Meet the Team

Management Team

David Foster  
Dr David Foster
Director of Career Development & Skills

Tel: +353 1 716 7678
Email: david.foster@ucd.ie

David joined UCD as Director of the Career Development Centre in August 2009. Responsible for the Centre’s strategic and operational development, work at the centre is focused on three key themes - student engagement, student employability and effective transitions to work and graduate study set within a framework of personal and career development planning.

Previously David worked at Queen’s University, Belfast as Deputy Head of Careers, Employability and Skills. David was heavily involved in introducing credit and non-credit bearing courses on Career Management and Employability Skills into the curriculum and project managed initiatives such as the Degree Plus Award that provides recognition of students’ development through engagement in extra-curricular experience.  Previously at Queen’s, David was a Senior Careers Adviser and Careers Adviser, working with students across a range of disciplines and developing experiential learning opportunities. During his career, David has taught career development and related modules at all levels of undergraduate study and has supported Masters level students through both teaching and mentoring. 

Before moving to Queen’s, David worked as a Careers Adviser at the Northern Ireland Careers Service.

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Communication (Psychology and Linguistics), David worked in a range of finance related roles within the Northern Ireland Civil Service before moving into career development.

In addition to his BSc, David holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance (with Commendation), an MSc Guidance and Counselling and a PhD in Psychology (Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Students). David is British Psychological Society accredited to Level A in Occupational Testing and level B in Occupational Personality Questionnaires and has a Certificate in Executive Coaching, acting as an internal coach for staff at UCD.

David is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

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Sorcha Mulcahy 
Deputy Director

Tel: +353 1 716 7558
Email: sorcha.mulcahy@ucd.ie

Sorcha joined the UCD Career Development Centre as a Career and Skills Consultant in September 2010 and became Deputy Director in 2011. Sorcha manages the Career and Skills Consultant team and leads several of the Career Development Centre’s strategic initiatives, including the Career Mentoring programme, the SPARC programme and the Professional Recognition Award (delivered in conjunction with City & Guilds).

Prior to joining the Career Development Centre Sorcha was a management consultant and has worked for several global consultancy firms including Accenture (in Human Performance consulting) and Hay Group (in Leadership and Talent consulting). As a consultant Sorcha worked primarily in the area of assessment and development, across all organisational levels, from graduates to senior executives. She ran assessment centres, conducted competency-based interviews, delivered personal development programmes and provided individual coaching.

Sorcha holds a BA in Applied Psychology, an MSc. in Occupational Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education and Guidance in Higher Education. Sorcha is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

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Leona Barry
Assistant Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7574
Email: leona.barry@ucd.ie

Case Load: CVs and cover letters along with online applications for all disciplines

Leona joined the UCD Career Development Centre in The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in September 2014.

Leona currently works in the Career Development Centre in UCD Belfield and specialises in assisting students in enabling each individual to develop an effective CV and cover letter along with coaching students in producing effective personal statements for graduate study applications. Leona also coaches students in developing effective responses to competency based questions on employer online application forms.

Prior to taking on her current role, Leona worked in the recruitment industry and more recently in the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School as the Corporate Relations Manager for the CEMS Programme and as the Internship Manager for the Business School. Leona was a key member of the UCD CEMS team who assisted the university to successfully retain the CEMS accreditation and currently the only university in Ireland to hold this. Within her role as Internship Manager, Leona supported and managed internship opportunities across the portfolio of School Programmes along with organising Internship Fairs for Finance and Management Consultancy students.

Leona holds a Masters in Business Studies from Dublin City University and a BA in Marketing and is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
‌‌Sarah Brown
 
Sarah Brown
Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7515
Email:
sarah.brown@ucd.ie

Case Load: College of Social Sciences and Law

Sarah joined the UCD Career Development Team in January 2017 and is focused on supporting students to optimise their career potential. Sarah provides a range of career learning and skill development opportunities that support students to develop and implement their career strategies with confidence. Sarah enjoys building her knowledge of what’s happening in business and has a particular interest in use of social media for career research and networking.

