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Are you looking to use this summer to increase your employability? Here’s some advice on work experience and volunteering

Wednesday 27 May 2015

It’s never too early to start thinking about developing your employability. Queen Mary has lots of ways of helping you do this – from finding an internship, becoming a volunteer, course rep or peer mentor or getting involved in a society, to getting help to find part time work. Click here to find out how students have developed their employability at QMUL. Read further for details on opportunities and advice available from QMSU Volunteering and the Careers and Enterprise Service.

QMSU Volunteering

Volunteering is a worthwhile way to improve existing skills and learn new ones which will make your CV look even more attractive to potential employers. Research shows that 90% of student volunteers say that volunteering has developed their communication skills, 87% their interpersonal skills, and 71% of students say that volunteering has improved their teamwork skills. Regardless of whether a volunteer placement is relevant to your university course or chosen career path it will help you develop skills outside of academia, such as interpersonal and communication skills, in a new and challenging environment. It’s also a great opportunity to make new friends and have a positive impact on your community.

Follow this link to learn more about flexible and short-term volunteering opportunities to keep you occupied during exam season and over the summer holidays. Be sure to make a note of any application deadlines for the positions you’re interested in and check the page regularly for any updates on new opportunities. There are both one-off and regular volunteering opportunities in locations across London available – take a look here.

Current opportunities include:

  • ESOL Teaching Volunteer
    Help older residents build their confidence speaking and writing in English.
    2-4 hours/week for 4 months. To find out more click here.
  • Residential Activity Break Volunteer
    Help with excursions and activities such as beach trips, outward bound challenges, bike rides, cooking, treasure hunts, swimming and arts and crafts for children are aged 7-11. Various 4-night residential breaks available. To find out more click here.
  • Young Enterprise Classroom Mentor
    Friday, 3 July – Applications close 26 June.
    Spend 1 day in a school setting, helping charity staff to work through a fun and interactive programme which educates young people about jobs people do and the businesses around them. To find out more click here.
  • Sports, events and media roles available at Europe’s largest annual youth sport event London Youth Games Summer Finals are being held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 2 - 5 July. Over 6000 young people will participate. Volunteers are needed to commit to one day only help run the events smoothly. For more info click here.   

Volunteering Abroad

“Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity for you to discover the world, to immerse yourself in the habitats of other cultures, and to offer your time and skills to make a lasting difference to those in need. If you are considering international volunteering then here is our guidebook, full of hints and tips and links to useful websites that may help you to plan a safe adventure; one that will be a positive life changing experience for both you and your host community.”

Click here to read QMSU’s guide to volunteering abroad and learn more about the ethics and impact of international volunteering, how to choose and prepare yourself for a placement and lastly how to get into international development.

If you would like to learn more about the volunteering opportunities available at QMUL contact Bronwen, the Volunteer Coordinator, at su-volunteering@qmul.ac.uk.

Careers and Enterprise Service

As you finish your examinations and hand in your essays you might be thinking about what you are going to do over the summer months. Careers & Enterprise remains open all summer for help with finding a graduate job, work experience, choosing a career or starting your own business, as well as application feedback for further study and job applications.  

If you are looking for summer work or an internship then look no further than QRecruit, our internship and temporary work service offering opportunities for QMUL Students. We have around 40 opportunities just for QMUL students who want to work in Start Ups, SMEs, and Charities as well as some opportunities on campus. There are further opportunities through STEP Internships and the London Councils Internship Programme. Take a look at www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit.

If you are off campus we offer Skype and telephone appointments. To book an appointment call 020 7882 8533 or come into Room WG3, Queens' Building, Mile End campus.

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