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Published on September 25th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer

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daa Launches Graduate Scheme

daa, the operator of Dublin and Cork airports, has opened up its graduate scheme for applications. daa is seeking applications from ambitious graduates who want to join one of Ireland’s most exciting and progressive graduate schemes. A total of 20 places are up for grabs in the daa’s two-year programme which will commence in September 2024. Applications for the scheme are now being accepted from graduates up to two years out of college, with a closing date of Sunday, 19th November 2023.

Graduates joining the programme receive a structured personal development programme, comprehensive induction, international assignments, peer mentorship and executive coaching, job rotation and role specific training as well as executive masterclasses and monthly meets with daa’s CEO.

According to Graeme McQueen, Media Relations Manager, daa: “We’re expecting big interest in our graduate programme once again from graduates seeking an opportunity to work in one of Ireland’s most dynamic, exciting and interesting companies. Our airports are vibrant, fast-flowing places where no day is ever the same and each person has something important to offer. So, whether you’re looking to attain specialist knowledge and experience or prefer to pursue a more generalist career path, we have exciting opportunities for talented, ambitious graduates from all disciplines.”

Graduates looking to pursue the generalist stream have the opportunity to work across business areas including Airport Operations, Global Retail, Strategy, Planning and Regulation, Health and Safety, Commercial, Marketing, HR, Project Management and many more. Successful graduates will have the opportunity to rotate across different parts of the daa operation both in Ireland and internationally while developing a broad understanding of how the wider business works.

Finance stream graduates will pursue a professional accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA) as well as planned rotations to gain exposure to our tax and treasury teams, our international business and our business partnering finance teams.

daa is also looking for graduate civil engineers to join the team. Working within daa’s Infrastructure Department for Dublin and Cork airports, the role of the Graduate Civil Engineer is to support the activities of the various units within the Infrastructure Department, namely, Functions, Delivery and Advisory.

daa’s Data and Analytics team have exciting opportunities for data and analytics graduates to join the team which have been recognised as industry leaders in the field of analytics in Ireland recently winning the Analytics Innovation Award at the annual Analytics Institutes awards for 2021. Graduates will be part of daa’s award-winning team who provide data and analytics solutions to Dublin Airport, Cork Airport and ARI International covering all business areas.

The requirements for the daa Graduate Scheme are:

  • Recently graduated (or expect to graduate) with a minimum 2.1 bachelor’s or master’s degree in any discipline
  • Mobile and willing to travel
  • Strong work ethic with the ambition to succeed
  • Energetic and passionate and flexible with a resilient and positive, can-do attitude
  • A proven track record of achievement
  • Team player

Applications can be made via: daa.ie/careers/graduates/

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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