Sarah has worked within the career development arena for ten years, and has experience of supporting students and graduates within a number of world class universities. Sarah also has specialist knowledge of graduate recruitment from managing graduate recruitment within a Big 4 firm. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked within the not for profit sector and has worked within a number of international settings.

Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Birmingham, a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development from the University of Strathclyde, and an MSc in Career Development. Sarah is a qualified assessor of Psychometric Testing Level A and B, and is a certified MBTI practitioner.
Sarah is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, the Career Development Institute and the British Psychological Society.
 
Edel Caraway
Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7559
Email: edel.caraway@ucd.ie

Case Load: College of Science

Edel has worked as a Career & Skills Consultant in UCD since May 2016. Edel’s caseload is UCD College of Science. Her work with students ranges from design and delivery of embedded career development within the College of Science curriculum, design delivery and assessment of credit-bearing modules, facilitation of workshops on all aspects of career management and skill development and one-to-one guidance and support. Edel works with students to enable them to make the right career choices and to enhance their employability skills. Edel is passionate about empowering students to reach their full career potential.

Edel joined UCD in 2010, during this time she has worked in various career related positions, including the role of Internship Manager for the College of Science. Edel also worked as a Careers Consultant in the Career Advisory Service in Trinity College Dublin, where she was responsible for the career development of students from the Schools of Engineering, Maths, Physics, Computer Science and Statistics and for the TCD VACWORK programme. Prior to this Edel worked in the industry where she gained extensive experience in training and development and corporate relationship management. During this time Edel developed, delivered and assessed bespoke training programmes for key corporate clients.

Edel holds a Master’s in Education (Guidance and Counselling) from Trinity College Dublin. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Accountancy and Finance (ACCA), Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing) and a BA in Pure Economics. She holds accreditation from the British Psychological Society to administer A and B psychometric inventories. Edel is a qualified member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC).

Lesley-Anne
 
Leslie-Anne Carey
Assistant Career & Skills Consultant (Maternity Leave)

Tel: +353 1 716 7574
Email: lesley-anne.carey@ucd.ie

Case Load: CVs and cover letters along with online applications for all disciplines

Lesley-Anne took up the position of Assistant Careers Consultant in the UCD Career Development Centre in September 2016.
In this role Lesley-Anne works with students of all disciplines on a one to one basis, providing coaching in CV and cover letter writing techniques and assisting in the creation of effective content for application forms.

Prior to joining the UCD Career Development Centre Lesley-Anne has held varied positions in the arts, tourism, education and heritage sectors, having worked as English Language, Literature and Civilisation teacher in the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France and in elite French third level institution, Sciences-Po Paris and as Education and Tourism Development Officer in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. More recently Lesley-Anne has gained experience with global recruitment giant, Morgan McKinley in a Recruitment Coordinator role and has worked as CV Writing Consultant for the James Innes Group.

Lesley-Anne holds an MA in English Literature and French from the University of Glasgow and an MPhil in Literary Translation from Trinity College Dublin.
 ‌‌Michelle Coen

Michelle Coen
Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7562
Email: michelle.coen@ucd.ie

Case Load: College of Arts and Humanities

Michelle is currently the Career & Skills Consultant for the College of Arts and Humanities. Prior to this she worked as a Career Manager at the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business where she was responsible for the planning, design and roll-out of the Career Development Programme for the MBA and Executive MBA’s. She also previously worked as Career & Skills Consultant for the College of Science and College of Engineering and Architecture at UCD.
Her work with students ranges from coaching students around topics such as career planning, effective applications and interview techniques as well as working with employers to generate potential opportunities to engage and network with our students through recruitment fairs, company presentations and company visits. She also designs and delivers many career development modules as well as facilitating workshops on all aspects of career management and skills development.

