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Aisling Mac Ardle
5 Waterstown Avenue, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20
+353-85-159-2381/ +44-7933-061014 •
A creative, flexible and tenacious team-player who enjoys working across disciplines to solve complex problems. Extremely interested in the growing capabilities of leveraging big data and analytics to improve decision-making and to create competitive advantage for clients. Want to be part of an organisation where the boundaries between technology and business are permeable, where the high stakes environment would keep pushing back the learning horizons, and where there will be no comfort zone.
The University of Edinburgh (2016 - 2017)
Completing a one year MSc in Data Science. The MSc covers a breadth of courses in data science including machine learning, statistics, optimisation, databases and data management. It offers students practical experience and advanced technical understanding of real word problems involving the use of data in industry and science. Highlights to date include AI and high performance computing, in particular processing large datasets and serving high volume websites.
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin (2012 - 2016)
Completed B.A. (Moderatorship) in Management Science and Information Systems Studies (MSISS). The course offers an unusual mix of skills and experience, designed to produce graduates who are both business and computer literate. MSISS is aimed at students who like solving complex problems, are interested in both technology and business, and are comfortable with mathematics. The emphasis is on building up analytical skills, flexibility, creative thinking, communications and teamwork. My dissertation involved designing and developing a database for a large pharmaceutical company. I achieved an overall 1st class honours result for my degree.
4th year result: 1st class honours
3rd year result: 2.1
2nd year result: 1st class honours
1st year result: 2.1.
St Joseph’s College, Lucan, Co Dublin (2006-2012)
Leaving Certificate results: 480 points. Subjects, all taken at higher level, were: Maths (B2), Irish (B2), Accounting (B2), Biology (B3), English (C1), Chemistry (C1), and French (C3).
Bronze Gaisce (President's Award) Medal (2010); Regional Finalist in Young Entrepreneurs Programme 2010.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
Business & Financial: accounting (have achieved some exemptions from the Chartered Accountancy examinations); business processes, transactions, and intelligence; business decision support systems.
Problem Solving: including statistical analysis, applied probability, management science/operational research (mathematical modelling of real life problems to find optimal solutions), and optimisation methods for finance and big data problems.
Communications & Teamwork: Excellent written, spoken and non-verbal communication skills. Marks-rich team projects are a feature of the MSISS programme and have taught me invaluable teamwork and team leadership skills, reinforced and developed during my internships with Datalex, EY and PwC. Exposed to client interaction in PWC, and especially in my final year MSISS project where I designed a database to consolidate non-standardised files for the finance team at Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company. The project was very well received.
Completed an internship in the technology consulting department of PwC, helping clients maximise value from their technology investments.
During my time at PwC, I worked on a case workflow integration project for a Government Regulatory Agency. I performed a data programming role in the data migration work-stream of the project, work previously done by a senior developer. I was also involved in the document management work-stream of the project where I configured document output templates.
I also coordinated weekly knowledge sharing emails for PwC’s Advisory Ireland department. This involved research, liaising with management and preparing content each week.
Through PwC’s Summer Intern Friday Programme, I received weekly training in business and management, presentation, teamwork, networking and leadership skills and took part in the client proposal project.
EY (Ernst & Young), Dublin
Secured an internship in the data analytics department of EY Dublin, working as part of a team to assist clients in generating business insights through the analysis of large volumes of data collected in financial and operational systems.
My responsibilities included: data analysis and transformation of analysed data into accessible visuals for non-technical audiences; data cleansing; writing training documents; making internal presentations. I worked on team projects including the development of a wealth asset management tool, and embedding data analytics in financial audit and tax reviews to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of audit activities. I also participated in the Summer Intern Programme Business Challenge (a competition to create a new and enhanced graduate recruitment strategy for the tax department).
I was the recipient of an EY Impact Award for my visualisations of data in the wealth asset management tool project. In the Summer Intern Business Challenge, my team came second and was highly commended by the judges.
In my 2nd year at TCD, I secured an internship normally open only to 3rd and 4th year students, with a global provider of ecommerce and software solutions to airline retailers.
Assigned to the team which tests travel distribution software, my responsibilities included creating manual and automated test scripts to identify bugs and faults after software updates. The biggest challenge was when I was charged with automating a set of 20 test scripts for the American airline, JetBlue, using soapUI software – a programme with which I was unfamiliar - to a very tight deadline.
I gained valuable experience in teamwork, learning the importance of verbal and written communications; and of fully understanding team goals, and my personal role within the team, taking responsibility for delivering assignments on time and to the level of quality expected by the other members of the team.
I received very positive feedback at the conclusion of my time at Datalex, especially regarding the speed with which I was able to master the testing process and acquire competencies in soapUI, Linux and XML.
Daughters of Charity Services
Summer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Voluntary work September 2009-May 2010
The Daughters of Charity provide supports to persons with an intellectual disability.
I worked as an office and IT assistant for several summers. This involved basic administration, setting up and cataloguing computers, and installing software. I also provided support to the IT team when they were under pressure.
I also worked as a volunteer teaching assistant in art classes. Clients with intellectual disability often have difficulty in articulating feelings and needs, and in this role I acquired valuable verbal and non-verbal communication skills which have since proved useful in many situations.
EXTRACURRICULAR INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
Active member of Edinburgh University Hoppers, a society for women in technology.
Member of a student cooking group and a running club in my postgraduate hall of residence
Also participate in yoga, spinning and Pilates activities at the University
In my final year as an undergraduate at TCD, I was EY’s TCD campus brand ambassador, working with senior EY personnel to optimise the effectiveness of the company’s on-campus recruitment strategy.
I was an active member of Dublin University Management Science Society (DUMSS) throughout my undergraduate years at TCD. Particularly involved in the organisation of social events; in arranging career talks and advising students on subject choices; and in sharing my experiences of internships.
Travel; piano and guitar; ballet and modern dance; Pilates and yoga; drama (Leinster School of Speech and Drama: Certificate in Speech and Drama, Grade 5 Solo Acting).
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