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Successful trio from Queen's University Belfast land dream jobs at global firms

Three Queen's students looking forward to winter graduations at the university this week have a double reason for celebrating – they've all secured dream jobs.

Joseph McCrory, from Castlederg, is off to work for Coca-Cola in the US; Damian McIlroy, from Glengormley, will take up a job at the Ford Motor Company headquarters, and Harry Thompson, from Holywood, has joined a City of London-based insurance firm.

The trio will join the 94% of Queen's graduates who are currently in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Joseph is graduating with a MSc in Management from Queen's University Management School. The 22-year-old has been selected from hundreds of students to take part in the US-NI mentorship programme, securing an executive HR internship with Coca-Cola at its Atlanta headquarters.

The year-long programme will promote trade between Northern Ireland and the States, with participants seeking out opportunities for further investment.

Another Queen's student looking forward to starting his dream job in January is Damian.

The 22-year-old has been offered a graduate position in the Powertrain Department at Ford Motor Company in Dagenham, after completing five stages of assessment and interviews.

Damian is graduating from Queen's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a BEng in Aerospace Engineering.

He is celebrating his graduation with his parents, brother and sisters and his girlfriend, who's studying Maths and Computer Science at Queen's.

Also graduating this week is Harry.

He has completed an MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security at Queen's School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. He is now a trainee underwriter for the global speciality and property insurer Catlin Group, based in the Lloyd's of London insurance market.

Queen's winter graduation ceremonies will see more than 2,000 graduates collect their degree certificates during six graduation ceremonies in the Whitla Hall.

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