Meimei Dai (28), graduated from the Business Economics master programme (2012-2013), in the Behavioural Economics study path. She is currently working in Dublin as an Insight Analyst for LinkedIn.
What were your plans after graduation?
“I found it quite difficult to make plans for after my studies. Business Economics is a very broad discipline. For some people this is a good thing because it gives them a lot of options. For me, it meant I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation. I ultimately decided to pursue a PhD at EUR. But it turned out that didn’t suit me. It’s too individual, and I prefer applying my knowledge in practice, in a job setting.”
Where are you working right now?
“I’ve just finished my first six months at LinkedIn in Dublin. As an Insight Analyst, I use our company’s data to show clients that LinkedIn’s tools can be of use to them. In addition, I advise them on the most effective way to use our platform and product.”
“In my case, it was due to my boyfriend getting a job at Google in Dublin. But if you want to work in the tech sector, then Dublin is the place to be: all the major firms have their European headquarters here. It’s Europe’s Silicon Valley, with all the perks that tech companies tend to offer you: gyms, dance lessons and meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. You name it; your boss can get it for you. And what’s nice about Dublin is that while it may be small, there’s enough to do. And you can get out of town and enjoy some beautiful nature areas in no time.”
How did you get your job?
“When I moved to Dublin, I had a few months to find a job – and I eventually succeeded. The application procedure at LinkedIn was pretty tough. It consisted of five rounds, and you’re up against some stiff competition. For any students considering taking this step, it’s important to know that a hard-core tech background is considered a plus. And you need to be able to clearly communicate your interests and which way you want to head with your career.”
Would you recommend it in general, or is it not for everyone?
“If you’re looking for a regular office job with clearly demarcated career development options, then Dublin isn’t the place for you. But if you’re interested in a quickly-changing environment where you have full control over your personal development, head over our way.”
Do you ever see yourself moving back to the Netherlands?
“The Netherlands doesn’t offer a very good work environment for people who want to work in tech and who have an international orientation. The only Dutch company that I could name where I wouldn’t mind working is Booking.com. But I also have my boyfriend here in Dublin, so I probably won’t be moving any time soon.”