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‘The support I receive makes work enjoyable and rewarding ’-My career with PwC

Sean Finn is a graduate working in PwC’s Risk Assurance department in their Limerick office. He tells us about the importance of being able to balance work and other commitments, and why being organised and having support makes the difference.   What’s your current role and what did you study?  I am currently working in the Risk Assurance with PwC in Limerick. It is a busy and very varied role, primarily … Continue reading ‘The support I receive makes work enjoyable and rewarding ’-My career with PwC

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Starting your career in uncertain times

2020 was a year of turmoil for many, and, for more reasons than one! Thankfully now we are almost one year on, and we have all adapted to the practicalities of remote learning, working and communicating. We have also come to realise that despite the level of economic uncertainty, many companies are still hiring. Yes, there are many changes to the hiring process, but with … Continue reading Starting your career in uncertain times

‘Be the change you want to see’

Crischelle Pana is a software consultant at Guidewire, as part of the company’s graduate programme. Crischelle talks to gradireland about her experiences of life at Guidewire, her job seeking journey, how the application process works, and she also gives advice to those interested in a similar career. What do you do in your daily role and what function does it play in terms of the … Continue reading ‘Be the change you want to see’

The benefits of furthering your career through part-time study

Helen Brown of UL writes on what benefits you can gain by part-time study, and how it can help you work towards both your educational and career goals. Do you want to gain a qualification to get that promotion? Do you need to up-skill to stay abreast of technology? Feel like a change of career direction? Well the good news is that there has never … Continue reading The benefits of furthering your career through part-time study

How to add impact to your CV when you have no experience

About to create your CV but don’t know where to start because you don’t have any work experience? Don’t panic! This is a common scenario for many people who are leaving full-time education or are seeking their first full-time job. There is plenty of information that you can include in your CV to demonstrate that you will be an excellent employee — even if it … Continue reading How to add impact to your CV when you have no experience

How to attract the graduates of tomorrow

How employers can attract the graduates of tomorrow Even in spite of Brexit uncertainty, the high demand for talent means salaries are set to rise in 2020, and latest figures show that the average starting salary for graduates in Ireland has hit €30,000 for the first time ever. But, with most industries fighting for the best talent, competitive salaries are no longer a USP for … Continue reading How to attract the graduates of tomorrow

My career in social media – from Waterford to the Premier League

Eoin Doyle, an international business graduate from Waterford Institute of Technology, is currently leading Sheffield United Football Club from a digital perspective as they adjust to life at Premier League level. We talk to him about his career, what skills he uses and what advice he would have for anyone interested in careers in digital and social media. My current role with Sheffield United and … Continue reading My career in social media – from Waterford to the Premier League

Pros and cons of the gig economy for employers

The ‘gig’ economy has gradually gained traction in Irish society and thousands of people are taking the opportunity to choose their own working hours, and of course as a way to earn extra money. It’s an area that’s obviously particularly attractive to students, as they can balance study with flexible working hours. According to Collins dictionary, the gig economy is “an economy in which there … Continue reading Pros and cons of the gig economy for employers

Have you any questions for us? How to close an interview professionally

So you’ve just spent the last 45 minutes being grilled about your qualifications and your work experience and you may think the interview is coming to an end, but there’s one final obstacle ahead. If this is your very first interview, you’re about to be hit with something you may not expect. The dreaded ‘have you got any questions for us?’ Those of you who … Continue reading Have you any questions for us? How to close an interview professionally

Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options

  If you’re looking for alternative path to education, an apprenticeship may be something you want to consider, says Anne Roberts of the Insurance Institute of Ireland. While many young people plan to attend college, it is important to know all your options before you make your final decision. Opportunities for apprenticeships no longer just apply to craft-based jobs such as carpentry, construction or motoring. … Continue reading Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options