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Cussen.jpgGraduate Trainee, Ireland

The Smurfit Kappa Graduate Management Programme offers a great opportunity to work for a large Multi-National Organisation that offers immediate responsibility and a hands on approach that gives graduates the chance to experience a variety of roles from across the business.


Day to Day on the Graduate Management Programme

Each day is different, and new challenges arise all the time. You are constantly being tasked with new and exciting projects while gaining new experience every single day, and learning from the people around you.

Why do you enjoy working with Smurfit Kappa?

You are trusted with real life responsibility that has a tangible impact on the day-to-day business which means I am bng challenged every single day. The people I work with are all extremely friendly and supportive and there is good camaraderie amongst the present and past graduates which was particulaly helpful when I first started.

My Future with Smurfit Kappa

You only have to look at the amount of ex-Graduates that hold senior positions in the company to see that your future can be very bright in Smurfit Kappa if you work hard. In the future I would hope to progress out of the graduate programme with a lot of experience and learning under my belt. In turn I would see myself hopefully in a management role either in Ireland, UK or mainland Europe. The opportunity to travel and work abroad was one of the main attractions for me, and hopefully in the future I will be afforded this opportunity. After that the main goal is to progress as far up the company as possible, and I feel that has to be the ambition of every graduate that comes in to Smurfit Kappa!

Advice for Applicants

Each and every day you will learn and develop. I have gained so much experience every day that will help me in the future no matter what I am doing. You have to be willing to work hard and put in the effort, otherwise you will not enjoy it. Treating people with respect is crucial, in any walk of life, and particularly within Smurfit Kappa. And finally…..enjoy the work you do!


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