Upcoming Careers Events for SED Students.

As an English student, I am very excited to announce that this year CUB will be teaming up with Caroline Lisser, Queen Mary’s career consultant, to keep you informed about upcoming events open for students belonging to the School of English and Drama. Attending such events will enable you to think about, and lay the foundations for, your future when you graduate from Queen Mary and also to help you apply the skills you have obtained via your degree, into a real working environment. Caroline elaborates on why SED students should exploit the various career opportunities available in more detail below:

English is a great degree that givesyou lots of transferable skills highly valued by employers, such as analytical skills, critical thinking, and communication skills. You have a wider range of career options open to you when you finish your degree than you probably think!  Attending careers events on campus is a great way to find out more about some of these options to help you narrow down what you want to do next.  These events can increase your knowledge of different sectors and your understanding of how to enter a sector, as well as what you can be doing whilst at university to boost your chances of success. Careers events also offer the opportunity to either meet relevant employers and/or to meet QM alumni working in the sector.

TOP TIP: push yourself out of your comfort zone and go to at least one event per semester about a career sector that you know very little about.

What follows for the rest of this article is a list of all the careers events being hosted at Queen Mary throughout Semester one. All of the events and workshops can be booked here: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events. You can access this link by logging in with your QMPlus login details and then all you need to do, is search for the events by name or date. Don’t panic if you cannot yet either find an event or sign-up for it, booking is often opened only 2 weeks before the event.  Save the date and check back on the website nearer the time.

**Don’t Miss Event**

  • English Alumni Evening: What are we doing with our English Degrees?

DATE: Thursday 22nd November, 6.15 – 8.00pm

Come and meet QM English alumni working in a broad range of careers.There will be a chance to hear from all of the guests about what they do, how they got there and their ‘top tips’ to starting a career in their sector.  There will be a Q&A and a networking opportunity with refreshments.This will be a very easy and enjoyable way to find out about working in a range of different careers. Drama students very welcome! 

  • QM Careers & Enterprise Events

These events are open to all QM students and the full programme of employer events & workshops can be found at www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events. Here we highlight events & sectors usually of interest to SED students, but if your interests are not covered or you just want to see what else is available, do explore the events website which is frequently updated.


  • Careers in Market Research with ESOMAR

15th October 6pm

ESOMAR is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the value of market, opinion and social research and data analytics. Come and learn about careers available in the research & insights industry… generally known as ‘market research’. With your strong analytical, communications skills and creativity, English graduates have a great skill set for this career area and if you don’t know what it is or how you might fit in, come along and find out!

  • How to get into Publishing

13th November 6 – 8pm

Bloomsbury and HarperCollins will be on campus. Come and hear from them what careers they offer, work experience opportunities, how to get that all important first job, what kind of people they are looking for and how to make a great application.

  • Google Skills Writing for Social Media

14th November 6 – 8pm

One of the most popular careers events at QM in 2017, so book early!  This is not about how to work at Google, but how to upskill yourself to write better on Social Media – an essential skill for anyone interested in careers in journalism, public relations, marketing & communications – great for the CV!

  • Careers in Radio

19th November 6pm

‘Global’ will be on campus – parent company to Capital FM, Heart, Classic FM. LBC and many more stations. Learn more about career options in Global including broadcast journalism, production, marketing & presenting; routes in for graduates; work experience and more…   

Careers in LAW

  •  Exploring Careers in Law for Non-Law Students:

16th October 6pm

You don’t have to study Law as an undergraduate to become a lawyer… come and find out what you need to do.  This event is being run by www.lawcareers.netand will also feature QM alumni. Lawcareers.net is a comprehensive, one-stop online resource created for future lawyers and those who recruit them.

  • Prepare for the Law Fair

18th October 6pm

A really valuable event to help you make the most of the QM Law Fair and how to increase the effectiveness of your meetings with the many employers there.

  •  The Queen Mary Law Fair

22 & 23 October 3 – 6pm

Many employers will be on campus for this event.  If you can – attend both days to meet different employers and find out about their interest in non-law students.

N.B. The QM Law School organises many events for their students, at times these are open to students from other schools, so if keen to pursue a law career, keep an eye on www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/eventsand see what else is open to you.

Public Sector & Charity Careers

  • Explore Careers in Charities

17th October 6 – 8pm

Details TBC

  • Public Sector Panel

18th October 6 – 8pm

If you are interested in working in ‘public service’ but not quite sure where you would fit best, this is a great opportunity to hear about opportunities for graduates in a wide range of public sector organisations. Speakers are confirmed from Dept. of Education, Civil Service Fast Stream, National Graduate Development Programme (Local Government), Frontline (Graduate Social Work),Unlocked Graduates (Prison Leadership Development), Think Ahead (Social Work).    

