In 2013, while working at one of the big supermarkets, I realised I was not getting the satisfaction I wanted in a job and having been ever interested in computing, I decided to go back to university to get a degree and build a career. I enrolled on a one year course at SERC so as to gain an Access Certificate in Foundation Studies which will allow me gain admission into university as I did not have any A-Levels. I gained admission to Queen’s University Belfast to study CIT and I am loving every bit of it so far and looking forward to my second year.
What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?
I took part in the QUB Code First-Girls beginner course in HTML and CSS so as to improve my web development skills.
Currently a STEM Ambassador, helping to educate kids on the different career paths that exist in science and technology. Also, involved in the running of a coding club in a primary school. Running the code club has highly improved my communication, time management and team working skills.
I have also been involved in windows app development organised by the School of English and EEECS, designing an app known as chasebookapp for students in the School of English.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen’s
While applying for scholarship as a first year student from the School of EEECS, I made use of the Interview workshop, Applications workshop and CV review appointments. I found the help I received at the career, Employability and Skills immensely useful and Venita , the Career Assistant was very supportive during my application process and was open to answering any questions I had in regards to my application, CV and interview. I really felt supported and this motivated more to put in my applications for many scholarship positions.
I made great use of the one-on-one CV appointments because I knew that to get an interview, I had to have a very good CV to stand out.
The interview workshop was very insightful and prepared me really well on what, and questions to expect during my interviews.
Any advice for other Queen's students?
I would highly recommend that everyone makes good use of the services provided by the Careers, Employability and Skills as I was able to land a scholarship position with Tascomi Ltd, for both my first year summer internship and placement year- all due to the guidance and support I received from the staff.