Where are you now?
Having just completed my second year of Law with Spanish at Queen’s, in May 2018, I took part in the Brussels Study Tour, which involved meeting potential employers and QUB graduates working in Brussels. This provided me with a great insight into the opportunities available in Europe and has broadened my horizons – I am now applying for opportunities in Europe that I hadn’t even considered or known about before.
How did you get there?
I have also been focusing on improving my Spanish and French outside my course. Last summer I completed an intensive Spanish language course in Salamanca which not only greatly improved my proficiency in the language but also gave me experience living in and adapting to a new country. I have also kept on my French from A-Level by taking up weekly classes at the QUB Language Centre. I shall also be studying abroad in Salamanca in 2018/19.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills
I found careers appointments in the Student Guidance Centre very useful. This is a great way to reflect on your CV and seek guidance from a careers adviser. Whenever I have had an interview approaching I have gone there and it has always been a worthwhile experience.
Another aspect of careers that I appreciated were the career fairs. I attended the Law Fair in October where I received lots of useful information on graduate jobs in law firms. This lead to me being invited to various law open nights at companies such as Arthur Cox and Pinsent Masons.
Advice for current Queen's students
If you are unsure about what you want to do with your career, it is best to keep your options open. Apply to as much as you can and you’ll eventually be successful, and you can build upon your CV from there.
I would also say to make the most out of careers – from individual consultations to career events, it is a great way to get a better idea of the opportunities available. Also check MyFuture regularly in case there is an opportunity that interests you – that is how I find out about most career events, and was how I found out about the Brussels Study Tour.
By partaking in the Brussels Study Tour I am eligible for Degree Plus Route A qualification, which I hope to achieve as it is a great way to accredit involvement in career enhancing activities.
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