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
We talk to Rachel O’Connor and Abigail Cronin about why mixing a rewarding and demanding job with your other passions in life is part and parcel of what makes life tick for Aldi’s Area Managers. “She shoots, she scores!” Rachael O’Connor, Area Manager There hasn’t been a dull moment since I joined Aldi as part of the Aldi Graduate Area Manager programme. No two days … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: My life as an Aldi Area Manager
‘I’ve felt part of everything at Guidewire from the very start’ Snehal Bhatia, a software consultant with Guidewire talks about her career with the technology company, why it matches her values and how her career has allowed her to take on new and exciting challenges. What’s your current job at Guidewire and, if there is a typical day/week, what would it involve? I am currently … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: Guidewire
We talk to Cian O’Connor and Donal Wrynn about what makes them tick in an out of the workplace as they undergo Aldi’s graduate management training programme. “You’ve got to have your head in the game” Cian O’Connor, Area Manager in training My decision to return to college to pursue an MSc in Management and Marketing required a huge leap of faith. Initially I was … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: My Aldi Graduate Training Experience
In the first part of our interview with Ntsoaki, we discussed how you can network now that we can no longer meet face-to-face and best practises when it comes to trying to connect with people via LinkedIn. Following on from that conversation, here are some tips on how to plan for the future despite the current uncertainties as to what shape that might take. The modern CV With the increasing … Continue reading How to network and plan for the future: Part 2
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
Connecting and interacting with people virtually in both a personal and professional capacity has become the new norm. So, in this new normal how can students and graduates’ network, grow their connections and plan for the future post Covid-19? gradireland editor Ruairi Kavanagh talked to Ntsoaki Phakoe-McKevitt, careers coach at Dublin Business School, to find out. Normal life has been turned upside down for everyone but for students and graduates who were preparing for their future, … Continue reading How to network and plan for the future: Part 1
Sinead English, of career consultancy Hilt (www.wearehilt.com), speaks to gradireland editor Ruairi Kavanagh about the application and recruitment process in a remote world. From assessing CV’s, to conducting virtual assessments and how to perform in a video interview, Sinead has plenty of good advice for recruiters, students and graduate job seekers. Get in touch with Sinead on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/sineadenglish/ For the latest careers advice, job … Continue reading Podcast #7: The recruitment process in a remote world, with Sinead English
Trying to gain experience before embarking on a career post-graduation can be difficult, but there are options out there. Depending on how far you are into your course and how far ahead you are planning, there are options for everyone in the form of volunteering, internships and work placements. Work placements can be a great way to get hands-on experience in a field which you … Continue reading What is a work placement and is it right for me?
Many people shy away from volunteering as “working for nothing” is seen as a waste of time. This may be true if you are older and have bills to pay but at a young age in secondary school and even in college, volunteering can have a real benefit to your career. Remember that you’re not working for nothing. You’re not getting paid now in monetary … Continue reading Volunteering – Why working for free can be a good thing and boost your career.