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Claire Keenan

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Associate

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.

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. 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. 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.