Careers News

The Careers Diary contains many important dates for November, such as upcoming Virtual Open Day Events, Mock Teaching Interviews, and reminders for UCAS Deadlines. Check out the diary below for more information.
  • Careers Diary – November 2020

  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science will once again be running their Medicine at Queen’s Open Day. This event will be online on both Friday 21st and Wednesday 26th May
    More information and details on how to register here

    PwC are hsting a virtual classroom this evening (Thursday 13th May 6pm -7pm) – PwC’s Virtual Classroom- Teacher & parent session; Supporting young people in the changing world of work
    Sign up here

    Ulster University are launching Northern Ireland’s first Degree Apprenticeship in Manufacturing and Engineering
    Click here for more information including details on how to register for their Virtual Degree Apprenticeship Information evening on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 8.00pm over Zoom.

    Devlin Mechanical Limited are launching their Plumbing Apprenticeship Scheme for 2021
    Click here for more information

    There is now exciting news for all those interested in pharmacy jobs in Northern Ireland with more than 1,100 additional jobs being announced by the Department of Health NI in November 2020.
    The job opportunities will see many new pharmacy roles created, including up to 560 community, hospital and general practice pharmacists and over 600 pharmacy technicians across Northern Ireland.
    For more information visit https://pharmacyfuturesni.com/news/over-1-100-jobs-for-northern-ireland-pharmacy-in-the-next-five-years

    PwC NI are launching their “Flying Start Business Management Degree Apprenticeship” with Ulster University Business School.
    This new programme is open to current Year 14s, final year BTEC students and beyond to apply now on our website – https://www.careersschools.pwc.co.uk/page/show/job_search
    In order to be considered for the first recruitment drive, we require students to complete the following recruitment stages by these dates at the latest:
    • Application deadline – Thursday 20th May at 11pm
    • Career Unlocked: Game Based Assessments – Friday 21st May at 12 noon
    • Video Interview – Sunday 23rd May at 11pm
    • Virtual Career Focus Assessment Day – Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd June
    It is envisaged that applications will reopen for a second recruitment drive w/c 7th June.
    Click here for more information


    Kingsbridge Training Academy provide “Application and Interview Skills Courses” for students applying to Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Nursing and Midwifery. Please see their brochure for more information on upcoming courses
    Kingsbridge Training Academy – Interview Skills Brochure 2021

    Queen’s University Belfast bring you news of their next Virtual Open Day Festival on Saturday 5th June 1-5pm
    For more information and details on how to register please check this flyer.

    Catalyst is delighted to offer students across NI the opportunity to participate in the Generation Innovation Work Experience programme in June. Together with Big Motive and previous programme participants they have designed the most incredible online version of this highly successful programme.
    This Work Experience is the perfect opportunity for 17 and 18-year-olds to upskill for the jobs of the future. Students will receive Design Thinking training over the course of five days, learn how to work as part of a team and develop innovative solutions for some of the most successful and dynamic companies in Northern Ireland.
    They can facilitate up to 600 students and would love to welcome as many students from your school as possible. Please see the attached PDF or the website link here for more information. Students simply need to click on the apply now button on the website and complete a short application form (takes less than 5 mins) and then we’ll take it from there to ensure they are ready to go in June.
    Application form

    The University of Aberdeen will be participating in or hosting a series of virtual events over the next few months, and are keen to share details of these events with you. Pupils in all year groups are invited to join them for virtual sessions as they look ahead to the summer term and support students preparing for their UCAS applications in the new academic year.
    They currently have availability for talks and potential in-person visits into the summer term. Any visits would be subject to government and University guidance at the time.
    It is hoped that these events and visits will allow pupils the chance to ask any questions they may have, helping them to feel ready to apply to University for September 2022 entry, or simply find out more about their Higher Education options if still considering future pathways.
    Aberdeen University Spring Update

