Sunday 22 September 2019

The Weekly Read: All you need to know about Enactus

Róisin Kearney discusses how joining Enactus has greatly benefited both her academic and professional career

Roisin Kearney

I decided to join Enactus in first year, as I felt that getting involved would greatly benefit my degree, because, as I soon realised, Enactus is different than other societies.

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

In Enactus Maynooth, we apply business concepts to create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe.

I remember my first Enactus event like it was yesterday! I was very nervous, but it showed me first-hand how beneficial an initiative like Enactus can be, as I was able to interact and network with various industry experts of the different cooperate companies involved with programme.

This greatly helped me improve my presenting and communication skills - something which has continuously benefited me in both my professional and academic life throughout the last three years.

Currently, students are lucky enough to have access to a wide array of support and mentorship from a range of Enactus partners including, Bank of Ireland, KPMG, Abbott, Cartrawler, AIG, KBC Bank, Arthur Cox, Willis Towers Watson, MERC Partners, Microsoft, New Ireland Insurance, Unilever, Musgrave Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Oracle, HSBC and The Ireland Funds.

Having enjoyed my first Enactus event so much, I quickly became Corporate Liasion Officer for Enactus Maynooth in my second year of college. Through this, I had the responsibility of ensuring that a constant channel of communication existed between our team and our external business advisors. 

From this, my confidence in communicating and speaking to external bodies grew immensely, leading me to step up as Co-Team Leader for Enactus Maynooth for the Enactus National Competition last year.

Through my team’s hard work and dedication, we were fortunate enough to win the National Competition with our project, Access Earth.

Access Earth, a platform that provides up to date accessibility information about public places, exemplifies this. The success of this project demonstrates our passion and drive to eliminate aspects of exclusion globally.

Moving on from its success with Enactus Maynooth, Access Earth is now an established corporation and has secured funding from Enterprise Ireland, with plans to expand to the States in the coming months.

My greatest achievement to date is winning the National Competition and being provided with a once in a life time opportunity of representing Ireland at the Enactus World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It was an amazing chance to meet like-minded students from all across the globe and it really gave me clarity as to where I wanted to see myself upon graduation.

Through my involvement in Enactus over the last 3 years, it has honestly shaped my college experience for the better.

The Enactus programme has afforded me with amazing experiences in a very short space of time, and has taught me a wide range of skills that I have been able to apply to my every day and academic career.

So much so, that during the National Competition last year, Bob Coggins, Managing Director of Havas Worldwide Dublin, offered me the chance to interview for a 3 month summer internship with the company, which I then subsequently got!

Enactus is definitely an initiative that everyone should become involved in! The energy and excitement is second to none and being surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurial and motivated students is what makes Enactus so special.

Róisin Kearney is currently in her final year in Maynooth University and is set to take part in the Enactus National Competition on May 25th, in Chartered Accountants House.

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