Mini consultancy projects within East London-based organisations.
Hosted by Queen Mary University of London, QConsult Summer 2018 works in partnership with City University of London & University of East London to place students into mini consultancy projects within East London-based organisations. This award-winning employability programme will give students from these three universities the opportunity to work together.
As a participant on this programme, you will tackle a real-life business challenge within an organisation, which will give you the opportunity to use and build your skills, develop your employability and learn more about the working world.
Each team of students will be provided with a short project brief from their host organisation, outlining the details of a particular business challenge. All projects involve an element of research, analysis & recommendation.
After working on the project for a set amount of time, each team will present their findings and recommendations to the organisation. Throughout the programme you will receive advice, training and support from the QMUL Careers & Enterprise team at the QMUL campus in Mile End. You will also attend a training session led by J.P. Morgan staff, as well as a networking event at their offices in Canary Wharf.
Who can become a QConsultant?
Please note that due to funder objectives, QConsult Summer is only open to undergraduate home students. Furthermore, each participating university is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential. This support and progression programme is therefore targeted at students from groups currently underrepresented in higher education.
As QConsult Summer is a cross university programme, each university has different criteria for who is eligible to participate in this programme. If you are eligible to apply for this programme, you should receive more information about this directly from your university via email letting you know how you can apply.
If you are a QMUL student you will only be eligible for this programme if you match the above criteria, and are in receipt of a bursary from QMUL.
If you are a student from City University or UEL, please contact your respective Careers Service to confirm your eligibility.
Hours and pay:
You will be paid for 20 hours in total for your work on a consultancy project and this will be paid at the London Living Wage (£10.20/hr). As well as this you will receive additional training throughout the programme, in the form of training sessions with QMUL Careers & Enterprise and J.P. Morgan, learning new skills alongside your paid work experience.
The programme will take place between the 18th June – 9th July 2018 and you must be available for this full period which will be made up of your training sessions, project work and reflection sessions.
How do I become a QConsultant?
You will need to complete an application form detailing your motivation and answer a serious of situational judgement questions (this form will be emailed to you if you are eligible to apply). Successful applicants are then invited to an assessment centre where we observe how you work together in teams. From there if you are successful, we will place you in workable teams and assign you to a consultancy project within an organisation.
What have past QConsultants said?
For some inspiration, see these videos from past QConsultants sharing their QConsult experience.
"The QConsult scheme is the best thing I have done at university” – Andre Denton Stewart
“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” - Carola Bigogno
“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 mind-set to go out and be proactive about getting a job” – Michael Wilkinson
How can I learn more?
If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the QConsult team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have specific questions around your eligibility for the programme, you will need to contact your particular university careers service so that they can accurately assess your query.