Prior to joining UCD, Michelle managed the graduate development programme for one of Ireland’s largest financial services firms. Before that she worked as a Human Resource Manager and a Recruitment Specialist and brings this experience to bear in her work with students. She is passionate about empowering students and ensuring that they receive the support and information they need to make the right career choices and develop their career potential.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from UCD as well as a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management. She also holds a Diploma in Coaching, as well as a Diploma in Media & Communications and a Certificate in Training and Development.

Michelle is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA).
Mark Cumisky
 
Mark Cumisky
Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7679
Email: mark.cumisky@ucd.ie

Case Load: College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

Mark took up his current role in September 2013 after holding the post of Career Development Adviser for Post-Doctoral Research Staff at the UCD Career Development Centre (2010-2013). Prior to that he was manager of the Career Development Centre at the University of Otago in New Zealand (2005-2010), and previously a Careers Adviser at UCD (1994-2005).  In 2017 he completed an MA in Career Education, Information, and Guidance in Higher Education at the University of Warwick, with a thesis on Irish employers’ use of social media in graduate recruitment.

He has been actively involved in the profession at national and international level, having been Chair of The University Careers Advisers' Association of New Zealand and Secretary of the Association of Graduate Career Services in Ireland (now the Association of Higher Education Careers Services), as well as sitting on various committees. He is also a member of the Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (US).

Mark is passionate about the possibilities for people to engage with their careers in a proactive fashion to better optimise their career fulfilment.
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Leonie Phipps
Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7514
Email: leonie.phipps@ucd.ie

Case Load: College of Business (Undergraduate Students), Innovation Academy, Access & Lifelong Learning

Leonie joined UCD as a Career & Skills Consultant in July 2017. Leonie's caseload is the UCD College of Business (Undergraduate Students), Innovation Academy, and Access & Lifelong Learning. Her work with students includes one to one coaching around career planning, effective applications and interview techniques. She also designs and delivers career management and skills workshops. Leonie is passionate about enabling students to enhance their employability skills.

Prior to joining UCD, Leonie worked in a number of Human Resources and Recruitment roles for multinational technology companies. She has worked extensively in the area of graduate recruitment and selection, having designed and managed graduate assessment centres.  Leonie holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Dublin Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and German from Maynooth University.

Leonie is a member of the Higher Career Education Services, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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Nicola Fortune
Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7514
Email: nicola.fortune@ucd.ie

Case Load: College of Engineering and Architecture

Nicola joined the UCD Career Development Centre as a Career & Skills Consultant in February 2016, having previously worked within UCD Human Resources, the UCD School of Computer Science and the UCD International Office since 2008. Prior to joining UCD, Nicola held a number of roles including working as a Guidance Counsellor in Colaiste Criost Ri in Cork.

Nicola currently works with students from the College of Engineering and Architecture on both an individual and group basis to support their career development. This includes facilitating opportunities to network with potential employers and collaborators, facilitating and organising careers related workshops as well as supporting students individually with topics such as career planning.

Nicola has an MSc in Cyberpsychology and a PgDip in Guidance and Counselling and is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

 ‌‌‌Eamonn McHugh
 
Eamonn McHugh
Assistant Career & Skills Consultant

Tel: +353 1 716 7574
Email: eamonn.mchugh@ucd.ie

Case Load: CVs and cover letters along with online applications for all disciplines

Eamonn joined the UCD Career Development Centre as Assistant Career Consultant in September 2018 having spent the last ten years working in UCD HR. During his time in UCD HR Eamonn has worked as part of the People & Organisation Development team supporting the career and professional development of post-doctoral researchers across the university. Prior to joining UCD Eamonn worked in both private and public sector organisations including Teagasc and Engineers Ireland.

Eamonn currently has responsibility for enabling students to develop effective Curriculum Vitae, understand how to successfully complete competency based application forms and help students prepare high quality personal statements relating to graduate study applications.

