The WIT Careers Centre's links with industry played a central part in the two School of Business graduates applying for the international graduate programme
Irish Distillers has announced that Kacey Maher and Paula Phelan Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) students have been hired on its international graduate programme.
Kacey Maher, WIT graduate of Bachelor of Business (Hons) and German is now Jameson Brand Ambassador, Thailand. Paula Phelan, a WIT graduate of Bachelors of Business (Hons) is now Jameson Brand Ambassador, Indonesia.
Irish Distillers, the company behind the Jameson brand, and the well-known Jameson International Graduate Programme, has partnered with WIT in the past on live modules one of which was awarded the AHECS 2018 Employability Award. The award was for a marketing campaign project for Irish Distillers which saw Bachelor of Business (Hons) and BA (Hons in Tourism Marketing final year students engage in an Advertising Management module where they went head-to-head to develop a creative advertising strategy to raise awareness of the Jameson Graduate Programme among 3rd level college students.
Graduate programme will help Kacey put degree to use
Commenting on her placement in Bangkok, Thailand Kacey said: “I am super happy to have been selected to work for Irish Distillers as a Jameson Brand Ambassador. It is a role I have had my eyes on for the past four years! I received huge support from both WIT Careers Centre and my lecturers throughout my time in WIT, they were just as eager and as passionate as I was about getting the role. This new adventure is without a doubt the best way to put my degree to its greatest possible use.”
Media, marketing and PR led Paula on graduate programme path
Paula Phelan, Jameson Brand Ambassador, Indonesia said: The Jameson Graduate Programme is something I’ve had my eye on since my final year in college. To be given this opportunity to work with a global brand at an international level is amazing. I really enjoyed all areas of my business degree at the WIT but I had a particular interest in management and marketing. After chatting with the WIT Careers Centre, they pointed me in the direction of the Jameson Graduate Programme and after gaining a couple of years experience in the media, marketing and PR industries, I knew this was the role for me. I can’t wait to represent Jameson in Indonesia, learn more about the brand and immerse myself in this new culture.
Partnership gives students real world experience
Commenting on the programmes long-standing relationship with WIT Sinéad D’Arcy, Head of the Jameson International Graduate Programme, comments "We have partnered with the Angela Collins and the Career Development Centre in WIT for a number of years now and it has always been a pleasure to do so. Angela’s passion and dedication for ensuring students get the best possible support in choosing the best career path for them with the best fit employer is inspiring. We have also partnered with academics such as Marie O’Dwyer on live projects and have found the students on such projects are hardworking and focused with a real can-do attitude."