Careers and Enterprise

QConsult

Employability programme that places QMUL students into mini consultancy projects in London-based businesses and charities.

Develop your professional skills, CV and networks by working on a real life business project. During the QConsult scheme you will work in a multidisciplinary team of students on a mini consultancy project for a business or charity who act as your client. All projects include elements of research, analysis and recommendation. After working on the project for 5 weeks teams present their findings directly to the client in the form of a short report and presentation. You will receive pre-project training from Careers & Enterprise staff around consultancy, project management, professional and presentation skills. Teams also attend regular project coaching meetings with a QMUL supervisor and a post-project debrief where you will learn how to apply this experience to future applications and interviews.

Who can become a QConsultant?

QConsult is open to Queen Mary undergraduates from all academic schools. Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply.

This is a paid opportunity - QConsultants are paid the London Living Wage (now £10.75 per hour) for 20 hours of project work. 

What is the commitment?

QConsult will take place on most Wednesday afternoons and the scheme is a semester long. You cannot participate in QConsult more than once. 

Student consultants are asked to spend 20 hours in total working on their consultancy projects. Students also attend additional training, coaching and skills debrief sessions which complement their project work.

Applications for QConsult Spring (Semester B) 2020 are now now closed. Applications for QConsult Autumn 2020 will be open for application over the summer months. 

Applications for QConsult Summer 2020 will open in March 2020. You can apply for QConsult Summer if you are in receipt of a bursary. 

What are the benefits?

QConsult is an excellent opportunity to build and evidence all the skills that employers most look for in a recent graduate. These include:

  • Interpersonal & team working skills whilst working with a client as well as in a diverse team.
  • Using your own initiative and creativity to solve problems.
  • Developing your project management, organisation and time management skills.
  • Developing your professional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Applying your research and analytical skills to a real life project.

You will be provided with advice and support throughout QConsult around project management and delivering presentations and will attend a skills debrief session to learn how to sell your skills and experience to future employers.

How can I apply?

Applications for QConsult Spring (Semester B) 2020 are now closed. Applications for QConsult Autumn 2020 will be open for application over the summer months.

Applications for  2020 will open in March 2020. You can apply for QConsult Summer if you are in receipt of a bursary. 

Sign up to our programmes mailing list here to be informed when applications for future programmes are live.

We strongly advise you to get your application checked in Careers & Enterprise before submitting it. Please note appointments get very busy and booked up a couple of weeks leading up to the closing deadline so you are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

To book an appointment to have your application checked, either contact Careers & Enterprise by phone: 020 7882 8533 or visit the Careers & Enterprise Reception located in Room WG3, Queens Building. Appointments are available on campus or by skype/phone.

What have past QConsultants said?

“The QConsult scheme is the best thing I have done at university”

“QConsult significantly improved my employability. I had the chance to work in a completely professional environment, where people – our clients – trusted our abilities. It was an incredible chance to develop a range of specific and interpersonal skills, which will definitely boost my CV and confidence”

“The project was working with a real [company] therefore you are actually making a difference to a business; if you want to get a job then this opportunity gives you great exposure to people…speaking to people regularly develops the right mindset to go out and be proactive about getting a job”

Timeline for QConsult Spring 2020

DateCommitmentMax hours expected
22/01/20 Introduction Session 2 hrs (unpaid training)
w/c 27/01/20 Team selection workshops 2 hrs (unpaid training)
05/02/20 Pre-consultancy training 2 hrs (unpaid training)
w/c 10/02/20 Initial client meeting 2-3 hrs (client meeting & paid project work - flexible)
19/02/20 Coaching session 2-4 hrs (mix of unpaid training & paid project work - flexible)
26/02/20 Drop-in session with supervisor 2-4 hrs (mix of unpaid training & paid project work - flexible)
w/c 02/03/20 Reading week 2-4 hrs (mix of unpaid training & paid project work - flexible)
w/c 09/03/20 Check in call with supervisor and client 2-4 hrs (mix of unpaid training & paid project work - flexible)
18/03/20 Presentation skills training 2-3 hrs (mix of unpaid training & paid project work - flexible)
w/c 23/03/20 Practice presentation with supervisor 1-2 hrs (mix of unpaid training & paid project work - flexible)
01/04/20 Final presentation to client 1-2 hrs (client meeting & paid project work - flexible)
08/04/20 Skills debrief session 2 hrs (unpaid training)

How can I learn more?

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the QConsult team at qconsult@qmul.ac.uk. If you are interested in receiving updates about any of our Careers & Enterprise opportunities please sign up to our mailing list.


Placement: Location: On campus / Off campus