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Upon graduating from University of Edinburgh, Dearbhail returned to Cork where she worked as Business Development Executive with the Irish Business & Employers Confederation (IBEC). During her six years with IBEC she represented employers on a wide variety of public sector boards and committees in the region.
Dearbhail then went on to the Cork Independent Newspaper Ltd where she worked as Business Manager before joining UCC in her role as Work Placement Manager.
As Work Placement Manager, Dearbhail works with the BSc Government students to identify and obtain a challenging and interesting Work Placement as part of their 3rd year course requirements. Students have the option of a national or international placement with those who opted for international placements working in the Scottish Parliament, the European Parliament, the New York State Assembly, the Massachusetts State Legislature and the Northern Ireland Assembly. Students who have been placed nationally are working with elected representatives, the Courts Service, the Legal Aid Board and Cork Chamber of Commerce among others.