I have always had a strong interest in social responsibility and working for a positive cause, this led me to studying social science in UCD. Following this I completed an MA in politics and sociology from NUIG with the aim of entering the not-for-profit sector.
When I began applying for jobs in this area I found that there was not a very clear cut entry point for the roles I was looking for. This issue was remedied by For Purpose who I came across on one of my searches. I applied for the role of Fundraising and Communications Trainee with Epilepsy Ireland as part of the For Purpose graduate programme. The process was extremely professional and consisted of two interviews; a screening interview where I met members of the For Purpose recruitment team and then a second interview where I met representatives from Epilepsy Ireland and For Purpose.
My role is extremely varied and involves all aspects of fundraising and communications. I was extremely lucky to have been placed in a strong and experienced team in Epilepsy Ireland who have helped me settle into my role. The position also offered me a chance to take ownership of my work and I have been given positions of responsibility from the outset of my traineeship.
For Purpose also offer excellent support. The monthly mentoring with an experienced professional has given me guidance on how to navigate my role as well as, my professional development. For Purpose organises regular roundtable discussions with leading figures in the industry, these discussions are attended by other For Purpose graduate programme members so it’s also an excellent opportunity to network.
The For Purpose graduate programme has been a really excellent experience so far. It has given me the opportunity to work in a role that I find highly motivating along with developing numerous different skills from working in an established, national organisation. I would advise any graduate considering a career in the not-for-profit sector to seriously consider the For Purpose graduate programme.