Welcome to the latest newsletter edition. October was a busy month at PAT Business School. Here are some of the events and highlights that occurred during the month.

ACCA New Members Ceremony

Delighted to be in the esteemed company of Mr. Ronnie Patton, Deputy Global President ACCA, and Mr. Stephen Noonan, Head of ACCA Ireland. Thank you for the invitation, Gentlemen. Wonderful setting in Trinity College and a most enjoyable evening.

It was a pleasure to be invited by Maynooth UniversityJoseph CoughlanBridget McNallyAodhdín Casey FCA and Fionnuala Doris to their recent Prize Giving and Career Fair.

PAT Business School and Gerry Fahy was delighted to present to Ms Amy Moynan her €5,000 PAT Business School 2023 ACCA Ireland Scholarship. In addition, we were delighted to present to Ms Kafayat Olatunji with her prize for achieving 1st place in Accounting in the 3rd year of the Business & Accounting programme.

Amy currently works with Glanbia whilst Kafayat wishes to study forensic accounting on completion of her Master’s Degree from Maynooth University.

Pictured at the recent Maynooth University Graduation were Accounting Faculty members, Ms. Mary Shilling (left) and Ms. Aodhdin Casey with Gerry Fahy, MD of PAT Business School.

Maynooth University Career and Employer Fair

Gerry Fahy & PAT Business School was delighted to be invited to the recent Maynooth University Career and Employer fair and to have the opportunity to meet Ms. Aoife Donnelly from Azets, Ms. Annamarie Redmond from Mazars, Ms. Maria Macken from ACCA Ireland, Ms. Maurice Colbert from State StreetRBK Chartered Accountants and IFAC .

Finally, it was a great pleasure to meet with Chairperson of Grant Thornton Ireland and President of Institute Chartered Accountants Ireland, Ms. Sinead Donovan and Ms. Ann Marie Haughey, Tax Associate Director from Grant Thornton Ireland.

What was the first video played on MTV (Music Television) when it launched on 1st August 1981?

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So, what are the FinTech skills and attitudes that employers value? 

Fintech is an umbrella term for companies that use technology to disrupt traditional banking. It has become increasingly relevant due to its ability to make financial services more accessible efficient and innovative.

As per Boston Consulting Group’s Global Fintech 2023 : ‘Reimagining the Future of Finance’ report, Fintech is altering the Financial landscape and providing new opportunities for organisations, professionals and consumers thanks to its disruptive potential and data driven insights. As the sector continues to grow at an exponential rate, there are plenty of Fintech jobs out there and some of the most in demand Fintech roles are.

  • Compliance Officer,
  • Risk Analyst,
  • Accountant,
  • Data Analyst.

Technological aptitude to effortlessly navigate the digital world

According to Financier Worldwide, the ever-evolving landscape of technologies, including Big Data, cloud technology, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, is continuously reshaping the financial industry. 

This has led to the emergence of innovative FinTech companies that pose a challenge to established business models and conventional job roles within Financial Services. Employers value professionals who have a strong technical aptitude and can adapt quickly to new tools and platforms. 

A successful FinTech professional should have the ability to assess technical risks and mitigate them. These technology skills can help FinTech professionals create innovative solutions that have the power to disrupt.

Congratulations to Brian Clancy, who achieved the top mark in Ireland for Strategic Business Leader during the September 2023 exam session. Well done from everyone here at PAT Business School on your success🎉 

A special shout-out to Owen O’Reilly for his consistent commitment and dedication to student performance excellence. Achieving a joint First and a Platinum success pass level is testament to such student dedication.

The First Video played on MTV

Not only was it incredibly prescient about the upcoming MTV revolution, it is simply a timeless stunning, pop classic.