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After your MBA – the next steps on your journey

MBA Association of Ireland

MBA Association of Ireland

The MBA Association of Ireland would like to invite you to join them at this event specifically developed for MBA students which will take place on Saturday, February 27th 2010 at Dublin City University.

This morning event is designed with you and your future career hopes and aspirations in mind.
You will have to opportunity to listen to the real career stories of MBA graduates in the last few years.  Men & women, young and not so young, will outline their career paths, what job search strategies worked for them, and how it did (or did not) meet their expectations.

You will also have the opportunity to meet with and talk to other MBA graduates and learn from their experiences.   Graduates will be from a variety of schools, working in varied fields and industries in Ireland, although not all will have started their career journeys in Ireland.

In addition, the event will also have some practical job searching tips.

Please click here to find out more and register

I am an International Strategy and Marketing Consultant with over 20 years experience in marketing and strategy and international operations both in the US and Europe. Broad functional experience in: Marketing and Communications Strategic and Financial analytics including Business Case Development Consulting and Operational management Client Relationship Management Deep financial services sector knowledge. Worked in organisations ranging from technology start-ups, fast-paced direct marketing agency to large corporates. Member of Enterprise Ireland Mentor Panel Member of IIA (Irish Internet Association) International Strategy Working Group Committee member of the MBA Association of Ireland:

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  • Aaron

    Hi Paul, so are you going to do some networking with us this Friday in the Dublin Job Club? Last meeting of the year

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Paul, very good article, as far as I can see the only way to get a job in this market is to look for the hidden opportunities as the advertised ones aren’t working so far!! Thanks again.


  • Great post Paul.
    Networking is not as tangible as actively applying for a job, but is non the less just as important. Perseverance is key here, we need to invest the time and effort. It also gives us the chance to give something back to others in our networks also. I agree that meeting as many people offline is very important and a great way to quickly grow one’s professional network.
    In terms of job-seeking, networking is a chance to tell people who you are and what you do, as well as making new connections and actively interacting with the professional world. Job hunting can be a very lonely way of life, so it’s important to get out there, invest the time (which there is more of if unemployed) and continue speaking with other professionals. It should be regarded as a long term strategy 🙂

  • Anonymous

    @Niall – very true Niall. I too am guilty of this sometimes myself and need to continually push myself.

    @Aaron – thanks for the comments – I will make it my New Year resolution to visit you in 2010. Let me know when you guys get going again. By the way Aaron’s Club is a good networking opportunity for jobseekers – heard some positive feedback!!

    @Wendy – I agree with you BUT don’t turn off from the advertised jobs completely. Combination approach but I certainly would put a bit more focus on proactive strategies.

    @Elaine – some very good points. Networking does give you the opportunity to get yourself out there and tell others who you are and what you do. It is an important point to remember that hiring decisions are made on more than just ability to the job and networking allows you to show the other important stuff.

  • I believe that listening is still the most important, however asking the right set of questions or as I learnt from the Americans “asking discovery questions” is a key part of the process. I guess many managers skip this important step by jumping straight into a answer provided “by the book” instead of engaging properly and finding out where the problem is.

  • Managing teams particularly performance driven teams (sales) requires the manager to double as an effective coach. It is only after making the realisation that you are in fact managing a group of individuals, can you begin to start to build a team. This is something that is often missed. The way in which you manage the individual is through coaching, the key tool in coaching is asking the right questions. I think that good questioning skills are every bit as important as listening skills, to be honest I am not sure you could have one without the other.They both form an important part of any communication with a team member??

  • Niall, somehow my comment got deleted 🙁
    Great insight into sales team dynamics. I feel listening and questioning go hand in hand also, and both need to be done effectively so a manager can really understand their team players. I enjoyed your observation that a team is made up of individuals, we need to keep that in mind when dealing with the dynamics of a team. Change one member, and that changes the team dynamic. The Manager needs to actively listening and effectively question to understand the needs of the team, and it’s individuals.
    great grounds for debate here 🙂

  • Very true Fred, thanks for the comment.
    Its like the chicken and the egg story – one is needed for the other to be successful! Sometimes a Manager needs to just listen to the member of their team, and sometimes they need to fall back on their intuition, and ask “discovery” questions to encourage the team member to communicate honestly and effectively. By listening and then questioning we endeavour to clarify and understand what is being communicated.

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