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Athena Liu BSc Accounting and Finance (with placement year), 2019

Placement student at Norwegian Cruise Lines

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When I first came to Southampton on an Open Day I loved the campus atmosphere. It’s a very diverse environment, which allowed me to gain a great international perspective and learn to work with people from different nationalities.

The Student’s Union has over 300 societies and lots of events throughout the year. I always have opportunities to meet new people and try new things. For example, I recently joined the Skydive Society and will be trained to be a qualified skydiver!

There are so many highlights throughout my journey at Southampton University so far. I spent lots time and enjoyed making progress on improving my employability. For example in my first year, I did my first internship in SUSU through Excel internship scheme. In my second year, I was a Halls officer, International Students’ Offer and worked part-time at SUSU catering services on campus. Finally, this year, I successfully secured a placement year with Norwegian Cruise Lines with massive help from the Placements Officer in the Business School.

Currently in my placement year, I am a Business Operation (Planning and Analysis) Intern at Norwegian Cruise Lines, which involves preparing daily, weekly and monthly reports for Passenger’s Services, across three brands and different countries. I also plan rosters for teams such as Reservations and Helpdesk, and assist the call centre operation on a daily basis.

I’ve been working at NCL for 4 months now, and it has been an incredible and insightful experience so far; I am exposed to the business operation of an international cruise company. I enjoy working, as the work environment is fun and friendly!

During my degree I’ve definitely increased my knowledge in areas in which I am interested in developing my career, such as Financial Services and the Banking Industry. My lecturers are always helpful if I have any questions. The analytical and report-writing skills I’ve developed really helped on my placement. Moreover, there are many guest lectures and employer networking events organised by the Careers Centre or other societies, which offer a great insight into industries you’re interested in.

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