What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?
In addition to my studies I have made a concerted effort to enhance my prospects of employment after university. I have been involved in university sports teams and societies such as QUB Law Society.
I attended the City Law Panel Discussion: How to succeed in the City and was lucky enough to be selected to attend the London Law Workplace Study Tour which brought a group of students to London to visit 14 of the biggest City Law firms for workshops and networking events.
I also gained a range of work experience including with large commercial law firms in Belfast and with 'Big Four' accountancy firms, along with working part-time during term-time.
I also spent a summer living in San Francisco working in construction and playing football. These experiences have helped me to develop the skills required by employers such as; teamwork, communication and problem-solving, along with giving me the information I needed to tailor my application forms and answer in-depth interview questions.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen’s
I have used the Careers, Employability and Skills service throughout both my undergraduate and postgraduate time at Queen's. I have used careers guidance appointments to help fine-tune my CV and for interview practice.
I also took part in the Insight into Management Course which was a three day intensive course to help develop the skills needed to work effectively both in leading and being part of a team in a working environment. I also attended the City Law Panel and the London Law Workplace Study Tour which were organised by Careers, Employability and Skills in collaboration with the Law School.
My contact with Careers, Employability and Skills has helped me immensely in terms of skills development, readying me for applications and interview and strengthening my application by helping me to gain an insight into how recruiters would view it - This ultimately helped me to gain a training Contract with a Big 5 Commercial Law Firm in Dublin.
Any advice for other Queen's students?
I would encourage Students to get involved in as much as they can in terms of extra-curricular activities and courses, and also to gain some relevant work experience in their field. Everything you can be involved in at this stage helps create a well-rounded profile for employers to see at application and interview stages.