John-Joe McGuckin

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John-Joe McGuckin
BSc Environmental Planning
Erasmus Study Abroad in Stockholm

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What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?

ERASMUS studies in Stockholm, Sweden.

I feel like I have gained an entirely new insight into how to look at things, particularly higher education practices, which are vastly different than those we have in Belfast.

I feel I have also improved my ability to interact and connect with people from a spectrum of cultures, which is particularly useful in my line of study. Not only this, but having assisted people in writing and speaking English for essays and presentations, as well as learning Swedish myself, I feel like my ability to teach people and explain concepts has vastly improved, as have my abilities in learning another language, which I believe is a very attractive quality in graduates.

All this  was supplemented by the invaluable experience of meeting incredible new people from throughout Europe and the world, all of whom helped to shape the experience into one which I could never have imagined.

In short, it has changed my life. 

Any advice for other Queen's students?

Take the opportunity to try and get involved with as many things within your faculty as interests you, not just in extra+curricular societies. They are a great way to interact with both students and lecturers, and can be incredibly good craic and can really aid your understanding of your study area. 

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