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Seminar room: 1

11:30 to 12:00
Personal Statements
Presented by: Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers
Hints and Tips on How to write a personal statement that catapults you on to your chosen course. Universities and IOTs get lots of Personal Statements every year. How can you make sure that yours makes an impact? Come along to the presentation and you will get some good hints and tips.

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Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers

Angela Collins is the Head of Careers and Careers Advisor at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is enthusiastic about working with undergraduate and graduate students to help discover their passions and assist them in developing their career, academic and personal goals. She enjoys interacting with students of many backgrounds and perspectives. Angela is an active member of AHECS and has served on a number of committees and working groups over the years.

12:00 to 12:30
Where can Irish take you ?
Presented by: Michelle Seoighe Feidhmeannach Margaíochta le Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr, Cormac Breathnach Saoreagarthóir agus Saoraistritheoir - Tionscadal an Fhoclóra Nua Béarla-Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge agus Cian Mac Cárthaigh Léiritheoir Teilifíse agus raidió
Where can Irish take you? Do ghairm le Gaeilge - Your career with Irish Do you speak Irish and would like to know what career paths are available to you? Want to find out more about where Irish can take you? Join Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and her panel to hear how Irish was an advantage in their careers to date covering their backgrounds and various experience in media, education, public sector, translation and also voluntary work. Cén áit is féidir leis an nGaeilge thú a thabhairt? Do Ghairm le Gaeilge An bhfuil Gaeilge agat agus ar mhaith leat a fháil amach cad iad na slite beatha atá ar fáil duit? An mian leat tuilleadh a fháil amach faoi na háiteanna is féidir leis an nGaeilge thú a thabhairt? Bí le Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh agus a painéal lena chloisteáil conas a bhí an Ghaeilge mar bhuntáiste ina ngairm go dtí seo, agus iad ag caint ar a gcúlra agus a dtaithí éagsúil sna meáin, oideachas, an earnáil phoiblí, an t-aistriúchán agus obair dheonach chomh maith.

Foras na Gaeilge

12:30 to 13:00
What is a graduate programme and why choose to apply for one
Presented by: Angela Burke, Graduate Recruitment Manager, EY
This seminar will run through the in’s & outs of what exactly is a graduate programme. It will bring you through a programme from start to finish and highlight both the benefits of embarking upon a graduate programme journey and the reasons why you should consider applying. This seminar will help you make the best informed decision when it comes to progressing through the next stages of your career.

13:00 to 13:30
CV and application form hints and tips
Presented by: Brian O'Shea, Personnel Development Director, Aldi
This seminar will be hosted by Aldi and will run through the actionable steps to take on writing your CV in order to land your dream job.

Brian O'Shea, Personnel Development Director, Aldi

A long standing Aldi employee, Brian O’Shea joined Aldi as an Area Manager in 2006. During his time as an Area Manager he was responsible for a number of stores within the mid-west region. In 2015 Brian was promoted to Personnel and Development Director. Brian currently sits on a number of international committees which shape the future of Aldi, including the UK and Ireland Personnel Development Committee.

13:30 to 14:00
Teacher Training in Scotland with guaranteed employment
Presented by: Linda Brownlow, Deputy Head, University of Strathclyde
Find out about the opportunities to complete teacher training in Scotland by completing a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). The course is currently funded for EU students and you will receive a guaranteed one year paid probationary year after completing the course.

University of Strathclyde logoLinda Brownlow

Linda Brownlow, Deputy Head, University of Strathclyde

Linda has worked at the University of Strathclyde and in Initial Teacher Education since 1989. Having completed an MA (French & German) at the University of Glasgow, Linda then studied for a PGCE (P) at Jordanhill College of Education (now the School of Education at University of Strathclyde). Linda subsequently gained a Special Qualification in Infant Education from St Andrew's College (now University of Glasgow). Prior to Linda's appointment at the University of Strathclyde, she taught in all stages of the primary school.

During Linda's primary teaching career, her particular interests were in Curriculum Development and Literacy, including Modern Languages in the Primary School. Since joining the university Linda has maintained her interest in Literacy, contributing widely to module teaching and development in this area, as well as having an interest and expertise in the field of Enterprise/Entrepreneurial Education. Linda was part of the training team for delivery of Determined to Succeed and was Director of the Centre for Studies in Enterprise, Career Development and Work.

For the five years between 2010 and 2015 she was Course Leader for PGDE with a cohort of 700-800+ students. During this period Linda led the review process for the course, leading to a new and dynamic programme which has been praised by stakeholders.  

