Final Reflection

Its been two days since I returned from Ireland. I had a fantastic time meeting new people, making new friends and experiencing a new country. I always knew I wanted to study abroad but my experience completely exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed many things from the trip including experiencing how business is done in Ireland….

Becoming a Better Presenter

As a business student being able to deliver a presentation is extremely important. I feel my strengths in presenting include being able to draw insights and conclusions and help people consider things from a different, fresh angle. Business, especially in school, has such a heavy focus on statistical analysis and economic impact. I have always…

Dublin 2021

Today Ireland is growing economically at a rapid pace. Dozens of large multi national corporations have created centers in Dublin such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and PayPal. This growth is due mostly to the highly educated population and the fact that they are English speaking. I expect more companies to create centers in Dublin in…

Why Visit Ireland?

Ireland is a great place for tourism. There are many reasons it is appealing to visit relative to other countries. First, Ireland is filled with rich culture. This is apparent when you walk down the street and see all the authentic Irish restaurants and pubs. On every street corner you can grab a bite to…

Food Cloud/Enterprise Ireland

The first company we visited this day was a non-profit organization known as Food Cloud. When we arrived we were introduced to a man named Shawn who ran us through a brief PowerPoint presentation and showed us around the Food Cloud facilities. Food Cloud was started by two women in 2014 with the goal to…

Amazon Visit: Making Sense of a Terrifying Company

Today we visited Amazon. When we arrived we were to fill out confidentiality forms and not take any pictures. I expected them to not give us very much information about their business and be very dodgy with the amount of pull Amazon has on a global scale. I would soon find out that my expectations…

Day 7: A Beautiful View

Today we visited the Cliffs of Moher. It was an unbelievable experience. The drive up was the first time I felt like I was seeing what I thought Ireland really looked like. There were farms and fields as far as the eye can see. Everything was green and beautiful and it was very peaceful. I…

Day 6: Ireland on a Global Scale

Today we visited Bord Bia in Dublin. We were greeted by three members of the Bord Bia team who walked us through the basics of what Bord Bia does and explained several other factors affecting their business and trade in Ireland such as Brexit. Over the past several days I have noticed many things about…

Day 5: Putting my skillset to work

Today we had a discussion with a business owner who pointed out several factors that recruiters are looking for. It is important to keep in mind the things that can make you stand out to potential employers. Here in Ireland there have been many personal “Strengthsfinder” attributes that have helped me in this trip that…

Day 4: Walk Till ya Croke

Today was our fourth day in Ireland and things have been coming together nicely. There are several things I have noticed about the Irish people. We visited Croke Park where we were given a detailed tour of the stadium. It was very interesting to me learning about their national sports hurling and Gaelic football. What…

Day 3: Irish and American education

  It was an eventful day in Ireland. Today we went to the Pearse Lyons Distillery which was located in an old historic church names St. James. It was very interesting learning the ins and outs of the business. Pearse Lyons is very involved in the community and is located on a burial site that…

Day 2: A New Perspective

Today in Ireland today we learned so much about the History of the Irish people. As a class we took a walking tour around the city with out tour guide Sylvie. She talked about Irish culture and its parallels to English culture, and things that make the Irish people embarrassed about their culture. It was…

Day 1: Ireland first Impressions

Today we arrived in Dublin! Everyone was so welcoming and there have been many things I’ve noticed so far. First, political stance is a large part of Irish culture. On almost every street corner there are signs about several political issues such as stances on abortion. Everyone is very involved here and so friendly! It’s…

Dublin Intro Blog

Hey everyone! My name is Paul Cardone and this is my first year at The University of Pittsburgh. I am a Junior in The College of Business Administration and a Marketing and Supply Chain Management major, and work as a benefits advisor for Aflac. I choose the Ireland Plus3 program because I have always wanted…

Meet Plus3 Transfer Ireland 2018!

Welcome to the Ireland Plus3 Transfer Study Abroad Program! During their two week program in Dublin, Ireland, students will explore globalization through the Technology and Innovation industries. Plus3 Transfer participants will have the chance to be immersed in Irish culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…