Tell us about yourself. Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I am a Mayo man from Westport and ventured across to start in Trinity in 2012. I studied BESS, which gave me quite a broad course in first year. Luckily it also gave me a bit of time to ‘settle’ into Dublin in the early years.
In third year, I was lucky enough to get a place to study on exchange in Babson College, Boston, for the academic year. Voted best entrepreneurial college in the world, Babson provided a welcome contrast to Trinity’s way of teaching. The different teaching methods and academic system in Babson, one of which was highly multicultural, was a fantastic and eye-opening experience.
I returned for final year focusing my studies on Business and Economics finishing with a joint honours degree in 2016.
What have you been doing since you left college and your time at ISCG?
With the realisation that my last summer of freedom was upon me, I decided to use my summer months as an opportunity to travel, see some of the world and have a final bit of craic! I worked part time after finishing in May before flying into Panama City to travel all through Central America for two months. At the end of this month, I will start my graduate role with KPMG in restructuring.
Did ISCG come up in any of your interviews?
Definitely! ISCG applied to the majority of my competency based questions during interviews. Working for ISCG on a project with a small team builds so many key skills that employers are looking for.
Interviewers always ask about ISCG as they're genuinely interested in what it is. Sometimes, being a member of certain groups seems to apply to every other TCD graduate going for your desired role. ISCG created a distinct difference. This led to employers being more interested in the ISCG. They were impressed by the goal to transform third level education by promoting more practical based learning.
What’s the most beneficial thing you learned/experienced during your time with ISCG?
Communication skills, working to a deadline and an ability to work as part of a team are crucial to all graduate roles. Personally, the ISCG project really enabled me to appreciate the importance of efficiency and goal setting within a team.
Although a straightforward lesson, it was amazing to witness the importance of having a clear goal and target associated with every meeting. Sticking to a clear structure within an overall plan made it easier for all members to work together, increased motivation and cut out time wasting which can lead to frustration.