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My Placement Year – Rory McFarland

August 18, 2021


After a very successful placement year, despite all the challenges that 2020/21 presented, Rory McFarland takes a look back on his time on our Technology Recruitment team at Anson McCade in Belfast.


My name is Rory, I’m from Newcastle upon Tyne and currently studying Business Management at Queen’s University Belfast. I’m an avid football supporter, I enjoying DJing from time to time. You’ll often find me in a Greggs.

I chose Anson McCade as a placement opportunity as it offered the chance to work with blue-chip clients, and get real hands-on experience to engage with a wide range of exciting clients. Anson McCade also kept in constant contact with me throughout the pandemic in 2020 and made the hiring process straightforward and stress-free.

I’ve really enjoyed working with people in an office environment, although I’ve done some working from home. I’m very appreciative to have been supporting public sector work, which has supported the efforts in the fight against the pandemic. Being part of a fantastic office, and the team has been the most enjoyable aspect of working at Anson McCade.

The most important thing I have learned from working here is don’t be afraid to ask questions. I was extremely curious when I started working here and kept asking questions to managers, to help improve my understanding. I found this helped me out considerably later on in my placement as I became much more aware of how to be successful within recruitment.

My most memorable moment was getting my first placement, as at the time I was struggling a little bit in terms of sourcing the right candidates, and then within 3 days, my candidate was sent over to a client, interviewed, and offered a contract role. This was memorable due to the feeling of placing someone and getting off the mark with what was a largely successful placement at Anson McCade.


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