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QTaster

Learn about different potential careers by visiting various graduate employers.

Applications are now open - apply here!

Generously supported by the Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Would you like to find out what your chosen career path is really like? Are you looking to gain more insight into a sector? Or do you just have no idea where to start with making your career choices? QTaster gives you the opportunity to experience different sectors, working environments and roles across a range of graduate employers. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into companies who are both well-known and new to you, learn more about the day-to-day culture of different organisations, find out about their graduate application process and get hands-on experience with employers in their own offices!

What does a session involve?

All employer sessions will take place at offices in a variety of locations around London. These will include presentations by different speakers from across the organisation, tours of the facilities, information about their graduate recruitment process, interactive business case studies and facilitated networking sessions. And, of course, the opportunity to ask lots of questions!

The on-campus skills sessions will outline how to make the most of the visits and how to apply your new commercial awareness and professional networking skills to shape your career choices.  

What is the time commitment?

You will attend 4 employer visits and 2 skills sessions. These will all take place on Wednesday afternoons. For Semester B the programme takes place 16th January – 20th March 2019.

Can I choose which employers I visit?

You can provide preferences and we will try our best to allocate based on these. This may not always be possible, but remember, it is all about different experiences and exploring organisations who are new to you.

Is QTaster for me?

Due to funding, QTaster is only open to Undergraduate students. Postgraduate applications will only be accepted from the School of Biological and Chemical Science, the School of Business and Management, the School of Economics and Finance, the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Physics. It is ideal if you have ever had any doubts or uncertainty about your future career path – the programme gives you a real life insight into individual roles and sectors. It could confirm you are happy with your current direction or you might be inspired by an area you have never heard of!

How does QTaster benefit me?

You will increase your skills in commercial awareness and professional networking. By visiting a variety of different organisations, your knowledge of different industries and roles will expand along with your knowledge of how to research careers and companies. It will increase your confidence in networking and many students come away with some valuable contacts. You will also benefit from face-to-face coaching from professional experts who will help you apply what you’ve learnt so you can get ahead.

Successful completion of QTaster will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record). The programme is designed and structured to complement the development of your professional skills.

What types of employers have been visited in the past?

Semester A organisations included: Investec, UBS, Springer Nature, IBM, Bouygues, FDM and Microsoft. The full schedule for Semester B is currently being confirmed but we are excited about how it is shaping up!

Is there work outside of the sessions?

Yes, but don’t worry, it’s not too much! We just ask that you keep a reflective journal during your time on the scheme to ensure you get the most out of it.

What have previous QTaster participants said?

Check out these blogs from Aakanksha and Asifa to hear more about their experience on the programme.

Is there support for the travel costs?

Yes. If you are concerned about how you will pay for the travel costs to different host organisations in London, please do speak to the QTaster Programme Coordinator. Travel funds are available to those students who need it.

How do I apply?

Applications for Semester B close at 10am on Friday 16th NovemberComplete your online application now! Places on the scheme are limited so don’t forget to book an appointment to get your application checked. 

Get in touch if you have any questions.


Placement: Voluntary Location: On campus / Off campus
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