Deborah has worked in the Personnel department since 2004. Originally employed as the department Receptionist, she has had the opportunity to act up to a higher clerical grade on two occasions and has worked both part-time and full-time hours. In her current acting-up role she provides highly confidential comprehensive secretarial support to the Personnel Manager, ensuring effective diary management and timely preparation of all documentation including committee preparation.
What attracted you to work at Queen’s?
Queen’s is such a prestigious University and, as I did not attend as a student, I was delighted to have the opportunity to work here. I have always been very proud to say that I am a Queen’s employee.
What do you enjoy most about working at Queen’s?
The initiatives that staff can get involved in. I am currently involved in the Green Impact Initiative which helps departments look at ways in which they can make workplaces greener. I am also involved in the Staff Wellbeing Initiatives, helping to improve the wellbeing of staff in the University, promoting existing services and introducing new benefits and services to all staff.
What do you enjoy most about helping/meeting new students?
I am fortunate that I am in a position to receive direct feedback from students, whether it’s through the Postgraduate Forum, face-to-face or through the postgraduate experience surveys and that I can help make changes across areas that really matter to students.
What type of training have you received since joining Queen’s?
We are encouraged to attend training courses run by the University and I have attended many. These have included courses that have enabled me to improve my skills in Word, Outlook and Excel, as well training in Front-of-office skills, Use of Fire Extinguishers and Fire Warden training. I also attend emergency aid courses every three years run by St. John’s Ambulance.
What advice do you have for potential employees joining Queen’s?
Go for it! The University is a great place to work, providing plenty of opportunities as well as great staff, students and surroundings.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend time with my 8 year old son – his hobbies and interests keep me very busy. I love spending time with all of my friends and family and enjoy eating out and visiting new places.
What gadget can't you live without?
Probably my mobile phone or my iPad. Anything that has google; I google everything!
How did you get into your chosen career?
By accident really. I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, but I left school at 17 and got a job as a Purchase Ledger Clerk in an accounts office.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
You’re never too old to learn new things!
If I wasn’t in my current role I would be...
A lottery winner, lying on an exotic beach (I can dream).