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Supporting Today’s Changemakers to Shape Future Business Success

Are you a young professional who wants to give your career a boost and network with some influential business and professional leaders?

Are you a business leader who wants to hear what our leaders of tomorrow have to say and maybe give them a hand along the way?

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend our next networking event on 24 September, aimed at bringing together young professionals with business leaders, for a supportive career development and stimulating, upbeat networking session! 

Young people today are real changemakers – just look at the impact they have had on the climate emergency agenda, start-ups and recent global movements. Causeway is committed to learn from our Young Professional members and we also believe it is important we invest the time, training and money needed to help them flourish. The future of our businesses and sectors is with these young professionals and they can hold the key to our successes.

At Causeway, we facilitate opportunities and networking to help business professionals in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland to work together and succeed. This extends to the support of graduates, young professionals and entrepreneurs, who can join our network in our '£30 for the under-30s' membership rate (that’s £2.50 a month – the price of a coffee!).

Our forthcoming event will be interactive, upbeat and relaxed, with the opportunity for delegates to introduce themselves, ask questions to the panel and put forward thoughts and ideas throughout. Key speakers include Causeways Young Professional members, Ailis Watt, Finn O’Neill and Megan Harkins. In this blog, they share with us their views of the advantages of joining the Causeway network at their career stage and the support they hope the network will give them throughout their career journey. 

A space to connect with people established in industries for advice and, potentially, opportunities 

Ailis Watt is one of Causeway’s latest Young Professional Members. She recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a First Class Honours Degree in Politics and Economics and is about to embark on a Masters in 'Earth Futures: Environments, Communities, Relationships' at the University of Glasgow. 

She first heard about Causeway through family members on her Irish side (she is half-Irish and half-Scottish) and was immediately interested in the concept. Expounding on her motives for joining the network, she comments:

“As a recent graduate and young professional, I am keen to develop a network and this felt like a great place to start. I think joining Causeway will help me in my career through allowing me to develop skills and improve my confidence. Since joining the network just in May, I have already connected with several people well-established in industries I have ambitions to work in, so it is reassuring to know I have people to turn to for advice, or potentially even opportunities.

“What I like most about the Causeway network is that it is an informal way to meet and connect with well-established people within Scottish and Irish business. It is far less intimidating, and therefore a more effective way to network for those who are new to the professional / corporate world.”

Causeway is more of a community, than just another business forum 

Finn O’Neill is currently a trainee solicitor with CMS law firm. He studied law at the University of Aberdeen, achieving a First Class Honours LLB (Law Degree programme), coming out top of the class, and later he undertook his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. He is Scottish, with Irish heritage though his grandparents and his mother, and has relatives still in Ireland and frequently visits Donegal. 

He was first introduced to the Causeway network through some colleagues who were already members of the network (CMS lawyer James Horton is a Causeway director and fellow colleague Ian McCann in Causeway’s secretary). 

Explaining more about what attracted him to becoming part of the Causeway network, Finn says:

“Having always had a keen interest in both the Scottish and Irish markets, I was excited to see a network that sought to develop this. As a trainee lawyer, I understand that networking is an important aspect of developing a professional career. 

“Causeway presents the opportunity to do this in a way that develops relationships, instead of just accumulating business cards, and provides a space to learn from people with experience in a diverse range of sectors. Some of the best networking experiences I have ever had have been through attending Causeway events. What I like most about Causeway is the approachability, both as a network and on an individual level. It feels like a community, rather than just a business forum.

“My profession is focused on people, whether that be colleagues, other professionals or clients. Causeway gives me the opportunity to learn from people in varying sectors and develop my professional skills and knowledge.”

Occasions to network and gain insight in Scottish-Irish business relationships 

Megan Harkins is another recent graduate and new Causeway Young Professional member, having recently achieved a joint honours degree in Psychology and Politics from the University of Glasgow. Since graduating, she has commenced the role as the Head of Research and Development for a mental health start-up, OK Positive. Describing the benefits she has found since joining the network, Megan says:

“As a young person embarking on my career, Causeway provides me with a great opportunity to network with a wide variety of professionals and businesses. The diverse range of virtual events that Causeway has run in recent months has helped me to explore some really exciting topics and gain insight into Scottish-Irish business relationships and opportunities.”  

At Causeway, we pride ourselves at being a friendly, inclusive and approachable networking organisation. If you are not a Causeway member yet, but are interested in coming along to find out more about our network and the support we can offer to young professionals, graduates and entrepreneurs, you are very welcome to attend this event to see if joining the Causeway network is for you. We also encourage business leaders who are interested in networking and connecting with this group to attend to hear their viewpoints and share proactive thoughts and ideas. 

Register to attend our Young Professionals event today!  

Exclusive Young Professional Membership Offer!

All existing Young Professional members, or those that join our network after this event, can avail of a 30 minute free coaching session with executive coach and Causeway Director, Brigid Whoriskey. Email to find out more!

By joining our network as a Young Professional member, you can also avail of all the free networking opportunities and online events we host throughout the year. Find out more about the benefits of membership here and join us today! 

Author: Aoife O'Sullivan

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Aoife O'Sullivan

Aoife is currently Business Engagement and Communications Manager at Edinburgh Napier University, supporting the Research, Innovation and Enterprise section of the university to showcase its research and expertise through its Innovation Hub, and helping to build business connections and collaborations between industry and academia that spark innovations and encourage industry growth. Focus areas are in the specific fields of: AI & advanced technologies; health; environment; and culture and communities.


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