Category Archives: Gradlife

Gradlife with Conor Leen

Last week on Gradlife, Kate spoke to Conor Leen. Conor is a Trinity BESS Graduate (2017), where he was president of the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society, and founder and CEO of booming social enterprise Stampify. He is also an account manager at Google.

He returns to Gradlife to drop some more wisdom, inspiration and update on his incredible success with Stampify to date.


Gradlife with Orla Comerford

This week on the Gradlife podcast Kate spoke to Orla Comerford, an Irish Paralympic athlete, who is currently focused on the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

They discuss the Orla’s journey from the Leaving Cert to the 2016 Rio games, where she represented Ireland for the first time on the international stage. Orla speaks about how disappointing herself in Rio motivated her into the next phase of her competitive career.

They also discuss recovering from injury, training during Covid-19 and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The podcast also touches on studying at NCAD and how Orla has managed to balance college with her athletic career.

Gradlife: KPMG into Venture Capital

This week on Gradlife, Mark spoke to Tanner O’Connell about his route from KPMG into Venture Capital. A UCD Commerce graduate, Tanner went into KPMG for three years before beginning a career in venture capital. He talks about his three years at KPMG in transaction services, following which, he decided to leave after realising that it wasn’t for him. He talks to Mark about why KPMG was a good place for his learning but that ultimately he didn’t see himself being suited to that career path. He then decided to take some time out to find out what he really wanted to do.

After leaving KPMG, he went on to Elkstone Partners, a venture capital company, where he become Alan Merriman’s Executive Assistant.

They talk about the benefits of working at a small fund, the roles and all they entail as well as the mental journey he has been on to get there!

Gradlife with Gabriel Ogundipe

This week on Gradlife, Kate spoke to Gabriel Ogundipe. Gabby is a Trinity MSISS graduate (2020) who is currently working at a fintech company, 

During his time at Trinity, Gabriel co-founded a start-up, Luminary Hub, securing a place in the Trinity Launchbox programme, placed in the world finals of a case competition in New York, and was the vice-president of the Irish Student Consulting Group. Gabby also secured the George Moore scholarship to complete a masters in the US upon graduating from college. 

They talk about motivations, the importance of extra-curriculars in college, job applications, and more. 

TBR x Gradlife

TBR are pleased to announce a new partnership with the podcast Gradlife.

Gradlife was started in 2018 by Mark Maxwell, who at the time worked for Google in Sydney, Australia, having previously been an investment banker there. Mark was determined to explore what was driving, rewarding, and challenging graduates around him. He wanted to know how he could use these learnings and answers to provide insight to university students, to help them make the most informed decisions they could, and enjoy their graduate years as best they can.

When asked why the name Gradlife, Mark says, “Well, we really think that a person’s graduate years – full of learning, freedoms, challenges, and, of course, their first paycheque, should be the most exciting and adventurous of their lives. We’ve seen too many graduates unhappy with their work, their decisions, and their circumstances. Gradlife is here to prevent people from this mindset, and to instead lead them to a Gradlife that they can celebrate!”

The podcast is presented by Kate Fullen and Danny Hogan as well as by Mark on occasion.