Work experience

Work experience

  • Worked as a polling clerk in last four polls held in Ireland.
  • Worked intermittently in family-owned real estate business, conducting viewings, answering phones and e-mails, typing letters and filing.
  • Worked in a number of jobs in gap year between university courses, including silver service/banqueting and administrative assistant with the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Feb 2007 - Jul 2011

Assistant editor, Social Sciences.

The H.W. Wilson Company
  • Full responsibility for editing abstracts compiled from a broad range of social science periodicals according to in-house editorial guidelines and style rules, with a focus on key-word searches.Achieved daily target of 46 abstracts.
  • Abstract database described as offering “great information density” by IPSAportal, a website of the International Political Science Association, and rated 4.5 out of 5 for content and 5 out of 5 for updating rate.
  • Provided continuous feedback to and supervised writers, both in-house and outsourced, while working as a telecommuter.
  • Promoted conciseness and clarity, as well as accuracy of information, so that all employees achieved a certain standard.
  • Key role in project to restructure department from in-house to outsourced team, including identification of standards issues and reconfiguration of workflow to take account of quality/quantity changes.
Dec 2002 - Feb 2007

Abstract Writer, Business

The H.W. Wilson Company
  • Wrote abstracts from leading academic and trade business publications.Achieved daily target of 20 written abstracts, increased to 23 as a telecommuter, commencing August 2003.
  • Scanned articles from disks to hard copies for workflow purposes.
  • Undertook a vigorous training program and reached proficiency targets within specific timeframes.
Jul 1999 - Nov 2000

Trainee Chartered Accountant

  • Conducted audits as part of an audit team, working closely with clients and other team members to ensure that audits were completed by deadline.
  • Enhanced integrity of firm by providing accurate information to enable client decision-making and maintaining client confidentiality.
  • Compiled written reports for clients on their investment options during time spent in Wealth Management/Financial Services.


Sep 1998 - Jun 1999

Graduate Diploma

University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

Interviewed and wrote a profile of Anthuan Xavier, then managing partner of BDO Simpson Xavier, for class project. Received a mark of 83.

Sep 1994 - Jun 1997

Bachelor of Arts

Queen's University Belfast

Wrote dissertation on the rise of New Labour in Britain, prior to the 1997 general election, when little academic research had been done on the topic. Received a mark of 60.

Sep 1988 - Jun 1994

Leaving Certificate

Summerhill College, Sligo

Six honours, including Grades A1 and A2 in History and English, respectively.


  • Keeping fit: walk four times a week and do light weights twice a week.
  • Keen interest in books, reflected in a subscription to The New York Review of Books and large book collection.
  • Gardening.
  • Meditation.
  • Write a blog, using the platform.


  • Strong attention to detail.
  • More than ten years’ experience in information services in both a writing and an editing/supervisory capacity.
  • Works individually or as part of a team.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and in a results-driven environment.
  • An accurate worker, demonstrated by high quality work.
  • Expertise in turning complex material into a reader-friendly format.
  • Computer skills, European Computer Driving License Syllabus 4.
  • Full clean B driving license.