Eamonn holds a BA in Business Information Management, a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy and is a certified MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner. Eamonn is also amember of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

Administration Team

Oonagh Sweeney
Employer Engagement and Operations Manager

Tel: +353 1 716 7572
Email: oonagh.sweeney@ucd.ie

 

Oonagh joined the UCD Career Development Centre in April 2014 as an Employer Engagement and Operations Manager. Oonagh is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key national and international recruiters. This will provide a link for students to internship and graduate career opportunities. Oonagh’s main role is to foster an effective education-employer interface and to develop, deliver and evaluate a range of events such as careers fairs, recruitment presentations and skills workshops. She is also responsible for managing the day to day operations of the administration team.
 
Prior to this, Oonagh was Programme Manager in the Lochlann Quinn School of Business Centre For Distance Learning. In this role, Oonagh managed the part time DBS/BBS programme as well as providing learning support and delivery of study skills modules. Oonagh was previously Internship Manager for the Lochlann Quinn School of Business. She was involved in managing the effective delivery of the Internship Programme for two undergraduate business degrees and the UCD Study Abroad Internship Programme. The role also involved employer engagement and business development. Previous to this, Oonagh worked as Training Programme Manager in the Irish Management Institute and in the Careers Office in Smurfit School of Business, UCD.

Oonagh graduated with an Honours BBS Degree from Cork Institute of Technology; followed with an Honours Masters of Business Studies from Smurfit School of Business, UCD (Management and Organisational Studies). She also completed a Certificate in Adult Education through UCD and a Certificate in Training and Development, accredited by IPA and CIPD.

Oonagh is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Caroline Fitzsimons
Caroline Fitzsimons
Career Development Assistant
Tel: +353 1 716 7571
Email: caroline.fitzsimons@ucd.ie

 

Caroline joined the UCD Career Development Centre (CDC) in September of 2017 as CDC Assistant. Caroline supports a number of Programmes and projects within the centre including Skills for Working Life, Big UCD Challenge etc. Caroline is a key contact in maintaining employer relationships and organises and facilitates on-campus events for the CDC such as Careers Fairs, Employer Events & Workshops. Caroline also looks after the reporting of feedback from our students, staff and employers and assists with front of house responsibilities including customer care, general queries, alumni, vacancy and organisation approvals.

Prior to joining the CDC, Caroline worked as Operations Coordinator and Office and Communications Administrator within the Camogie Association. Throughout her time there Caroline worked on many projects and large-scale events and was also National Child Welfare Officer for the Association. Caroline has also worked in Sport Ireland as National Governing Bodies Officer dealing with grant administration and NGB compliance. Caroline graduated from DkIT with a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion and Physical Activity as well as further professional development in event & Project Management.  Caroline is also a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Irina Pilos
Career Development Assistant

Tel: +353 1 716 7571
Email: irina.pilos@ucd.ie

 

Irina joined the UCD Career Development Centre in February 2018 as Career Development Assistant.  Irina assists with front of house responsibilities including customer care, general queries, alumni, vacancy and organisation approvals and event organising.

Prior to her role here, Irina had a series of jobs, having worked in the Communications Department of the Romanian National Agency for Erasmus Plus (EU’s programme to support training and education), then as a tour guide in Dublin, front of house staff for the Olympia and Gaiety Theatres and customer support agent for British Telekom.
With 10 years experience in youth work and drama in education, Irina has been volunteering for a long time, getting involved in European projects and festivals related to drama in education and social theatre. Throughout her time there Irina worked on many projects and large-scale events/performances and was also involved in EU-funded training courses on interculturality and diversity.

Irina studied Humanities and holds a Honours Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts – Acting and a Masters in Cultural management and marketing.

