23 Aug 2016 | 03.14 pm
Early Career Awards To Celebrate Ireland’s Go Getters
New competition to honour top professionals aged under 35
23 Aug 2016 | 03.14 pm
A new national competition to reward top achievers among young professionals under 35 was launched this week by education minister Richard Bruton.
The Irish Early Career Awards 2016 are sponsored by Lincoln Recruitment Specialists and Bank of Ireland, and are open to young professionals working in organisations across Ireland.
The awards aim to “celebrate excellence and recognise the achievements of outstanding young professionals in Ireland under the age of 35”.
Nominations for ten categories are now open and will close on September 30. A shortlist will be announced towards the end of October, with the final winners announced at a ceremony in the National Gallery on November 9.
The ten award categories are:
• HR Professional of the Year
• Accountant of the Year
• Banking Professional of the Year
• Financial Services Professional of the Year
• Information Technology Professional of the Year
• Lawyer of the Year
• PR & Marketing Professional of the Year
• Consulting & Advisory Professional of the Year
• Best in Learning & Development
• Overall Early Career Professional of the Year
The judges’ panel comprises six people, including Lawrence Hickey (Digicel Group), Orla Coughlan (eir) and Myles Lynch (Gartner).
Speaking at the launch of the awards, Minister Richard Bruton said: “The competition will also give recognition to the organisations in which they work.”
Brian Corish, chief customer officer at Bank of Ireland and a competition judge, added: “In this time of great change, it is important to promote the positive leadership being shown across all career stage professionals. Supporting the Irish Early Career Awards allows us to make an investment in leadership for the future.”
Orla Coughlan, chief human resources officer at eir, said: “I think a lot of young Irish people don’t have that confidence and self-esteem that’s needed to drive their careers forward, and so what we’re looking for is people to tell the best versions of themselves.”
Photo: L-R Shay Dalton, Lincoln Recruitment; Minister Richard Bruton; Brian Corish, Bank of Ireland; Paul Flynn, Lincoln Recruitment (Pic: Colm Mahady)