All Good Things Must Come to an End

The 2 weeks that we spent in Ireland felt extremely short, but were absolutely packed with information, lessons, and experiences. My one biggest takeaway from the trip was, “I’m not quite as smart as I think I am.” Now, all though this may seem self-deprecating, it is actually quite a positive. For starters, there are…

Presenting Strengths and Weaknesses

Public speaking and presenting is one of the most vital skills for any successful career. I have always enjoyed public speaking and have never had too much of a problem doing it. I don’t get too nervous and I’m usually able to keep my cool. One area I consider a main strength is my ability…

3 Year Reunion

A lot has changed in Ireland over the last few years specifically within Dublin. We have seen productivity skyrocket with large multinational companies shifting into the city as well as stimulus from the government for Irish companies. There are also many different political topics that have come to the forefront including Brexit an the referendum…

Culturally Resourceful

For as small of a country as Ireland is, it received over 10 million tourists during 2017 according to the Irish times. This may not seem like a very large number, but when Irelands population of around 4 million is factored into the equation it becomes clear that Ireland is a tourist hub across Europe….

Food For Thought

Our first visit for the day was to a non-profit known as Food Cloud. Food Cloud is a firm designed to eliminate food waste by providing food retailers with data on their food sales and also connects surplus food and distributes it to charities. The business was founded very recently and the presentation  was extremely…

Amazon…Cool, but Intimidating

With the popularity of Amazon as a business, I thought I knew what to expect once we walked through the door. However, what I got was not the original “Amazon” company. We visited Amazon web services, a firm working under amazon that provides data services for companies of all sizes. The presentation was engaging and…

One Week in and Not Slowing Down

Visiting the cliffs of Moher was honestly a life changing experience. The Cliffs were simultaneously both awe inspiring and humbling. Personally, I felt we needed more time to truly experience the magnitude of the landscape, but even a week there would probably not have been enough time. Aside from the breath taking views the, the…

Day 6: A Professional Love of Ireland

Bord Bia was one of the most unique companies I have seen thus far on our trip. They represent a public and private firm responsible for the quality and security of the Irish food market. This firm mentioned its mission of evangelizing Ireland and the Irish economy. Bore Bia, as a firm, seems largely invested…

Day 5: The strength of Uncertainty

Determining Strengths is vitally important in determining potential careers. My strengths, in order from strongest to weakest, are significance, WOO (winning others over), communication, restoration, individualization. I have been put in numerous situations where I’ve needed to use these skills during my trip to Ireland. Significance is defined as “wanting to be very important in…

The Intensity of Irish Identity

Day 4 was filled with informative tours and an exciting cite visit. During our tour, we began to learn the complexities of Irish Identity. Darren described it as, “an identity formed in adversity.” Although there are varying components of Irish identity one area with the largest intensity appeared to be the idea of fighting for…

So Much History in a Mere Six Months

Before today, I had not even heard of the firm Pearse Lyon. However, after our visit today, I can safely say that this business is one I will never forget. The brewery’s owner, Dr. Pearce Lyon, had an incredible story. The choice of locating the brewery within the historic landmark of St. James church has…

Historically Uncomfortable

Today we received an informative and interesting historical tour from Dr. Sylvie Kleinman. Throughout this tour Dr. Kleinman discussed Irish architecture, politics, and conflicts. She also mentioned the controversy surrounding different moments throughout Irish History. These moments are often considered uncomfortable to discuss. United States history is not immune from these uncomfortable and controversial moments….

First Impression

Day 1 in Ireland was an absolute blast! Right off the plane we were greeted with a customs officer that was friendly, polite, and helpful. Our guide Hayley shared a very similar attitude and really helped us get comfortable in a brand new city. She taught us the best ways to get around and important…

Step 1: Survive Finals. Step 2: Pack. Step 3: Adventure to Ireland

Hello! My name is Kyle Guinness and I am a sophomore marketing major with a certificate in entrepreneurship and a minor in political science. I am a member of Pitt’s American Marketing Association, and the sales team, as well as the Political Science Student Association. This summer I am interning in the sales department of…