For Purpose Tuesdays 2022 peer learning session

For Purpose Tuesday 2022

Our first For Purpose Tuesday of 2022 took place yesterday, on 11th January. We were joined by two new graduates who have recently joined the For Purpose Graduate Programme, who are starting their  roles at 2into3 and Foróige. 

About For Purpose Tuesdays

For Purpose Tuesdays is the latest addition to the For Purpose Graduate Programme. The second Tuesday of each month is dedicated to professional career development for our grads. Each For Purpose Tuesday session alternates between Presentations and Workshops with sector leaders and Peer Led Learning, allowing graduates within different organisations to share their experiences and discuss ideas.

For Purpose Tuesdays was launched in September 2021 and a range of experienced nonprofit professionals joined our sessions. We are looking forward to welcoming more fantastic speakers to join our Presentations and Workshops in 2022.

Learning Seminar for our Graduates

We kicked off our first session with a peer-led seminar. This gave our graduates the chance to discuss how their roles have developed thus far, and what they would like to get out of the programme in 2022. Our graduates engaged in development plans for our 2022 seminars. Within the breakout rooms, graduates discussed seminar ideas, our new Linkedin group and aspects they’d like to learn more about during For Purpose Tuesdays.

At For Purpose, we believe it is crucial that graduates are heard and supported throughout their role. During our learning seminars, we aim to provide a safe space where graduates can discuss any difficulties they’re facing and share ideas on how to overcome them. The range of graduate involvement in our peer-led learning seminars allows more experienced graduates to share their learnings with our newer recruits.

Thanks to our graduates for participating in our first learning seminar of 2022.

More information on for purpose

For more information on For Purpose Tuesdays, visit here. If you’re interested in finding out more about For Purpose, contact Rhonda Wynne at Rhonda.wynne@forpurpose.ie

Why Your Nonprofit Should Consider a Graduate For Purpose Graduate Programme 2022

Why Your Nonprofit Should Consider a Graduate

Investing in a Graduate with For Purpose

The Irish nonprofit sector provides crucial work to our social system. Since the pandemic, the sector faces many challenges and added stresses. Therefore, in order to respond to these challenges, building further capacity within the sector is necessary. Considering recruiting a graduate may be of particular benefit to your organisation and the future of the nonprofit sector.

Recruiting graduate students could have a transformative impact on the nonprofit sector, enhancing innovation through new ideas, energies, and perspectives, and building strategic capacity and insight through specialist skills.

Many private companies have developed graduate programmes. However, certain nonprofit organisations do not have the resources to recruit, train and support their own graduates. We wanted to provide a solution to this problem. The For Purpose Graduate Programme was then established in 2012.

About For Purpose

For Purpose is Ireland’s Nonprofit Graduate Programme. For Purpose provides nonprofit organisations with access to a pool of ambitious graduates, striving to make an impact on society. The For Purpose programme is unique, as our graduates gain access to peer- to- peer networking, learning seminars and support throughout the programme. We develop our graduates’ potential and aid career development, helping them to become the best employee for your organisation.

For Purpose has three strands. We offer paid placement for your graduate, a monthly external mentor and professional development and learning. We assist your organisation with all three aspects and support your graduate throughout their placement.

 

Why should my organisation consider a graduate?

Graduates provide a unique benefit to your organisation through their skills, ways of working and perspectives. For Purpose asked a sample of their employer partners about the value of recruiting graduates and what they can bring to an organisation.

Some particular benefits noted was the access to:

  • Specialised and relevant skills
  • Current information and education
  • New or cutting-edge knowledge
  • Relevant disciplinary expertise
  • Academic knowledge which translates to work skills
  • Research capability: recent experience of doing research, analysis, data management, report writing
  • IT skills and social media savvy
  • New ideas and perspectives
  • Openness in ways of working – no hangs up or preconceived ideas about set ways or systems for doing things
  • Diverse ways of thinking
  • Approach to work: scientific method and good organisational skills
  • Social skills working with graduates
  • Communication and presentation skills which are valuable and necessary when out front representing organisations
  • Values and commitment to social justice matters

By investing in a current graduate with these specific skills, you will not only provide value to your current team, but also provide a greater impact on the future of the nonprofit sector.

