Vun Choon Wei
I was in an exchange student program in Japan for a year. The programme is an intercultural experience and I was enrolled as a local student at College in Yonago, Japan.
Then, I pursued my foundation study at INTO Queen’s University in 2011 in order to be enrolled in the discipline of MSci in Physics with Astrophysics at Queen’s University Belfast.
What have you done in addition to your degree to enhance your employability and what do you feel you've gained from this?
I have actively participated in various Degree-related activities such as: International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) 2015, Internship at Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Winter and Summer schools with National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Leiden University. These had given me a broad range of perspective for my pursuit of various research areas, have widened my opportunities, and expanded my connections.
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen's
I attend employment workshops and career events to update myself with the available opportunities. In addition, to build my self confidence in my presentation and documentation for job employability, I seek advice and support available from Student Guidance Centre and MyFuture.
I have utilised the career guidance appointments to revise my written personal statements and curriculum vitae. From these services, I gained confidence in improving my documentation and had made many successful applications from the assistance.
Last but not least, I also attended Insight into Management to enhance my personal skills in teamwork, leadership, time management, and presentation. This programme increased my personal development in various essential skills as well as enhanced my connections with other students and people from different firms.
Advice for other Queen's students
Jump off the cliff, Dive in, and you’ll discover something new. In other words, explore yourself and never be afraid of trying new things. You will never know what you may be capable of otherwise. The years during undergraduate are full of excitement. Use them wisely and make path to your life in the most fruitful way.