Entries by O'Boyle Eilis

How to Develop Leadership Skills as a Graduate

Being a leader as a graduate may seem like an oxymoron. Most graduates believe that in order to be a leader, you must have years of experience, confidence and a specific skillset. However, that is not the case. Leadership applies to everyone, regardless of title or rank, as each individual’s actions impact their team or […]

4 Tips for Workload Management

Many graduates in nonprofit organisations have a varied workload, which can seem overwhelming to manage. In college, our deadlines are often fixed, but in a busy workplace, we must create our own deadlines and prioritise smaller tasks in order to achieve our goals. Time management is a skill worth developing early in your career. Therefore, […]

4 Insights into Future Graduate Recruitment Trends

With continual advancements in technology and evolving employer preferences, recruitment and retention for graduates within the nonprofit sector are constantly evolving. To keep on top of future trends, our Programme Coordinator, Aoife Duff, attended a breakfast briefing on “Early Careers: A Turning Point? Looking to 2024 and beyond’. Here are 4 key takeaways on the […]

How to set intentional goals as a graduate

Taking the time to set intentional goals as a graduate can be difficult. It’s easy to get caught up in daily tasks, whilst your goals get placed down the priority list. However, it’s important to set time aside to prioritise intentional goals, so you can hold yourself accountable and ensure you stay on the right […]

3 Techniques To Improve Focus At Work

Nowadays, it’s extremely hard to maintain focus when our attention can be easily divided. The pressure of completing tasks, staying off social media and giving each project your undivided attention is proving harder as technology develops and distractions increase. Therefore, it is important to use tools to maintain your focus during your workday. During our […]

3 Reasons Why Soft Skills Are Important For Graduates

Oftentimes, graduates focus on developing specific technical abilities, whilst neglecting the development of communication skills, teamwork abilities and personal growth. Although hard skills are essential for completing specific tasks, soft skills are crucial for your ability to connect, communicate, empathise and grow in your organisation. According to Investopedia, soft skills are “character traits and interpersonal […]

The Importance Of Encouraging Graduates’ Professional Input

Early career professionals are ambitious, keen to learn, with an array of new ideas. Despite this, senior employees can, oftentimes unknowingly, overshadow young professional’s voices. It is important to remember that graduates and young professional’s are the future leaders within our organisations. Therefore, it is extremely important to encourage young voices in the nonprofit, charitable […]

The Importance Of Advocacy For Powerful Social Change

Advocacy is an incredibly powerful tool for creating social change, with movements such as ‘MeToo’ and ‘Black Live Matters’ being widely supported to advocate for those who have an under-represented voice. Advocacy is defined as, “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal”, according to Miriam Webster. At our recent For Purpose Tuesday […]

How Cost Of Living Crisis Impacts Student Career Decisions

Many of us associate university as the best years of our lives. It is a chance to experience university culture and thrive outside the confines of parental guidance. However, the university experience is changing as many students struggle to be financially independent, juggling part-time jobs with their studies and other commitments. Our Programme Co-ordinator, Aoife […]

Graduate Presentations with Purpose

Last week, we held our monthly For Purpose Tuesday session. Two of our graduates presented an overview of their careers to the entire group of For Purpose Graduates. This peer-led learning aspect of our For Purpose Tuesday session is extremely important for our graduates. Not only do they learn about the role of their peers, […]