Why partner with For Purpose?

For Purpose assists nonprofits in attracting graduate talent in numerous ways. We liaise with our partner organisations to learn what works with the programme. We ask our partners how the balance of work will suit the employer and the graduate.

For Purpose asked employers about the value of collaborating with For Purpose. Employers noted how the support For Purpose provided with the recruitment process saved time, as For Purpose screened the candidates and selected on the basis of skillsets and interests. Our partners were pleased with the calibre of candidate recruited, and the contribution the graduates made to their teams.

Employers particularly valued the external mentor and access to support, guidance and expertise, which is not available within their own organisation. A key dimension of the programme is the ongoing professional development provided through learning seminars, with access to peers in other organisations.

Previous employees describe For Purpose Graduate Programme

Colette Nolan, CEO, Irish Advocacy Network:

“We are a small organisation, all about providing a quality service. Funding has been static, so we needed to take a more active role in fundraising and looking at our presence in the media. It is necessary to create an awareness of who you are for people to trust you with their money. We didn’t have much knowledge or experience of this area.

We went to a graduate fair in the RDS and realised that people make professions out of these areas, and it would be possible to recruit a graduate to work with us. For Purpose provided a one stop shop helping to develop the role and job description, advertise, and interview. An organisation like ours couldn’t provide anything like the mentoring support that they support the graduate and the organisation. Therefore, this was of value to a small organisation, particularly bringing a completely new role into the organisation.”

 

Stephen Lowry, Fundraising and Development Manager, Epilepsy Ireland:

“We recently engaged the For Purpose team to run and manage a recruitment campaign to fill a newly available graduate position within our team. From our very first meeting with the team at For Purpose, they made the process incredibly easy. Having simply given them a broad overview of the role itself and the general competencies we were seeking from prospective candidates, from there the For Purpose team took complete responsibility for every stage of the process including drafting the job specification, advertising the role, screening applications as well as preparing us for the final stage interviews.

At the interviews themselves, the real value of For Purpose became apparent as each of the shortlisted candidates they had invited for interview were nothing short of exceptional. While this made the decision around which candidate to select an extremely tough choice for us (which perhaps was the only hard part of the whole experience) this was not a bad complaint to have. We were delighted with the entire process and could not recommend the services of For Purpose more highly.”

Support Your Graduate Investment

We have developed a support document to justify the investment to your board, if you’re interested in investing in a graduate and want to make a business case. For details, contact Rhonda Wynne or for more information on our services, visit our website.

For Purpose Tuesdays 2021

For Purpose Tuesdays- Final 2021 Session

For Purpose Tuesdays with Rebecca Droop

Our last 2021 session of For Purpose Tuesdays took place yesterday, on Tuesday 14th December, with Rebecca Droop, Analyst, from 2into3. Rebecca spoke to our graduates about Data Driven Decision- making in the Irish nonprofit sector, highlighting the nonprofit sector challenges and suggesting ideas to overcome these problems.

 

Rebecca Droop is a previous Assistant Analyst on the For Purpose Graduate Programme. She was recently promoted to Analyst in 2into3, conducting research for the Irish Giving Index and Giving Ireland in 2021. She also presents her fundraising findings at open webinars. We were thrilled to have one of our previous graduates speak to our current For Purpose grads.

 

Our graduates were then placed into breakout rooms. Rebecca asked the grads to consider the challenges their individual organisation’s face in the nonprofit sector. Some graduates discussed the lack of data available in the nonprofit sector to gain insight into their field. Other graduates mentioned how limited resources including staff, budget and time etc., reduced the organisations’ capacity to build and achieve their goals.

