The CUBS Work Placement Experience Audio Series

This is a digital audio resource series to help prepare CUBS students for their work placement experience.

In this series, CUBS graduates describe their preparation, success and the pitfalls to avoid. They also share some incredible insights that they developed during their time on work placement and speak about the networks that they have established.

Plus, you’ll hear from the placement managers themselves, discover what they’re looking for and what students will learn whilst on placement. For more information visit

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Episode 1

Jodean Remengesau at the Quay Co-Op Cork

Jodean Remengesau, who completed her work placement with the Quay Co-Op in Cork, spoke to her placement manager, Simon Tiptaft, about the experience.


Episode 1B

'Communication, communication, communication' - Jodean Remengesau on her Work Placement at the Quay Co-Op Cork

Jodean Remengesau gives her thoughts and insights on her work placement at the Quay Co-Op Cork and she says, 'communication, communication, communication' is key. Jodean also discusses overcoming language and social barriers and how reading a room and social interactions with people are so important.


Episode 2

The Start-Up Experience at IGNITE

CUBS student, Abhay Raj, who joined the UCC IGNITE programme for start-ups to develop his business idea called WheelsonShare, spoke to IGNITE’s Director, Eamon Curtin, about the benefits of the programme and why start-ups are an ideal environment for gaining work experience.


Episode 3

Four CUBS Students on their Experience of the FDC Scholarship Programme

Amy McMahon, who completed her work placement with the FDC Group, speaks to fellow FDC Group Scholarship holders, Fiona Barry, Dylan Lane and Siobhan O’Driscoll about their experience with the company and gives some tips for students looking to apply for the scholarship programme.


Episode 3B

'Don't second guess yourself and always ask for help' Amy McMahon on her FDC Work Placement Programme

FDC Group Scholar, Amy McMahon, gives some personal insights into her experience on the work placement programme and has some valuable advice for students on how to make the most of the experience.


Episode 4

Sancho Machimbarrena on Working to Make an Impact on the World & Making Food More Sustainable

Gastronomist, Sancho Machimbarrena, spoke to his supervisors on the Food Business and Innovation Masters programme, Dr. Lana Repar and Dr. Joe Bogue, about his project to harvest insects so they can be integrated into food products, like protein shakes or sauces, as well as finding out about the FBI programme and how it helps students establish their own start-ups in the industry.


Episode 5

'You need to add the spark, you need something different' – how hackathons & innovation help bring new thinking

CUBS students Katie O’Reilly and Damilola Odili, both took part in a 3-day hackathon this year aimed at designing digital solutions to help meet the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, and they spoke to two of their supervisors, Dr. Stephen McCarthy and Dr. Wendy Rowan, about how innovation and new thinking can help spark the development of ideas.