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Dublin academic



Academic Development Specialist

+353 87 338 6612

It takes guts to admit we cannot go it alone, to reach out to a stranger and say: "Hey, I'm lost". That's why the lighthouse is my symbol for the company, a light in the dark to guide people back home. Soppy, I know; but soppy pays the bills when idleness is at work!

We don’t do gatekeeping here, nor do we engage in hierarchical forms of othering. I’m here to help you, and so the last thing you need is someone else standing above you on some plinth you already think you’ll never scale. I set this business up because I’m an anomaly, an outlier in college. Well, at least I thought I was because once I set my business up I began to realise something – there’s a lot more people like me out there, those who recognised the need for a college education but which never fully felt “right” within that system and its sensibilities. Imposter syndrome has been an old friend of mine throughout college and it wasn’t until I left that I realised that, well - quite obviously - life is what you make of it.


And so is your career.


I've had a diverse academic journey, to say the least;  a degree in Archaeology and ancient languages from UCD, before continuing on with that line on thought in my Masters and Doctoral study, in Mater Dei, and DCU, respectively.  Both my master’s and PhD were in the realm of textual criticism and hermeneutics, an attempt to understand language and culture, of how words move through texts, of how speech can be persuasive, of how structure and order in the written word can shift political, religious, and cultural thought and, indeed, sink it. 

I was unemployed after college for a good while, unable to find work, unable to find a profession that suited me. This was because I left college in much the same way I entered it - lost and searching for meaning.  A chance encounter with a therapist set me on the right path, when discussing my goals after finishing my PhD:

“What do you learn”, they asked.

Having recited back to them the course programme and its modules, they asked again:

“No, what did you learn?”

It took me a few weeks to chisel away at that nugget to fully understand its meaning:

“What can you take away from all you have done?”

Now, that’s a question we should all ask ourselves, for the college qualification is only a tiny part of the college experience and yet it’s so all-encompassing you’d be forgiven for thinking the whole point of college is to get that “piece of paper”. And for a lot of people, that’s what they end up with. Thus, when they go looking for work, they bring with them only the piece of paper and nothing else.

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“Bill is a total star! I cannot express my deep gratitude and appreciation enough for his

The education I received allowed me to progress to master’s and doctoral level where I furthered my cultural and linguistic endeavours, now exposing myself more broadly to cultural criticism and literary and structural form. But that was only the beginning. Once I realised what I actually learned, I unlocked my full potential. Indeed, my skills actually allowed me to evaluate and work on documents for clients in completely different sectors to me, helping them unlock the sources of their own research issues and, indeed, their research goal. This socio-scientific analysis of texts has also allowed me to strategize and conceptualise solutions to problems given to me. Indeed, at the time, my business itself was a novel solution to an issue I identified in college. As both strands have their basis in communication, their usefulness is paramount in being able to think critically and solve problems, to demonstrate information literacy, to understand an espouse ethical and civic responsibility, and of course, to communicate effectively. These are traits fostered in college and which are expected to be fostered in today’s workplace.


So, what have you fostered thus far? 


Because that is the key selling point of any intuitive educations – the ability to “make it work for you”. More broadly – to not be locked into narrow and compartmentalised notions of ourselves. In today’s workplace, the more fluid and creative worker is the one who survives. AI has shown us that, if there is a place for rigid structures and people doing one, or repetitive variations of a, task, then it is not humanity who will do it.

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I have always believed in a multidisciplinary approach to education and learning. It is after all, how I came to be in the position I am in today. When a job doesn’t exist for you, you invent it!


I know a lot of you will be here because you wish to advance your career or maybe move into a different field. Although a lot of people come to me with the reason being “I just want to finish this”, very few are allowed to leave with that same mindset. Because I promise you: if you take that mindset with you out of college, you’re going to take it all the way to retirement. Everything we do in college is in service of a career; and so when we feel like we are losing ourselves in college we eventually lose ourselves in our work.


For any career, my goal is to get workers back to what they do best – working – returned to their employers stress free, and a little wiser of their talents. However, a great many people return to work after college with a great sigh of relief; “never again”, uttered like some battle cry. But what war was won, really? Who benefitted? Not the worker, certainly, if that was their response. And not the employer either, for the learnings their worker took back from a bad experience is simply – “never again”, and in that regard, nothing was ever learned. Worse, bad timetable management and a lack of clear focus in college can spell doom for the work environment they return to. Companies spend a fortune interviewing the right candidates for the job, qualifications no longer “cutting it" alone. Simply having the qualification is not enough; you have to utilise it. And so many people don’t, accidentally starting as they mean to go on: dazed and confused.

Dr. Bill

Run by Dr. Bill Mallon, Career Projections began life as a proofreading/ editing company for undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as adult and further education, students. From there, it added other services such as providing mediation and conflict resolution services, helping to resolve academic issues between supervisor and student, regarding thesis completion and time management skills, to name but a few. With feedback, and engagement with academic departments and senior management clients, this soon developed into the academic coaching and support endeavour you see today, with all the above now rolled into one!


When aligned with a person's professional development, Career Projections fast became the perfect vehicle to help today’s modern workers, and academics, with all their re-skilling and upskilling needs, no matter where they land on the QQI award spectrum, be it higher certificate, degree, diploma, postgraduate, or beyond.

I’m here to help, not only get your research back on track but to tease out why you’re doing it in the first place, to ask: what can you learn from all this that would help you in your job. If the answer is to get through it as quickly as possible, then I have a terrifying prospect for you: retirement is far further horizon your college graduation.


As I always say:

Watch your career, not the clock on the wall in your workplace!

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