 

It is extremely beneficial for our graduates to discuss the challenges they face in their organisations. Through discussion and idea sharing we attempt to provide solutions in an open but confidential space. Rebecca interacted with our graduates furthermore through a Q&A session. Our graduates discussed other topics including working from home, data challenges in their field and more.

 

Thank you to our 2021 Panelists

For Purpose Tuesdays was our newest addition to the For Purpose Graduate Programme. Our four sessions have been extremely successful and we would like to thank John Evoy, Eabha Harper McKeever, Rob Foley, Rebecca Droop for speaking during each session.

For Purpose Tuesdays has been an excellent opportunity for our graduates to build a rapport with their peers, whilst gaining knowledge from sector experts and leaders.

For more information on For Purpose Tuesdays, visit our recent news item, or contact Rhonda Wynne at Rhonda.wynne@forpurpose.ie.

For Purpose Tuesdays Rob Foley For Purpose Graduate Programme

Thanks for attending For Purpose Tuesdays with Rob Foley

On Tuesday 9th November, For Purpose kicked off their third session of For Purpose Tuesdays. A huge thank you to Rob Foley, Senior Consultant at 2into3, who spoke to our graduates about the Fundraising Landscape in Ireland. Much of Rob’s work centres on relationship-based fundraising campaigns, wider strategy development and board engagement. Rob presented his strategic fundraising process, and asked our graduates about the future of fundraising in their respective nonprofit organisations.

2into3 work with mission-driven organisations to build capacity, so that they can have a transformative impact on society in Ireland and the world. 2into3 help in early stage strategy implementation and guide clients through early prospect identification and fundraising.

Rob Foley works with nonprofits to transform their fundraising strategy, supporting organisations through the fundraising journey from assessing the level of funding required, to developing the optimal fundraising mix. We were delighted that Rob attended our For Purpose Tuesdays session to chat to our graduates about fundraising in their nonprofit organisations.

 

For Purpose- Fundraising Session

During yesterday’s session, the graduates were placed into breakout rooms to brainstorm ideas for future fundraised income. The graduates proposed fantastic ideas from increasing fundraised income in communities, to developing greater brand awareness for each nonprofit sector. Placing our graduates into breakout rooms introduced an incentive to discuss fundraising knowledge and develop ideas for the future of the nonprofit sector.

For Purpose Tuesdays has been an excellent opportunity for our graduates to build a rapport with their peers, whilst gaining knowledge from sector leaders. Our final session of 2021 will take place next month, on the second Tuesday of December. Thanks a million to all of our graduates for participating, and to Rob for hosting this session.

For more information on For Purpose Tuesdays, visit our recent news item, or contact Rhonda Wynne at Rhonda.wynne@forpurpose.ie.

For Purpose Tuesdays

Thanks to Éabha Harper McKeever – For Purpose Tuesdays

For Purpose Tuesdays

A massive thank you to our previous For Purpose Graduate, Éabha Harper-McKeever, for speaking at our For Purpose Tuesdays session. Éabha began her career with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland as a Programmes Assistant in 2020. Éabha is now the Programmes Executive and plays an integral role within Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

This was our first peer-learning section of our monthly seminar. Éabha introduced peer-to-peer conversations between the graduates with ice breakers. Afterwards, she detailed her role at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and described the transition to her current position. This was an excellent learning experience for our graduates who are also aiming to secure positions upon completion of the For Purpose Graduate Programme.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland find people with solutions to social problems and support them on every step of their journey. Over the past 15 years, they have supported 314 social entrepreneurs through their support programmes. Furthermore, they walk with each social entrepreneur from the moment they have an idea through to when they solve the problem.

Moreover, since 2008, there have been several transformative social entrepreneurs who have tackled some extremely pressing social issues in Ireland. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland are currently supporting 3 fantastic organisations: MyMind, Mobility Mojo and jumpAgrade.

