Before Queen's, where were you and what were you doing?
Before I started Queen’s University Belfast I attended Ballyclare Secondary School. Aside from my GCSE and A Level results my proudest achievement at school was being the Head Girl. Throughout school I held various part-time jobs, which gave me great experience and confidence for moving onto the next step in life.
As a result of my part-time jobs and my love of home I knew straight away that I wanted to stay and study in Northern Ireland, which made my decision to go to Queen’s an easy one.
In terms of my career I was not sure of what I wanted to do which made deciding on a subject to study at university quite tricky. In the end I decided to study History as it was a subject that I loved at school and the subject which I knew I would enjoy the most. Enjoying my time at university was very important to me and this was my main motivation to study at Queen’s and to study History.
Where are you now?
I am currently a Management Assistant with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Lisburn. My job has various roles and responsibilities which keep me very occupied throughout the day. I started this job in September 2015 and moved through the Graduate Management Programme and was promoted to Management Assistant in March 2016.
How did you get there?
During my time at University I applied for and gained a position on the PwC. This gave me a really good insight into the way in which graduate employers recruit, the application forms, assessment centres and interviews.
While I was in University I also took the opportunity to get involved in as many activities as possible. I was elected to the Students Union Council and sat on the Education Committee. This was great experience and built up my confidence for going forward into the working environment.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen's
I attended career guidance appointments to discuss my options as I didn’t really know what I wanted to after I graduated.
I attended the Graduate Recruitment Fair at Queen’s and this is where I came across the Enterprise stall.
I also used career guidance appointments to obtain feedback and advice on my CV and interviews.
Advice for current students
My advice for current students is get involved with Queen’s and all it has to offer. I would also advise to make use of the careers service as soon as possible and to really think about what their plans for after university. This is one thing that I left quite late on and that is the one thing that I regret not doing sooner.