Category Archives: Gradlife

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.

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