I walked out of my final college exam with a gleaming smile on my face. No more exams or lectures, I was ready to join the real world. Earn my keep and begin my career path. However, not only was I an excited graduate, but a confused graduate, with an interest in HR and Marketing. Having returned from my J1, I set about sending out my CV, hoping to gain some work experience.
I submitted my CV to Collins McNicholas. The following day I received a call from Director Michelle Murphy, she spoke to me about my CV and offered me the position to cover one week’s holiday leave at reception in the Galway Office. I jumped at the opportunity and started the following week as I knew this would be an invaluable experience.
Everyone on the Collins McNicholas team was extremely welcoming and were happy to help when I had any questions for them. Aside from my duties at reception, the Collins McNicholas team invited me to help at a recruitment fair they were holding and also to sit in on the interview process, as they knew I held an interest in HR. As my week at Collins McNicholas came to a close, I was invited to return the following week, spending one day in the Galway office to see how the assessment centres were run, and to spend the rest of the week in the Sligo office with the Marketing Department.
On Monday I observed an assessment centre run by HR Manager Caroline Ward and HR Consultant Emma Woods. They spoke with me about the different methods used to test various capabilities that candidates may possess, and why they use these particular methods when recruiting potential candidates. In order for me to get a full understanding of the assessment centre, I was allowed to complete both a verbal reasoning and dexterity test. My week in the Galway office was extremely insightful as I was able to witness all the different stages of the recruitment process, and speak to the consultants about the different methods used to filter candidates that are suitable for a particular role.
I then moved to the Sligo office for the rest of the week. The warm welcome I received there echoed that of the welcome in Galway. Niall Murray and the entire marketing team were very accommodating and showed me the different activities involved in the marketing department such as report writing, social media activities and presentations. They also talked me through their Marketing Plan for 2017. They spoke with me about their goals for the year and what activities they undertook to accomplish these. I was given the opportunity to write a blog and also spent time proofreading reports to ensure they were void of grammatical errors, highlighting the importance of perfect diction.
What I gained from my two weeks at Collins McNicholas is an invaluable insight into the running of two departments that I hold an interest in. The Collins McNicholas team offered excellent advice on the next stages of my career path and provided me with an exciting experience in both the HR and Marketing areas. Most importantly they assured me that I wasn’t alone in feeling confused. I recommend any other graduate to get out there and get a taste for the different fields they have interest in. No work experience is bad work experience!
Nicholina had two weeks work experience with Collins McNicholas in September 2017