Name: Peter Edgar
Position: Business Project Coordinator
Company: Almac Group
Q: For those who don’t know you, who is the real Peter Edgar?
A: I am an adventurous young entrepreneur who was born and raised in Northern Ireland. I studied Geography at Queen’s University Belfast. During my time there I also took part in the Business Education Initiative studying Business Administration for one year at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. My hobbies include hiking, playing rugby, volunteer work, attempting to play the tin whistle, and I like to sing but I’m not very good.
Q: What brought you to Philadelphia?
A: After I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010, I applied for the United States – Northern Ireland Mentorship Program, which offers young professionals and graduates from Northern Ireland the opportunity to work in corporations in the U.S. for 12 months. I was selected to work for Almac which provides a range of services to pharmaceutical companies. The program was founded by former Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, and had 16 participants in the first year.
Q: What is your favorite part of the city?
A: Philadelphia is a superb city with some great areas to explore. My favorite area would be either Rittenhouse Square, as the park reminds me of Botanic Gardens in Belfast, or Manayunk, as it has a great atmosphere especially during the summer evenings. The city and its people are brilliant! It is definitely a place that I will recommend that my friends back at home visit when they are on vacation.
Q: What will you miss most about the U.S. when you return home to Northern Ireland?
A: I have really enjoyed my time in the U.S. and hope that it won’t be long until I return. I will miss seeing the great group of friends and work colleagues that I have made since arriving here. One of the most exciting aspects of being in this country for 12 months was the opportunity to visit cities that I had only ever seen on TV or read about, so I will miss the traveling aspect, but I am also looking forward to exploring more around Europe. You are all welcome to visit Northern Ireland at any time, so be sure to let me know when you book your flight!
Q: Who inspired you since arriving in the U.S.?
A: This year, I have been fortunate to have encountered many inspirational people. Firstly, my managers at work have been very supportive in sharing their knowledge and expertise which has been great for my professional development. YPN has also been a very inspirational group. Their enthusiasm to help others with their career development and volunteer work has been really motivating, and the friendly community really helped me to settle into my new surroundings. Lastly, I volunteer with a group that meets to serve people soup and bread in the Rittenhouse Square area every Saturday morning. Their dedication and commitment to serving others has made a real impact on me, and I truly appreciate how they welcomed me into their group and allowed me to serve with them.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My ambition is to build a successful business that will have a positive impact on the local community that it serves. I am currently working towards my goal by developing my international business experience and using this time to develop ideas. I think it is important to experience and practice different business techniques in preparation for setting up a business.
Q: What advice would you give to people starting their career?
A: One of the things that I have learned this year is to get involved whether it be with work or volunteering, but in all that you do, work to the best of your ability. Be confident and ask questions. I think sharing advice and talking with other young professionals is a great idea and it will help add value to your experiences. The most important piece of advice is to have a good time and enjoy it.
Interviewed by Julianne Reichert, Marketing Data Coordinator II, Duane Morris LLP