Long Time to Reflect at the Airport

Reflecting on the wonderful experience in Dublin and Ireland as a whole has a couple of solid takeaways. Before arriving, I knew the tech industry was crucial to Ireland; now, it seems even more integrated than I previously thought. Hearing Dr. Kelly talking about his personal experiences through the change in the education system, the…

With a Purpose

Food Cloud is intertwined with the local community and is very well known. Previous site visits have mentioned Food Cloud and its positive impact. Why is Food Cloud so well known? Food Cloud’s goal is to promote sustainability and reduce food waste while helping those in need. With 40% of the global food supply wasted…

Who Knows You

Business and career opportunities are half what you know and the other half who you know. Networking and putting yourself in contact with others allows you to gain opportunities you would have never had, qualified or not. Interestingly, Rob Cullen had a couple of very helpful techniques to network online and when at networking events….

Work-Life Balance

Large, influential firms have the connotation of long, grueling workdays where your life becomes your job. Microsoft and Google are both the opposite of this. Both have an emphasis on growing individually and mental/physical health. Both offer spaces to escape from work, such as coffee shops and sleeping pods. However, Google seems to be a…

Out of the City

Stepping away from the capital city and exploring the other areas Ireland has to offer was a nice change of pace. However, the impact of tourism is ever-present. The sheep farm we visited, a functioning farm, has a realness to it ,but the part we experienced did not. Having a small percentage of a breed…

Sláinte

After a long two years of the pandemic, it is clear to see that tourism is back in full swing. Seeing groups of people early, waiting for sold-out busses shows the eagerness to travel and explore again. I have waited a long time to be able to travel abroad again, waiting and waiting to see…

A Shared Experience

With climate issues and conversations gaining more and more traction, firms have transitioned to sustainability. Guinness fully encompasses a sustainable business model regarding the environment and replication of their product. Having locally produced ingredients and the same yeast used in every batch protects the environment and preserves the iconic taste. All throughout my time in…

Deconstructed Lasagna

Touring the docklands with Dr. Kelly, visiting Thinkhouse yesterday, and viewing the Guinness Enterprise Centre made clear a different way of thinking, a different mindset. Home of many entrepreneurs and innovation, the path towards success is not a set definition for everyone to follow. The ability to think and adapt at any moment generates success….

Change

The recent, rapid transformation of Ireland and the economy is clearly evident. Transitioning from a self-sufficient is most prominent in the docklands. Large tech and financial firms now call the former docklands home: Google, Meta, Citi Bank, etc. Past policies such as the low corporate tax rate and incentives for companies to establish offices ignited…

Big Tech

Growing up, Microsoft was only one thing to me, a gaming system. However, over time that perception changed. Microsoft transitioned to a consumer-based firm, providing PowerPoint, excel, word, etc. Microsoft was associated with school projects and assignments. Visiting the headquarters for Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa greatly changed my view of the company….

Streets of Dublin

Dublin is much different than a typical American city. The cobblestone roads landmarking Temple Bar, remnants of an older city wall, and vehicles driving on the other side. Even knowing some information about Dublin, a few things surprised and stood out to me. Most people know about the pub culture, but the prevalence in the…

About Me: Carter Knepp

Hi, my name is Carter Knepp, and I am from central Pennsylvania. I am a current sophomore majoring in Finance and accounting, with a minor in economics and a certificate in data analytics. This summer, I will be interning for S.R. Snodgrass in Cranberry with the audit department. On-campus, I am a member of Panther…