What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you’ve gained from this?
To help enhance my employability, I attended company roadshows such as the Citi Roadshow to find out more about what skills and qualities they look for in a placement student.
I feel my off-campus, part-time job has also helped me to develop intrapersonal skills that I will use throughout my career.
I have also used online sites such as “Code Academy” to show my willingness to learn new skills.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen’s
I have used Careers Guidance appointments and mock interviews with potential employers to help me build my CV. As a result of attending the recent Graduate and Placement fair (2015) I was able to secure my year-long placement.
Before attending the fair, I read the programme online and selected 10 companies that where offering placements that interested me. I wanted to use this opportunity to find out the latest developments in the company and the skills and qualities the employers were looking for in prospective placement students.
One of the company’s I wanted to find out more about was CyberSource NI. I visited their stand and spoke to two of their employees who told me about the projects that CyberSource are currently working on, their recruitment process and what is expected of a Placement QA Test Engineer at CyberSource. After attending the fair, I was contacted by CyberSource’s HR contact, who I’d spoken to at the fair, inviting me to come in for an interview as I had impressed them at the careers fair. I attended an interview which was in two stages, each stage an hour long.
Any advice for other QUB students?
If you are looking for a year-long placement:
- Aim to have a draft of your CV complete for starting the first semester so you can take advantage of the early CV consultation appointments. (These appointments are in high demand).
- Attend as many Employer-led events such as roadshows and mock interviews. This will give you the opportunity to find out what may be expected of you at a potential interview.
- Before going to the Careers Fair do some preparation, research the companies and roles that will be on offer, thinking about which roles or companies that interest you the most. This will give you the opportunity to find out more information about the company and build a relationship with your potential employer.