What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?
As part of my degree I had a one-year placement. This enhanced my employability as it gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learnt at Queen’s into a professional setting. Through my year placement I enhanced my communication skills and inter-personal capabilities.
Through out my time at Queen’s I have been a Green Impact Assistant; this is a scheme run through NUS-USI that allows me to work closely with the Carbon Management Team at QUB. I volunteer my time and help to ensure QUB is maintaining a positive environmental image through audits, waste management and increasing environmental awareness. This has increased my personal confidence and it’s always a good idea to volunteer your time and knowledge for a good cause. Being a Green Impact Assistant also lead to me being applicable to apply for the “Inspiring Leaders” Programme run by the Students’ Union; which was funded by the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute.
I also took part in a programme called “InnovateHer” run by Queen’s University Students’ Union Enterprise. This was an intensive 10 week programme developing vital business and entrepreneurial skills ranging from finance, pitching, idea generation and leadership. This programme challenged my innovative thought process, strengthened my presentation skills and gave me a great opportunity to learn and practice networking. All these skills are invaluable for my employability.
Last Easter, I was chosen to take part in the esteemed Study China Programme. Study China is an intense 3 week programme funded by the British Council and the Government department for Business, Innovation and Skills.The Study China Programme offered me with a unique opportunity to experience Chinese life, culture, language and business. I attended Zhejiang University, and studied Chinese Business Culture and Mandarin for beginners. From participating in Study China I gained invaluable global experience, facilitating my personal and professional development. The Study China Programme was an experience of a life time and increased my cultural awareness.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen’s
I had an appointment with careers to help me edit and tweak my CV, which I found very helpful.
Any advice for other Queen's students?
Make the most of your time at University! Get involved; Queen’s provide a great career’s service with so many opportunities for all students in all degree pathways. When applying for jobs, employers don’t want to hear about what you did 3/4 years ago in 6th year… employers want to see applicants who made the most out of their university time.
Get up, get involved and apply for every opportunity out there. If you’re not in it, you can’t win it. Not only for your employability, but also for life experience. I got to take part in Study China which was a few of the best weeks of my life.