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Seminars 2017

Seminar Room 1

11:30 to 12:00
Personal Statements
Presented by: Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers

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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

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

Angela Burke

13:00 to 13:30
CV and application form hints and tips
Presented by: Brian O'Shea, Personnel Development Director, Aldi

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

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

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

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

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

Seminar Room 2

11:30 to 12:00
How to survive your Quarter Life Crisis
Presented by: Paula Coogan, The Quarter-Life Coach

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

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

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

13:30 to 14:00
A Career in Law
Presented by: Peter Murray, Partner & Kate Gallagher, Trainee Solicitor - A&L Goodbody

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

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

Claudia SheridanAlan O'Riada

13:00 to 13:45
Presentation Skills
Presented by: Rowan Manahan, Fortify Services

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 & Patrick Clarke, Senior Manager -Salesforce

Saurabh ShriharPatrick Clarke

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

RoseMary HoganSiobhain ScanlonFergal Roche

14:45 to 15:15
How to get hired in Consulting
Presented by: Amy Ball, Partner Advisory Consulting - PwC, Helena O'Dwyer, Director Management Consulting- KPMG, Ross O'Neill, Consulting finance- Deloitte & Frank O'Dea, Partner Advisory Services - EY

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

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.  

15:40 to 16:15
How to rock your LinkedIn Profile
Presented by: Hanna Petersons, Employee Referral Recruiter, LinkedIn & Mandy Fransz, Sales Development Specialist, LinkedIn

Hanna PetersonsMandy Fransz

Hanna Petersons, Employee Referral Recruiter, LinkedIn & Mandy Fransz, Sales Development Specialist, LinkedIn

Hanna Petersons is the Employee Referral Recruiter for EMEA at LinkedIn. She is based in the EMEA Headquarters  in Dublin. Hanna is born in Sweden and moved to Dublin a little over a year ago to join the Talent Acquisition team. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences and started her recruitment career back in 2014. 

Mandy graduated for her masters degree in Marketing Management from RSM Erasmus University in July 2015. Upon graduation she was sourced by a LinkedIn recruiter and secured a graduate position in LinkedIn’s Business Leadership Programme. Since then Mandy has rotated through four departments within LinkedIn, currently working in Sales Development. Mandy is passionate about developing herself and others, and is delighted to help other students optimize their LinkedIn profile to help find their dream jobs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:30 to 13:50
CV Tips
Presented by: Caroline Kennedy, Careers Officer, National College of Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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.