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

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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Events, events and more events!

IMG_0477Once again, we have a busy programme of events this autumn term! Events are free to attend for QMUL students and graduates 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.

Last year, we hosted over 250 events on campus with over 400 employers.  

What’s coming up?

See our website for all our upcoming events – updated regularly!

* Save the date! * 

Coming up soon, we have our Jobs Market (28th Sept), Focus on Finance (2nd-13th Oct) and Focus on Technology (16th-20th Oct) events:

Jobs Market – 28th September 2017

  • Are you looking to build your work experience?
  • Want to find out more about live opportunities, open to you now?
  • Earn some cash alongside your studies?

Meet employers from a range of industries and apply for vacancies. There will be part-time jobs, graduate schemes and internships on offer. Don’t forget to bring your CV along to apply for roles or get some feedback from employers.

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Apply now for 2018 Graduate Schemes

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.

Banks who have opened up their graduate scheme applications include Citi, Goldman Sachs and Credit SuisseFor those of you thinking about applying to Investment Banking internships for summer 2018, please note that some Banks have already started accepting applications – including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.

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 where you can meet lots of employers with open positions. These events will be announced on our website before the start of the new term.

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

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?

For further information, contact us at:

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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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