 

For Purpose Graduate Conversations

After the graduates learnt more about Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, groups of 3-4 people were created to discuss systems, apps, and strategies that improve time management and organisation.

This is a crucial aspect of For Purpose Tuesdays. It is important that our graduates learn from each other in a comfortable environment, sharing any tips they have gained throughout their individual placements.

 

Thank you to our graduates for attending and engaging in our second For Purpose Tuesdays. A warm thank you to Éabha for her fantastic presentation and excellent interpersonal skills throughout the session.

For further information on our programme or any of the information discussed above, visit our website or contact Rhonda Wynne directly.

We look forward to our next session!

For Purpose Graduate Programme Tuesdays Thanks for Attending 2021

Thanks for attending For Purpose Tuesdays

Thanks for attending our first For Purpose Tuesdays session on 14th September. Our first learning seminar was from John Evoy, General Manager of Grow Remote.

Structure of For Purpose Tuesdays

The For Purpose grads were placed into breakout rooms. This gave them a chance to understand each other’s role, responsibilities and to access peer-to-peer conversation.

Afterwards, John Evoy described his career journey to our graduates. From working as a farmer, to his career with ‘Grow remote’, John has many years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. He is the founder and previous CEO of, ‘Irish Men’s Shed Association’. This is a place where men can come together to learn skills and make long-lasting friendships together in their community.

The Men’s Shed has achieved significant success across Ireland, receiving governmental and European recognition of their contribution to Ireland. In 2018, the Association received the European Citizen’s Award after being nominated by Irish MEPs.

Hereafter, John discussed his career with ‘Grow Remote’ in a Q&A format with our graduates.

 

What is Grow Remote?

Grow remote is a community group who were initially curious about how remote working could help our communities.

Grow Remote’s aim is to develop the entire ecosystem for remote working. John believes there is unlimited potential for remote working in Ireland, as we can reduce traffic, create more co-working spaces, with less fossil fuels burned from travelling to work. More remote working could result in greater spending in local communities, having a transformative impact on smaller villages and towns in Ireland.

There are 50,000 remote jobs available in Ireland currently, including many startups which are now fully remote. The benefit of continuing to work this way is having the freedom over your own time and personal priorities.

John’s learning seminar was extremely beneficial for our graduates, because it opened the possibility of remaining remote after the pandemic is well and truly over.

 

Our first learning seminar of our For Purpose Tuesdays was extremely successful. We would like to extend a warm thank you to John for sharing his knowledge with our graduates. We look forward to joining our graduates next month at For Purpose Tuesdays!

For more information, contact Rhonda Wynne or visit our website.

For Purpose Tuesdays

For Purpose Tuesdays

For Purpose Tuesdays

We are delighted to announce our newest addition to the For Purpose Graduate Programme, ‘For Purpose Tuesdays’, in which the second Tuesday of each month will be dedicated to ongoing professional development for our grads.

The For Purpose Graduate Programme contains three key ingredients: work placement, reflection, mentoring, and learning seminars. During the Summer, we spoke to graduates who completed the programme. We asked for feedback and some ideas to enhance what we do. They indicated a strong interest in more frequent seminars and more peer-to-peer contact.

As a result of their insights, we have reimagined the learning seminars. We want to share the talent, skills and knowledge of each graduate group and provide a forum to learn about the variety of contexts in which they work, outlining the various roles and responsibilities they hold.

Commencing in September 2021, the second Tuesday morning of each month will be dedicated to ongoing professional development. ‘For Purpose Tuesdayswill be a mix of learning seminars, which will alternate between:

  • Presentations and workshops with sector leaders and experts.
  • Peer led learning: opportunities for graduates from across the sector to share experience and learning and to discuss ideas.

This blend will facilitate shared learning and provide an opportunity for graduates to chat informally about their work.

 

‘For Purpose Tuesdays’- Commencing 14th September

We look forward to kicking off ‘For Purpose Tuesdays’ on 14th September, with John Evoy, General Manager of ‘Grow Remote’. We are delighted that John will be sharing his expertise on, ‘Social Enterprises: From Start up to Sustainability.’