She is currently Deputy Head of the School of Education.

14:00 to 14:30
Supercharge your career with digital marketing skills
Presented by: Robert Farrell, Digital Marketing Course Director, Digital Marketing Academy of Ireland
This presentation will inform graduates about why digital marketing skills are important, digital skills required by employees and how to improve your digital skills. This presentation will be very beneficial to all graduates looking to improve their online presence and land their dream job.

Robert O'Farrell

Robert Farrell, Digital Marketing Course Director, Digital Marketing Academy of Ireland

Robert is the Digital Marketing course director with the Digital Marketing Academy of Ireland. Digital Marketing is constantly evolving and offers incredible opportunities for forward thinkers. After working in industry, Robert spent several years speaking at conferences and lecturing in Digital Marketing. Robert prides himself on giving students the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their fields.

14:30 to 15:00
Graduate Programmes USA
Presented by: Patrick Dyar, Camp USA Programme Manager, USIT
USIT is one of Ireland's leading travel companies specialising in a range of Graduate Programmes in the USA as well as Summer Camp programmes to the USA each summer. Come along to our seminar and find out the opportunities open to you and which programme may suit you best. We look forward to meeting you.

Patrick Dyar, Camp USA Programme Manager, USIT

Patrick Dyar – Patrick spent 8 summers at summer camp in Pennsylvania teaching music and video production. He did the graduate visa in 2011/12, spending the year working in Manhattan. He now runs the Camp USA programme for USIT Travel. 
 

15:00 to 15:30
Your future career in Software Development
Presented by: Enda Dowling, Senior Director, Software Development Applications, Workday
This seminar will look into the future of a software developer, explore the various job opportunities available to recent graduates and also look at some of the predictions for the future of programming.

Enda Dowling

Enda Dowling, Senior Director, Software Development Applications, Workday

After studying Computer Application in DCU, Enda’s career in Software Development took him to growing companies from 2 to 200 people, building teams focused on Development, Quality, Automation and Database.

Since joining Workday in 2014, as the 5th member of the Application Development team in Dublin, he has taken responsibility of Application Development across EMEA and built up the team to nearly 200 people. The Application Development team builds core components in Workday’s product offering from inception through to delivery.

 

15:30 to 16:00
Amplify your Personal Brand
Presented by: Michelle Flood, HR Recruiter, HedgeServ
Michelle will go through improving your CV & Interview skills.

Seminar room: 2

11:30 to 12:00
How to survive your Quarter Life Crisis
Presented by: Paula Coogan, The Quarter-Life Coach
Have you reached a point in your 20s or 30s where you are asking yourself 'Is this it?' Are you dis-satisfied with your personal relationships and present accomplishments? Are you struggling to make decisions as to what to do next? Do you feel that everyone is doing much better or is much happier than you are? Then this seminar is for you and will explore: The common triggers and symptoms of 'meltdown mode' What's really at the core of a Quarter Life Crisis The two questions you are asking yourself that are keeping you STUCK in a rut The 3 things you NEED to know to move forward And.. I will share with you exactly what steps you need to take to start making real progress in your life! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Paula Coogan

Paula Coogan, The Quarter-Life Coach

Paula Coogan is The Quarter Life Coach, Ireland's leading expert on The Quarter Life Crisis. Over the past 5 years, she has worked with hundreds of individuals in their 20s and 30s who were stuck in a rut and she has helped them transform their lives. Through 1-1 coaching and group programmes, Paula guides you to get completely clear on what you want from your life and career, and then she supports you to make it happen. Paula regularly features as a guest expert in national print and radio media.

12:00 to 12:30
What it takes to be successful in the professional services
Presented by: Deloitte Brand Ambassadors
This seminar will be hosted by 5 of Deloitte’s Brand Ambassadors who will go explore what they feel are the relevant factors & attributes to being successful in the professional services.

Danielle Deasy, Ross O'Neill, Ryan Basquel, Vidisha Vishwasa, William Egan

12:30 to 13:00
Ace Your Interview - how to predict the questions and give great answers
Presented by: Sinead English, Career Consultant, Hilt - Back Yourself
At this seminar find out what you need to do to impress your interviewers and maximise your chances of getting the job. What is the most efficient and successful way to prepare for your interview - hint - it is NOT doing an internet search of "Most Popular Interview Questions" - that's the worst way! How to make a great first impression. What is a Competency Interview and what's the best way to answer those questions? Video Interviews - what do I need to know? Tips and techniques to avoid blanking, reduce interview nerves and do a great interview.

