PayPal in DkIT to discuss partnership plans

DkIT President Denis Cummins met with PayPal's Vice President for Global Operations Louise Phelan last Friday, to discuss ways to build partnerships between the Institute and global multinational payments company which is opening a new base of operations in Dundalk in the coming months.

Pictured: Back Row: Careers Officer Amanda Kirk, Head of Dept. of Management and Financial Studies Shane Hill, Placement Officer Catherine Staunton, PayPal's Human Resources Manager Stephanie White, Front Row: Project Manager for Dundalk Paul Smyth, Louise Phelan Vice President of Paypal Europe, DkIT President Denis Cummins and Head of the School of Business and Humanities Cathal Kearney.

Since the announcement in February that PayPal will be creating 1000 new jobs in Dundalk over the next four years, Mr Cummins has been in talks with staff to consider the ways that DkIT students and graduates can be best prepared to compete for the coveted positions.

Ms Phelan outlined the skills PayPal would be looking for in new employees, placing an emphasis on the need for good language skills, particularly German, French or Russian. The possibility of graduate programmes and flexible working hours for students were also discussed.

Also in attendance at the meeting were DkIT's Careers Officer Amanda Kirk, Placement Officer Catherine Staunton, Head of the School of Business and Humanities Cathal Kearney and Head of the Dept of Management and Financial Studies Shane Hill. The PayPal team have strong links to Dundalk. Paul Smyth who is Project Manager for the Dundalk PayPal site is from the town and Paypal's Human Resources Director Amanda Kirk is a graduate of DkIT's Business Studies degree programme.

PayPal, which has been operating in Ireland since 2003, already has a centre in Blanchardstown which has grown over the past 9 years to employ over 1200 people. With the creation of a further 1000 jobs at the new Dundalk base PayPal will be one of the largest multinational employers in the State. As the largest third level institution in the North East, DkIT is well placed to build strong links with local employers to ensure opportunities for students after graduation.