The Inter-firm Festival of Tennis took place in St. Anne’s Waterford tennis club from Tuesday 3rd of May to Saturday 14th of May 2022. Here at Auto Boland, we had 3 teams from across our dealerships taking part – H&H Motors, Auto Boland Volvo and Auto Boland JLR.

Pictured below is the H&H Motors team who played in the final on Saturday 14th May against Ard Scoil na Mara and came out of top with a combined mixed doubles score of 16-10. Huge congratulations to the team which consisted of Jillian Murphy (2021 Graduate), Eibhilin Morrissey, John Delahunty and Barry Teehan.

A thrilling two weeks was had by all teams including Auto Boland Volvo and Auto Boland JLR, which included 2020 graduate Aoife O’Neill (pictured below). Everyone who took part in this division were beginners so it gave everyone the same chance to develop their tennis skills and make plenty of mistakes along the way. The competition gave all involved the opportunity to get to know each other and have a laugh while also improving team bonding.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Stephen Reidy for coordinating the event for Auto Boland and a huge thank you to St. Annes Waterford Tennis Club for hosting the event in their impressive facility alongside Specsavers and Mulligans Pharmacy.

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Auto Boland stand and display

On Wednesday 30th of March, we attended the WIT Business Networking Event 2022. This event took place on WIT Main Campus at 2-4pm. This was our first in-person event since pre-Covid (!!) so we were delighted to take part for the day.

We were given the opportunity to give a quick 10 minute presentation of The Boland Group Graduate Programme to students which was conducted by Grainne, HR Manager. This allowed us to give students a quick summary of Auto Boland as a company, while also giving insight into the benefits and requirements for the programme. The students were then given the opportunity to ask any burning questions that they had after the presentation.

For the remainder of the day, Grainne and Sarah spoke 1:1 to the students at our Auto Boland stand. Students had the chance to ask any individual questions that they had about the programme. It also allowed the students the opportunity to decide if the programme is the right fit for them, considering both their field of study and interests.

HR team, Grainne Cronin and Sarah Moloney

Overall, the event was a huge success and a great day of valuable networking for both the students and the businesses. It was refreshing to be back in-person talking to so many talented students with bright futures ahead of them! We would like to thank Joe Daly and all at Waterford Institute of Technology for organising an excellent event and inviting us down for the day.

Applications remain open until the 30th of June 2022. Apply via the following link: https://api.occupop.com/shared/job/the-boland-group-graduate-programme-0Mga/

We are delighted to be taking part in the WIT Business Networking Event next Wednesday the 30th of March at WIT Main Campus.

We will be doing a short presentation about The Boland Group Graduate Programme at 2.15 to the Marketing, HRM and Management students.

We will also have a stand set up outside the Work Placement Office (D18) during the day so be sure to call over to us for a chat.

This is sure to be a great event with many great businesses taking part which gives students a great chance to network and build industry connections. We can’t wait to meet you all and answer your burning questions!

The Boland Group Graduate Programme goes virtual

Last week we took part in the Grad Ireland ‘Live’ event which took place virtually on February 23rd. We really enjoyed the day and would like to say a big thank you to Grad Ireland for organising a great event on their online platform.

We loved having the opportunity to speak to such an enthusiastic and friendly group of people and give valuable insights into our programme. It was great to have the chance to chat to everyone in the chat box and the 1:1 meetings! It is great to see that so many people are interested in our different programmes and we look forward to welcoming the new graduates in September 2022.

Applications will remain open until the30th of June 2022. The application link can be found under the tab ‘APPLY NOW’ in the main menu.

Aaron O’Hanlon, Hertz Car Sales

Next up is Aaron O’Hanlon, Accounts & Logistics Graduate in Hertz Car Sales, Waterford.

We recently asked Aaron about his experience on the Boland Group Graduate Programme, here’s what he had to say.

“Ever since starting my career with Hertz I have gained valuable experience into the operations within the motor industry. My daily tasks include bank reconciliations, processing of invoices and compiling daily reports to reflect the day to day running of the business.

From a logistics aspect, I ensure that our dealerships have adequate stock in order to give our customers a variety options to choose from. We are currently operating a click and deliver system which has presented a great opportunity for me and has highlighted the importance of logistics within the company.

I would highly recommend the Boland Graduate Programme, the group is very welcoming and the experience you gain along the way is extremely valuable towards career development”.

Thank you for sharing with us Aaron, applications for 2022 Graduates will remain open until the 31st of March 2022.

Shane Kavanagh, Hertz Car Sales, Blarney

Next up is Shane Kavanagh, Sales & Marketing Graduate in Hertz Car Sales, Blarney.

Shane has recently completed a Master’s in Management & Marketing in University College Cork. Since completing his Masters, Shane has joined The Boland Group Graduate Programme.

Here’s what he has to share about his experience so far.

“I have been working as a Sales & Marketing Executive for Hertz Car Sales in Blarney for the past 6-months. The role has taught me invaluable negotiation, interpersonal and organisational skills which are crucial for any graduate.

My day-to-day tasks include appraising vehicles, creating a daily social media plan and communicating with potential customers. The role has really helped me grow both professionally and personally while teaching me very important career skills.

I would highly recommend The Boland Graduate Program; everyone has been very welcoming, and it is evident that the company values developing the careers of their staff”.

Thank you for sharing with us Shane.

Here’s what our UL graduate Luke had to say on his experience and main job responsibilities in the graduate program so far:

“The thing about the graduate program I like most is that I have already gained experience in many different areas of the business and get an oversight of how they work. I started the graduate program working in the sales department but whilst learning about how the sales department works, I also got involved with many other job tasks and initiatives.

