So many people ask me what I’m doing/ how I manage to travel all the time, and for now the answer is the IBEC Global Graduate Programme. This opportunity is calling all final year students whose heads are probably melted with handing in dissertations/ final exams/ projects and so on – while always in the back of the head wondering what they will do when they finish up in May/June.

I just wanted to share that my experience so far has been perfect for someone like me who still has NO clue what the hell I am doing with my life. One of the great things about the IBEC Global Graduate Programme is that you don’t need any ‘specific’ work experience or degree to be considered. I did a Bachelors in Event Management and I was placed on the Tourism Programme. All you need is a minimum 2.2 in any undergraduate degree (and in my opinion, willingness to learn and a strong work ethic!)

What is the IBEC Global Graduate Programme?

This is not some internship where you are the help on the side for a few months. This is a fully immersive 1-2 year programme with respected companies, a very reasonable wage, housing allowance and the opportunity to travel in most cases. I am in Brussels, I will be going to New York next year and my fellow friends on the IBEC Global Graduate Programme are in places like London, Copenhagen, Milan, Paris, Madrid and others are in great companies around Ireland.

Furthermore (very college-y word count increaser word there), you also take on a Level 9 Post Grad Diploma in Global Business Leadership in DIT. This means 2 weeks in the summer (the months are depending on the programme) in DIT Aungier Street. This is perfect for those who wanted to do further study and not so perfect for people (like me) who were planning on taking a break from studying. I will say though, I’m halfway through the first year and the assignments are not too bad and it was a real advantage to have done a management degree, as I had a good basis for a lot of the modules. Do not fear the coursework, everyone gets it done eventually!

I have heard from people who were applying to the IBEC Global Graduate Programme who have asked for tips and some insight into the interview process, so please feel free to ask me! Either way, the best advice I could give to anyone is to just go for it, you have nothing to lose by applying for it!

My second bit of advice is to not sign up for it if you don’t think you can keep up with the DIT work. The assignments are not extremely difficult or anything, it’s just that you need to find the right balance between a full time job and the part time degree element – so just take that into consideration.

Sound good? You can apply on the IBEC Global Graduate Programme website here. Just go for it, you never know what will happen! And no, no one made me write this, I just wanted to share my genuine delight for finding this programme as I don’t think colleges spread the word enough about it! If that’s not convincing enough, look at this pic of me and some gorge people also on the programme – look at that happiness!