Irina is member of Malahide Music and Dramatic Society and St. Andrews Stage 2 Theatre Company.  She also is a member of the Higher Career Education Services, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Snaoibhe Bolger

Snaoibhe Bolger
Career Development Assistant

Tel: +353 1 716 7570
Email: snaoibhe.bolger@ucd.ie

Snaoibhe joined the UCD Career Development Centre (CDC) in May of 2018 as a Career Development Assistant. Snaoibhe assists with front of house responsibilities including general student enquiries, alumni, vacancy and organisation approvals and event organisation including the upcoming open day and assisting with careers fairs.

Snaoibhe came to UCD in 2017, entering through an internship post in the Office of the Student Advisor in the College of Architecture and Engineering and then coordinating the exam supports and facilities for Disability Support students. Snaoibhe has worked with students in third level education for over ten years, inhabiting various administration, management and student support roles. She graduated with an Honours BA Degree in Psychology from University College Dublin; followed with a Post Graduate Diploma in Statistics and Honours Masters in Education from Trinity College Dublin in Guidance Counselling. She is also a member of the member of the Higher Career Education Services and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and both the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the British Psychological Society.

Erin May

 
Erin May
Senior Marketing and Communications Assistant

Tel: +353 1 716 7578
Email: erin.may@ucd.ie

Erin joined the UCD Career Development Centre in June 2018 as the Senior Marketing and Communications Assistant. She plans and manages the CDC’s marketing, which includes social media, promotional emails, event planning and campaigns, and more. Erin liaises with other CDC staff members to promote their services and events to students. Erin also assists in managing the website content, the CareersConnect system, and supports front-of-house and administrative duties when needed.

Prior to UCD, Erin managed marketing and the support team at Webdoctor. Before moving to Ireland, she worked as a Content Editor for an SEO company. Erin also worked as a manager at a nonprofit organisation assisting disadvantaged students in applying for financial aid for college. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Phil. in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin.

She is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Association for Higher Education Careers Services.

University Internships Team

Teresa Lee
Dr Teresa Lee
University Internships Manager

Tel: +353 1 716 7569
Email: teresa.lee@ucd.ie

Teresa has been in the position of University Internships Manager since November 2012. In her role she provides a co-ordinating and oversight function for internship arrangements in UCD. 

Teresa previously worked as Quality Enhancement Manager with the Irish Universities Quality Board where her primary focus was in the development of a series of national guidelines of good practice which encompass the general areas of teaching & learning, research, strategic planning & management, and support services. She was heavily involved in the first set of institutional quality reviews of Irish Universities in 2004. She has engaged in collaborative research and developmental initiatives with national higher education agencies and with international entities.

Teresa served on the Education and Training Committee of An Bord Altranais and was a member of the Irish Higher Education Quality Network. She served on the expert evaluator panel of the European Universities Association’s Institutional Evaluation Programme, participating in HEI evaluations in Europe and further afield. Other experiences include some time with the Dublin Institute of Technology (graduate studies and research) and previous work in UCD in association with the Registrar’s Office.  

Teresa has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and a PhD degree from NUIG. Other awards include a diploma in professional management from the Institute of Commercial Management, UK and a diploma in Irish from UCD. Teresa is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

 

Career Development for Postdoctoral Researchers

Naoimh O'Connor
Research Careers Manager

Tel: +353 1 716 7507
Email: naoimh.oconnor@ucd.ie

Naoimh O’Connor joined the UCD Career Development Centre in April 2014 as Research Careers Manager for Post Doctoral staff. Naoimh is responsible for developing services and provisions that support the Postdoc researcher’s career development both inside and out of the Academy. This includes providing one-to-one career coaching, facilitating workshops exploring Jobseeking strategies for researchers and writing career-plans for funding applications as well as hosting academia-to-industry networking events with PhD employers and ex-Postdocs.

Before this, Naoimh worked as Learning and Development Specialist with UCD HR, having previously spent over six years based between Italy and Ireland, teaching Cross Cultural Psychology and Creative Writing to American undergraduate students with the Umbra Institute in Perugia, and consulting on a portfolio of community education and research projects with the National College of Ireland. While in Italy, she also worked as student and staff counsellor and advisor to Student Services, and enjoyed the opportunity to develop community engagement initiatives as part of her Human Development in Culture module. Over the years she has worked with a broad spectrum of community groups and businesses, in particular to develop, support and evaluate successful mentoring programmes.