John was most recently a Senior Fund Manager at Rethink Ireland. Prior to this, he was the founder of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. John has won a number of awards for his work with Men’s Sheds, and for his previous work in community development and social entrepreneurship, including an Irish People of the Year Award in 2015.

We are looking forward to beginning a new chapter of the For Purpose Graduate Programme. We hope to see our graduates benefiting professionally from our newest section of the programme.

For more information on the components of our programme, click here or contact Rhonda Wynne directly.

for purpose gradireland graduate recruitment awards

For Purpose celebrates gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards nomination

For Purpose is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for ‘Best Graduate Recruitment Website’ and ‘Best Graduate Training and Development Programme – Business/Management Programmes’ in the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2021. These nominations are a credit to our For Purpose team, who have worked hard over the past three years to produce exceptional training, development programme and a professional website. 

This is our third year being shortlisted for the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards, which is a huge achievement since launching For Purpose in October 2018. Over the years, we have connected excellent graduate talent with fantastic nonprofit organisations in Ireland. Our graduates have continued in their professions, with many progressing from their graduate positions to associates within their organisations.  

A massive thank you to all the organisations and graduates who have worked with us over the past year, during this difficult time for both parties. We have partnered with some brilliant organisations to provide graduate opportunities across the nonprofit sector in fundraising, communications, marketing, housing management and property surveying. We are extremely proud to be representing Ireland’s only nonprofit graduate programme at the award ceremony, alongside other leading graduate recruitment companies.  

Gradireland provides job opportunities for Irish graduates, from a range of leading organisations. This is the fifteenth annual gradireland Graduate Recruitment Award ceremony. Due to COVID-19, the award ceremony will not be taken place physically this year for the second year running. Each awards category were judged, and then shortlisted, by a panel of experts from the industry relevant to each category.  

For more information on the For Purpose Graduate Programme, contact Adrian McCarthy. For further information on each award category, visit gradireland.com.

ucd social impact careers week for purpose graduate programme

For Purpose Attends UCD’s Social Impact Recruitment Week

For Purpose attended UCD’s Speed Networking Event on Wednesday 31st March, as part of their Social Impact Recruitment week. Over 260 students signed up for their Careers Week and we received significant engagement during our presentation.

Our For Purpose manager, Adrian, gave an overview of the For Purpose Programme and nonprofit sector. He highlighted the different career paths available to potential graduates through For Purpose.

Three of our For Purpose Graduates, Conall, Eilís and Emily, outlined what attracted them to the nonprofit sector. They also explained their role, what they have learned on the For Purpose programme and key tips for students interested in applying.

The session moved into individual breakout rooms with smaller groups of students for a Q&A discussion with the graduates. This provided students with a chance to ask the For Purpose graduates for any further tips.

Many students had questions surrounding the recruitment process and when to apply. Each question was answered by our For Purpose graduates in considerable detail, leaving the students with both an insight into For Purpose and the nonprofit sector.

If you would like For Purpose to attend your university’s Careers Event, please email Adrian McCarthy for more information.

Meet Our Grads For Purpose Graduate Programme Development Officer Ellen

Meet Our Grads

Introducing Ellen, who joined For Purpose as the Development Assistant for St. Conleth’s College in October 2019. Since her time with For Purpose, Ellen has continued her career with St. Conleth’s College as their Development Coordinator.

 

 

“As the Development Assistant, I worked really closely with the school’s CEO, Development Officer and Financial Controller with all things development and fundraising.”

Ellen discusses how one of her favourite things about the For Purpose Graduate Programme was that, “It really went beyond just finding roles for the graduates in the sector, we were given a lot of support and learning opportunities.”

The transition from college to full time work can be challenging. At For Purpose, we provide support and guidance to our graduates from day one.

To keep updated with the latest For Purpose updates, follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.