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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Travel - Taking up a role in Australia led me to get a Recruitment opportunity. 

Location- Wanted to work in Dublin, enjoyed working in recruitment and wanted to move home. 

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Career guidance counsellor in school- Really enjoyed business in school, guided by the teacher to take HRM module.

Guidance Counsellor in college - Studying HR, helped guide me to recruitment sector.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Saw the job ad on LinkedIn – Applied
  • Had a competency based interview
  • Follow up coffee with two different team members
  • Started in the role within three weeks of accepting

Describe a typical day?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Main thing to note is ‘no two days are the same’
  • Recruitment can change day to day
  • One day – attending Grad Fairs, spending time meeting students and selling AIB as a great place to work
  • Next day- Screening candidates, setting up interviews
  • Next day- Making offers
  • Works in cycles and this forms a typical day  

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Find the best and brightest Gradates to bring into AIB- Purpose of the role.

Working with Marketing about how to brand and attract students.

Assessing results and interviews.

What are the main challenges?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

AIB is quite new back to the market in the Graduate Space – Playing catch up but we are very fast to do so.

What's cool?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Variety of the role- couple of months is marketing strategy.

Being a brand ambassador for the bank.

What's not so cool?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Heavy administration process.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Good stakeholder management
  • Good people management
  • Leadership

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Irish, English, Maths, French, Geography, Business Studies, Biology

HRM in Business led me to studying HR in College

What is your education to date?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Leaving Cert
  • Higher Cert in Industrial Relations and HRM
  • Honours BA in HRM
  • Post Grad in Entrepreneurial Finance

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Degree – Sociology, how to deal with people, different areas in HR.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • In 2018, I was promoted in role of Team Lead in Talent Acquisition
  • Growing AIB Graduate Programme

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Social Skills
  • People skills
  • Ambitious

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Brilliant Work/Life balance in AIB

Great flexibility for myself over the past few months due to personal reasons and I received amazing backing from my team at all levels to support me on this

Allowed me to have the balance I needed at that time.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Have a passion for where you work – Selling AIB as a great place to work is a huge part of the job so you have to believe in it. 
  • People person
  • Good organisation

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • People person
  • Good stakeholder management
  • Empathy

What is your pet hate at work?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Getting interrupted while you’re in the middle of doing something – Solution would be go to a quiet room or work from home. 

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Not at present but may look into doing a Masters. 

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Account Management

What is your current job title?

Ross O'Brien, Graduate Recruitment Team Lead

Graduate Recruitment Team Lead at AIB

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