When I finished my masters, I was looking for an opportunity to get into the area of fundraising. The not-for-profit sector is known to be an area that’s difficult to get into without having any prior experience, so I was really excited when I came across the For Purpose Programme advertised. It provided me with an opportunity to gain experience in a well known organisation and it was also a great point of entry into the sector
I was attracted to the For Purpose Programme because of the fact that it’s a clear path into the industry which I was aware is a very challenging industry to work in. Instead of just learning theory about the sector you’re actually working in the sector, in an organisation in your community. You’re getting real on the job experience and then also availing of really regular mentoring sessions, training and networking opportunities within the sector and with other graduates who are in the programme.
The main reason why I applied to the For Purpose Programme was the mentoring and training. I found it really beneficial throughout my traineeship. When you’re strating off any job, it’s difficult to find your feet but to have the opportunity to bounce ideas off of your mentor and to get advice even just on small things is really helpful and something which I think is quite unique about For Purpose.
Organisations Who have Partnered with For Purpose
Focus Ireland – “Through For Purpose’s thorough and comprehensive recruitment process we’re confident that we can get a candidate who can immediately step up and start assisting and performing from day one which is really important for us as a busy not-for-profit.”
Wexford Festival Opera – “We felt the graduate programme was a very good opportunity to build capacity within the organisation at an economic cost. The benefits of the graduate programme were very important to us in terms of the mentoring that’s provided and in terms of the search and selection of candidates.”
In GOAL, we believe that a well-run graduate programme can deliver a range of benefits to the organisation. Graduates can bring a fresh perspective and energy to the organisation, and open to new ideas and new ways of working. It is also important, both for GOAL and the not-for-profit sector as a whole, to offer a pathway for graduates into the sector and to provide them with the support and training required to step up into leadership roles. The For Purpose programme offers that bridge between talented graduates and the sector.
Ag Eisteacht – “We chose For Purpose as I had met some of their graduates in other not-for-profit organisations we worked with. From the beginning I was impressed with the professional and personal service provided by Adrian who outlined the entire recruitment process and how it would best suit our needs. At every step of the process we felt supported as Adrian took time to keep us informed of the outcomes. It resulted in us hiring a new team member who has already made a positive contribution to Ag Eisteacht. I highly recommend the service provided by For Purpose and look forward to working with them in the future.”