Q-Step

Employability

In an increasingly competitive job market, graduates with quantitative skills are in high demand by employers across all sectors.

What's more, the combination of statistical skills and in-depth social sciences knowledge offered by a Q-Step degree is extremely rare in graduates, and opens you up to a huge range of roles (see the panel to the right just for a sample of the career paths that might be available to you as a Q-Step graduate).

As well as teaching you these skills in the classroom, we offer all of our students the opportunity to complete a work placement - where you can hone your skills in a real world setting and gain valuable work experience.

Data in the Modern Workplace

Developments in computing and communications technology mean that data is now a fact of life in almost all businesses and organisations.

However, the skillsets of most graduates have lagged behind the technology, meaning that many employers are now desperate for data-savvy graduates who can understand, analyse and communicate the vast array of data available to them.

This is not just true of specialist ‘data analysis’ roles, although there are plenty of those available. More and more jobs in every area of business, government and the third sector now require some level of data literacy.

But don’t take it from us! Here’s the view from organisations on both the local and international level:

Local - Kent County Council

Quantitative analytical skills are becoming even more important in the public sector workplace.  In local government, we are responsible for shaping services around the public and knowing whether services make to a difference to outcomes – this includes the effective and efficient use of increasingly limited public funds.  We need robust analyses for all of these!
Q-Step can not only develop skills in Statistical Social Research, but gives the invaluable opportunity to learn about and apply these in real work settings

Internatonal - Google Chief Economist Hal Varian

The critical thing to do is have a scarce talent that is complimentary to something that is ubiquitous and cheap…. If left shoes are really cheap, and you have a monopoly on right shoes, you’re in a really good position…
And what’s getting ubiquitous and cheap? Data! What’s scarce and expensive? The talent to be able to analyse that data, and make it tell its story.
That’s the dream job of the next decade. Everybody has data, the problem is how do you utilise that data? We have these systems that collect everything, and the bottleneck is analysing it.

For the full speech, click here.

 

How can a Q-Step degree help?

Now that you have the lowdown on the value of quantitative skills in today’s job market, how can a degree with Kent’s Q-Step centre help you get that elusive dream graduate job?

1. Quantitative Work Placements

A degree alone is rarely enough to secure a good job – prospective employers look for evidence that graduates can apply their skills in a workplace environment, communicate well and work effectively with colleagues.

All of our degree programmes offer students the opportunity to complete a quantitative work placement with a business or organisation, allowing you to develop and demonstrate your skills in these key areas.

It is hard to overstate the value of having a good work placement on your CV as a graduate – it could make the difference between securing a great job and having your application thrown out at the first stage.

For most students, placements will take the form of a third year module, in which you spend one day a week at a host organisation, working in a role using your quantitative skills.

All of our placements are rigorously checked to ensure that you are doing meaningful and challenging quantitative work – you will not spend your time photocopying or making cups of coffee.

2. Progressive Skill Development

The placement you complete in your third year represents the last stage of a carefully designed pathway in which you develop a complete quantitative skillset, alongside your studies in your main area of interest.

In your first year, you will take an introductory course in quantitative research, learning a foundation which you will build upon in later years.

In the second year, you complete more advanced modules in quantitative research, developing a high quality skillset in a variety of quantitative and statistical methods.

In you third and final year, you will utilise what you have learnt in either a work placement or quantitative dissertation, honing your skills and demonstrating your ability to use them in a practical setting.

All this means that, starting with no assumed knowledge, you will graduate with a complete package of workplace-honed quantitative skills.

3. Demonstrating Your Skills to Prospective Employers

One of the biggest challenges for social sciences students who do have quantitative research skills is demonstrating them to prospective employers. Many students with quantitative skills graduate having developed them through a series of unconnected modules and training courses, making it hard to present a clear picture to employers of their capabilities.

At Kent Q-Step, our programmes are designed from the ground up to allow you to easily communicate your abilities to employers and recruiters.

The addition of “with Quantitative Research” (or for business students, “with Data Analytics”) to your degree title instantly sets you apart from the pack in a crowded jobs market, allowing an employer to identify you as a quantitatively skilled graduate with just a glance at your CV.

Your third year placement also functions as an academic module. This means that the placement appears on your transcript with a grade associated with it – if you have excelled in the workplace, a recruiter will be able to see this clearly.

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 07/03/2016