Graduate profile: ‘Take your time with your application and plan it out’

As part of Irish Times Grad Week we spoke to Ruth Fagan, from Co Meath. She has a degree in applied languages from UL and is currently working with Jameson

Tell us about yourself, where you’re from and what you studied in college

My name is Ruth Fagan and I am from Curragha in Co Meath. I graduated in 2021 from the University of Limerick with an undergraduate degree in applied languages where I majored in Spanish, French and marketing. I joined the Jameson International Graduate Programme in August 2021 and was based in Barcelona for my first 12-month placement. I am now moving onto my next placement as Jameson Brand Ambassador based in the heart and home of Jameson Irish Whiskey in Dublin.

What attracted you to the grad programme?

I´ve always had a keen interest in marketing and a passion for learning languages and immersing myself in different cultures. The Jameson International Graduate Programme is the perfect combination of these interests. It´s a way of starting your marketing career for a global brand working in international markets whilst acquiring invaluable business skills along the way.

What is the graduate programme like?

No one day is the same and that is one of the reasons why I love it. My main focus while I was based in Spain was to build brand awareness. Brand Education and Brand Activation were key to my role as a Brand Ambassador. One day I could be running masterclasses with the bartending community, the next, hosting a Jameson pop-up event where local artists get to share their talents with the wider community.

How important is mentorship to you?

The programme offers countless opportunities to learn from other people. With Brand Ambassadors in 39 countries around the world, it is an amazing global community to be part of and to draw inspiration from.


This year, we were also given the opportunity to take part in a mentor-mentee programme where I had a peer mentor which was very valuable as they could share their experiences and knowledge.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Over the next five years I want to explore and develop my skills in marketing and build a career in brand management. For that reason, I am looking forward to expanding my responsibilities within my role and looking to lead bigger projects for the brand. My aim is to continue to build my career within Irish Distillers and Pernod Ricard.

What’s your advice to graduates applying to the programme?

Take your time with your application and plan it out. This is your one chance to showcase your serious character and wow the graduate team. Make a list of all your relevant experience as well as what you´re passionate about and, most importantly, be yourself. - Shauna Bowers