Naoimh’s undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications are in Psychology and she has a HDip in Business and Executive Coaching in the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She also has a Masters of Philosophy in Creative Writing, is a certified MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner, a qualified kinesiologist (complementary wellness practitioner) and a Touch for Health™ kinesiology instructor. 

She is a member of the Research Students and Staff Task Group of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and through this has co-organised two conferences for researcher developers across Ireland and the UK in June 2015 and April 2016. In 2015, she was part of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) Postgraduate Research Task group that conducted a survey on ‘International good practice in PhD careers provision’, the results of which were disseminated at the 2016 AHECS biennial conference in UCC. And through her involvement in the Careers Advisors for Researchers in Europe (CARE) group, she co-presented at the European Open Science forum 2016 in Manchester to an audience of 100 PhD students, Postdocs and PIs/ mentors. Her profile and a careers piece for researchers were published in the Naturejobs blog in September 2015.

Naoimh believes that taking the time to integrate the various facets of ourselves and get better informed about our options ultimately helps us make less conflicted, more balanced decisions about our career and life.

 

Career Development for Graduate Research Students

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Ger Lardner
Career & Skills Consultant for Graduate Research students

Tel: +353 1 716 7520
Email: ger.lardner@ucd.ie

 

Ger Lardner joined the team in January 2018 as a Career & Skills Consultant for PhD and Research Masters Students.   She brings to the role extensive experience from the University and Voluntary Sectors having previously worked at DCU, NCI and NUIG.

For five years, prior to working at UCD, Ger was a Senior Careers Advisor at DCU, with responsibility for STEM undergraduates and all PhDs researchers.  There, she continually engaged with employers in the science & technology sector- to stay ahead of the curve in current & future employment trends.  She disseminated her findings, through teaching/lecturing and 1-1 guidance, to DCU undergrads and postgraduates.  She also guest-lectured to Psychotherapy and Guidance & Counselling professional students.

This position as UCD Career & Skills Consultant for Graduate Researchers, integrates both her Career Professional background with previous research roles,   Ger was employed at DCU’s (PRTLI funded) multi-national Rince Institute, for over a decade, where she gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the research landscape and lifecycle

She holds an MSc in Guidance & Counselling from DCU, a postgraduate qualification in Systems Analysis and BA in Economics & Geography from NUIG.

She is an accredited member of the British Psychological Society for A & B psychometric testing and a member of the IGC.  She is currently serves on the AHECS (Association of Higher Education Career Services) Postgraduate Working Group and is a past member of the AHECS Labour Task Force and a member of AGCAS (The Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services, (UK).

Co-curricular Project Officer

Rebecca Boyle
 
Rebecca Boyle
Project Officer

Tel: +353 1 716 7510
Email: rebecca.boyle@ucd.ie

 

Rebecca joined the UCD Career Development Team in September 2015 as the Career Development Assistant. As of April 2017, Rebecca has since been appointed the Co-Curricular Project Officer and supports the administration of the Co-Curricular Skills Award which will be launching in September 2017. This award allows students to gain recognition for the skills they developed while taking part in a range of co-curricular activities on the UCD campus.

Rebecca holds two undergraduate degrees; a BA in Social Studies from Sligo IT and a BSc in Psychology and Criminal Behaviour from the University of Bedfordshire. Prior to beginning her role here, Rebecca was the Vice President for Welfare and Equality at Beds SU (University of Bedfordshire Students’ Union). Here she supported a range of both University and Union initiatives to enhance the student experience and support students throughout their studies. She is also a member the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

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Sophie Carey
Senior Manager, Career Development & Skills

Tel: +353 1 716 8086
Email: cathy.savage@ucd.ie

 

Sophie joined as acting Senior Manager of the Career Development Centre at the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business in October 2016, where her role involves managing the careers team and developing relationships and engaging with key graduate employers.

