|Hear from the 2011 Class|
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Mark Hogan - Diageo
“I applied for the Farmleigh Fellowship as a way to change direction in my career and pursue my ambitions of working in marketing abroad. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work with Diageo in Indonesia for 19 weeks and gain work and life experience while also conducting valuable work for the company.
The other big element of the Farmleigh Fellowship was the chance to live and study in Singapore where I found the Irish Diaspora to be fantastic from the minute we met. They were very welcoming, providing advice and guidance along the way and this along with Fellowship has not only enabled me to gain a unique Masters but also to form a wide network of friends and colleagues and secure my ideal job.
Looking back to when I applied for the Fellowship it was definitely the best decision I have made and I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to study, work and travel in Asia.”
Mark Hogan – Farmleigh Fellow 2011
Odhran Irwin - Cut-e
“I embarked on the Farmleigh Fellowship in January 2011 as I saw it as a way of taking my career to the next level and into the international sphere. I was sponsored by cut-e, a world leader in talent management technology solutions which leveraged my degree in psychology with my business and technology orientation.
In both a professional and personal capacity, I had an unforgettable year in Singapore. How many opportunities do you get to work at the coalface of business in Asia, to study in one of the region's leading business schools and to have access to an incredibly supportive and well-connected business network across Asia?
Participating on the programme offered all that and more. I attended the World Entrepreneurship forum, formally pitched a business idea to the head of Singapore’s leading investment fund and rubbed shoulders with senior figures in global multinationals! I really cannot speak highly enough of the memorable year I had and would urge any young professional to invest in themselves and their careers by embarking on the Farmleigh Fellowship.”
Odhran Irwin – Farmleigh Fellow 2011
Adam Cooke - Morgan McKinley
“Why would I recommend the Farmleigh Fellowship? Maybe because I benefited from the instant access to a wide network of senior and experienced people in Business who were more than willing to help me.
It might be down to getting the opportunity to make a real difference in my sponsoring company while benefiting from the tangible work experience in Asia. It's also hard not to factor in the insightful set of MBA standard lectures and seminars I received at NTU while here in Singapore.
However, I think the main reason why I would recommend taking part in the Farmleigh Fellowship is because you get to have this experience with a great bunch of people with a similar mindset. “
Adam Cooke – Farmleigh Fellow 2011
Ruth Mannion - CIDF
“The Farmleigh Fellowship immediately struck me as a unique programme that catered to my sense of adventure, interest in career development and fascination with Asia. The Fellowship gives young graduates the opportunity to live, work and study in one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world and certainly surpassed my expectations.
My sponsor company was China International Duty Free Limited, an Irish-Hong Kong owned start-up that was founded in 2010. While working for CIDF as a member of a small, dynamic international team, I was involved in the fast development of a new outward-looking company targeting Chinese consumers. My work placements were based in Shanghai and Dubai and the experiences and insights I gained operating in two very different cultural environments were invaluable.
This programme equipped me with a real understanding of the factors that are influencing Asian markets today in addition to experience delivering results in an Asian business context. Participation on the programme for sponsor companies and young professionals alike cannot but expand Irish business talent in Asia.”
Ruth Mannion – Farmleigh Fellow 2011
Mícheál O’Leary - Abbott
“In applying for the Farmleigh Fellowship, the hope was that it would open as many doors as possible so as to enable me to work at an international level. Through the help of my fantastic sponsor company, Abbott Laboratories Ltd., and the location of my work placement in cosmopolitan Singapore this hope was fulfilled.
Between the Fellowship, my mentor, and the networks that I have been introduced to I find that Singapore, and Asia in general is an exciting place to be, and it is great to see such a strong Irish network at work and play here. I have learned so much in such a short space of time.
Overall, the experience of the past twelve months has been unforgettable and as it has prepared me for a future in international business. I have no hesitation in recommending the programme to anyone seeking a new challenge in an exciting part of the world.”
Micheal O’Leary – Farmleigh Fellow 2011
James Murphy - Intuition
“I applied to the Farmleigh Fellowship because I wanted to experience a new work environment in a dynamic and fast paced region. I was working with Intuition Publishing an Irish SME with a global presence and was based in Singapore but also had a spent time in Hong Kong.
Overall I had a very positive impression of Singapore and found the Irish community and other expat groups extremely helpful and they really helped me integrate myself into the local community and networks found in Singapore. These groups made finding friends as well as business contacts a lot easier than might have been anticipated. The program introduced me to an alien business environment and the subtle nuances which cause so many European and American business difficulties when operating in Asia.
I now feel a lot more comfortable working in an Asian environment and believe I have developed my soft skills, particularly in an Asian context. For someone looking for a challenge, a new experience and career development I would recommend the Farmleigh Fellowship.”
James Murphy – Farmleigh Fellow 2011
Fiona O’Shea - Dublin Institute of Technology
“Based in Asia since 2008 and having worked within Human Resource Management in the pharmaceutical sector for over 11-years, I decided to pursue the MBS Asian Business with a view to potentially exploring opportunities across a wider array of high growth industries and to gain a much more comprehensive understanding of the operating environment across Asia.
The program provided me with the necessary tools to upgrade my skills further and enhance my overall business knowledge. After an incredible year of completing the MBS Asian Business, I am now currently working as Head of Human Resources for a cutting-edge technology company in Singapore.
I would highly recommend this program to others who want to pursue a long-term tangible career in Asia. The overall experience of this Fellowship was great!”
Fiona O’Shea - Farmleigh Fellow 2011
David Monaghan - PM Group
“Having completed the Farmleigh Fellowship in 2011, I do not hesitate when recommending this program to any potential candidates. In a short space of time I had the opportunity to study at two globally recognised universities, obtain a Masters qualification, work with a world class company and embrace life in the vibrant and exciting city of Singapore.
It was a challenging and stimulating time and I enjoyed and endured every moment with a great group of like-minded young professionals who will remain very close friends for many years to come. Another valuable element of the program was the mentorship and the networking opportunities we had with the Irish Diaspora in Asia.
These entrepreneurs and executives have decades of business experience in the region and kindly offered advice and guidance to us throughout the year. Since completing the Farmleigh Fellowship, I have returned to Asia to commence a full time project management role with PM Group in Singapore. The skills and experience that I developed throughout the program are now in practice and I look forward to further opportunities and success in Asia.”
David Monaghan – Farmleigh Fellows 2011
Claire Tracey - Ireland House
“I applied for the Farmleigh Fellowship in order to gain a qualification in business and gain professional practice working in an international location. I had the opportunity to work on my own project as part of my work placement with Enterprise Ireland and I found this to be an extremely worthwhile experience.
Adding to that, the fact that I was based in Singapore which is known as the ‘gateway to Asia’, provided me with a wealth of opportunities to learn about doing business in an Asian environment as well as learning from successful Irish business people who are based here.
The programme was both challenging and rewarding and I would definitely recommend it for those looking for an excellent opportunity to kick start their career in Asia and to gain hands-on experience with top Irish companies.”
Claire Tracey – Farmleigh Fellows 2011