Sinead English

Sinead English, Career Consultant, Hilt

Sinéad English is a career consultant and founder of Hilt - Back Yourself. Hilt works with clients advising on all aspects of the career management process including career change planning, online and offline networking, creating job search action plans, writing CVs and preparing clients to ace their interview. We have helped 1000s of students and graduates secure highly competitive graduate roles and we know what it takes to make a strong impact at an interview. Sinéad lectures on Career Management at the University of Limerick. Prior to establishing Hilt - Back Yourself, Sinéad spent 13 years as an investment banker for JP Morgan in London. 

13:00 to 13:30
Whiteboard Interview Skills
Presented by: Ian Doyle, Consulting Manager, Guidewire
This seminar will go through what a candidate can expect during a typical technical white boarding session as part of an interview. We will cover how to best prepare for this, the kind of technical questions that might be asked as well as what the interviewer is looking for when they ask certain questions. The goal is to provide students advice and guidance so they can be prepared for this during an interview and showcase their technical ability as best as they can.

13:30 to 14:00
A Career in Law
Presented by: Peter Murray, Partner & Kate Gallagher, Trainee Solicitor - A&L Goodbody
This seminar will cover careers in law in general such as: ​how to become a solicitor, what employers look for in potential recruits (the application processes and interview tips) and the career path following qualification etc.

Peter MurrayKate Gallagher

14:00 to 14:30
Harnessing the power of Emotional Intelligence in Recruitment
Presented by: Jennifer Dowling, Vitae Consulting

14:30 to 15:00
Entrepreneurship as a Career
Presented by: Dara Quinlan

Dara Quinlan

Seminar room: 3

12:00 to 12:30
Life after Graduating
Presented by: Una Rorke Three Ireland, Colin Walshe ESB & Suzanne Reidy HedgeServ
What is life really like after graduating? This seminar will discuss what to expect before you get your first job. Our wonderful panel speakers will discuss their personal journey and give an insight into what life is really like after graduating!

Una RorkeColin Walshe

Una Rorke, Head of Recruitment, Compensation and Operations, P&P - Three Ireland, Colin Walshe, Electrical Engineer- ESB & Suzanne Reidy, HR Manager- HedgeServ

12:30 to 13:00
A Career in Engineering
Presented by: Kingspan, Ericsson & ESB
Want to learn how to climb the engineering career ladder? This industry lead panel discussion will feature experts from the areas of Engineering, who will discuss the key skills required, alternative career paths and the future of the Engineering landscape.

Claudia SheridanAlan O'Riada

13:00 to 13:45
Presentation Skills
Presented by: Rowan Manahan, Fortify Services
Looking to improve your presentation skills and to enhance your career and reputation in corporate settings? Then this is the seminar for you. Visit Rowan in the gradireland Talks room where he will supply you with tips and tricks for battling those nerves and on how to stay focused.

Rowan Manahan

Rowan Manahan

Rowan is the Career Guy. He is the founder of Fortify Services, a Dublin-based career management firm and is the author of the best-sellers Where’s My Oasis? and Ultimate CV. From his strong corporate background, he brings a unique perspective to his lectures and talks on career-related matters and now works with both employers and job-seekers helping to put round pegs into round holes.

Rowan has written for the Irish Times, the Irish and Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus, Marketing, and Cosmopolitan. He has worked extensively on RTE television and radio, and is a work issues expert for many local radio stations and online recruitment sites.

13:45 to 14:15
Key skills required by companies hiring tech graduates
Presented by: Joan Brown Vice President, Counterparty Credit Risk Technology - Bank of America, Chris Copp, Recruitment Manager - Susquehanna, Saurabh Shrihar, Software Development Manager - Johnson & Johnson & Salesforce
Graduates with the right technical skills can find work in both indigenous and multinational companies in the ICT sector. The Irish owned tech industry is flourishing and is constantly developing new, cutting edge products. This industry lead panel discussion will feature experts from the areas of Technology who will give graduates an insight into what key skills they must obtain to lead to a successful career within the ICT sector.

Saurabh Shrihar

14:15 to 14:45
Experience it all: Benefits of a rotation programme
Presented by: Siobhain Scanlon - Musgrave, Rose Mary Hogan - Glanbia & Fergal Roche - Ornua
Our panel members from Glanbia & Musgrave will be speaking about rotation programmes covering the key areas below: 1.What it is? 2.Typical areas of rotation 3.Who’s eligible? 4.Benefits? 5.What’s Next?

