Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Sarah Lynch from Bank of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sarah Lynch

HR Business Partner

Bank of Ireland

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  Sarah Lynch

I would encourage anyone who was considering a role in HR to get a HR qualification and to become a member of the CIPD.  


Whilst these are not essential requirements for all starter roles in HR, they will be extremely beneficial when trying to progress from there.



Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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Liffey Park Technology Campus (LPTC)
Barnhall Road
Co Kildare

Organisation Profile

Hewlett Packard (HP) is the leading information technology provider to consumers, business, and the public sector in Ireland.

HP was founded in 1939 and has corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company now operates in more than 170 countries around the world.

HP explores how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. HP apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way their customers live and work.

Meg Whitman is current  President and CEO of the company, which is placed among the world’s largest IT companies and currently ranked at  No. 10. in the 2012 Fortune 500 annual raning of America's largest corporations.
No other company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP, with products spanning IT infrastructure, business and home computing and the areas of imaging and printing. HP provide infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. We offer consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and solutions to our customers' specific needs.
In Ireland, HP employs more than 4,000 people in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and at its headquarters in Leixlip, Co. Kildare - Liffey Park Technology Campus.

HP recognise that if people like what they do, and have a good place to work, togather we have a better opportunity to contribute to business success.  HP has therefore been actively promoting the ‘Best Place to Work’ initiative. the initiative is about enabling all employees to perform at their best. Understanding how teams contribute to the business and the team behaviours needed to achieve this.

We encourage strong decision making, showing of courage and empowerment of people to make decisions. Celebration of events, in each of our lives, as much as business success is important. Recognising and rewarding employees for Service Awards, contribution to the business success, celebrating the birth of children, marriages, and the attainment of education awards.

We have a diversity roadmap which includes everything from working in special placements, anti-racism in the workplace week to site ‘Ability’ audits. Our employee Flexible Benefits package allows us to customise our own preferences recognising diversity in our life-cycles.
At HP, we believe in the power of ideas. From cutting edge personal digital equipment to the most powerful IT solutions, we use ideas to put technology to work for everyone. And we believe that ideas thrive best in a teamwork culture. That is why everyone at every level in every function is encouraged to have original ideas, to express them and to share them. We believe anything can be achieved if you really believe in it, and we will invest in your ideas to change lives and working practices.
Are you ready to become part of a winning team?


Engineer - Development
John Oliver
"I provide technical leadership for a team of engineers who design a part of the inkjet cartridge."
John Oliver
Materials Engineer
Angie O'Keeffe
"Working in Supply Chain gives you a very broad perspective of the business and you get exposure to many other business models"
Angie O'Keeffe
Ink Chemist
Fiona Coyle
"I have good technical depth in my area and that helps me contribute to teams. I listen to people and try to help them sort out technical problems"
Fiona Coyle
Business Development
Eduardo Macias
"I'm responsible for mapping the competitive landscape, influencing R and D and Marketing in aspects related to the competition"
Eduardo Macias
Product Manager
Val Gabriel
"we focus on delivering on products and solutions to customers who own HP inkjet printers. We do what we need to get that job done"
Val Gabriel