Tuesday 21 August 2018

If you work hard, the company will retain you

Ailish Kelly (31), Galway city

Ailish Kelly from Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes
Ailish Kelly from Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes

Ailish studied business information systems at NUI Galway and completed a Masters in International Management. She has been working in sales for a company selling medical devices since 2012.

"We have to look at the good in what we have right now. With the big tech and social media multinationals, there's a lot of flexibility and people have the idea that that's a fantastic way to work, they feel that that should be the way in every organisation. Other workplaces are moving towards that model, but it's not the reality of every single organisation, nor should it be the expectation.

"No matter what company you go into, you have to work really hard and if you work hard enough, the company will want to retain your talent.

"My experiences have all been positive. The transition from college to work took some adjusting to - I definitely had to adapt, I didn't expect it to be as it was. You have such a different lifestyle in university, and going into the professional world with complete independence, it's a completely different ballgame. I don't think graduates realise when they do leave, the change that is ahead of them.

"When I had completed my undergrad, a lot of people that were getting employment had postgrads or Masters, and because it was so competitive, I thought it would benefit me to bring me to the standard of where the majority of people were. I feel like the Masters is the new degree these days.

"My company is very friendly to millennials, they really welcome them into the organisation. There's an older generation there, and I think the younger generation have something to teach them, too.

"It's critical to be recruiting millennials in terms of technology and social media, and they can really add value when they're given the floorspace to share opinions. Having them more a part of the team is crucial to success on both sides."

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