Thomas O'Reilly

Business Developer, Irish Life & Permanent

Degree subject Bachelor of Commerce, NUI Galway, (2006); MBS E-Commerce, NUI Galway, (2008)
Job Title Business Developer
Employer Irish Life & Permanent, Dublin

I decided to apply for a job in financial services after meeting representatives of my current employer at a university recruitment fair. The road to a job offer was challenging and competitive, but it was an excellent experience. I completed an online application, took psychometric tests and attended my first ever assessment day.

After student life I had anticipated the very professional environment, but was pleasantly surprised by the friendship and support I received from my colleagues. Soon enough I felt like part of the team and getting up early every morning was second nature!

As a member of the business development team I create new business, meet with potential customers (both corporate and personal), and strive for new and competitive ways to develop the company. I enjoy meeting clients to find the best financial solution for them. I will get the opportunity to work in three different parts of the business as part of the graduate programme – I enjoy it so much I don’t think I could go back to the classroom!

I’m also working towards the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) Diploma. I study in the evenings and at weekends, but the tutorials and study days provided by the company help a lot with exam preparation. I also work with my own personal mentor, attend regular development workshops, and participate in group projects that we present to senior executives.

Job-hunting tips

When looking for your first job, shop around. Consider which companies you’d most like to work for and which will provide the best career development opportunities. When you start your first job, remember that you’re there because the company wants you to be part of their team.