    CME Group in Belfast are offering a Higher Level Apprentice – BSc in Computing Systems
    We’re looking for an enthusiastic, inquisitive, driven school or college leaver with a passion for all things IT to join us as a Higher Level Apprentice. We’re partnering with Ulster University, to create a programme where you’ll be studying a Computing Systems BSc degree, part time as well as working for CME Group, up to 4 days a week.
    The Computing Systems degree develops skills in subjects that include programming, databases, networking, web development, human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, security and embedded systems design.
    Working alongside our supportive teams, you’ll have 6 month rotations across the business where you can apply the university learning and gain a practical understanding of the subjects – to include Software Development, Cyber Security, Infrastructure and Operations, and Business Operations Office.
    You’ll contribute to real projects and be learning, earning, developing and studying as a valued member of CME Group in Belfast.
    What do you need to demonstrate:
    • GCSE grade B or above in English & Maths
    • A Level – achieved or expected to achieve by August 2021 predicted grades of BBB or above, of which at least one qualification must be in either Maths, Physics or a Computing related topic
    • A passion for technology through projects or experience outside of school
    • Drive, commitment and eagerness to learn
    • Good communication and collaboration skills
    Preference may be given to candidates who have achieved or expected to achieve by August 2021 grade B or above at A Level in Software Systems Development, Digital Technology, Computing or Computer Science.
    What will you get
    • Full funding for a BSC Hons Computing Systems degree with Ulster University
    • A competitive apprenticeship salary
    • A supportive, nurturing learning environment
    • Variation with 6 month rotations around different teams within technology
    • Working with teams of great individuals, passionate about what they do supporting your development with on the job training, self-paced and classroom training from CME Group, covering business acumen, technology and soft skills
    • Valuable experience of working in a global corporate, within a local office in central Belfast
    • This is an opportunity to leave University with no debt, earn some decent money and practically apply the theory learnt in your degree with mentors and team members to provide ongoing coaching and support. If you are interested in building your career straight out of school or college, we would love to hear from you!
      Closing date: 30th April Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a virtual interview in early May. Successful candidates will start the programme early September.
      https://jobs.cmegroup.com/jobs/6624794-higher-level-apprentice-bsc-in-computing-systems

    Bookings are now open for the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences 2021
    The conference is available to students from all UK schools and colleges currently in Year 12 or equivalent, studying for A Levels or comparable qualifications. The conference includes
    • Up-to-date information on applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Experience)
    • Live Q&A sessions with course academics and current undergraduate students
    • Opportunity to hear about sports and societies at both Universities
    • Sessions from our current undergraduate students about applying, settling in to life at both Universities and their course of study
    • Support staff will be available for a live Q&A session, including Careers, Student Funding and the Disability team
    • Information for teachers and HE advisors
    • A full timetable of talks and sessions will be available nearer the time.
      Bookings for the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences 2021 will be different to previous year’s. This year, we are asking teachers and students to book themselves on to the conference. Full information on how to book tickets can be found here.

    The Royal Air Force Attract/Outreach Team in Northern Ireland would like to draw attention to the process and options available for young people who may have an interest in a Royal Air Force Career RAF Recruitment RAF Apprenticeships

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  • Kingsbridge Training Academy would like to make you aware of their Interview Skills Preparation for Students Applying to Nursing and Midwifery in 2021. For more information check the flyer below:
  • Interview Skills Preparation for Students Applying to Nursing and Midwifery

  • As UCAS applications have now opened, just a reminder about the PwC/QUB Tech Degree Apprenticeship in Software Enginering with Digital Technology PwC have also created an Employability Hub.This is a great virtual tool to support students to develop key employability skills and help them through the recruitment process

    Year 13 Students are invited to participate in the Nuffield Research Placements Summer 2021. The program will run in situ, blended or online. It will provide the students with a very important research experience to acquire high level skills and help to inform career decisions. Additionally, the students will achieve a prestigious certificate upon completing the program that will be very distinguished on their UCAS application. Who is available to apply?
    1. Year 13 students that are doing AS level subjects or equivalent BTEC.
    2. The projects are available in a wide range of subjects from STEM to Social sciences and IT.
    3. There is one pathway that is means – tested and pays the student a bursary.
    4. There is another pathway which is not means – tested and is open to all students
    How to apply?
    1. Means – tested pathway application is by online application from Monday 9th November
    2. The non means tested pathway open to all students and will be through an online application in the Sentinus website from Monday 16th November

    Liverpool John Moores University have published their November Outreach Bulletin.
  • LJMU November Outreach Bulletin

  • Trinity College Dublin recently held a zoom call with Ballymena Academy in advance of their Virtual Open Day on November 7th. Much of the useful information from this call has been compiled into a series of slides in this powerpoint presentation.

    The University of Dundee is now using Unibuddy. This platform connects people directly with University of Dundee students where you can ask about student life, the transition to University or anything else you want to know about what it’s really like to study with us. You can chat with our students now using the link below.

    Link: Uni Buddy 


    Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with PwC are pleased to announce another year of recruitment for our higher-level degree apprenticeship in Software Engineering, for those starting in September 2021.


    The Medic Portal are running a one-day Medical School Interview Course, delivered live online. The course features a full-length online mock interview and a 85,000-word workbook. Find out more information here

    The University of Ulster are running a webinar to help prepare candidates for the 2021 HPAT. The HPAT is required for Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiotherapy and Imaging, Radiotherapy and Oncology, and Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Ulster.

    The NHS has published a guidance booklet on financial support for new and continuing nursing, midwifery and allied heath professional students

    Swansea University provide useful information here relating to subject choices for those wishing to pursue a career in Medical Science

    Information from the Management School at Queen’s University Belfast on Language and Business Undergraduate Programmes