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About IDA Ireland

The IDA Ireland Graduate programme provides an excellent training ground for recent graduates to learn about a career in business with an emphasis on sales and marketing.

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About IDA Ireland

Are you passionate about making a difference? Would you like to create a positive impact on the Irish Economy?

At IDA we’re passionate about making a difference too. As Ireland's inward promotion agency, we help established foreign-owned companies to land and expand across the country. We work with a portfolio of over 1,500 companies from different industry sectors to help bring jobs to Ireland. Currently, over 450,000 people are employed either directly or indirectly by our client companies, meaning that for every 10 jobs created by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland, 8 more jobs are generated in the wider economy - this is the impact we are dedicated to creating.

To help us continue to achieve our goals, we strive to demonstrate our 4 values every day; People, Professionalism, Passion for Performance & Achievement, and Public Service. So, if you would like to be a part of an ambitious and committed team that makes an impact on the future of Ireland, the IDA Ireland Graduate Programme is the place for you!

Graduate Programme

The IDA Ireland Graduate programme provides an excellent training ground for recent graduates to learn about a career in business with an emphasis on sales and marketing.

As an IDA Graduate you won’t stand on the side-lines, instead you’ll be immersed in key projects that help to attract and retain FDI from day one. Our programme offers five individuals the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and professional organisation and to collaborate with teams across a range of business functions, both in Ireland and overseas.

In order to help you be your best, we will support you every step of the way, offering training in various technical roles, key business skills and career development support in the form of a mentor who will be assigned to you upon commencement of the programme.

Successful graduates will embark on a three-year programme rotating every 9-months across divisions, such as Life Sciences, Engineering, Property, Green Economy, Technology, Finance, Regional Business Development, Support services – such as HR and Planning - and more! Plus, our graduates will have the opportunity to work in three different locations including Dublin HQ, regional offices, and a rotation in an overseas office. As an IDA Graduate, you will receive invaluable experience with extensive opportunities for personal and professional growth, with many graduates seeing the end of their programme culminating in a permanent role.

Here at IDA Ireland, we value the growth and development of our graduates and their input on all aspects of the organisation no matter how big or small!

Learning & Development Opportunities:

  • Business Analysis
  • Project management
  • Content Creation
  • Itinerary planning and execution
  • Market Research
  • Client Relationship Management
  • Business writing skills and procurement training
  • Foreign language courses
  • CRM training
  • A suite of in-house training in relation to both business and soft skills
  • Volunteer placement stream
  • Mentorship
  • Graduate Buddy System

Life at IDA Ireland

IDA’s most important asset is its people; that is why we aim to continuously develop and support our colleagues. Working at IDA will give you the opportunity to start your career while also continuing your learning, and we will offer any assistance we can in helping you to reach your full potential.

As part of the team, you will gain experience supporting multi-national companies in establishing or expanding their Irish operations. You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with various people in the organisation and hear first-hand the amazing work our colleagues do on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to the ongoing learning, development and mentoring you will receive, there will also be performance management development reviews and organisational/team development initiatives to ensure that you are getting the most from your time here at IDA Ireland.

We aim to give our graduates a fully rounded experience, therefore you will also have the opportunity to support projects outside of your main role, and will work closely with the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team, Corporate Social Responsibility team, and our Organisation-wide Meet Up team –who arrange information sessions for IDA employees on topical issues and subjects of interest with external subject matter experts – to ensure you get a fully rounded experience of all the IDA has to offer!

Equality Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are at the heart of IDA Ireland. The focus of IDA’s dedicated EDI team is to educate, advocate, and celebrate the differences that exist amongst us all.

Our EDI team host quarterly anchor events to raise awareness of important social issues and provide educational workshops to support and educate colleagues on a variety of subjects. Past workshops have included Deaf Culture Awareness training, Unconscious Bias training and a talk on inclusion by Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Sinead Gibney, with many more events lined up for the future.

In addition to EDI’s work in raising awareness, they have also been involved in making the recruitment process as equitable as possible. All members of the interview panels have undergone unconscious bias training, applications are encouraged from all academic backgrounds, and we use a blend of in-person and written assessments along with one competency-based interview in order to ensure we get the best out of every candidate who applies.

However, like many organisations we are still working to make our induction process as inclusive as possible, so if you feel that this may be improved in any way or if you require any reasonable accommodation to take part, please let us know in your application.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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