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Andrew Curtin, Senior Recruitment Specialist

Where did you graduate from and what attracted you to DPS?

In 2009, I obtained a Bachelors Honours Degree in Construction Management and Engineering followed by a Master’s in Business Management in 2010, both from the University of Limerick. Post-graduation, I secured employment in a leading Irish recruitment agency working as a Consultant across the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical & Dairy sectors. During this period, I also completed a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management through part-time study at the National College of Ireland. In June 2013, I joined DPS Engineering working within the Contract Services division. The main attraction for me was the opportunity to be a part of a specialist Engineering Consultancy providing first-class services to all our clients.

What have you learned since joining DPS?

Since joining DPS Engineering, I have gained a significant amount of industry knowledge and expertise within the Bio-Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical sectors. My recruitment skills have also continued to develop through sourcing individual client hires in addition to delivering specialist teams for high-tech industry projects. My commercial awareness has also improved through the nature of Contract Services activities as well as my day to day interaction with fellow colleagues.

What type of projects have you been working on at DPS?

I’ve worked on a series of recruitment projects spanning the Pharmaceutical, Bio-Pharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors, identifying key resources for DPS Client Sites.  

What do you enjoy most about working at DPS?

DPS has a friendly and positive culture. I continuously receive strong support from Contract Service’s senior management which affords me the opportunity to further my career. DPS also has a strong CPD [Continuous Professional Development] programme allowing its employees to develop their skills both professionally and personally.

Where do you see your career going with DPS?

I see myself having a long and successful career with DPS, consistently developing as a senior recruiter with the end-goal of progressing to a senior management position.

What advice would you have for current graduates?

It’s important to attend as many career open days and company university presentations as possible. Gaining an understanding about potential employers and their current vacancies allows graduates to make more informed decisions. I would also recommend that graduates plan out a career road map, focusing more on their long-term aspirations rather than the initial salary packages offered by organisations. Through concentrating on their overall career objectives and effectively learning their trade, increased remuneration will follow organically.

What advice would you have for other experienced engineers?

Interview and CV preparation is key. Experienced engineers should ensure their CV’s are accurate and clear while also tailored towards the specific project requirements. Hiring-Managers respond to relevant information. Create an interview plan which will strategically highlight your most applicable skills. Targeted interview examples will emphasise your ability to deliver on the project at hand.