For Purpose gradireland fair

Delighted to be part of gradireland Live! career fair in RDS

Here we are again at the RDS for the next is the series of gradireland Live! career fairs.

Great to meet some of the graduates of 2020 who are interested in making an impact with their careers.

 

Below is the panel discussion on how to feature your ability – making you more employable.

 

gardireland For Purpose graduate talent discussion group

For Purpose Shortlisted for Best Graduate Training Programme

Its awards time again!

We are delighted to announce that For Purpose Graduate Programme is shortlisted for Best Graduate Training Programme by Education Awards 2020.

Details https://www.educationawards.ie/shortlist

 

Emma Morgan For Purpose Mentor

Emma Morgan joins the For Purpose Mentor team

Emma Morgan For Purpose Mentor

We are delighted to welcome Emma Morgan to our team of Mentors on the For Purpose Graduate Programme.

Emma Morgan has worked in the non-profit sector for 12 years. She has a background specialising in fundraising development and organisational strategy. She is business analyst for Concern Worldwide, the vice-chair and development board member for Helium Arts; career mentor and private consultant and public speaker for strategic development in the non-profit sector.

Emma holds an MA from University College Dublin in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, the focus of which was how charitable organisations use arts based programmes and products as part of their fundraising mix. In her spare time she is a painter and in the past has participated in community art projects and had illustrations published for a small not profit publication entitled “what not to say”.

Each graduate on the For Purpose programme has their own mentor. The mentor’s role is to nurture the development of the graduate over the course of the programme by offering impartial guidance and support. This feature of the programme sets it apart from other in-house graduate programmes.

We are looking forward to Emma joining the Mentor team at For Purpose and know she will share a wealth of knowledge with her graduate mentees.

Round-table: Impact of digital marketing communications

This week’s round-table session was facilitated by Craig Dwyer, Digital Campaigns & Strategic Communications Consultant and Founder of ‘ForaChange’.

The topic of this For Purpose round-table session was the role of digital marketing in communication campaigns. During the session, Craig demonstrated the impact digital marketing had on the ‘Yes Equality’ campaign in Ireland.

Craig was a key figure in the ‘Yes Equality’ campaign of 2015 in his role as Director of Social Media. Craig developed, designed and implemented the digital strategy, monitored over 40 social media accounts and managed all online advertising for the campaign.

 

Interested in Becoming a For Purpose Fundraising Mentor?

WHAT IS FOR PURPOSE?

For Purpose is Ireland’s not-for-profit graduate programme. We attract, mentor and develop the future leaders of the sector. For Purpose connects not-for-profit organisations with talented graduates who are searching ‘for purpose’ in their careers and the chance to make an impact on civil society.

HOW DOES FOR PURPOSE WORK?

• Graduates apply to the For Purpose programme and undergo a screening and interview process managed by the For Purpose team.
• Following on from screening, candidates are shortlisted to attend a panel interview with the partner organisation.
• Graduate trainees on the programme are selected from this process. Trainees are employed directly by the partner organisation.
• Graduates receive one-to-one mentoring and attend roundtable sessions throughout their traineeship.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FOR PURPOSE FUNDRAISING MENTOR?

Are you interested in helping to support and develop the future leaders of the sector? We are seeking an additional Fundraising Mentor to provide one-to-one mentoring to For Purpose trainees. The mentor will operate on a self-employed basis and is paid a fixed fee per mentoring session.

ROLE OF A MENTOR

Mentors meet with their assigned graduate trainees once a month for an hourly mentoring session. The role of the mentor is to help foster the development of trainees over the course of their traineeships by offering impartial guidance and support. Mentors work with trainees to help them proactively identify their learning and development needs and comprise trainee-led solutions to address them.

WHAT’S REQUIRED OF A MENTOR?

• Experience as a fundraiser at senior management level
• Extensive knowledge of a range of fundraising methods
• Ability to actively listen and strong communication skills
• Interest in supporting the development of graduate trainees working as fundraisers across the sector

CONTACT DETAILS

If you are interested in becoming a For Purpose mentor please email a copy of your CV to For Purpose Manager Adrian McCarthy at Adrian.McCarthy@forpurpose.ie

For informal queries please email Adrian or call direct on 01-234-3135.