RoseMary HoganSiobhain ScanlonFergal Roche

14:45 to 15:15
How to get hired in Consulting
Presented by: Amy Ball, Partner Advisory Consulting - PwC, Laura White, Recruitment Assistant Manager - KPMG, Ross O'Neill, Consulting finance- Deloitte & Frank O'Dea, Partner Advisory Services - EY
This seminar will be hosted by 4 panellists from the Big Four: EY, Deloitte, PwC & KPMG. They will discuss consulting in a general sense touching off the skills & attributes required for working in this industry and what employers look for when hiring. Drop into the gradireland talks room at 2.45pm to get an insight into the world of consulting.

Amy BallRoss O'Neill

15:15 to 15:45
Looking for Purpose. Careers in the Not-for-Profit sector
Presented by: Adrian McCarthy, Recruitment Coordinator- 2into3 & Hugh O'Reilly, Director of Business Development - The Wheel
There are some 20,000 not-for-profit organisations in Ireland. It includes organisations such as the GAA, SVP, the Irish Times, Concern, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, UCD, Cluid Housing Association, Dublin and St. Vincent's University Hospital. Graduates can find opportunities to work with these organisations as nurses, social workers, accountants, engineers, fundraisers, teachers, marketers and much more. If you are seeking a career with purpose come along to ‘Looking for Purpose. Careers in the Not-for-Profit sector’ by 2into3 in conjunction with the Wheel.

Adrian McCarthyHugh O'Reilly

Adrian McCarthy, Recruitment Coordinator- 2into3 & Hugh O'Reilly, Director of Business Development - The Wheel

Adrian McCarthy is the recruitment Coordinator for 2into3. Adrian assists in all aspects of the recruitment process and has specific responsibility for 2into3's Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme. Adrian holds a BA (Hons) in Drama & English from University College Cork, graduating in 2016.

Hugh is Director of Business Development for The Wheel, Ireland's national association for community, voluntary and charitable organisations. A Furniture design graduate from DIT he made his way eventually into a rewarding career in the community and voluntary sector having previously held management and business development roles in Construction, Education and the Arts. His only regret is not having chosen the career path sooner.  

16:15 to 16:45
What can I do with my Arts degree?
Presented by: Michelle Cooney- Enterprise Rent A Car, Sinead D'Arcy, International Graduate Programme Manager - Irish Distillers Jameson Pernod Ricard & Jennifer Kwan, Graduate Programme Lead -Aryzta
This panel discussion will bring to light some of the career options that are available to arts and humanities graduates. With the right tools and the right approach your arts degree can take you wherever you want to go!

Michelle Cooney- Enterprise Rent A Car, Sinead D'Arcy, International Graduate Programme Manager - Irish Distillers Jameson Pernod Ricard & Jennifer Kwan, Graduate Programme Lead -Aryzta

Seminar room: 4

11:50 to 12:10
Online and distance learning – the realities!
Presented by: Laurence Knell, Open University Associate Lecturer on the OU Business School’s MBA program, Open University
Postgraduate study - intellectually rewarding – yes. Potentially enhancing your career and prospects – often. However, there are other factors to consider. What questions should you ask yourself and the provider - and what are the pitfalls to avoid? Laurence will consider the advantages of distance education, highlighting the aspects you should consider when selecting your postgraduate course.

Laurence Knell

Laurence Knell, Open University Associate Lecturer on the OU Business School’s MBA program, Open University

Laurence is a management consultant with almost 20 years’ experience working in the consultancy, technology and transportation sectors in Ireland, Europe and Australia and has a track record of delivering organizational change, strategic realignment and business growth both as a consultant and as a leader within organizations.  He is a director of Strategic Innovation Partners, a Dublin-based consultancy, and a co-founder of Brain for Business, an initiative bringing together practical insights from the world of behavioural and brain science to deliver better business practice and outcomes.

 

Laurence is an Associate Lecturer on the Open University Business School’s MBA program, focusing on key aspects of general management, creativity and innovation, and also teaches in the area of policing.   He has contributed to and co-authored published university texts and course work in these areas.

