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Hollie looks forward with confidence

 

By Rebecca Black

An Ulster University graduate has spoken about overcoming her confidence issues to flourish and secure a job at multinational business PwC.

Hollie George, who graduated yesterday with a BSc Sociology & Criminology, has been in foster care for most of her life. She said while she faced the same challenges as most students, she also worried about whether she would feel accepted at university.

“Foster care can really impact on confidence. I was worried I would be judged and questioned if I would belong there,” she said.

“I was relieved to find this was not the case. I was openly welcomed into university life as part of a really close student community and was given a lot of support throughout my studies.”

Hollie received financial support, accommodation and advice from dedicated student support outreach advisers at UU.

“The support officer assigned to me helped with assignments and ensured I received my ‘care-leaver’ bursary, which is a great incentive,” she said.

“I have learned that your independence is the key to success and it has encouraged me to push myself, with brilliant teaching staff and numerous support officers who have guided me along the way. I’m really excited to be taking up a full-time client executive role at PwC.”

  • The Ulster University’s graduations will continue at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast until tomorrow and north west graduations will take place next week

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