Michael Margey, Head of School of Business LYIT with Shane Magee, Operations Manager at Errigal Seafood and Sarah Meehan who works with Donegal Tourism. Photo Clive Wasson.It’s the old chestnut that has weighed down graduates over the years.You can’t get experience without a job and you can’t get a job without experience.But now the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is proving it may have just the solution. The LYIT’s postgraduate programmes in business have a strong track record for graduate employment and all include a mentored work placement.That means, the student not only gets to experience a real work environment but they can also bring genuine business expertise to the employer. It’s proven to be a real asset when it comes to offering employers that all-important experience.Furthermore the most recent LYIT Graduate Survey (2013) shows that having a postgraduate qualification gives a significant boost to securing employment, nearly double the level for undergraduate, where 79% of students on business postgraduate programmes secured employment.Michael Margey Head of School of Business explains, “It’s the old chestnut. Employers want a proven track record and graduates need to gain experience. When our graduates go out in the field and demonstrate the value they can bring to an organization, it’s a valuable exchange for both student and employer. In many cases there’s a connection between the companies that postgrads are placed with and students gaining employment. There’s no doubt that overall, the work placement is a huge boost to helping postgrads secure jobs.” He continues, “The MSc in Marketing Practice at the Business School is a 1 year full-time and 2 years part-time course which aims to grow complementary marketing competencies, alongside the graduate’s primary business skills. The curriculum reflects the skills’ deficits identified in the labour market and aims to equip graduates with essential tools to secure employment.” The most recent Forfas Future Skills Report (2014) points to the fact, marketing related skills are very much in demand for organizations to grow and win business, and are currently in short supply. Marketing plays a key role in driving trade and export performance, managing data and social media campaigns, and in driving the competitive consumer goods sector.Shane Magee is Operations Manager at Errigal Seafood, a successful Donegal company located in Carrick which exports shellfish to mainland Europe and as far away as South Korea and Japan. He studied the MSc in Marketing at LYIT and did work placement with Errigal.“The work experience you get on the course, money can’t buy.” He says, “You get the opportunity to put theory into practice and really understand how a company operates and understand the many challenges faced by companies operating in today’s challenging environment. So the result is, employers get a chance to see the value of marketing first hand and how it can benefit their company directly. It’s all about delivering results and showing what you can offer to the company, to make a job for yourself.”In addition he continues, “It’s a great advantage studying the postgrad in Marketing at LYIT since you build up a strong network of people including lecturers, who are a valuable resource, long after you’re finished. Marketing makes you understand the product and who buys it. The marketing audit you conduct whilst on placement covers many aspects of the company and gives you a grasp of its products, markets and customers. I have no doubt the work placement helped me secure the job with Errigal after my studies.”Shane says he feels he benefited much more by being placed with a local company. “Errigal Seafood celebrates 52 years in business this year, employing local people and sourcing a local product which has continuously adapted to supply new markets. That sort of longevity doesn’t happen by accident. There’s a very knowledgeable and committed team here, I am fortunate to have been able learn from them.”Sarah Meehan who works with Donegal Tourism delivering marketing, says the MSc helped to build her confidence. Sarah also mentors and trains micro-businesses in the North West and NI.“It’s a great investment of your time,” she says, “the MSc in Marketing at LYIT is a brilliant course, very practical, which suited me. You get a real glimpse of business issues and how to solve them. The work placement gives you a chance to apply what you’ve learned but also make yourself invaluable to the employer.”“I also believe the Masters has given me tremendous credibility. I can’t rate it highly enough and the lecturers are excellent and really tuned in. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in marketing and business in general.” LYIT has also recently launched a new ‘Pushing Boundaries’ scholarship scheme which aims to increase access to higher education and postgraduate studies. LYIT is offering up to 30 Masters scholarships if you have the talent, the drive and the initiative to complete your studies. The scholarships have been designed for those students who are in receipt of no other form of financial assistance to study from a grant awarding body. To find out more about the MSc in Marketing Practice and the ‘Pushing Boundraries’ Scholarship scheme, visit lyit.ie, email email@example.com or contact Rory McMorrow, School of Business Administrator 074 9186211.LYIT MASTERS IN MARKETING IS CRACKING THE ‘EXPERIENCE’ NUT! was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalexperiencegraduatesLYITMarketing
TEMPE, Ariz. – Roughly one month ago — September 1, to be exact — the Arizona Cardinals claimed tackle Bradley Sowell off waivers.An Indianapolis Colt last season, the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder was thought to have been brought in for depth behind an inconsistent group, perhaps even as a replacement for a second-year pro like Nate Potter or Bobby Massie. Instead, with the Oct. 2 trade that sent starting left tackle Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sowell will be asked to step into the starting lineup and protect quarterback Carson Palmer’s blind side. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo While things have not necessarily been bad, they apparently were not good enough to warrant keeping the status quo. Veteran right tackle Eric Winston acknowledged change — be it due to injuries, trades or anything else — can be a detriment, but understands it’s part of the game. “Any time you have any kind of shuffling at any position or any group you’re going to have to bring someone else in,” he said, “but at the end of the day it’s about doing your job.”Sowell said he is “more of an athletic lineman than a power lineman,” and Arians pointed to the Ole Miss product’s athleticism is something that stands out. The head coach also said there’s been notable improvement in the lineman’s game over the last year.“He got stronger and stronger as the year went on, matured,” he said. “Even looks bigger, stronger now than when we had him last year.”While he may be a bit raw and untested, Sowell understands he is on the team and in the lineup because he is expected to produce, and just because he’s somewhat inexperienced does not mean he will be cut extra slack. In fact, Arians believes turning to Sowell will only improve things. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share “The problems that we’ve occurred I don’t think will get any worse, and hopefully they’re going to get better,” he said. Arians said some of his veteran defenders have told him Sowell has a bright future in the league, and he does not have any reservations of turning the important position over to a second-year pro. “I don’t see any drop off whatsoever, or we wouldn’t have made the move,” he said.The move was made, and the job belongs to Sowell. How long he keeps it remains to be seen.“Any time that a guy gets an opportunity, whether it’s from injury or whatever, he better be ready to take advantage of it,” Winston said. “That’s how I got in the league, that’s how I’ve stayed in the league. “You don’t get many opportunities.”This is Sowell’s, and Arians said it’s the young player’s chance to establish himself as the team’s left tackle of the present and future. “That’s his opportunity right now, to prove to us that come January or February that we don’t need to make that look behind door number two.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 24-year-old who went undrafted in 2012 thinks he’s ready.“As ready I can be, I imagine,” he said. “I won’t know until I get out there, obviously, but all I can do is try my hardest and get out there and see what I’ve got.”The Cardinals seem to think Sowell has plenty to offer, as no matter how much Brown struggled, they would not have turned to a former undrafted rookie if they did not think he could get the job done. The coaching staff is familiar with Sowell — he played 10 games for head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Harold Goodwin last season. So while Sowell may not be a household name, that history has Palmer confident in the decision.“I trust Goody; I know that Coach Goody is going to find guys to bring in that fit the system well, that fit his coaching style well,” he said. “And it’s just comforting knowing that he hand-picked him.“He’s a guy that he had first-hand experience working with him, coaching him, improving him. So I’m very, very confident he’ll come in and play extremely well for us.”Sowell will be joining a line that has undergone a substantial amount of change in an effort to find a group that can both protect the quarterback and pave the way for a solid running game The results this season have been mixed, as the Cardinals are tied for 13th in the NFL with 10 sacks allowed, but rank 26th in rushing yards.