12:10 to 12:30
CVs for the Irish Market - A Guide for International Students
Presented by: Breda Hegarty, Pre-employment Trainer, Business in the Community
Having a well-crafted CV can radically improve your chance of being selected for a role. Creating your CV in a way that grabs the employer’s attention and highlights your skills, accomplishments and experience is crucial. This seminar will provide advice and tips on how to write a captivating, well-organized and easy to read CV for the Irish Market. Guidelines will be given on how to highlight your achievements and showcase yourself in a professional way. There will be advice on structure, formatting and content, the common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. This seminar will take the mystery out of making a first rate CV.

Breda Hegarty

Breda Hegarty, pre-employment trainer, Business in the Community

Breda draws on more than 10 years of experience as a Pre-employment Trainer and job coach. During this time she has built up expertise in the areas of successful CV and cover letter writing and interview techniques. To keep up to date with HR trends, she has met with numerous HR managers and recruitment consultants of the top companies and agencies in Ireland i.e. Matheson, Transdev, Enterprise Rent a Car, Oracle, CPL, Sigmar and many more.

As part of the EPIC programme she works closely with people that have barriers to gaining employment and to date has supported numerous jobseekers to secure employment or further education.  

She is the author of the website www.thejobmotivator.com, an active blogger and writes many articles for jobseekers. Breda has shared best practice in job seeking and working with jobseekers at meetings in Malta, Greece and Girona.

12:30 to 12:50
Creating a winning CV – how to stand out from the crowd
Presented by: Marie Kielty
When a recruiter receives your CV, it needs to be well presented and it needs to catch his or her eye. It also needs to tell a story and why you are the right person for the job. There are different ways of formatting and presenting CVs in order to best present you as a candidate. Make the most of this session: Bring your CV; take notes of key points that are relevant to you; ask questions! – this is your opportunity to talk to the professionals and ask questions that will help you create the CV that will get you noticed!

Marie Kielty

Marie Kielty, ITT Dublin, Careers Officer

Marie has been employed as the Careers Officer in ITT Dublin for over 11 years providing both undergraduate and postgraduate careers advice and support to students from a broad range of disciplines. She previously worked in Portobello College as the Careers Advisor for 8 years. Marie brings a significant wealth of experience having been working directly with students in the higher education sector for all of this time. Marie studied Psychology as an undergraduate in NUI Galway, completed a postgraduate Diploma in Business in Smurfit Business School and is MCIPD qualified from DIT. Marie has also completed qualifications in Emotional Intelligence and Levels A & B Psychometric Testing.

12:50 to 13:10
Conversion Courses
Presented by: Dave Kilmartin, DIT
Conversion courses are postgraduate courses which can provide an opportunity for students to diversify and specialise in other career fields. It is a growing area of education provision in third level with courses ranging from fashion to PR; from accountancy to marketing; from law to advertising and from psychology to public affairs, to name but a few. If you are considering further study, a conversion course could be a viable option for you. Come along to find out more.

Dave Kilmartin

Dave Kilmartin

Dave Kilmartin is Head of Dublin Institute of Technology Career Development Centre. He has an honours degree in Communications from Dublin City University and a Masters degree in Communications and Cultural studies from the same University. He also has a postgraduate qualification in Careers Guidance and Counselling from University College Dublin. He is a fellow of the University of Warwick where is a trainer on guidance skills. He has delivered Guidance Training in Finland and South Africa and is a member of the Executive of the Association of Higher Education Career Services in Ireland.

13:10 to 13:30
Postgraduate Funding Options
Presented by: SUSI
This seminar will be hosted by SUSI and will deliver information on funding options available to you in postgraduate education.

13:30 to 13:50
CV Tips
Presented by: Caroline Kennedy, Careers Officer, National College of Ireland
This seminar will cover some key points on CV writing that will demonstrate your skills and experience and ensure an employer continues reading your CV.

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy, Careers Officer, National College of Ireland

Caroline Kennedy is the Head of Careers with National College of Ireland. Over the last 14 years she has worked with thousands of students – undergraduate and postgraduate to assist them in planning and achieving their career goals and is experienced in assisting and advising students with networking, action planning, career strategies, CV writing and interview preparation and currently lectures on Career Management Modules within NCI. She served on the AHECS Executive Board for 6 years, chaired the labour market task group and remains an active member of this group. Prior to working with National College of Ireland, Caroline worked for a number of years in the recruitment industry. 

13:50 to 14:10
Assessment Centres
Presented by: Noreen Dowd, Head of Graduate recruitment & development, Kerry
Participants will gain an understanding of what Assessment Centres are, why they are used in the recruitment process, what to expect at an Assessment Centre and some tips on how to prepare.

