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Advice from Queen’s graduates

Watch our student success stories to get inspired as you embark on the next stage of your career journey.

They have got helpful tips and advice from where to find that all-important graduate job to the skills employers are looking for.

Shannon McAteer, EY

“As soon as I completed the assessment centre, I knew it was the company for me. EY is very people orientated, and everyone I met seemed really nice and helpful, and I also knew there would be opportunity for travel through EY, which definitely interested me as well.”

“I had the opportunity to travel to Frankfurt, Germany, to complete a data centre visit. I went completely on my own, and although it was scary at the time, it definitely helped me with my professional and personal development and is something I’ll always remember!”

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Jack McKeown, EY

“My highlight at EY has been working with a big client in Boston.”

“The biggest challenge moving from uni to the workplace is time management. Your time is structured at uni and it’s not as structured in the workplace. People aren’t driving you towards an end goal. Where you go is up to you. You need to take that attitude that if you are going to go forward and you are going to do it. Whatever path you decide to go down, that has to be driven by you.”

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John Maguire, FintrU

“I have learned that the Financial Services industry is a lot warmer, welcoming, and people focussed than I ever thought it would be! Despite all the developments in technology, people are still a crucial asset to the industry.

“The most rewarding part of my role is seeing our new joiners come into the business and see how quickly they develop their skills and forge their own unique path with us. Within a short space of time, it is amazing to see our Academy Graduates working with some of the biggest investment banks across the globe.

“The Financial Services sector is forever growing, changing, and providing new and exciting opportunities for people with all sorts of skillsets. It is incredibly varied, and there are so many opportunities for your own development.”

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Courtney Ward, Clinical Quality Team Leader, Randox

"My role involves ensuring the quality of the testing carried out is to the highest standard. I’ve had the opportunity to work across a variety of roles and projects, not to mention playing my role in the Covid-19 response.”

“My background is in Biochemistry and the skillset gained during my degree has been invaluable to my career progression here at Randox.”

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Laura Cummings, Laboratory Manager at Randox

“I thought a job in science would be very structured with little variability however, after starting my career with Randox it couldn’t be more different. The environment is so high-paced with constant movement in terms of people, projects and patterns.”

“My time at Queens taught me core technical skills both practical and analytical that were essential to my career development.”

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Adam Hamill, Version 1

“I enjoy the fact I get to work with globally renowned companies and that my work contributes to making any processes or systems run smooth as possible for the customer. Along with the technical skills required, there is a steep learning curve into learning each customer’s systems and solutions which is something I hadn’t expected.”

“The skills I learned at Queen’s have helped me in my career, in particular, timekeeping skills, as I can have many tasks with deadlines all running at the same time just like University. Additionally, communication skills gained during group assignments in Queen’s have been a great help in my career. Technical skills learned such as programming, database design and security have enabled me to hit the ground running in my role.”

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Declan Lupari, GRAHAM

“I was a KTP Associate with Queen’s and got hired by Graham afterwards. The most challenging part was having no construction background - coming from a computer science background…People are there to help you out and develop you and your abilities further.

“It’s very important to have a job that excites and challenges you. There are more important things to life than money. You need that spark and challenge. Challenges big and small will spur you on to do better. If you have a passion for that job. It will only spur you on further and the sky is the limit.”

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Sneha Parajuli, KTP

“I had the fresh ideas from my graduate program that I was hungry to apply in the real world.

The fact that I would be under the supervision of the faculty with proven records is exactly what I needed.”

"Getting a master’s degree from Queen’s has been an added bonus for me in so many ways. Not just the technical knowledge from the course, I also undertook multiple leadership courses like Master your Leadership, Inspiring leaders, and Leadership in Practice which definitely helped me develop my personal skills, improve my communication and also enhance my leadership capabilities which I think instilled so much confidence in me."

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Leah Scott, Government Communication Service

“Employer recognise that you are fresh out of uni, so you are not going to know everything; they really encourage you to ask questions. No question is a stupid question and it shows you are interested and trying hard to get your grasp around a job.”

“My graduate job was my first exposure to the working world, so I made sure to ask lots of questions.”

Niamh Kelly, Project Assistant/Youth Ambassador

“See your professional development as something that will extend beyond your degree. This is not your only time that you are able to develop your skills.

“Take advantage of all the opportunities that are open and try everything. Keep track of any experience you gain and how to applies to a job description.”

Peter Moor, Trainee Journalist

“I did work experience whenever and wherever I could. All those connections and experience you build up really benefits you. You have to have initiative to go out and do things. Show off and show them you are the best person for the job.

Ryan Lavelle, Future Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance

“The point is to show the transferrable skills you are getting out of extra-curricular activities. They might not be directly related to the field you want to go into but take the time to reflect what you learned from those activities and experiences and the transferrable skills you gained from them.”