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How we’ve helped students like you

From revamping your CV in order to pivot between sectors to providing that all-important link to a key employer, our Careers Team have helped countless of graduates just like you to get closer to their dream role.

In conversation with alumni from our MEDIA programme

Queen's aumni with diverse careers spanning the media sector chat to Emma Lennox from the Careers team about the post-coved graduate job market, success secrets and making the most of career opportunities.

A CV clinic enabled my tech success

“I was a History graduate and wasn’t sure what to do with the next big step after university. I found out I could do a crossover to the Software Development Master’s at Queen’s. The Careers Team helped me tailor my CV for the tech industry. I still use the CV template they gave me.”

Adam Hale, now a Full Stack Engineer at CompoZed XP labs in Allstate NI, turned to the Careers Team after he graduated with a BA in History. We helped him tailor his CV to break into the tech industry.

An employer introduction opened up my options

“I went to a Careers Fair at Queen’s and spoke to a guy from PWC. I found out how to apply to the graduate trainee programme, MilkRound. You don’t have to be limited by your subject and put in a box for the rest of your life.”

Jessica Campbell works in audit at PWC. After studying for a MSc in Chemical Engineering, the Careers Team at Queen’s helped her explore her options and introduced her to her current employer.

I met a TV talent scout

“I had work experience with a sport production company who are part-owned by Channel 4. I have a massive passion for sport, so it was a great opportunity to combine my degree with my passion and break into the career I want to go into, which is sports production and broadcast.”

Michael Jordan, BA Film Studies, was introduced to key employers, including a talent coach from Channel 4. He has since landed valuable work experience that has helped him work towards his dream career in sports broadcasting.

Mock employer interviews were brilliant training

“I wasn’t sure what to do after Queen’s. I used the Careers Service at Queen’s a lot in my final year when I finished my exams. I had the opportunity to meet with employers and do mock interviews and assessment centres. It was brilliant as it gave you the opportunity to see what it would be like when you are actually doing that yourself.”

Terri Foden is an Assurance Associate for EY (Ernst &Young). The Careers Team at Queen’s facilitated a workplace study tour and mock employer interviews which allowed her to explore where her BA French & Spanish could take her.

Putting yourself out there is the first step

“When I graduated, I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to be. The key is to put yourself out there when it comes to work experience. Volunteer to do the boring tasks that no one wants to do and your responsibilities will soon go up. During any placement or work experience, make yourself indispensable.”

Stephen Coulter, BA English and Drama, now works as a theatre producer for Primecut. He credits work experience and internship opportunities as an integral part of his career success.