How to succeed finding part-time work with QTemps

What is QTemps? QTemps is our on-campus recruitment service specifically for QMUL students and graduates, and is a great way of earning money whilst gaining meaningful work experience. Our part-time and one off jobs are mainly for students. As Queen Mary University is a London living wage employer we don’t work on any jobs that pay less than £9.75 per hour.

Where are the jobs located? Most of our roles are internal, working with different academic schools and departments, whilst others are in and around East London. Recently we’ve had a lot of tutoring roles with local schools, which pay around £14.00 per hour.

How many hours a week will I work? We get jobs that are anything from just 1 hour only to other roles that started in 2012 and are still going!

Sounds great, what’s the catch? The only thing to bear in mind is that we get a lot of applicants for our roles (sometimes over 200!), so it’s important to make sure your CV is up to date. To increase your chances of being successful, make sure the education section is updated to say you are studying at QMUL, as the service is specifically for students and graduates at QMUL!

Any other advice? READ THE ADVERT! If the advert says you have to be available every Wednesday, for example, please only apply if you are available, as you will not be successful otherwise.

What have other students said?

”I have gained huge amounts from my placements. It allowed me to build up workplace skills and knowledge while studying.” Christina Govier, BA Politics Student.

”QTemps makes it much easier to get in contact with companies and the recruitment process is very simple. It provides a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and improve your CV for future jobs.“ Rafael Alves Sa, MSc Software Engineering Student.

How do I apply? Start by updating your CV*, then upload it and register on our website:

*Not written a CV before or struggling to update it? Book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants by calling 020 7882 8533 and see our online resources for further information.

If I’m stuck who do I contact?

Contact Rachael Blundell, QTemps Recruitment Manager:

How and why to get work experience

So why is work experience so important?

  • It means you can earn money during your studies
  • You’ll gain skills valued by future employers (e.g. commercial awareness, initiative, team work)
  • You can build relevant experience for your future career
  • You’ll find out what an industry / job role is like in reality
  • It helps to build your network / contacts

What can I do?

It can be challenging to find part-time work that is linked to your degree or the sector you would like to work in after graduation. Many students combine their part time job with some volunteering and work experience (e.g. internships and work shadowing) to earn money as well as gain valuable relevant work experience.

For a wide range of part-time, internship and work experience vacancies visit the Careers & Enterprise Centre’s job board: QM Job Online.

Roles on campus and in the local area

There are many part-time opportunities on campus, from Student Ambassadors and Library Shelvers, to residential, café, and bar staff. See the work experience hub to explore the variety of ways (paid and voluntary) you can develop your experience on campus. For jobs within the Student’s Union see:

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Apply now for 2017 Graduate Schemes

At this time of year we talk to a lot of graduate recruiters and this week it was the turn of KPMG.

You may have heard that KPMG have changed their recruitment process to better suit the current generation of graduate applicants, by streamlining the process into a single day, and letting candidates know the outcome within 2 days. They are advising early applications as they expect their recruitment drive for 2017 to be mainly completed by December 2016.

This is a good opportunity to remind you that many large graduate programmes conclude their recruitment by the end of the autumn term. If you think you might want to apply for one of these schemes make sure you start looking now! Many finance positions are already open and fill quickly. The benefit for you is that you can complete the recruitment process before you get too far into your final year – so you can concentrate on your exams rather than your job hunt.

If you need some support in your job search, or with applications and interview practice, please do make use of the Careers & Enterprise Centre as soon as you can. During the first few weeks of the autumn term we will be extremely busy with appointments, so the more you can do over the summer the better!

Also don’t forget we have a huge range of events taking place in the autumn term (around 100 already booked in – and more coming) where you can meet lots of employers with open positions. These events will be announced on our website in mid-September.

In the meantime take a look at for further resources, and our vacancy site for opportunities.

James Weaver, Employer Engagement Manager

Language skills needed!

10 new Transcriber vacancies available (for around 20 hours or so). You don’t need experience in transcribing, although this would be an advantage. Click links below for more information.

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We’re hiring!

QM_Careers_Social_Media_400x400As you’ll already know QMUL’s Careers & Enterprise Team is always looking to deliver an excellent service to our students and graduates.

If you want to be a part of our award-winning team, and make a huge impact on the lives of QMUL students and graduates we have some great opportunities; see below.


