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How My Diverse Background Has Helped Me Thrive

Cian Sweeney explains what attracted him to Publicis Sapient and how his diverse background contributes positively to his role as a recruiter.

Cian Sweeney
Cian Sweeney

Tell us about yourself.

Hi, I’m Cian – it’s Irish for “ancient” (how rude 😊).

I recently joined the Publicis Sapient Talent Acquisition team where my focus is finding software engineers to join our incredible Engineering teams.

I’m half Irish and half Zimbabwean but was born in Darlington (County Durham) and raised in Athens (Greece), Orlando (Florida), York (Old York not New York), Cambridge, and London. I don’t list all the cities to brag, it’s mostly to explain why I am full of random cultural references, useless knowledge, and why I sound the way I do. I sadly can’t speak Greek anymore, but I’m bilingual in British and American if that counts for anything.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing in my LGBTQ-friendly football team and tennis in an East London league. As a side hustle, I use my drama background (more on that later) to do voice-over work and love G&Ts and gaming - sometimes together.

How did you come to be at Publicis Sapient?

I studied Animation and Illustration at university but realized whilst studying that I was way more into Drama than I was into animation. So much so, that I went on to study Drama at Drama Centre, Central St. Martins. After graduating, I fell into working in retail and being a stylist assistant. I then decided to change my career and entered the world of recruiting. I found out that I really loved it. I love meeting people from all over the world and helping place them in their perfect role.

I first heard about Publicis Sapient about 3 years ago and have always thought positively about them ever since then they’ve been on my radar. They were a client of the recruitment agency I was working for.

When I got the opportunity to interview with them, the culture of the organization really stood out to me. Even the interview process was fun. While it was challenging, of course, I felt like even that experience was teaching me something. Within my first introduction call, I loved the positive energy I got from my colleagues as they talked about my professional aspirations, career development, and my future. Meeting people for the first time virtually isn’t ideal, but the team made everything so easy. They were inclusive and welcoming (even virtually!). I am looking forward to meeting them in person.

“I always ask my developers: Would you like to work on exciting and greenfield projects while being upskilled in the latest tech? Do you enjoy working on challenges that make every day different? Do you like to be rewarded for hard work and make a change in the world? Because you receive just that joining an organization like Publicis Sapient.”

How do you feel your background and experiences make you a good recruiter?

I believe my international background and life experiences have made me a good recruiter because I feel it helps me relate to such a diverse group and connect with candidates regardless of where they are from or who they are. Publicis Sapient has also championed this about me which makes me feel that my varied upbringing is celebrated here. Studying drama and working in fashion and retail has meant that I have had to deal with people and work on how I present myself which I think is beneficial when looking to place the right people in the right role.

Why should someone consider joining PS?

I always ask my developers: Would you like to work on exciting and greenfield projects while being upskilled in the latest tech? Do you enjoy working on challenges that make every day different? Do you like to be rewarded for hard work and make a change in the world? Because you receive just that joining an organization like Publicis Sapient.

I have only been here 3 months, but I have learned so much, met the most inspiring team, and challenged myself in ways I didn’t think I could. It’s great to be on the other side.

Shameless plug – we are hiring! Join us!

Cian Sweeney
Cian Sweeney
Talent Acquisition Partner
Cian is a member of the UK Talent Acquisition team. He is a proud parent to hundreds of Beanie Babies and amongst many of his talents used to be an avid chess player entering many tourna-ments in his younger years. Always up for a game if anyone is interested.

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