Graduate story: Gaspare Chirillo, Law

GaspareI am Gaspare Chirillo and I have recently graduated from Queen Mary. I have completed a Law degree with a first class and, also, I have been a recipient of the Principal’s Prize for outstanding academic achievements. In addition, during my third year, I have been awarded the Draper’s Scholarship by the Law School; thanks to it, I will undertake an LLM in American Legal Studies in the USA. Particularly, in order to secure this scholarship, I have received great support from the QMUL Careers & Enterprise Department and would like to share my experience.

My time at Queen Mary has been a great ride which equipped me with all of the skills and experiences that I believe would be significantly helpful for my future career. Thanks to the quality of the well-structured law degree and the excellence of the academic body, I have gained a significant knowledge of the legal and commercial field. Moreover, I have been supported by the Careers & Enterprise Department throughout my law degree, which I feel has made me more employable and has helped me in obtaining important results.

Since the first year of the LLB, I have relied significantly on the Careers service which is available to all students of all degrees. I attended many 1-2-1 sessions with Careers Consultants and learnt many skills, including how to make a job application stand out tips

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Careers & Enterprise: Who we are

It’s the start of a new term – welcome back to all our returning students, and a big welcome to everyone who’s just joined QMUL! We hope you’re settling in well. You might have already got your student ID card, enrolled in all your classes, been to fresher’s fair (hope you got lots of good freebies!) … and you’ve now found your way to Careers & Enterprise. So we thought we’d tell you a little bit about what we do and how we can help you during your time here.

Whether you need help finding a part-time job, writing a CV or cover letter, or preparing for a graduate scheme, we can help.

Where are we?

queensThe Careers & Enterprise Centre is based in the Queens’ building (pic on left) on the Mile End campus, which is number 19 on this campus map.

We’re in room WG3, on the ground floor, near the Octagon and the Student Enquiry Office (where you’ve probably been already to pick up your ID!). Head to the corridor on the left-hand side and follow the signs.

What can we do for you?

We help QMUL students and recent graduates (up to 2 years after you graduate) in practically everything to do with their careers, from writing a CV to exploring your options after graduation. A career might seem a long way off if you’ve just joined us, but whatever stage you’re at on your QMUL journey, come and see us! Even if you’ve never even thought about life after university, we’re here to help you …

Appointments with Careers Consultants

We offer 20 minute 1-2-1 appointments with a Careers Consultant, either in the Careers & Enterprise Centre or your department. Appointments can cover any careers query, including: CV & application feedback, finding and applying for jobs, or deciding what to do after graduation.

Job hunting

Whether you’re looking for part-time work or a full-time role after graduation, take a look at our jobs board, Job Online: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs. This is updated regularly and

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The Basics: Job Hunting

Whether you’re trying to find part-time work, looking for an internship or getting a position after graduation, job hunting can be a bit daunting. But never fear! We’re here to help.

What is job hunting?

Ultimately we meaning finding work in whatever form – full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary, internships, work experience etc. Learn to job hunt effectively for one kind of work (say a part-time job) and you will be able to use the same skills for other types (when you are then looking for a job after graduation, for example).

You may also think that we mean looking at vacancy websites – but there’s so much more to job hunting than that. It’s about finding work opportunities wherever they might be.

Where do I start?

Know what you want to do?

Then you are effectively doing a targeted, specific job hunt. You need to develop your industry understanding (known as commercial awareness)- find out as much as you can about how the industry works, the key companies (big and small) and how hiring is generally done. For example, jobs in finance are usually advertised on company websites and jobs boards, whereas finding work in the film industry is more common through networking and word-of-mouth.

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Using LinkedIn to network

LinkedIn is a professional networking site, and more and more employers are now using it to search for suitable candidates. It’s an effective way to keep in touch with recruiters or people you meet at networking events, and allows you to quickly build up your network of contacts. You can:

  • Showcase your CV, in the form of your online profile, which is searchable by employers
  • Connect with individuals working in your chosen field
  • Research people’s career paths
  • Search for jobs

Our suggestions for getting started:

  • Don’t be tempted to use LinkedIn as a professional Facebook page. Only write appropriate updates and comments.
  • Complete your profile. Make it easier for people to find you by including your name, location, education, skills and experience.
  • Have a profile image. A professional headshot is recommended.
  • Add connections. Begin by searching for people you already know. Invite past and current co-workers and, where relevant, classmates, friends and family to connect with you. More connections gives you greater access to other users, by expanding your network.
  • Get recommendations and endorsements. Ask people who have worked with you to give you a recommendation or endorsement, which is visible to anyone who views your profile.
  • Become an active member of groups, share content and engage in discussions. They’re a good place to get advice and find industry professionals.
  • Update your information regularly – you never know when recruiters might be looking at your page!

Top tips for using LinkedIn to network

  • Find the right people: Search for companies and job titles that you’re interested in.
  • Ask for help and be clear: Ask something specific like, ‘I’d like to know how you started out in your chosen career?’
  • Personalise: Why are you reaching out to this person? Do you have a shared connection or admire their career path?
  • Be considerate: Understand that time is very important and explain that you’d really appreciate as little as 10 minutes.
  • Follow up: You might not hear back straight away, but do politely follow up about two weeks later.

Creative job hunting

Tell us about unconventional ways of finding a job!

Many students come to Careers & Enterprise looking to apply for graduate schemes online, usually in the autumn term before they graduate. In my experience, graduates apply for these schemes for a number of reasons including:

  • They are much talked about and well publicised through publications such as Target Jobs, Milkround and Prospects.
  • They feel safe because they provide structured training opportunities lasting for 1 – 2 years. This means you are not expected to hit the ground running.
  • They are often in companies that students have heard of and some people place great emphasis on reputation and branding.
  • They are relatively well paid with a median starting salary of £30,000 (High Fliers report The Graduate Market on 2016).

The major downside to applying for graduate schemes is that most students apply to graduate schemes! It is therefore highly competitive with around 10% of students securing places. So what else can you do and where else can you apply if you have not secured one for this year? Read on for some suggestions…

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2,395 vacancies on JobOnline right now!

Take a look below for some roles that caught our eye …

Project Coordinator (Dippy on Tour), Natural History Museum

Tapestry Conservation Intern, Historic Royal Palaces

Research and Publications internship, The Caribbean Council 

Research Assistant, BBC

Conservation Officer, Bumblebee Conservation Trust

If you’d like to discuss your career options, or would like some advice before applying to any of these roles, give us a call on 020 7882 8533. We’re open Monday-Friday, 9.30-5, right through the summer.

Guest blog – A career in digital marketing

Specialist Roles Available Within Digital Marketing

Samantha Condliffe – Digital Marketing Exec at Infinities Designer Menswear

online-marketing-1246457_1280The digital marketing landscape is changing rapidly due to developments in technology and the increased usage of the internet through mobile phones and tablets. Naturally these changes have created demand for digital marketing executives, including some very specialist roles. As these changes are still considerably fresh, they are yet to fully filter through to the education system, meaning that many students are not fully aware of every avenue their marketing degree opens up. The specialist nature of these roles means that they are highly sought after and carry with them great progression and salary opportunities.

Here I will run through the main specialist roles within digital marketing:

Email

An email marketer carefully constructs emails which are sent out to a database of subscribers in order to achieve a specific end goal such as increasing sales, donations, the number of people reading their content and so on. There is definitely a clever science to

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