I done a lot of work with data analytics which involved generating leads, however I could to try create more sales for our dealership. Each day I look at the service department bookings for the following day, I look at the customer history of the people who come in, with the aim of identifying those who might be in the market for a new car in the near future. I also prepare reports from our customer database for the sales team to use in order to make contact with previous customers where there might be an opportunity to sell them a new car.

I was also introduced to how the marketing department works, as I worked on the LinkedIn posting for our dealership. This was a good way to get some experience in marketing as I exchange ideas with the marketing team, and always have a good idea of what kind of content we are posting. Another great thing about the role I’m currently is that even though I am a recent graduate my ideas are valued. When I had an idea to extend an offer to healthcare workers to make servicing more accessible by collecting their cars, it was nice to be given the go ahead so quickly and to see the offer generate some bookings for our workshop.

Although I am still learning in sales and working on my skills for dealing with customers I still continue to gain experience in other areas. I have no doubt then when I Finish the program I will have gained a lot of great experience and knowledge about the motor industry.”

Sinéad is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology where she studied Bachelor of Business with Human Resources. Sinéad is one of the graduates on this year’s Boland Graduate Programme and has completed three months now in our Jaguar Land Rover dealership. Let’s see what Sinéad has to say about her experience on the graduate programme so far.

“The Boland Graduate programme has been the perfect way to start my career after completing college, no two days are the same which I love as your always learning something new.

I work closely with the Marketing department to develop content for our social media platforms. I really enjoy creating engaging & informative content to help increase our brand awareness. One of the highlights for me so far was getting to spend a morning with our Brand Ambassador, Joseph O’Brien. I spent the morning at Carriganóg Hill watching the routine that Joseph go through each morning & how the Land Rover Discovery makes the routine all that bit easier. I am really looking forward to working more on this project in the new year.

I am really lucky that that I am given a lot of responsibility as a graduate. For example, when we developed a new website with G Forces. I was responsible to liaise with them and prepare content. This was a great opportunity for me and allowed me to gain experience in website development & maintenance.

Our website has never been so important with Covid restrictions, I work on having our website user friendly & informative for our customers. Now that customers are unable to visit us as much with restrictions, we bring the showroom to their homes. To achieve this we have implemented 360 degree interior & exterior videos of all our vehicles website so that customers have a full view of our range from their couch ! This is one of the many adaptions we have made to help make our customer experience more enjoyable.

Thanks for sharing with us Sinéad !

For more information on our graduate programme application, follow our LinkedIn page for further details https://bit.ly/34RWwb8

Meet Aoife O’Neill, Receptionist & first port of call in Audi Waterford.

Aoife O’Neill, Audi Waterford

Aoife joined us in August after completing the Bachelor of Business & Human Resources Degree in Waterford Institute of Technology. Let’s see what Aoife has to say about her new career in Bolands so far!

“It is great working in the motor industry as it is very exciting, vibrant industry and no two days are the same.

Every morning consists of ensuring the showroom is ready to welcome customers for the day. I am front of house so I must make sure that each customer is greeted with a friendly face and am there to answer or direct any questions that customers may have. It is great getting an opportunity to interact directly with the public. Another part of front desk is ensuring all emails are dealt with appropriately and all calls are distributed accordingly.

Due to the industry being so dynamic, my role really gives me a chance to gain experience in a variety of facets of the company. This allows me to put multiple areas I studied in college to use.

I assist the Sales team by completing the change of ownership for every car sale and ensuring the tax of all cars is up to date. Another important part of my day is completing invoicing for the bodywork carried out on cars preparing them for sale.

After Sales is a very important part of our company and we work hard to keep it to a high standard. To maintain this high standard of customer service, each day I carry out service follow up calls.

I also assist the Marketing team in creating content for the social media pages to engage our customer base and marketing campaigns we have run here.

I really enjoy the variation of my role and the opportunity to gain experience in so many areas of the company, I am very grateful for the responsibility I have been given”.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aoife, best of luck in your new role.

Jack Brophy, Sales Executive, T&C Motors

This week, Jack takes us through a day in his life in T&C where he is currently working as a Sales Executive.

“Every Morning, the Sales team meet to discuss our enquires and plans for the day. This is made up of myself, our General Manager, our Business Manager and the Senior Sales Executive. I suppose this is the one constant I have – the great thing about working here is that no two days are the same!

After our morning meeting, I will carry out any tasks that have been delegated to me such as updating stock information on our website, taking pictures of new stock & booking in trade ins for service/bodywork etc.

Of course, being in sales means I get to interact with the public also. Its great to have the opportunity to talk with customers who are interested in buying vehicles and taking them through the process – right from appraising their own vehicle to sealing the deal for their new car!

A lot of my works ultimate goal is lead generation – that is engaging with the public/our customer base to encourage them to buy a car. This means I post content on social media to engage with our customers as well as helping with newspaper/radio ads. I work closely with our Business Manager in reviewing current customers finance agreements – this is very interesting as it’s a big part of the motor industry now, we will analyse agreements where we feel a customer can get a better deal.

So far I have had an input in our branding, design plans for upgrading our showroom and developing our new website.

As I said the role I have is varied – I really enjoy it because of this. You are exposed to almost every facet of a business that you are shown in college. There is elements of sales, finance, marketing and management in my role. Over the next year I hope to continue on this path; being involved in many areas and growing our customer base – this ultimately means more success for both myself and T&C Motors

Thank you to Jack for sharing his experience with us. If you would like to apply for our 2022 Graduate Programme follow our LinkedIn page for application updates. https://bit.ly/3mh0gZL