Did you have an opportunity to relocate for your Internship? Why did you decide to stay in the South-East?
Yes, my college course offers a flexible semester which means I could have went to study or work abroad on the Erasmus program. I decided to stay and do an internship as it would give me great experience for the future and I could stay close to home which meant I could keep my part-time job too. I was offered my placement in Kilkenny and Kerry but when I was offered a job in Routematch, I jumped at the chance to work in such a fantastic company.
Tell me a bit about your internship?
I am interning in Routematch. Routematch is a leading software provider of passenger transportation technologies. They are committed to fostering new ground- breaking technologies and partnerships that support solutions, choices, promises and connections for all.
Crystal Valley Tech is a South-East Tech hub. It’s mission is to Promote and Support Tech in Waterford and the South East. In addition to influencing Local / Regional and National Policies – they plan to have working groups that will support our mission. They host regular events that will cultivate a Tech Community that everyone will benefit from.
My main roles included researching content for CVT’s social media platforms, developing and updating CVT’s website, running CVT’s informative email campaigns but also attending and organising events run by CVT for its members, to name just a few.
The opportunity to see CVT grow from the ground up and meet such amazing people has been phenomenal and it is an invaluable experience for my progression in my future career.
From a Routematch perspective, I was given the chance to assist the Office manager in a number of different admin tasks which gave me and insight into all the finer details that are required to run a quickly growing office.
I must mention that I do not have a tech background and to be honest, before starting placement, I thought that a tech company was solely working with computers and lines of code on a screen which scared the life out of me. I now know that all the jobs are not just computer based and that there are so many opportunities for other disciplines.
What surprised you most about CVT?
I was surprised when I found out that there is actually over 75 tech companies in the South- East which is so much more than I originally thought. This is a priceless piece of information that I feel more people need to know about as it means that people no longer have to leave the region to get great jobs because they are already available for them here. Proof of that is the fact that in the coming few months, over 300 jobs have been confirmed as being available in various CVT member’s companies.
From working closely with these companies for the last few months, the overwhelming sense of community between these tech companies is amazing. To see their ability to pitch in when needed while also being able to show a huge amount of support to other member companies by attending one another’s events and actively following each other on social media, truly makes me want to be a part of this fantastic community.
Has working for a Tech Company/ CVT Member company in your home town changed your career prospects?
It definitely has changed my career prospects as I originally thought in order to get a good job I would have to move away from the South East to the likes of Dublin or England but now I know that there is an amble number of opportunities for me right on my doorstep.
I have also realised that just because I have no tech background, doesn’t mean that I can’t work in a tech company. My background is marketing but with the way digital marketing is becoming more widely used as a company’s main way of marketing, this creates endless opportunities for myself regardless of the sector a company is operating in.