Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

Internships and careers: my story

Our support helped Olivia to find both an internship and a career.

Robin Nelson
Olivia Sweeney, MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Studying here is an opportunity to enhance your career – to develop new skills and abilities, grow in confidence and learn about yourself. The development and long-term success of our students is fundamental to our approach, and that includes encouraging your efforts beyond graduation.

My story

"The Careers Service helped me in lots of ways. They supported each stage of my development, provided me with confidence when I needed it, and facilitated a change in career. 

"By helping me understand what employers are looking for and decode job descriptions, I was able to tailor my CVs and cover letters to particular roles. A key skill they helped me develop was  self-reflection – to draw from my past experiences and apply it to future roles.

"Through this I was able to gain two internships – the first with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), in Pakistan and the second with  the Saltire Scholarship programme [in Scotland]. 

"This self-belief also gave me the confidence to pursue my masters with institutions that I was interested in, meaning I could spend my time in Gothenburg working on biofuel development."

Practical support 

"When it came to applying for graduate jobs, the Careers Service and the resources provided were invaluable. I had a Skype practice interview while in Sweden and this gave me an insight into how I perform in a pressured interview situation. The Careers Service continued to help me refine my CV and I was able to secure a job straight after graduating!

"I recommended the Careers Service to friends who also received invaluable help. I would advise students to go and try it out."

When it came to applying for graduate jobs, the Careers Service were invaluable.

Olivia SweeneyMEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

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