Leonie van Rest
Before you started at Queen's, where were you and what were you doing?
I finished a bachelor in European Studies at the Hague University in the Netherlands (My home country)
Where are you now?
Operations Analyst, Deutsche Bank (Dublin)
How did you get there?
One important step that led to this position was the fact that I spoke foreign languages. Because the world is becoming so connected, being able to speak one or more foreign languages is a huge asset. Even though I did not have any language classes during my course at Queen’s, I kept practising my languages, for example by reading books, or through an amazing language app called “Duolingo”. did not have any language classes during my course at Queen’s, I kept practicing my languages, for example by reading books, or through an amazing language app called “Duolingo”.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen’s
I joined the Careers Connection programme in the summer of 2015, which gave me a great insight of the immense variety of jobs that are out there. During the tour I found out that a lot of people end up in a completely different job then the field they were studying in and I found out that employers are quite interested in employing people with different backgrounds. Because of the tour I became more open to jobs outside of my field of education.
Advice for current Queen's students
Go to recruitment agencies and give them your CV. This is how I found my current job. One day I received a phone call asking if I was interested in moving to Dublin.