Prior to this Sophie worked as a Career & Skills Consultant in UCD Career Development Centre for approximately 4 years with various responsibilities from delivery and assessment of credit-bearing modules to facilitation of workshops and one to one student appointments across a number of areas. Key relationships included working with students and academics in the College of Arts & Humanities & the College of Social Sciences and Law.

Previous to working in UCD, Sophie worked for over 13 years primarily in the banking sector where she held a variety of human resources & project management positions. She has worked extensively in the area of graduate recruitment & selection and has designed and implemented graduate assessment centres. Additionally she has worked on various projects in the areas of change management, internal communications, training & development & performance management. At the start of her career Sophie lectured in human resource management to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in UCD.

Sophie holds a Master in Business Studies (HR) as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies (HR) – both first class honours - from the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business. She also holds a BA in English and History of Art from UCD. She is a qualified coach and qualified to administer a number of psychometric tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Sophie was appointed Executive Director of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services in 2016 for a period of two years. She is also a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
Cathy Savage
Senior Manager, Career Development & Skills
(On maternity leave)

Tel: +353 1 716 8086
Email: cathy.savage@ucd.ie

 

Cathy joined the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Career Development Centre in August 2010. Cathy was appointed Senior Manager of the Career Development Centre at the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business in 2015, her role involves managing the UCD Smurfit Careers team and developing relationships and engaging with key graduate employers. Formerly, Cathy was an Associate Director with one of Ireland's largest recruitment companies. She led the company's recruitment teams providing solutions to the Insurance, Banking/ Financial, Legal and HR sectors. In this role Cathy developed relationships with many of the key employers in those sectors and gained a deep knowledge of the employer requirements in each industry and company.
 
Cathy holds a UCD undergraduate degree was a BA (History, Irish and Politics) subsequently followed with a BA Law in DIT Aungier Street and more recently a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education at the University of Warwick.
Michael McDonnell
Career Manager

Tel: +353 1 716 8926
Email: michael.mcdonnell@ucd.ie

A career educationalist and more recently a Business and Executive Coach, Michael joined the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Career Development Centre as a Careers Manager in January 2016.
As a Careers Manager, he coaches students on an individual and group basis around topics such as career planning, effective applications and interview techniques to enable students fulfil their real potential. On the employer side, he seeks out opportunities for corporate engagement, knowledge sharing and learning. He also assists in generating potential opportunities for both MSc and MBA students onsite through recruitment fairs, company talks and skills seminars.

Before this, at UCD, he managed and grew the UCD Smurfit Leadership Development Programme which is one of the three elements of the UCD Smurfit MBA. This is the personal and professional learning and development journey that all of the participants experience. He was responsible for Business & Executive Coaching, Talent Management, Leadership Skills Acquisition, Emotional Intelligence & 360 Degree Feedback, Psychometric Profiling and Team Building & Conflict Mgt Facilitation.

Prior to joining UCD, Michael worked as a teacher and taught both in Ireland and overseas. He also was recruited as High School Programmes Director to set up, manage a team and grow a student services programme for international students (12-18) to come and study in secondary schools in Ireland for an academic year. He also pioneered a short-stay programme during the academic year for groups of overseas students to come to Irish secondary schools across the country.

Michael is a qualified BPS Level A and B Psychometric Test User Occupational Ability and Personality. He completed the Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching (UCD Smurfit Executive Education). He is also an accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach for ESCI 360 tool (HAY GROUP). He holds a H.Dip in Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in TEFL and a B.A.(Hons) English & Economics all from UCG (aka NUIG). He also has the DELE Diploma Superior in Spanish from the Instituto Cervantes.

Michael is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA).