  •  Civil Service Fast Stream – Practice Assessment Centre

31st October  2-5pm

The CSFS have a very structured recruitment process and this should be a ‘Don’t Miss’ priority event for anyone considering applying this year or next.

Careers in TEACHING.

  •  Get into Teaching!

12th November 6 – 8pm

Come and hear from the Dept. of Education about the diverse routes in to Teaching and what you need to do to make a strong application; as well as meet and hear from graduate recruiters such as TeachFirst, Ark Teacher Training, Premier Pathways, Protocol Education and St Mary’s University Twickenham (PGCE).

  • TeachFirst Presentation

1st November 6 – 8pm

Join us at this presentation and find out how this career-defining opportunity will enable you to be paid throughout your training, gain a fully-funded formal qualification in both teaching and leadership, and go on to make an important social impact.

Refreshments  will  be  available  afterwards,  along  with  opportunities  to  speak  to recruiters  and individuals who changed career to complete our programme.

  • TeachFirst Practice Assessment Centre

15th November 6 – 8pm

This is a ‘don’t miss’ event if you are thinking of applying to TeachFirst this year or next, but also a really valuable opportunity for anyone interested in teaching, to experience competency based assessment, even if TeachFirst is not your chosen route in.


Business has lots of roles suited to English graduates with their strong communications skill set… come to events and talk to employers about the kind of roles they would have on offer. Remember that big businesses all have Marketing, Communications, Corporate Affairs and Human Resource teams with a wide range of interesting roles in them. If you have a head for numbers, you can even apply for accountancy if that appeals to you…!

  • The Business & Finance Fair

7th October 4.30 – 7.30pm

Meet a range of employers on campus and ask about the kind of graduate opportunities and internships they have, that would be of interest to you as an English graduate.  For an up to date list of employers, visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events

  •  Women in Finance

9th October 8 a.m. Breakfast

Join us for breakfast and network with individuals and organisations leading change, breaking down barriers, and creating new possibilities for equal representation in the world of finance. Meet representatives and QMUL alumni from JP Morgan, Market Securities, Investec, ICAEW, Schroders, Bank of China, Bank of England, HM Treasury, HSBC, and Lloyds.

  • There are lots more Business/Finance events, particularly in the first 2 weeks of October. Checkout all the options at careers.qmul.ac.uk/eventsand BOOK NOW as these events are very popular with students of Economics and Business.

In Semester B Look out for the following events – more info will be emailed to you nearer the time:

  •  SED Students Inspiring Students

DATE: TBC, January 2019

Hear about the work experience & internships of your fellow students… how did they get these, what did they learn, hear their top tips.

  • Careers in Communications: Publishing

DATE: TBC, Feb/March 2019

Our annual alumni panel discussion will explore a range of careers within Publishing & the insights from QM graduates building careers in the sector.

  •  Careers in Communications: Advertising & Public Relations

DATE: TBC, Feb/March 2019

Exploring the roles that exist, the skillset required, how to get experience and networking with QM alumni working in the sector.

  •  Careers in Communications: Life as a national Newspaper Journalist

DATE: TBC, Feb/March 2019

What is it really like working for a UK newspaper; is there a future in newspaper journalism; what does it take to succeed. Come & quiz a successful features journalist, previously a war correspondent, currently also acting as a mentor to a current QM student.

  •  Creative Careers

February 2019… more info nearer the time

Launching a brand new creatives networking night for alumni, students and local   to meet and exchange ideas.

 Careers & Enterprise support is available to you all year round at QMUL and for 2 years after you graduate!  If you are feeling like you don’t know where to start… start here:

  • Visit the Careers & Enterprise team in Queens’ Building, WG3, Tel: 020 7882 8533
  • Open 9.30-5.00pm Monday to Friday all year round… come in!
  • 20 minute discussions with Careers Consultant
  • 20 minute CV/Cover letter checking appointments
  • 30 minute practice interviews
  • Friendly Information Team, ask them… ‘How to…?’, ‘Where can I…?’
  • Lots of publications available to take away or read online
  • Via QMplus, find ‘CAREERS’ under ‘Student Life’… explore extensive resources in the ‘Knowledge Bank’ and discover Online resources for video interview practice and psychometric testing
  • Explore available jobs and work experience at careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs
  • Discover our extensive Enterprise support at: careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise

Caroline Lisser is the Careers Consultant for the School of English & Drama however you can see any of Queen Mary’s team of Careers consultants or Application Advisors to fit around your personal schedule.  Appointments can currently only be booked on the phone or in person at the Careers & Enterprise Centre in Queens Building. Email is not an option.

Follow Queen Mary’s Careers & Enterprise centre on Twitter: @QMCareers and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qmcareers, as well as checking out their website here: http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk

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