Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at ActionZero?
I’m going into my final year of a Law and Accounting degree at UL. As part of the Co-op education programme in the third year of this degree, I began working with ActionZero. I am currently working as a financial intern to the CFO of the company, Louise Patrick.
What made you apply for an internship with ActionZero?
I have always had a keen interest in accounting and finance since I was in school. I applied for the internship because it offered me the incredible opportunity of working hand in hand with the head of the financial department, which I knew would be a fantastic developmental opportunity for my career as an accountant. I also loved what Action Zero stood for. The company’s commitment to climate action and green energy is genuinely inspiring.
How do you feel about the training you received? Did it match your expectations?
Since this was my first experience working with a company, I wasn’t sure what to expect from my training. I was offered a ‘Learn as you Work’ training method. When given a new task, Louise would always thoroughly run through everything I needed to know upfront. She always ensured that I understood what I was being asked to do and emphasised that she was always on hand if I had any questions or ran into any issues. I enjoyed this training method; it was highly effective and exceeded my expectations beyond belief. I was never overwhelmed with new information, and it created an environment where I was never afraid or embarrassed to ask for help.
What did you enjoy most about your internship experience?
My favorite part of the experience has been working with Louise. She has been a fantastic mentor and friend to me throughout this experience. She has always given me great advice and encouraged me to pursue my career further by doing the accountancy exams after college. Working with Louise has been inspiring, especially since the role of CFO has historically been very male dominated.
Do you feel the internship better prepared you for your career?
During my time with ActionZero, I was introduced to different accounting systems and reporting methods that will help me in my future career. Working with Louise has also given me a good insight into what is expected of a CFO and other senior members of the finance department. I also gained a good knowledge of what will be expected of me in my role in the future.
How would you describe ActionZero’s company culture?
ActionZero has a very welcoming and inclusive culture. I was worried that it would be difficult for me to integrate within the company as my placement was mostly virtual, but this was not an issue. Louise began introducing me to different people within the company on my first day. Denis, the CEO, also reached out for a chat offering me support if I ever needed it. As well as this, AZ also organised social activities, which were an excellent opportunity for me to meet other employees I wouldn’t usually meet with daily.
Do you feel like you got the support you needed from the team at ActionZero?
The support I received throughout my experience was outstanding; everyone I worked with was always kind and accommodating. I was constantly reminded that if I ever needed anything, all I had to do was ask, and anytime I did ask, everyone was more than happy to help. This created such a positive environment for me to work in.
Would you recommend our ActionZero internship program to a friend?
I would absolutely recommend working with ActionZero. My time here has been incredible, and everyone has been kind and supportive. I am thankful to everyone in ActionZero, especially Louise, for providing me with the opportunity to learn and grow as a member of this fantastic team.