Business at Dublin City University – Student Experience
Hi! My name is Kian and I am a third-year Business Studies student in Dublin City University. Business was my favourite subject in school and for a couple of reasons, I always wanted to pursue my interest in DCU. One element of the course that I liked was the wide variety of modules that I could do. In first year and second year, I took part in modules in, Economics, Management, IT, Psychology and many more areas of expertise. I remember being really unsure about what area of business I wanted to specialise in before I started college. Thankfully by engaging in the modules offered by the business school, I was able to get clarity on the career I want to pursue after college. I really enjoyed modules such as Financial Management and Business Information Systems, and these are the areas of business I am now currently working in!
As a student, I’ve always been one to build competencies and skills on the job. This was another reason I chose to do Business in DCU, as they have an employment programme called “INTRA” that is set up to connect employers to students. I’m currently enrolled in the INTRA programme working as an IT Audit intern for KPMG Ireland. I’ve loved the experience so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year!
Not only did the INTRA programme help me find this placement, but it also gave me the confidence to tackle the job interview head on. The INTRA team held seminars leading up to our interviews, giving myself and other students helpful tips to stand out to employers. I found the tips based on how to build a CV really important to getting my placement!
The modules I had in my second year also set me up well for my placement. The human resources module had a lot of great tips on how to build your CV and how to manage relationships with your colleagues in the workplace. As someone who now works in IT, modules such as Business Information Systems were very helpful to learn the basics of coding and Microsoft excel. I think the most important skill I’ve learned so far in DCU is how to work effectively in a team. Throughout first and second year, I got to know my classmates by working with them on different projects and assignments. I found that it was a great way to make new connections and I’m really feeling the benefits of it now working in KPMG.
I think the course is a perfect fit for any student who has a broad interest in business. Even if you are unsure about what area you want to specialise in, the DCU Business School has done an amazing job in allowing students to explore different expertise to see what they like the most!
I’m really looking forward to my final year so I can get back to work and catch up with all of my classmates!
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