Success doesn’t come to you – you go to it! by Grace O’Shea

Tell us a few things about yourself. 

I am a Dublin native, with country roots. I grew up in Lucan, but spent most holidays in Westmeath and Kerry where my parents are from.

My father in particular had a major influence on me growing up. After being made redundant from his job in the 1980’s recession, he decided to take a risk and set up a small engineering business in a granny flat which he built in our back garden. Since then, the business has grown and he has lived by his mantra that “Success doesn’t come to you – you go to it”. Growing up in this environment meant that I was introduced to the world of Business at a very young age and I took an active interest in it.

After my Leaving Certificate, I went on to study Business and French in Maynooth University. Following this, I decided that I wanted to specialise in Marketing and Business Ethics which led me to the West of Ireland where I studied a Master’s of Science degree in “Marketing, Consumption and Society” in the University of Limerick. I was thrilled to graduate with a first class honours degree from this programme. The next step in my plan was to find a company where I could use the skills that I had gained during my education. I applied to IBEC Global Graduate programme because I had an interest in International Business having worked abroad in both France and the US. The programme offers a fantastic range of placements in well-known Multinational companies and provides graduates with first-hand experience. The postgraduate qualification in Global Business Leadership from TUD also prompted me to apply for the programme.

What do Fujitsu do?

Fujitsu is one of the top five information and communication technology providers in the world. Our products and services positively touch 99% of the Irish population, serving customers in national, local and devolved government as well as private sector companies. On a global scale, we support customers in more than 100 countries. Our strengths are delivering products, services and solutions with the customer’s needs at the core. Our vision is for a human – centric society, which is built on trust to shape a better future.

What is your role?

As the Corporate Social Responsibility and Internal Communications graduate, I work across both areas of the business. The Internal Communications aspect involves updating employee’s on the ins and outs of the organization across departments, informing them of employee events and announcements. This is done through a variety of platforms; a weekly company newsletter entitled “The Link”, our company’s Intranet “Connect” and internal email communications.  I also am responsible for facilitating roundtable meetings and quarterly business reviews which we refer to as “Update and Participate” for all employees.

The Corporate Social Responsibility aspect involves working on various teams on initiatives which are categorized according to the company’s framework; “Fujitsu’s Five Pillars of Responsible Business”. The five categories are as follows; Environment, Community Involvement, Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion and Operating practices. This involves engaging with global teams who we collaborate with on global initiatives, as well as sharing information on local initiatives.

I particularly enjoy working on Community Involvement projects. I work very closely with Fujitsu Ireland’s charity partner NCBI who provide vital services to those with sight disabilities. Fujitsu Ireland also has longstanding relationships with St. Michaels House, Movember, Inner-city Helping Homeless and St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush, with whom we have developed the “School’s Business Partnership Programme”. This encourages students to engage with STEM subjects and provides them with life skills. As a coordinator of the programme, I arrange workshops on cv and interview skills, speed networking sessions with members of the business and plan work experience placements. I recently wrote a case study on this programme for Science Foundation Ireland which was published by the Department of Education to support their STEM Policy. I am very proud to work for a company where humanitarian work is at the forefront and is making such an impact on society that it is now being recognised at government level.

How is it to work for Fujitsu?

Fujitsu Ireland is a fantastic company to work for. From the moment I walked in, I was welcomed and made feel very much at home. There is a very open culture where graduates are listened to, especially by senior leadership. My progression in Fujitsu Ireland has been supported throughout my placement. I feel respected by my colleagues and have been trusted to lead on many projects. Fujitsu Ireland is a community where diversity is valued and supported by many networks. To name a few; the Women’s Business Network, Shine LGBT and SEED – Supporting and Engaging Employees with Disabilities. Working for a company where diversity is supported and celebrated makes for a happy workplace, and I am pleased to work on diversity and inclusion initiatives which promote it.

What are top tips you would like to share with graduates that wish to apply to this programme?

My top tip to graduates that wish to apply to this programme is to research the role and to find one that you believe you are well suited to. In terms of researching the company, make sure to take a look at the company’s values to see how they align with your own personal values.

The multinational programme involves adopting a new culture. Therefore when applying, make sure to mention if you’ve had any travel or experience living abroad which opened your eyes to a new way of doing things.

Lastly, be enthusiastic! As the saying goes, your attitude controls your altitude.

Why would you recommend this Multinational programme to other graduates?

I would highly recommend this Multinational programme to other graduates who wish to be challenged and to further their career. The programme has provided me with a platform to use my skills gained in University, and has supported me in my professional development. I have been lucky to work alongside experienced professionals who have guided me and inspired me to achieve my goals. My confidence has grown and I feel capable to voice my opinion in meeting rooms with top leaders in the business.

I would recommend for graduates to consider Fujitsu Ireland as their choice of placement. I have been given real experience, which I will be eternally grateful for. I wish all who apply for the programme the very best of luck in their submissions.



If you would like to apply to a Fujitsu placement click here  to create your online application and apply to our August 2020 Multinational Programme!