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One student's experience with QM Careers and the unexpected way it led to a graduate job...

Thursday 25 October 2012

It’s a question nearly all university students ask themselves at some point: What am I going to do with my life? While sometimes this may cause panic or apprehension, Queen Mary’s Career Services may be able to help. From career information sessions and workshops to exploring work experience opportunities, Career Services is available to provide you with all of the resources you need. As a first-year economic student, Ria Shah was unsure of what her future held for her. She went to the careers office at Queen Mary and was impressed by both the amount and extensiveness of the advice that was given to her. She left the office with information regarding internship opportunities, economic news outlets, and ways to improve her CV. While this information was helpful and specified the many options that were available to her, the most important advice Career Services gave Ria was regarding an event called “LinkedUp”.

LinkedUp is a programme hosted by Queen Mary Careers for the School of Economics and Finance where students can meet with finance professionals that had previously studied at QM. Students were able to ask these alumni questions about their jobs and if they had advice related to university or finding a job. Ria found it to be an incredibly helpful event where she gained insight into different careers and working environments. She met with a representative from a top private wealth management firm, who asked her to produce a research paper on the economies of China, Japan, the US, and Europe. Ria was surprised to find that the visit to hand in the paper turned out to be an interview with this professional and the CEO of their company for a summer internship. Ria used skills that she had acquired through a Queen Mary Careers interviewing workshop to be accepted for the ten-week internship programme and was ultimately offered a graduate job at the company.

Ria is one of many students who has gained valuable work experience and career advice through Queen Mary Career Services. Attending careers events does not mean you must make decisions about your career straight away, but it may help shape your future endeavours and give you a better understanding of options that are available to you. In addition to career advice and information, Career Services provides information and advice regarding more short=term employment queries such as application forms, internship and vacation work, and part-time vacancies. Additionally, Queen Mary’s international and prospective students as well as those interested in entrepreneurship may find valuable resources on the Career Services website or in person.

Students may schedule an appointment to meet with a Careers Adviser or visit the Information Room between 10 and 5 Monday-Thursday (10-4 on Fridays). For more information, please visit:

www.careers.qmul.ac.uk

Mile End Campus, Room WG3 in the Queens' Building

Tel: 020 7882 8533

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