Want to know more? Meet some of our graduates below.
Equestrian Product Manager - Mackey Equestrian, Donard, Co. Wicklow
‘The fusion project has given me the opportunity to re-direct my career and focus on an area I really enjoy and am keen to progress in.
Being able to access information, technology and technical advice throughout the project has really helped expand my experience and outlook on my role.
The diploma has been challenging to fit in around work and family but has been hugely beneficial to me and allowing me to gain a better understanding and awareness of all aspects of business and how my role can better benefit the overall strategy of the company. I have been able to apply many aspects of the diploma already, into my current role to better benefit Mackey Equestrian and help develop my role and level of responsibility within the company.
The opportunity to avail of accredited courses has enabled me to strengthen my abilities and ensure I am a crucial member of the team with key skills.
Fusion has given me an opportunity to not only secure a position I enjoy, but given me the tools and confidence to push higher.’
5th July 2018
Design Engineer - Mooney Boats, Killybegs, Co. Donegal
‘My FUSION project took place in Mooney Boats which is the largest shipbuilding and restoration company in the North West of Ireland. The company specialises in Boat Building, Engineering, Production, Refurbishment, Fabrication, Repair and maintenance of Marine and Industrial Products. My FUSION project aimed to implement 3D CAD design into the company with the plan of designing and manufacturing a fish farm vessel which was a great success, this success was due to the collaboration with North West Regional College (NWRC) in Derry and full co-operation with the company. I found the post-grad in QUB very helpful and have been able to take much of the material and implement it throughout the company. It also acted as a great means of creating contacts in various fields of work all around the country. Having completed my 18-month FUSION project I am now working full time for Mooney Boats to drive innovation and keep up to date with current trends.’
5th July 2018
Renewable Energy Engineer - Tyrone Fabrication, Tyrone
New Product Development Technologist - Mash Direct Ltd, Newtownards, Co. Down
The aim of my role at Mash Direct was to design bespoke, nutritious and flavoursome product range taking the products through from concept to launch with an emphasis on food safety while implementing “a market led NPD model” / innovation culture.
One of the main features that attracted me to the FUSION program was the opportunity to gain "hands -on" experience while backing this up with accredited courses and certificates. Another aspect that I thoroughly enjoyed was the Post Graduate Diploma, it allowed me to learn about a totally new subject area but also gave me the chance to avail of expert teaching and support from Queen’s University Belfast.
Throughout the project I have made many contacts and forged working relationships within the food industry and academia sectors, these relationships will undoubedtly prove to be vital in the progression of my career in the future. My time on the FUSION program has exposed me to the food industry at an accelerated rate and on completion of the project helped me to secure my new position as Technical Manager at Mash Direct, I believe that without FUSION I would not be in the position I am now.
Mechanical Engineer - Copper Industries, Toomebridge
Product Engineer - Novegen, Dublin
IT Programme Manager - 4PM Kennedy Estates, Dublin, Co. Dublin
The FUSION programme has had an immense and immediate impact on my career. Within one year of starting the FUSION Programme, I could demonstrate that I had designed and delivered a transformative programme of innovative technical and organisational change in my place of work.
This led to me being invited to lecture in IT Project Management and to gaining additional professional certifications as a Software Architect and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. I am now a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer teaching MBA classes in Innovation, IT Management and Cloud Computing while also leading the design, validation and delivery of innovative academic programmes to rapidly deliver graduates to meet the skills gap in the high growth field of Data Science and Analytics. None of this would have been possible without the FUSION Programme and its professionally managed approach of placing candidates into leadership positions in innovative companies and supporting the entire process with a very practical and applied Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Management.
FUSION Project Manager - STATSports, Newry
Project Manager (NPI & NPD) - Essexford Joinery, Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
I found the FUSION programme to be challenging but very rewarding. Reflecting on the experience, the QUB Business & Management course inspired me to think about business topics while I gained new knowledge and perspectives on how a business operates in its environment. The company placement provided the opportunity to apply the QUB course theory and learning while gaining valuable career and project management experience.
In summary, I am now in a full time role in my placement company. I have a new set of business skills that are transferable to any company. I have been inspired and have found new motivation for business issues and actions. I have gained confidence and competence in dealing with business issues. I feel ready to take the next steps in my career. Combining my experience, skills, and motivation, I feel I have a competitive advantage to offer any employer. This is evidenced by the Graduate Diploma and by winning the Mary Breslin Award.
FUSION Project Manager - CFPharma, Kilkenny
FUSION Project Manager - Ceramicx, West Cork
Software Engineer - NiSoft Ltd, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Over my time of being involved in the FUSION programme I have developed many skills that have been beneficial to my career progression. I have been involved in all stages of a software product's life cycle and have been able to develop my knowledge and skills within each of these areas.
Being able to attend a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management has helped me understand all stages of management and has also allowed me to interact with other graduates involved within the FUSION programme and speak about each other's experiences.