A number of our staff have pursued courses with a STEM subject and have used these courses to develop their skillsets in BDO, working in an environment that they may never have envisaged their courses would lead them.
Katie Heydon, Scientific consultant with Research and Development Tax team, Master’s in Physics, Trinity College Dublin
My role is to advise clients who want to avail of R&D tax credits and help them get the most benefit from their claim.
Being able to understand my client’s research and delve in to technical discussions is a huge part of my job. My Masters has given me an understanding of the fundamental science that underpins the incredibly varied research I talk about with my clients daily. One day I could be chatting to a client about machine learning algorithms, the next day about medical technology, and geophysics the day after.
Choosing a degree with a STEM module provides limitless opportunities in areas you never would have thought of.
Lynda Latus, Senior Consultant, Computer and Software Development, Institute of Technology Tralee
As a mature student I studied Computing with Software Development at the Institute of Technology Tralee. In my class, I was one of three females but my lecturers had huge respect for everyone, whether you were male or female, encouraging us to further develop our skills outside of the classroom on cutting-edge technology and research projects. When I graduated, I knew that I did not want to be a developer but instead chose a technology career that took me from a role in quality assurance, to systems analysis, to technology consultancy, and now as a technology manager.
Every day is different, challenging and rewarding, STEM formed the foundation of the career that I have managed to create for myself.
Eimear O’Hare, Senior Manager in Corporate Finance team, Bachelor of Science Accountancy, University of Ulster
I am responsible for advising private shareholders and management teams to achieve their strategic goals through acquisitions, fund raising and exit. My college course has greatly assisted me develop within my current role, it gives me the confidence to negotiate deals and bring gender diversity to the sector. I would encourage students to undertake a STEM course as employers are increasingly looking for candidates with STEM backgrounds to bring a different outlook and experience.
STEM provides great career prospects and there are many opportunities. You can use your skills to pivot into various industries and you become very adaptable and agile.
Niamh O’Brien, Technology Consultant Bachelor’s in Economics, Information Systems and Business Performance (ISBP) Master’s, University College Cork
After studying in UCC, I began my career with BDO Eaton Square. My master’s enabled me to apply much of what I learnt to the role. My job essentially consists of taking client software requirements and putting them into a system that benefits their HR, payroll, recruitment, training and timesheet management functions, I am very lucky that the master’s I chose as it gave me a base point for all the necessary skills that I require. The master’s was very practical, and project based and provided me with the technical understanding and skillset I use for my day to day.
If you enjoy STEM subjects you should pursue it, it will be worth it in the long run.
Katie, Lynda, Eimear and Niamh will all be at our stand for the upcoming IWISH conference being held in Cork and Dublin in January and February 2020.
Should you be attending, drop by and get more of an insight from the team and their career progression to date starting with STEM