Learn about different potential careers by visiting various graduate employers.
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 an 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! QTaster is a QMUL Model Extra opportunity.
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 skills sessions will outline how to make the most of the visits, along with a concluding session which will focus on how you will apply your new commercial awareness and professional networking experiences to shape your career choices.
What is the time commitment?
You will attend 4 employer sessions and 2 skills sessions in either the autumn or spring semester. These will all take place on Wednesday afternoons.
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 trying new places and experiencing some organisations who are new to you.
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. You will also be given tools to help you research the companies and reflect after the scheme, if you wish to use them.
Is QTaster for me?
The scheme is open to all undergraduate Queen Mary students. It is ideal if you have ever had any doubts or uncertainty about your future career path – this scheme 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 commercial awareness and gain experience in 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 also increase your confidence in professional networking and many students come away with some valuable contacts.
QTaster is also a QMUL Model Extra opportunity - and successful completion of QTaster will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record). You’ll benefit from face-to-face coaching from professional experts who will help you apply what you’ve learnt so that you can get ahead. The QMUL Model Extra opportunities are also mapped to QMUL Model themes so you can be confident that they’ve been designed and structured to complement the development of your professional skills.
What types of employers have been visited in the past?
Previous companies have included Barclays, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lloyds of London, ASOS, Kubrick Group, British Heart Foundation, NMPi, Business Science and KPMG.
Is there support for the travel costs?
For QTaster you are expected to visit sites off campus up to 4 times. If you feel this travel expense will be a barrier to you participating in the programme, please get in touch with the Programme Coordinator on QTaster@qmul.ac.uk,. Travel bursary funds are available to students who need them.
How do I apply?
Complete the QMUL Model Extra online form. Applications for Semester A and B close at midnight on Sunday 24th June and the outcome of applications will be released in July. Places on the scheme are limited!
Get in touch if you have any questions.