Claire Keenan

Associate (Energy & Industrials), GLG; Language:German

Degree subject Business Studies and German (TCD)
Job title Associate (GLG Energy & Industrials)
Employer GLG

Languages and career choice

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Business Studies and
German in 2013. As with many new graduates, I wasn’t entirely sure which
career path I wished to pursue. I was keen to gain practical experience in the business world while also utilising my language skills. I had previously heard of GLG through college and when I came across an advertisement for a 6 month placement as Recruiting Intern, I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity for me. The position would allow me to get a taste of the corporate world and give me a chance to gain valuable experience.
The GLG business model of facilitating contact between leading financial companies and industry experts is innovative and unique.

Key milestones and professional achievements

The internship was very well structured and included a two week training period in which I learned about my role in the company. As with most jobs, practical experience is key and it was great to get hands-on experience so soon after starting. I was exposed to all aspects of the company and had the opportunity to work with managers from around the world on diverse projects crossing many industries. Further, I was able to use my German in the course of my work as well as when conversing with my international colleagues.
By the end of my 6 months, I was in no doubt that I wanted to progress within GLG. I was keen to continue learning and to take on more responsibility so, I was delighted when I was offered a place as an Associate on GLG’s ‘Energy and Industrials’ team. I have now been working as an Associate for 4 months and am thoroughly enjoying it. I regularly network with senior level executives as well as members of top financial institutions, which is invaluable experience for me at this stage of my career.
During my time with GLG, I have consistently developed my skills sets.
Communication skills are essential for my job and I have built upon the strong basis that I had in this area; for example, I now confidently deal with senior executives on a regular basis. my research skills have also greatly improved.

Advice and tips

My advice to graduates entering the new market would be to research all of the available options and, above all, persevere! Sometimes there are great opportunities out there that are not as well publicised but which may be perfect for you. It is also important to not jump straight into the first job that you are offered, unless it is something you really want.
Having a second language is also a huge bonus in the current economic climate and so, I would encourage graduates to make use of your additional languages. An internship is a fantastic way of gaining work experience and it gives you a great start on your career path, helping you to make more informed decisions about your future.

Career development

I am currently extremely happy in my role at GLG and I hope to progress through the ranks. The office in Dublin is full of young professionals, all of whom are more than happy to advise, teach and guide the newest members of staff. The friendly atmosphere and the social aspect of the office means it is a vibrant place
to work. I look forward to learning more about the world of business and gaining new experiences that I know will benefit me in my career.

Claire Keenan was interviewed for the gradireland & postgradireland Directory 2015