I completed a Degree in Business Studies and French in University of Limerick. As part of my degree, I completed an 8 month intern placement with Colgate Palmolive, as a Business Analyst Intern, working as part of the Finance team in their Europe Africa Eurasia Support Services Organisation. Before my internship, I was unaware of how interesting the role of a Business Analyst is. The role of a business analyst is a combination of both the technology and the business industry, it’s the ideal fit where I could blend business acumen, from my degree with my interest in technology. During my internship, I was given responsibility for certain areas of project work, gained experience of global business conference calls and presentations to project teams and senior management. I would encourage every student to avail of a work placement, if available, gaining real life business experience early in your career is vitally important.
Once I completed my Degree, I returned to Colgate Palmolive as an Associate Business Analyst. Working as part of the Finance team, we focus on implementing mainly SAP Finance solutions for Colgate Palmolive and Hill’s business teams across Europe, Africa and Eurasia. The work is mainly project based; working with different technologies, different countries and different people. I’ve had diverse roles within projects over the years; functional analyst, functional lead, technical lead and project manager. One of the great things about working with Colgate is working with global teams. I’ve I had the opportunity to live in Poland for 9 months as part of a Short Term Assignment.
Throughout my career at Colgate, I have had some brilliant mentors and coaches who have provided me with coaching, guidance in managing my career and also helped me to develop professionally. Surrounded by a team of experts and online training resources, I am constantly learning through new projects and putting myself forward for different initiatives.
I use project management, time management and communication skills on a daily basis as I manage different projects, different priorities and work remotely with people globally. No two days are the same, each project brings new learning opportunities and with the IT world is changing at such a rapid pace, it’s important to keep an open mind, challenge yourself and find better ways to do things faster!
My advice to any graduate looking for a Graduate role, which isn’t easy during final year studies; take time out and reflect; think about what you enjoy doing, what type of work do you see yourself doing in 5 years’ time. When applying for jobs, ensure your CV is tailored to the job you are applying for. Lastly, ensure you research the company and the role you are interviewing for.