Archive for September, 2010

Welcome Back!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

 Welcome to the brand new weekly Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills student blog: a student’s insight into what you need to know about getting your career sorted, all the essential Careers-related happenings at Queen’s and finding that perfect job – whether you’re a bright-eyed enthusiastic first year or a savvy (and a little bit panicky) final year. I’m in the latter group but still feel like I’ve only started!

Summer went so fast, and it’s crazy to think we’re already at the start of a new term. Whether you spent your holiday on a sunny sandy beach, in an exotic foreign country, or slogging away at a placement or summer job – welcome back! There’s so much to do this time of year, but don’t forget to sign up for something to help your career.

My top careers tip for this week is to sign up for a Career Development Programme – check out these great ideas, all of which contribute to achieving Degree Plus:

The Skills for Success Programme involves employer-led interactive skills workshops run by some of the UK’s top companies such as PWC, BT, and KPMG. Find out what employers look for in areas like Project Management and Teamworking. Sign up at the Events Calendar.

The Certificate in Career Development and Learning is an 11 week course taking you through applications, interviews and assessment centres, along with training in delivering those scary presentations. Programme information and registration at

Also, don’t forget to stop into the Student Guidance Centre to pick up the new hardcopy 2010-11 Queen’s Careers Guide. It has absolutely all the information you need on all aspects of careers – no matter what stage you’re at. I’ve found it really helpful as it contains information on all the services that Queen’s Careers offer. And the timeline pages are especially good, as they let you know exactly what you should be doing in your 1st, 2nd or final year.

By the way, Careers is located in the Student Guidance Centre – the big building with the banner above the University Bookshop. Look right as you exit the front of the Student’s Union, you can’t miss it!

Coming soon- a weekly students’-eye view of what’s happening Careers-wise, what to do about your career plans (or lack of them) and hints and tips on making the most of your opportunities

Friday, September 17th, 2010