Closing date for expressions of interest is Tuesday 6th August.

For Purpose Attends the gradireland Summer Fair

The For Purpose team was kept busy yesterday at the gradireland careers fair in the RDS, where we were joined by over 3,000 graduates and 40 exhibitors at the fair. There was a substantial level of interest at our stand throughout the day, signifying a strong appetite from third-level graduates for a career in the not-for-profit sector.

We were delighted to promote graduate opportunities with our partner organisations on the programme, ranging from traineeships in fundraising & communications to property surveying. The grad fair provides direct access to some of Ireland’s brightest graduate talent.

Graduates from a variety of different academic backgrounds including communications, business studies, maths, social science and further areas expressed an interest in the programme and sought advice on how to apply their degrees in the sector.

For Purpose Manager, Adrian McCarthy was also delighted to take part in a panel discussion on ‘Interview Tips for Graduates’, chaired by gradireland’s Employer Marketing Consultant Louise Keegan. On the panel he was also joined by Nessa McCarthy, Senior Manager in the ION Group, and Marie Skinner, HR Manager in General Motors. The session was very well attended and focused on how graduates can prepare for an interview and how they can stand out from the crowd.

We will now set our sights towards gradireland’s careers fair in October, which will have over 7,500 attendees and is the biggest annual careers exhibition aimed at third-level students and graduates. In the meantime, we will be offering a range of graduate traineeships on the programme with our partner organisations throughout the summer.

Adrian McCarthy Discusses the Topic of Future Leaders in the Sector

On Thursday 23rd of May, the For Purpose team were in Croke Park for The Wheel’s Annual Summit. The event, which coincided with The Wheel’s 20th anniversary, focused on how we can promote innovation in the community, voluntary and charity sector to unlock a brighter future for all.

A number of seminars took place throughout the day, with For Purpose Manager Adrian McCarthy joining a discussion panel on ‘Nurturing our Future Leaders’ that aimed to explore how organisations can create a working environment that attracts and retains the brightest talents to take on the next set of challenges facing the sector.

The session, which was chaired by Derek McKay, Managing Director of Adare Human Resource Management, also featured Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce and Sharon Hughes, CEO of TU Dublin Students’ Union.

During the discussion, Adrian spoke about the recent HEA survey which found that 90% of graduates are seeking employment in Ireland. Given this high percentage, Adrian stated that ‘there is no reason why the not-for-profit sector cannot tap into the best pool of graduate talent available in Ireland today’.

Adrian also touched on findings from 2into3’s latest Quarterly Recruitment Monitor. The report for Q1 2019 stated that there were 108 management level roles advertised in the sector during this period, which represented a 30% increase from the Q1 2018 report. Adrian highlighted that for the sector to meet this demand for leadership there must be a sufficient pipeline of leaders in place and that this can be achieved by attracting and developing graduate level talent in the sector.

Following the discussion, attendees raised some interesting points on prominent issues in the sector relating to early stage talent development and attraction including:

  • How can small not-for-profit organisations attract high performing graduate talent?
  • How can the sector compete with larger graduate employers?
  • What can organisations do to develop their staff?
  • How can the sector retain high performing staff?

In closing the session, Adrian surmised that ‘graduates want purpose in their careers, they want to make a difference and as a result they are seeking a career in the sector’.

Six months in – a graduate’s experience of For Purpose

SIX MONTHS AFTER STARTING WITH ACTIONAID IRELAND, JULIANNE FLYNN TALKED TO FOR PURPOSE ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE OF THE PROGRAMME

 

FOR PURPOSE: WHAT DID YOU STUDY IN COLLEGE?

Julianne Flynn: I studied Sociology and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, with a year abroad at the University of Melbourne.

This course is essentially a mixture of social theory, economics, politics, and social research methods. It’s the systematic study of society and how policy shapes our lives.

FP: WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THE NOT‐FOR‐PROFIT SECTOR?

JF: There wasn’t a lightbulb moment per se, but rather a deep belief in equality and justice. Having spent four years analysing the various ways in which gender, race and class systematically produce and reproduce inequalities, the not-for-profit sector appealed to me as it presents a productive way to challenge these forces.

