Where are you now?
A Process Engineer for Procter & Gamble (Oral B), Republic of Ireland.
Responsible for improving the reliability and performance of all equipment across the full department through the implementation of Reliability Engineering, Focused Improvement, Project Management & Unified Problem Solving.
Responsibilities include driving the Predictive Maintenance team and leading the Breakdown Elimination System to drive the performance of the department and improve the safety, quality and reliability of all processes. Responsible for the planning & execution of small projects in the department and ensuring a successful Instantaneous Start Up.
This role requires people management, in depth long term & short term planning and overall Project Management. Collaboration between various departments, companies and people is a key responsibility to ensure the scope of the project meet the department’s needs.
How did you get there?
I obtained a degree plus from the University due to completing the Inspiring Leaders course. I was also the Chairperson of the University’s Hurling Club.
Employers are no longer just looking at a degree classification. Employers are employing the person, not the degree. The softer skills are equally important if not more than the standard academic skills. Make sure to actively try to improve this skill set.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills
I used the careers service to go over my CV. I found this very useful and was a crucial part of refining and improving my CV going into final year. Now that I am in industry I can’t believe the significance firms put on career fairs, they see it as a crucial step as part of the recruitment process.
Advice for current Queen's students?
Start early. It is important to be prepared coming into final year as the work load can be very heavy and time consuming. Trying to find a graduate job can be a lengthy process. I was fortunate enough to secure my job pre-Christmas which took a certain degree of stress away going into my final exams.
Know exactly what the employer is looking for in an ideal graduate…careers fairs and events are a great informal opportunity to ask that question.