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CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Lesley Dugan

Lesley Dugan

Name: Lesley Dugan

University from which you've graduated:
University of Stirling, Scotland

Degree subject:
BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (2:1)

Which societies/sports clubs were you a member of:
While at university I established an archery club where I took on the role of coach. I also was a member of the kayak club, mountaineering club and paintball team.

Home town:
Newtownards, County Down in Northern Ireland

Host institution:
Educational Trust in Dublin City University (DCU)

Why did you apply to the graduate trainee scheme?
In my final year, I signed up to my university's Careers and Employability's job mailing list which sent me daily alerts of jobs, internships and graduate schemes tailored to my preferred sectors and areas of work. The CASE Graduate Scheme was exactly what I was looking for and stood out from other graduate schemes.
The institutions participating for 2017/2018 were across England, Wales and The Republic of Ireland which were places that I had never lived at before and meant would be the perfect opportunity to relocate and have a fresh start.
During my time at Stirling, I worked as a student caller on three telethon campaigns and as an intern under the role of ‘Lost Alumni Engagement Officer' which was created to promote the university's 50th anniversary. Within these roles, I discovered I had a talent for fundraising and that Higher Education was a niche that I wanted to explore more of and build a successful career in.
What are you hoping to achieve from your year on the scheme?
I am hoping to make a positive impact within the Educational Trust by reaching goals, achieving success on campaigns, aligning projects with strategic plans and most importantly encouraging other students to consider fundraising in Higher Education as a career prospect after university.

What are you career ambitions?
I am hoping after the graduate scheme that I can continue to work in Higher Education whether that be in a development office, be involved in training or recruiting graduates entering the sector or embarking a Master's degree in Philanthropy to advance my knowledge further.

What are your hobbies/activities outside of study/work?
Outside of work you'll find me karaoke singing, watching stand-up comedy and campaigning for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland with Amnesty International NI and Love Equality NI.

Proudest moment?
My proudest moment is reflecting on my journey so far as a pupil from Movilla High School who has faced many social barriers in reaching higher education. I feel extremely privileged to have made it onto a leading graduate scheme and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to begin my career with CASE Europe.

Anything else?
I was awarded top caller for three consecutive telethon campaigns in March 2015, 2016 and 2017 at my university. I raised the most money from gifts pledged by the university alumni association. 2017 was my best year which I raised a figure of £2024 which was 20% of our campaign total.

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