at the end.

Tuesday 4th October: Careers in Accountancy

There are many different strands to accountancy, and this session will look at the types of area you could work in at a large or small firm. The session will also take you through the qualification process, and look at topics like how you fit in ACA qualification with a working life. The event will be led by ICAEW and KPMG.

Tuesday 11th October: Applying for Insight Days and Internships

Attending insight days, and undertaking internships is more or less mandatory for a successful application to a graduate role in the finance sector. This session will go over the essentials of finding relevant work experience and will feature a discussion with current students talking about how they found their placement and what they did. 

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Events, events & more events!

Once again, we have a busy programme of events this autumn term! Events are free to attend for QMUL students and are the perfect opportunity for you to meet with employers who are looking to recruit students just like you. We’ve got a range of careers information fairs, employer presentations, skills sessions, workshops and much more to look forward to.
employernetworkingLast year, over 2000 students attended more than 270 events on campus. We worked with a huge range of employers including: Teach First, Bloomberg, Civil Service, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Citi, Deloitte, EDF, HM Treasury, PwC, J.P Morgan, IBM and many more!

Read more about last year’s highlights here.

What’s coming up?

See our website for all our upcoming events – updated regularly!
www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

* Save the date!* Coming up soon, we have our Focus on Finance (3rd-14th Oct) and Focus on Technology (17th-21st Oct) events:

Focus on Finance is our programme of events designed to showcase the range of areas in the finance sector you can work in. Over 40 employers will be visiting the campus to
showcase their opportunities to QMUL students and give you a unique insight into their work. From Accounting to Investment Banking and beyond this is your opportunity to find out more about the sector, and network with your potential future employer. Look out for the Business & Finance Fair on 11th October, as well as workshops and presentations from Barclays and PwC amongst others.

Focus on Technology is our programme of events which explore the range of areas you can pursue in the technology sector. Events include an applications masterclass from IBM, and a ‘what employers want’ workshop delivered by Accenture. The Technology Fair on 20th October is designed to demonstrate the range of opportunities available in this growing sector, from placements and internships to graduate roles. We’ll be welcoming top employers to campus, including Amazon, Bloomberg and Deloitte amongst others.

* Keep an eye on the Events page for registration details, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on these events *

Why get involved?

  • Demonstrating on your CV/application or interview that you regularly attend relevant events is a great way to make you stand out. It shows enthusiasm and drive, and that you have researched your career ideas.
  • You can discover the realities of working in a particular role, organisation or industry.
  • Enhance your commercial awareness by getting the latest information about what’s happening in the company and industry.
  • Networking opportunities! Making contacts is a useful way of getting information and asking questions – not just from the speakers, but also other participants. They may be able to help you with information, advice or even work experience opportunities in the future.

Prepare for the Fair

The Business & Finance Fair is for students who are looking to discover more information about a career in business and finance. The fair is designed to showcase the range of opportunities that are available in this industry, including work experience, internships and graduate opportunities.

Business & Finance Fair, Tuesday 11th October, 5-7pm, The Octagon.

To make the most out of the evening, read on for our 3 top tips on preparing for the fair …

  1. Research

Take a look at the list of employers who are attending (below) – this will help you prioritise who you want to talk with.

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Keep an open mind as opportunities can come from the least expected places and you could end up speaking to people from organisations that you might not have thought about before. Be sure to research as much as you can about the companies you really want to meet. You will impress them by knowing who they are and what they are about. When researching employers you can find out about the company itself from their website and social media pages, but also catch up on the latest news and current affairs, particularly any stories that might be relevant to the employer. Showing your commercial awareness this way will help you to stand out more in the recruiter’s memory.

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