**Internal Only** Employer Engagement and Business Development Manager  – QMUL9066

Salary: £44,327 to £49,486 per annum (Grade 6)

Deadline: 28th July

We are seeking an Employer Engagement and Business Development Manager to lead and manage the Employer Engagement Team within Careers & Enterprise (consisting of staff managing and supporting events, temp agency work and internships), and to bring in new leads to support our events, mentoring and placement work. This is an exciting opportunity to provide team leadership and management and facilitate our growing placement and events work.

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**Internal Only** Employer Engagement Assistant – (Fixed term contract) – QMUL9102

Salary: £20,687 to £25,321 per annum pro rata (Grade 2)

Deadline: 2nd August

We are seeking an enthusiastic team worker for the post of Employer Engagement Assistant. Working with the rest of the Employer Engagement Team, the post holder will provide administrative support for our QRecruit Team, in particular our award winning QProjects Work Experience Programme and QTemps recruitment agency.

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Employer Engagement Assistant (Fixed term contract) – QMUL9014

Salary: £20,687 – £25,321 per annum pro rata (Grade 2)

Deadline: 1st August 

We are seeking an enthusiastic team worker for the part time post of Employer Engagement Assistant. Located within QMUL Careers & Enterprise with the rest of the Employer Engagement Team, and reporting to the QTemps Recruitment Manager, the post holder will provide administrative support for our QTemps programme.

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Employer Engagement and Events Administrator (Fixed term contract) – QMUL8995

Salary: £25,984 – £32,052 per annum pro rata (Grade 3)

Deadline: 7th August

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Finding work in Film


Interested in a career in the film industry? But have no work experience? According to a recent government study, 66% of employers say work experience is a critical or significant factor in their recruitment, so we’ve pulled together some resources that might help you get your big break…

You’ll find a mixture of opportunities on the sites below, including formal internship schemes which typically last 2-6 months (but sometimes longer), work experience placements, work shadowing or volunteering. This can be a good starting point for seeing the range of opportunities available and getting your name out there.

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Opportunity Knocks! QProjects, QInterns & QTemps



Finance Project Leader, Stratford Circus

Dynamic contemporary Performing Arts Venue, Stratford Circus, is recruiting for a Finance Project Leader to help out with a range of administrative duties.

This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in the arts or finance, looking to build their CV with some hands-on administrative experience.

Two QProjects available at Providence Row

Providence Row Housing Association (PRHA) is a small, specialist housing association that focuses their attention on the East End of London, in particular Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the City. They help people who are homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) to help themselves through a wide range of residential and non-residential services.

Providence Row is looking for a Data and Performance Project Leader and a Social Media Project Leader. If you have a knack for data, a knowledge for social media, or even if you’re just interested in a third-sector career, this is the QProject for you.


Personal Assistant / Executive Assistant

We are recruiting for an Executive Assistant for the Principal’s office working full time Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for at least 3 months. Pay is £17.39 per hour.

Based in the Office of the Principal at Queen Mary University of London, the Executive Assistant will provide high-level and comprehensive secretarial and administrative support. This role is open to Queen Mary post graduates only.

Biospecimens Assistant

Recruitment is open at The Wolfson Institute for one organised and methodical person to assist in biospecimens operations.

Responsilbiities will include sample sorting, storage, selection and retrieval and help with database maintenance.

The post is full time starting on 2nd November and ending on the 18th December. Pay is £10 per hour.

Part Time Marketing Assistant

Recruitment is open for a part time marketing assistant working two days a week in the School of Law and Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

The pay is £14.10 per hour and the working days should be taken at the same time every week, the hiring manager is flexible so the candidate can choose which two days. Starting ASAP for at least 2 months.

This role is open to Queen Mary students and graduates only.


Earth Observation Data Analyst, Graduate Internship

The SCISYS Group is a leading developer of software and related services. Through building successful and long-term partnerships they serve a broad range of customers spanning the media broadcast, space, government, defence and commercial sectors.

SCISYS Group would like to take on one to two graduate level interns for a full-time and paid duration spanning 4-6 months in our Bristol office to start as soon as possible. The activities in the internship include data processing, data visualisation, verification and validation of the obtained information and reporting formats and structures.
Project Assistant, Spark the Difference

Spark the Difference is a new programme that creates a place for inspiration, support and doing, to help people feel better about healthcare. They are looking to recruit an Intern to deliver a small scale project in their ‘Inspire’ and/or ‘Support’ programmes, reporting directly to the company Director.

The placement will run for 3 months – 1 – 2 days a week – starting in November.