Sunday 16 June 2019

Do you know a young professional who deserves to be recognised for their achievements?

Irish people are known for our strong work ethic and our young and highly skilled workforce has played a really important role in building Ireland’s reputation as a great place in which to do business.

The Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards, in associations with KBC, celebrate excellence and recognise the achievements of young professionals in Ireland, and ultimately, reward innovation, best practice and outstanding achievement across a broad range of sectors.

Nominations are now open for these awards and there is still time to submit a nomination if you know someone under the age of 35 who deserves to be recognised for their professional achievements. Or, if you’re a young professional who thinks that you're in with a chance of winning, you can also nominate yourself for an award.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, September 30, so this is your last chance to give a special young colleague or peer some much-needed recognition.

This is the third year of the Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards, in association with KBC. Awards will be presented to young professionals who have made the biggest impact on the Irish market over the past 12 months, recognising outstanding contributions in their profession.

The judges also take a broad and holistic view of the person and their career achievements when choosing the finalists and winners. They will factor in career achievements, the impact that they’ve had on their professional and any contributions to the wider society through their education or professional experience.

This year's judges will include Shay Dalton, Managing Director, Lincoln Recruitment Specialists, Marissa Carter, Founder and CEO, Cocoa Brown, Aidan Power, Director of Customer Brand and Marketing, KBC. The Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and The Institute of Banking understand the importance of nurturing and educating early career professionals and have joined RSM and Pathfinder as category sponsors in the awards.

Awards will be presented across a variety of industries, from HR, accounting and Engineering to public services, sales and IT. You can find a full list of the 17 categories here

A nomination or a win can both make a huge difference to a rising professional and it’s a great way to show some appreciation for their efforts and to acknowledge their achievements. We spoke to three of last year’s winners to find out what it meant to them.

Michael Redmond, Winner of the Early Career Professional of the Year

Michael Redmond accepting the award for the 2017 Early Career Professional of the Year

What was it like to win the award?

I was very surprised when I won the Engineering and Construction category and it was an amazing feeling going up and collecting the award. After sitting back down at the table, I was relieved and then started to really enjoy the night. A few minutes later my name was called out again for the overall Professional of the Year award. This was a massive surprise and I didn’t even consider I was in for a chance.

How has winning this award made a difference to you?

It was a great privilege to have won two of the awards and it has definitely made a huge difference in terms of career opportunities. A number of new avenues have been opened to me, most of which I had never considered before and which could lead to a very interesting future.

Sarah Lennon, Winner of the Career Lawyer of the Year 2017

Sarah Lennon receives the Winner of the Career Lawyer of the Year 2017

What was it like to win an award?

I was extremely honoured to have received the Lawyer of the Year award. It was a privilege to have been named as a finalist among such a talented group of lawyers, and I'm incredibly grateful for the award and the recognition I've received for my work in the Irish legal industry. On a personal level, it’s a great feeling to have received such an accolade. It's humbling and, at the same time, something to feel incredibly proud of too.

How has winning this award made a difference to you?

I was truly humbled to win an award last year. I felt such an energy boost from being recognised alongside such inspiring, talented lawyers. Winning this award has also really helped raise my professional profile - both internally at Google, and externally in the wider legal community. I received a huge amount of recognition and congratulations from legal colleagues at Google who are based throughout Europe and the US. I've also been invited to speak at a number of legal events in Ireland since receiving my award. 

Martin Rosney, Early Career PR & Marketing Professional of the Year

Martyn Rosney receives the award for the Early Career PR & Marketing Professional of the Year 2017

What was it like to win an award?

Winning the award was a genuine surprise. The calibre of finalists both in my category and on the night was excellent and it was a humbling experience to be in the room. To win the award was a testament to all the people who have helped me to date in my career from my colleagues to my clients and all the different people I work with on daily basis.

How has winning this award made a difference to you?

Being recognised with the award win was a very proud moment for me. It has given me extra confidence in my role as an advisor to leading Irish and international businesses. It has also helped me to make new contacts and win new business which is a big plus. Overall though it has highlighted to me the importance of the people I work with and the clients I work for. A career is built on collaboration and teamwork and I’m very lucky in this area in that I’m part of a team that gets to deliver great work for our clients.

How to make a nomination

If you would like to give someone in your firm or life a chance to follow in the footsteps of Michael, Sarah or Martin, it couldn’t be easier to nominate them. Or if you think that you deserve a nomination, you can make your case with a self-nomination. Entries are open to any young professional who was under the age of 35 on December 31, 2017.

From self-nominations to nominations by colleagues and peers, apply or nominate today or before the deadline on Friday, September 21. To nominate someone or to find out more, check out the website.

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