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Mark Davies
Career Manager

Tel: +353 1 716 8085
Email: mark.davies@ucd.ie

Mark joined the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Career Development Centre as a Careers Manager in January 2018. As a Careers Manager, Mark manages the Full Time MBA and Executive MBA Career Development Programmes. He also supports MSc and MBA students on an individual basis with careers strategy, job applications and interview preparation. Additionally, Mark will help to build relationships with domestic and international employers of Business School students.

Mark has 15 years experience in student careers, including 10 years as Employer Relations Manager for Imperial College Business School in London and 4 years at the Association of Graduate Recruiters (now ISE). In 2016, Mark was Chair of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance European Conference in Dublin.  Michael is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA).  

Christine Higgins
Christine Higgins
CEMS Corporate Relations Manager/Internships Coordinator

Tel: +353 1 716 8028
Email: cems.corporaterelations@ucd.ie

Christine joined UCD Smurfit Career Development Centre as the CEMS Corporate Relations Manager and Internship Coordinator in June 2017, having previously worked in the Career Development Centre covering maternity leave as Employer Engagement and General Manager the year before.

Christine started her professional career in UCD in May 2001 in UCD Finance Office. In 2010, she decided to take a career break and set up her own business distributing special effects makeup across Europe and also enhanced students’ makeup artistry’s careers by running upskilling workshops across the country. She thoroughly enjoyed the advising role within her business and helping students in developing themselves to reach their full potential. In 2015 she successfully sold on her business and came back to UCD to further develop her own career.

Christine holds a Bachelor in Business Studies, an Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching and is currently studying towards her Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education and Guidance in Higher Education at University of Warwick. She is also a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Bernie Burke
Career Consultant (part-time)

Tel: +353 1 716 8090
Email: bernadette.burke@ucd.ie

Bernie joined the Career Development Centre team at the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business in January 2016. Bernie’s primary role is to support students in their career planning and CV & Interview preparation.

Bernie is an experienced HR consultant with over 20 years international and domestic experience across a range of industries. Prior to setting up as an independent consultant in 2013, Bernie was Head of People Development for AIB Bank. In this role Bernie’s primary responsibility was the design and delivery of a people development strategy to support the needs of over 6,000 staff at all levels in the division. This incorporated talent assessment and management, coaching and 360 feedback, the integration of the competency framework into all development initiatives, and the award-winning graduate development programme. Bernie also pioneered the introduction of analytics and evidence-based research to Learning & Development, conducting a number of qualitative and quantitative studies as a measure of the strategy’s success.

Bernie holds an M.Sc. in Organisational Behaviour, H. Dip.Ed. and B.A. (Mod) from Trinity College Dublin, an M.A. in Journalism from DCU. An experienced facilitator and feedback giver, Bernie is accredited to use a wide range of psychometric instruments: BPS: Level A and B; SHL: QPQ and Motivational Questionnaire, OUP: MBTI Steps I & II, 16PF, FIRO-B, Hay: ECI (360) and Leadership Styles & MHS: EQi. Bernie is also an experienced assessment and development centre designer and assessor.

Emma Darmody
Senior Careers & Skills Administrator

Tel: +353 1 716 8830
Email: emma.darmody@ucd.ie

Emma joined the careers team as the Senior Careers and Skills Administrator in October 2016. Emma manages the event administration of all career related activities in the Smurfit School including recruitment fairs, employer presentations, skills workshops and student appointments.  ‌‌‌‌‌‌ 

She provides project and administrative support to the Senior Career Manager and the team, and is the first point of contact for all student queries in person, by phone or email. She also co-ordinates a variety of projects within the team and manages e-procurement, premises maintenance and collation of feedback on behalf of the UCD Smurfit School Career Development Centre.

Previously Emma worked as an Events Assistant in the UCD Career Development Centre in Belfield for one year.Prior to this role, Emma worked as an Events Coordinator in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cork for three years following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts in English and Media.

She is a member of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.