In a world of rising populism, income inequality, and climate change – the not-for-profit sector and civil society are essential gatekeepers for democracy. Having campaigned for the Marriage Equality in 2015 and then ‘Together for Yes’ in 2018, I saw how civil society led the way in demanding governments to act – and I knew I wanted to be part of it.

FP: WHEN AND HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT FOR PURPOSE?

JF: I heard about For Purpose through gradireland.com. It came at a time where I was beginning to question why I followed my passion (instead of studying something with a concrete ‘career path’), so I was really excited to finally find a graduate opportunity that suited me.

FP: HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW WITH FOR PURPOSE/ACTIONAID?

JF: There is so much information available right at your fingertips. ActionAid has all their strategies and publications online and I remember spending hours reading through them – out of pure interest as much as anything else. I think this really stood to me during the interview process. I also monitored ActionAid’s social media pages, so I was up to date with campaigns and events.

For the interview, I was asked to give a presentation on how to develop ActionAid’s ‘tax-back’ campaign. I spent a great deal of time familiarising myself with the scheme and analysing the strengths and weaknesses of ActionAid’s campaign and comparing it to what others in the sector were doing.

FP: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST MONTH IN ACTIONAID LIKE?

JF: I started in December – a notoriously busy time in the not-for-profit sector. ActionAid had just sent out an appeal for donations and board reports were looming.

It was a steep learning curve, but I was given loads of training and immediately felt welcome and supported.

FP: DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO ON A TYPICAL DAY?

JF: Today, I spent the first half of the day writing a newsletter to be sent to ActionAid supporters and after lunch, I managed the recruitment for a vacant position at ActionAid.

Given the multifaceted nature of my role, no two days are the same. This has proved useful as I now have experience in a wide range of areas, from campaign management to copywriting.

I go to work each day feeling like I’m making a tangible difference to ActionAid Ireland – and that is tremendously rewarding.

FP: WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF WORKING IN THE NOT‐FOR‐PROFIT SECTOR BEEN SO FAR?

JF: Fantastic! I love being surrounded by inspiring people who are eager to make a difference. I’ve also been impressed with the way the sector works together in sharing ideas.

FP: HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING A PART OF FOR PURPOSE?

JF: I feel really lucky to be part of the For Purpose programme. The monthly mentoring sessions have proved really useful for general tips and advice. The roundtable discussions also provide great insight into various aspects of the sector.

FP: FOR ANYONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING TO THE FOR PURPOSE PROGRAMME, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?

JF: Just go for it! It may feel daunting and you may feel inexperienced, but you’d be amazed by how much you can learn when you’re thrown into the deep end. I think this programme would suit anyone who is passionate about social issues and eager to make a difference.

For Purpose Shortlisted for Graduate Recruitment Award

For Purpose is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2019 in the category of best graduate recruitment website! The For Purpose team will be attending the awards night taking place on the 25th of April in the Mansion House.

This nomination is a huge achievement for us and is a milestone for the progress we have made following on from the launch of For Purpose in October 2018. We have partnered with some brilliant organisations to provide graduate opportunities across the not-for-profit sector in fundraising, communications, marketing, housing management and property surveying.

We are very excited for the awards night and look forward to representing Ireland’s not-for-profit graduate programme at the awards!

For Purpose Recruitment Campaign is Now Live!

For Purpose is delighted to announce the launch of our first recruitment campaign for multiple roles in property surveying!

We have partnered with three of Ireland’s largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), Clúid Housing, Túath Housing and Co-operative Housing Ireland to recruit and train 3 graduate surveyors as part of the For Purpose programme.

AHB organisations provide and manage social rented housing to tenants who are in need of housing but are unable to provide their own. AHBs work closely with local authorities, providing alternative housing to people who are typically on the local authority waiting list for housing.

The programme will offer comprehensive learning and develop opportunities including a pathway to receiving accreditation from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), one-to-one mentoring, monthly training on professional skills and social housing knowledge, roundtable sessions as well as peer-led learning sessions. The programme offers graduate trainees the chance to make a real impact on addressing Ireland’s social housing needs.

If you’re interested in applying to be a graduate surveyor on the For Purpose programme take a look here for more information.

If your organisation would like further information about how to become a part of the For Purpose programme please contact For Purpose Manager Adrian McCarthy at adrian.mccarthy@forpurpose.ie or on 01-234-3135.