Noreen Dowd

Noreen Dowd, Head of Graduate recruitment & Development, Kerry

Currently Head of Graduate Recruitment & Development for Kerry Europe and Russia. Kerry is one of Ireland’s leading Graduate Programmes recruiting in excess of 60 Graduates annually for roles in Ireland, UK and Europe. Noreen has worked in the area of Early Career recruitment and development for over 7 years and has a huge personal and professional interest in student employability. Noreen holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Cork, a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from NUI Galway and in 2016, she qualified as a Personal Leadership and Executive Coach.

14:10 to 14:30
What makes a good CV
Presented by: Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers
Hints and Tips on how to write your CV. How can you make sure that yours makes an impact? Come along to the presentation and you will get some good hints and tips.

Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers

Angela Collins is the Head of Careers and Careers Advisor at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is enthusiastic about working with undergraduate and graduate students to help discover their passions and assist them in developing their career, academic and personal goals. She enjoys interacting with students of many backgrounds and perspectives. Angela is an active member of AHECS and has served on a number of committees and working groups over the years.

14:50 to 15:10
Immigration rights & entitlements for International Students & Third Level Graduates
Presented by: Colin Lenihan

Colin Lenihan

Colin Lenihan, Information & Legal Support Officer, Immigrant Council of Ireland

Colin joined the Immigrant Council of Ireland in April 2017 as an Information & Legal Support Officer. He runs the Information & Referral Service to the general public & the Citizens Information Board & provides advocacy support in particular cases. Colin graduated from NUI Galway with a Bachelor of Law & UCC with a Masters in Law and has previously worked in the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) as well as the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) as a Legal Officer. Prior to joining the Immigrant Council of Ireland he worked in the Asylum/Immigration Division of  KOD Lyons Solicitors a specialist human rights practice for a number of years

15:10 to 15:30
CVs for the Irish Market - A Guide for International Students
Presented by: Breda Hegarty, Pre-employment Trainer, Business in the Community
Having a well-crafted CV can radically improve your chance of being selected for a role. Creating your CV in a way that grabs the employer’s attention and highlights your skills, accomplishments and experience is crucial. This seminar will provide advice and tips on how to write a captivating, well-organized and easy to read CV for the Irish Market. Guidelines will be given on how to highlight your achievements and showcase yourself in a professional way. There will be advice on structure, formatting and content, the common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. This seminar will take the mystery out of making a first rate CV.

Breda Hegarty

Breda Hegarty, pre-employment trainer, Business in the Community

Breda Hegarty is the Pre-employment Trainer with Business in the Community. She is the author of the www.thejobmotivator.com blog and has written many articles for job-seekers. Breda draws on over 9 years of experience, working closely with people that have barriers to gaining employment. She has met with many HR managers of the top companies in Ireland to keep up to date with HR trends and to impart this knowledge. To date she has supported over 2,000 job-seekers from 93 countries, with approximately 70% of those going on to start employment or further education as part of the EPIC Programme.

15:30 to 15:50
From Study to Work, the Transition
Presented by: Brendan Baker, Head of Career Development, Maynooth University
This seminar will focus on how to make a good impression in the work place from day one and will cover the do’s and don’ts of office etiquette.

Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker, Head of Career Development Centre, Maynooth University

Brendan Baker is the head of the Career Development Centre at Maynooth University and Chair of AHECS, the Association of Higher Education Careers Services.   He previously worked as Director of Human Resources at Maynooth and at the East Coast Area Health Board.   He is passionate about supporting students throughout their university journey and their transition from higher education to the world of work.

15:50 to 16:10
CV's for today's market
Presented by: Anne Hannan, Careers Advisor & Alumni Manager, CCT College
Anne Hannan will go through some hints and tips on preparing your CV for today’s market covering topics such as: • Selling your 'Best-Self' • Success verbs, target figures • Showcasing you and your work. CV's are changing, so it’s important that you keep up with the latest trends.

Anne Hannan

Anne Hannan, Careers Advisor & Alumni Manager, CCT College

Employability Skills Coach and Trainer, Career Guidance Counsellor, Group Facilitator, Trainer and Life Coach with over 13 years people management experience in the UK & Ireland. Anne is experienced in many forms of group training and coaching specialising in career and self-development programmes. Practical experience on a variety of specific employability programmes from executive networking and support programmes to training and employment programmes for long-term unemployed returning to education and employment.