Wednesday 21 August 2019

Nominate your office superstar for the Lincoln Recruitment Early Career Awards

Is there someone in your office who always goes above and beyond for their colleagues? Perhaps they don’t shy away from hard projects or they’re willing the try something new to benefit the wider team?

If you’ve got a superstar in your midst, why not nominate them for a Lincoln Recruitment Early Career Awards, in association with KBC Bank? Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate excellence and recognise the achievements of young professionals in Ireland.

Ireland has a thriving ecosystem for young professionals. We have one of the most educated workforces in the world. 53.3pc of 30-34 year-olds have a third level education (compared to an EU average of 40pc). We also rank in the top 10 globally for quality of education system and university education that meets the needs of a competitive economy.

So, why not celebrate all these impressive individuals? The Lincoln Recruitment Early Career awards highlight exceptional young professionals in a variety of different fields from accounting to HR and technology to law. Over 15 awards will be presented to the young professionals that have made the biggest impact on the Irish market over the past 12 months.

But the awards are not about celebrating the biggest earner or the smartest professional; they’re about celebrating individual achievements and encouraging teamwork and ambition. The judges’ panel will take a broad and holistic view of the person and their career achievements when deciding on finalists and winners.

Speaking about the awards, Shay Dalton, Managing Director of Lincoln Recruitment stated that,

“What people do in that 10 years after college or training can really dictate where they go in their career. People take on interesting projects and really push things out. We want to put a spotlight on the early part of people’s careers and really celebrate their achievements.”

Who can nominate a young professional?

Anyone! Employers can nominate their employees. Workers can nominate their colleagues. You can even nominate yourself! Last year, there were over 400 nominations so make sure that you include some information that will make your chosen nominee stand out!

“We want to get a wide pool of people,” explains Dalton. “Sometimes really talented people are very humble. They sit there and think, ‘That’s not for me, that would be better suited to someone else.’ Especially people who got to where they are today through hard work. Quite often they’re the people with the really interesting story. The more eclectic and broader the nominations, the better.”

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Who should I nominate?

The awards aim to identify, acknowledge and reward young professionals (aged 35 or under on December 31). So, if you know someone who is capable, highly adaptable and passionate about their role then you should seriously consider putting them forward.

Judges will be looking out for impressive career achievements, what impact the nominee has had on their profession, as well as their contribution to society through their education and professional experience. Don’t forget to include some examples with every point.

“We’re looking for people with interesting career journeys,” Dalton encourages.  “Someone might have taken a chance and it’s worked out or they’ve taken the road less travelled and it’s become something interesting. We look at lots of different aspects because otherwise it would become very dry if it was just the top sales person or the most technical lawyer. There’s great diversity in the winners of the past.”

When is the closing date for nominations?

Nominations for The Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards 2019 are now open until the end of Tuesday, August 13.

Who will be judging the awards?

The awards are judged by a panel of experts representing top global and Irish companies and leading organisations across Ireland. This year’s panel will include Maryrose Lyons, Digital Marketing, Brightspark Consulting, Dave Shannon, Managing Director, Grow Sales, Keelin O’Brien, Managing Director, O'Brien Energy Consulting, Emer Lawn, Director, Mediaworks, Elaine Breen, General Counsel, BlackBee, Emmet Ryan, Editor and Columnist, Connected Magazine and Sunday Business Post, plus lots of other well-known faces.

When will the awards take place?

Finalists will be announced in August 2019 and will be required to attend an interview with the panel of judges in mid-September. The brilliant winners will be celebrated at a stylish black-tie event on Thursday, October 24, at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin 4.

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.

View categories and nominate here before Tuesday, August 13.



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