Jo Khoon Loh
I did my pre-University programme (New South Wales Higher School Certificate) in Inti International College Penang, Malaysia, before I came to QUB. The subjects I took were Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and English as Second Language. I always thought that I would ended up working in science-related field. Who knows that I ended up taking actuarial science bachelor degree in QUB. It was an excellent choice because the school, especially QUMS had put a lot of effort in helping their students in their job applications.
What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?
I spent my first year's summer break working as a customer advisor in a hardware company (GBHK Limited) and in a shipping company (Clement Integrated Transport Limited) to further develop my soft skills such as communication skill and team building skills.
During my third year, I was on a placement with Allianz Re Dublin Limited, working as a student actuary. Through the placement, I not only learnt some technical skills such as VBA coding, analytical reasoning and problem solving, it also gave me an opportunities to gain an insight of an actuary's job scopes and responsibility.
I am currently taking Level 2 German language course provided by the QUB's Language Centre, hoping to learn as much as I can and also enhance my employability.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen’s
I made an appointment with the career consultant, Emma Lennox during the beginning of semester 2. She was very friendly and also gave me useful interview tips such as possible interview questions, the STAR techniques in answering the interview questions and etc... With her tips and my effort, I was able to successfully secure a graduate position as a Graduate Actuary with Pramerica.
Any advice for other Queen's students?
Queen's support was excellent! It provides a wide range of activities and events to help and improve the students' skills. I encourage everyone to make a full use of it.