DkIT in talks with PayPal

DkIT President Denis Cummins has met with PayPal’s Vice President for Global Operations Louise Phelan to discuss ways to build partnerships between the Institute and the multinational payments company.

DkIT President Denis Cummins has met with PayPal’s Vice President for Global Operations Louise Phelan to discuss ways to build partnerships between the Institute and the multinational payments company.

Paypal is currently preparing to open a new base of operations in Dundalk in the coming months and plans to create 1,000 jobs in Dundalk over the next four years.

Since the announcement in February last, 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.

Mr Cummins met with Ms Phelan on Friday last to discuss ways to build partnerships between the college and the firm. 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 Department of Management and Financial Studies Shane Hill.

The PayPal team emphasised its strong links to Dundalk. Paul Smith who works as PM to Louise Phelan is from the town and Paypal’s Human Resources Director Graduate Amanda Kirk is a graduate of DkIT’s Business Studies programme.

PayPal, which has been operating in Ireland since 2003, already has a centre in Blanchardstown which employs over 1,200 people.

Pictured (Back): DkIT Careers Officer Amanda Kirk, Head of Management and Financial Studies Shane Hill; DkIT Placement Officer Catherine Staunton; and PayPal’s Human Resources Manager Stephanie White.

Front: PM to Louise Phelan, Paul Smith; Louise Phelan VP of Paypal Europe; DkIT President Denis Cummins; and Head of Business and Humanities Cathal Kearney.