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Emma Webster
Emma Webster

BSc Biochemistry with Professional Studies, Municipal Wastewater Technical Direction Team, Veolia Water UK

I gained Degree Plus through volunteering with the Environmental Leadership Programme. This helped strengthen my CV for work with environmental companies such as Veolia.

My advice is to push yourself outside your comfort zone and say yes to all opportunities, making sure to put in the effort and build your CV. A placement helps you understand which industries within your degree you like and dislike.”

Thomas Curran
Tomas Curran

BSc International Business with French, Business Development Representative, Ground Labs, Sydney

“While at Queen’s, I gained confidence to move abroad and try new things. I studied in Paris and took part in the Brussels EU study tour. If you can, take the option of a year abroad – it’ll be the best year of your life.”

Maria Pimentel
Dr Maria M. A. Pimentel-Mackle

Juris Doctor, School Of Law, Contract Analyst, Factor (formerly Axiom Managed Solutions)

“Attending employability events and programmes helped me stand out from my peers and raised my profile as a well-rounded graduate entering the global workforce. The one-to-one CV appointments, the Careers resources on the website and Careers app helped me along my student journey to find the best employment opportunities and prepare for my interviews.”

Tsvyata Donovan
Tsvyata G Donova

PhD Psychology, Academic Support Team, INTO Queen’s

“Queen’s Career Development Programmes helped me to move a step forward in my career development. I took part in skills building workshops and CV clinics in my undergraduate years. The skills and confidence gained at these sessions significantly contributed to my job success during my postgraduate years.”

Jamie Davison
Jamie Davison

BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences (Sandwich), Analytical Chemist, Almac Sciences

“The Careers service at Queen’s were very helpful in providing guidance prior to my placement interview and I am grateful for the careers sessions we had, as they provided me with confidence for going into the workplace. You maybe don’t realise how it helps you when it comes to going for interviews and entering the workplace. You develop your employability skills a significant amount!”

Ciyana James
Ciyana James

BSc Pharmaceutical Science (Sandwich), Analytical Chemist, Almac Sciences, Craigavon

“I also booked several appointments for a CV check prior to applying for placement opportunities and PhD opportunities. The guidance I received was very helpful as I got constructive feedback on how to restructure my CV and personal statement to better succeed at receiving an interview. My main advice would be to use the careers guidance available at Queen’s. The CV check and mock online interview resources are very helpful in preparing for graduate jobs.”

Aoife Marken
Aoife Marken

Law LLB, International Business Law LLM, Professional Legal Studies PGDip, Barrister

 “I always wanted a career in law and focused on developing the right skills to ensure that I was able to strive to achieve my end goal. I attended a Careers Fairs to speak with recruiters and some of the ‘Magic Circle’ law firms to get an understanding of the specific skillset that was required to be successful in interviews.”

Esssy Rose
Essyrose Mathew

Bsc Pharmaceutical Sciences, Postgraduate Researcher

“Career fairs were helpful in understanding the range of possibilities that were out there as well as improving confidence in my ability to speak and network with others. Additionally, CV appointments were really useful in developing my CV and maximising my employment profile.”

Ciara Laverty

MSc Ecological Management and Conservation Biology

“After graduating, I volunteered and worked a range of seasonal and casual job contracts in order to build up my experience within the environmental sector. This also enabled me to network with others and gain career advice from those who were working in roles that I aspired to.”

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