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21Feb/12Off

In the thick of it

By now, most of you will be in the thick of coursework, essays, presentations and all other lovely tasks your lecturers like to throw at you. It’s important to always remember though that while it may seem daunting at the time, it’s important to make the best effort during semester time as it may count towards your overall mark.

To help achieve your true academic potential on this semester’s workload, the Learning Development Service offer a range of workshops and one to one advice to help with all areas of academic skills & development. For further information, you can check out their website or call into Level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre to collect some free information leaflets & other useful resources. Alternatively if you would like to speak to a member of staff about booking an appointment or attending workshop, please go to the Information Desk and speak to the Information Assistants.

Sometimes the workload can get on top of you; especially in the middle of semester and leave you feeling stressed out and drained. If you find yourself struggling with your university work and feel it is affecting you both physically and mentally, remember that help is available and you aren’t alone! The Learning Development Service offers both workshops and one to one advice on stress management to help you cope with your stress levels effectively. For more information please follow the ‘stress management’ link. Or if you wish to chat with someone, why not call the Queen’s Counselling Service and book an appointment – Free phone 0808 100 0124 or email: counsellingappointments@qub.ac.uk

Events running over the next week:

Queen’s University Management School are also holding a Postgraduate open day on Wednesday 22nd February from 12.00-14.00 in the Canada room, Lanyon building.

Careers workshops continue with a variety of high profile employers so to find out more or to register for any of the workshops, log on or register your details with Queen’s careers and employability management system.

And finally, don’t forget that if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into Level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on sgc@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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14Feb/12Off

Enhance your Employability

Is having a degree enough to get you that dream job? Many students think of this when undertaking their course of study here at Queen’s. During your first and second year you may be thinking to yourself ‘I don’t need to think about applying for jobs just yet, I still have a couple of years to go’. The harsh reality is that in the current economic climate, for every one job, you can guarantee there will be many other students with similar qualifications going for the same job, so really you need to be thinking about enhancing your employability during your time at Queen’s  to give you the extra edge.  

So how do you enhance your employability? Well you can start by asking yourself the following questions:

Do you have a part time job?

Would you consider working or studying abroad for a semester?

Are you active in your local council or in a club or society?

Do you volunteer anywhere?

All of these things may not seem like much but they can make a real difference to your CV. Here at Queen’s, we offer a variety of services to help get you those little bonus points. For students graduating or considering taking a placement year, check out the Queen’s Employability, Careers and Skills website for the latest in careers opportunities.

Or for you students wanting to boost your CV and your bank balance…..  have a look at the latest part time on campus jobs offered by Queen’s.

If you already do some or all of the above, why not get some credit for it and sign up for the Degree Plus Award.

The next round for applicants wishing to consider studying abroad for a semester is also open until Friday 2nd March so get applying now. For further information, please check out the exchange programme link here or by calling into level 1 of the student guidance centre to speak to an advisor.

And finally, if you wish to speak to a member of careers about any of these issues whether it may be to help improve your CV, discuss a job application or just for a general chat about the career possibilities within your field, the student guidance centre offers a drop in service every day from 9-5 where you can speak to a careers advisor in a 15-20 minute consultation and if you feel you may need more time, you may book in for a guidance interview. All of these services are available to all students and are free of charge so why not take advantage of them.

In the mean time, if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on sgc@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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8Feb/12Off

Exam results are out!

So the moment of truth has finally arrived. Most of you should have received your exam results by now but for those of you that haven’t, the official publication date is Tuesday 7th February so there’s  not long to wait. To check your results, simply click on the link ‘examination results’ on your Queen’s online page and log into Qsis.

For some students, publication of exam results can leave you feeling a bit down if you didn’t get the grades you needed. But it’s important to remember that, whatever the grades are, help and support is always available right here on your doorstep!

If you have failed any exams or have concerns regarding exam marks, the first step is to contact your personal tutor or advisor of studies. They are there to help you not just at this difficult time but also throughout your whole education here at Queen’s. They offer advice on your progress and can recommend ideas on how to improve your studies. To find out who your advisor of studies or personal tutor is, simply log into your Qsis account and go to ‘student centre’. If you get there and it says ‘none assigned’, you can contact your school office who will be able to check it out for you.

Secondly, the student guidance centre offer a host of services available to all students whatever the discipline. Within here, we have the Learning Development Service that run various workshops and offer one to one sessions to help you with your study skills. To find out more information about the services they offer, check out their website or call into level 1 of the student guidance centre and speak to a member of reception.

Some events running in the next week for those of you who are interested:

Also included as our feature of the week, there is a work experience fair on Wednesday 8th February in the Whitla Hall from 11-3pm.

Queens University Management School are also holding an Undergraduate open day on Saturday 11th February from 9.30-13.00 in the Whitla Hall.

Careers workshops have also started with a variety of high profile employers so to find out more or to register for any of the workshops, log on or register your details with Queen’s careers and employability management system.

And finally, don’t forget that if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on sgc@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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2Feb/12Off

And so it begins all over again…..

Well guy’s it’s that time of year again. Semester two has officially begun so I would just like to start by welcoming you all back and hope everybody had a lovely break and hope it wasn’t too bad a stressful, hair pulling January for that dreaded exam time.

But you can now breathe again…… for a while anyway! Its week one and most of you will just be settling into your new timetable and being introduced to your new modules. But ask yourself about last semester: Did you work hard enough? Do you feel you maybe missed out from hearing your friend’s experiences? Your New Year’s resolutions are probably out the window by now so why not start afresh this semester?

Queen’s offer a vast range of clubs and societies and just because you didn’t sign up in semester one mean you’re too late! The Re-Fresher’s fair takes place on Wednesday 1st February in the students union and is open to anybody.

Also for those of you’s that are interested, the school of history are holding a postgraduate open day Wednesday 1st February. For more information please check out the following link:

http://www.whatsonatqueens.com/home/events/CurrentEvents/EventStore/Name,274192,en.html

Kick start your second semester with a fresh new start. There are loads of upcoming events in all aspects of university life and we will do our best to keep you updated. In the mean time, if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on sgc@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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