Generously supported by the Sir John Cass’s Foundation
QTaster is a unique opportunity to host a diverse group of university students at your organisation for an afternoon. Hosts can promote their graduate and internship opportunities while providing an insight into roles undertaken across their organisation. Students benefit by increasing their commercial awareness, learning about a variety of sectors and developing their professional networking skills.
In the academic year 2018-19, students will take part in either the autumn or spring semester where they will visit four organisations.
When do QTaster visits take place?
All visits take place on Wednesday afternoons and are designed to be part of a students’ timetable. Host organisations can take part in autumn, spring or both - each cohort will have different students.
Who can host a QTaster session?
Any London based organisation can host, providing there is the capacity to accommodate either 30 or 60 students.
How many students will attend?
Either 30 or 60 students will attend the visit.
What does a QTaster visit involve?
QTaster sessions can include presentations about the company and roles available, panel discussions, tours of the offices, and business games. Download an outline of a template session [PDF 162KB]. This can be adapted and amended to suit any organisation.
How much does it cost to host?
Nothing – hosting a QTaster visit is free.
Why host a QTaster session?
There are numerous benefits to hosting a QTaster visit:
- Increase name recognition
The hosts of QTaster visits will be at the forefront of students’ minds ahead of their internship and graduate applications.
- Limited time commitment
The recruitment, applications, logistics and communications will be handled by the QMUL Careers & Enterprise team.
- Improve awareness with students from non-traditional university background
The profile of Queen Mary undergraduate students in London is distinctive for a Russell Group university (and any research-leading university across the world) - 91 per cent are from state school; 60 per cent are BAME; 42 per cent are first into Higher Education; and 27 per cent are from households where the annual taxable income is less than £10k.
- Talk to prepared and engaged students
Students will receive training from the QMUL Career & Enterprise team ahead of their visit. They will attend having researched and prepared questions in advance to ensure they get the most from the visit and employers are able to deliver an engaging session.
- Make a positive impact
The insight and experience students gain from the experience can be life changing when choosing a career path.
Comments from previous host organisations
"A very keen and engaged audience - was able to bring what we do as an organisation and what the programme is to life"
"[It was a] chance to share more about what we do with students who may have not thought about this career path"
"Very good engaged students, asking excellent questions. We have received many strong applications for our summer internship scheme as a result"
"[We] met some very engaged and enthusiastic bright undergraduates who we hope to keep in contact with"
If you are interested in hosting a QTaster visit, please contact Becky at QTaster@qmul.ac.uk or phone 020 7882 8533.