What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?
I’ve made the most of the careers service during my time, in order add to my C.V, by taking part in the Brussels Study Tour and gaining insight into amazing European internships and jobs and making great contacts. I also took part in the Insight into Management programme, a three day crash course in business skills and team work which has opened my eyes to so many graduate programmes and jobs I hadn’t considered before.
I’ve also made sure I’ve always been a part of the Spanish and Portuguese Society, and I was chosen as President for my final year, another great addition to my C.V! All of these things have helped me to gain leadership skills and to use my initiative, and taught me about organisation and time management, as well as group work, which I know will always come in handy in any career.
The opportunities I had at Queen’s really have helped me to feel confident when applying for jobs because I have plenty to talk about and skills to draw upon, not just my degree.
Any advice for other Queen's students?
My advice is to be smart during your time at QUB and use your time wisely; the Careers service run all these programmes and services for a reason, and if you research properly you can find so many ways to improve your chances of getting a good job after university.
It’s not just about getting a job, but you might as well take advantage of everything on offer at Queen’s and take part in as much as you can. Even playing on a sports team or being in a society will set you apart, and making use of the Career’s service really will be beneficial in the long run. There will be no other time in your life where you can take yourself off to London or Brussels for a subsidised price and learn about what opportunities there are and meet people, so make the most of being a Queen’s student while you can!