Guest Blog: USIT 1 Year USA Graduate Programme

1 YEAR USA GRADUATE PROGRAMME – APRIL PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT

This month we caught up with Ciara Ennis, a Business/Marketing graduate from DCU who is currently in San Francisco on the 1 Year USA Graduate Programme.  Like a lot of participants, Ciara stayed in Ireland right after she graduated college and gained some experience before deciding to take part in the programme right before her 12 month cut off point.  We asked Ciara why she decided to take the plunge, what she’s working at now and what advice she would give future participants.  Here’s what she had to say.

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WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO FOR THE 1 YEAR USA PROGRAMME?

For years I had spoken quite openly about wanting to working abroad, to the extent my family thought I might never leave! On graduating I started working on the marketing team in Microsoft and loved it. However, I knew if I did not take the opportunity of the graduate visa it would be a lot harder to in the future to attain a working visa. With this in mind I set a date and arranged to leave a month before the anniversary of my graduation.

WHAT KIND OF INTERNSHIP DID YOU FIND AND WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS DID YOU/ARE YOU WORKING ON?

I am working as an Account Management Specialist for Viscira. Viscira is a provider of interactive, new-media communication solutions and software products for the life sciences industry. Finding a job in the technology industry was a priority for me, however, I never thought I would also be working in the pharmaceutical industry. Each project is very different from the one before, ranging from iPad Apps, speaker portals to promotional videos, and trade show booths.

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What has the highlight of your time in the USA been so far?

I must have only been here 2 weeks and was invited to a networking event for Dreamforce. It took place in a swanky Irish bar and the attendees were all successful professionals. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and you could easily walk up and have a conversation with a manager for one of America’s most profitable companies. As the night went on I found myself with a VIP ticket to the Bruno Mars concert at City Hall that night, with an after-party performance by Will.i.am. It happened be the eve of my birthday, and a 24 hours I won’t easily forget!

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT GOING ON THE PROGRAMME?

Network!!! Ever heard the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, it could not be more true over here. Keep your LinkedIn profile updated, upgrade to a premium account and connect with your universities alumni network. Not everyone you meet will be able to help you, it may just lead to another conversation, however, there is always something to take away from every conversation.

Are you interested in taking part in the 1 Year USA Graduate Programme? For more information, visit our website here, or email melanie.young@usit.ie to make an appointment to come into our office to talk about your options.

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