Students at the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair

Seminars 2018

Seminar Room 1

12:00 to 12:30
Your professional image and personal brand
Presented by: Laura Jordan, Owner

This seminar will cover the following topics below;

  • Making the Right Impression; Personal Branding – Why does it matter?
  • Professional Image; The Business Side of Style
  • The Importance of Shape and Fit
  • Determining Your Workplace Dresscode
  • What Do You Need to Buy?
  • Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for Work
  • Personal Branding in the World Wide Web – How does it impact?
  • Your Life Online – What to Say and Where to Say it

Laura Jordan

Laura Jordan, Style Savvy

Laura Jordan is a Fashion Stylist, Image Consultant and Owner of StyleSavvy®. Having developed StyleSavvy® to a full-service style consultancy, Laura offers individual consultations, small-group workshops and large-scale events. Specialising in Corporate Dressing and Workwear Wardrobes, Laura’s popular ‘StyleWorks’ seminar features a comprehensive guide to Interview Style. Working with both established corporations and recent graduates, she addresses Workplace Image with smart, realistic and price-conscious advice. Laura also lectures in Fashion Styling and Image Consultancy in Dublin Institute of Design and is a fashion contributor with WeekendAM on Virgin Media One.

12:30 to 13:00
It's not you, it's me: Figuring out which company is "the one"
Presented by: Kymberley Campbell, Campus Recruiter, Hubspot

This talk will discuss the theme of company culture and will explain how to assess company culture before joining as an intern or new grad.

Kymberley Campbell

Kymberley Campbell, Campus Recruiter, Hubspot

Kymberley is a Campus Recruiter at HubSpot where she finds, attracts and hires top junior talent into internship and co-op programs across all parts of the company. She is always seeking new and innovative ways to build a more inclusive experience for students of varying backgrounds whilst growing and expanding engagement with campuses across Europe as HubSpot continues to grow as a diverse organisation.

In the past, Kymberley has worked in higher education and investment banking campus recruitment helping students to navigate the start of their career journeys. She is passionate about creating a tangible impact on the lives of young people entering the workforce and creating opportunities for all students to ensure they realise their full potential.


13:00 to 13:30
Sourcing Employment Opportunities in Ireland – Information for International Students
Presented by: Helen Conway NCI, Angela Lambkin QQI, Parvez Mulani Accenture, Aoife Kilmurray PwC

13:30 to 14:00
What success looks like in the professional services
Presented by: Panel from Deloitte; Anya Cummins, Ryan Basquel, Ross O'Neill, Vidisha Vishwasa. William Egan, Sybil Smyth

Anya Cummins, a former graduate with Deloitte and now Partner within it’s M&A advisory team speaks to graduates Sybil, Ross, Vidisha, Ryan and William on what success looks likes to them in a professional services firm and how to achieve it. Anya will touch on everything from a typical day to tips for preparing for responsibility, to work life balance and tips for anyone considering joining  a professional services firm.


14:00 to 14:30
Life after graduating
Presented by: Ross Kerrigan Musgrave, Gary Gunn Workday, Michael Redmond Abbvie
What is life really like after graduating? This panel discussion 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!

Gary GunnRoss Kerrigan

14:30 to 15:00
Where can Irish take you ?
Presented by: Foras na Gaeilge - Panel Discussion

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.

15:00 to 15:30
The WAM Programme- Opportunities for Graduates with Disabilities
Presented by: Caroline McGrotty and Hannah Kelly
The WAM (Willing, Able Mentoring) Programme at AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) offers paid, mentored internships of at least 6 months to graduates with disabilities. This seminar will give an insight into the WAM programme, how it educates employers on disability awareness, how the programme works for graduates and outline the success of our graduates. With a wide range of employers from Bank of Ireland, DellEMC and the Civil Service, and over 400 graduates placed from all different backgrounds from level 6 upwards – there is something for everyone.

15:30 to 16:00
Building resilience and managing stress
Presented by: Sarah McGowan, eShopWorld

Sarah McGowan

Sarah McGowan, eShopWorld

Sarah McGowan is Learning and Development manager for eShopWorld, Irelands Fastest Growing Tech company. In 10+ years in HR and Training, Sarah has worked with people across multiple professions, experience levels and specialities and the one thing that connects them all is managing stress. Sarah will bring tips and tricks on what the top execs do to manage stress, build resilience in a fast paced working environment and how to apply these techniques as a graduate. Sarah has a Masters in Learning and Development, specialising in online learning and game based learning, and is a Fellow of the IITD (Irish Institute of Training and Development).

Seminar Room 2

12:00 to 12:30
Key employability skills for today’s graduate
Presented by: Civil Service panel discussion
Come along to this panel discussion and uncover what key skills graduates need today upon entering the working world.

12:30 to 13:00
A Career in Law
Presented by: Peter Murray, Partner & Amy Eustace , 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.

Amy Eustace

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
Getting hired - your professional profile
Presented by: Sinéad D'Arcy, Jameson

If there was a magic formula for how to get hired then your professional profile would definitely be part of it!

Whether it’s through the online profile on your LinkedIn account, your digital footprint across your social media channels or the elevator pitch at the start of your CV, you have control over what you want your profile to be. You control how you want perspective employers to view you; your qualifications, your experience, your strengths, interests and career ambition. In an increasingly competitive jobs market your professional profile can help you stand out from the crowd and grab the attention of employers. Your professional profile, come along to this seminar and learn how to nail it!

Sinéad D'Arcy

Sinéad D'Arcy

Sinéad is Head of the Jameson International Graduate Programme. As an experienced HR training & development professional Sinéad has a passion for the attraction, selection, development & retention of graduate talent. Her role includes recruitment of best fit graduate talent, design of the programmes award winning programmes training & development offering & the development, implementation & evaluation of the graduate management framework for a global network of 100 Brand Ambassadors based across over 50 international markets.

14:00 to 14:30
Your Path to a Traineeship – Law & Non-Law Graduates
Presented by: Eimear Power, Recruitment Manager, Arthur Cox

This seminar will give both law graduates and non-law graduates a guide to getting from university to starting a traineeship. We will address some of the myths around legal traineeships, explain the FE-1 exams and the structure of a legal traineeship. We will also explain what we look for in a future trainee and how you can make your application stand out.

Hear from our trainees from both law and non-law backgrounds about how they found the path to a traineeship and their experiences as a trainee in Arthur Cox.


14:30 to 15:00
ACE your Assessment Centre - Inside Hints and Tips from the Creators behind the Content
Presented by: Sarah O'Neil & Nicola Paolucci, Occupational Psychology Consultants, Cut-e

About to graduate? Unsure of what happens next? Meet the assessment experts that the best global firms rely on to select their top talent. Come along to find the key to Assessment Centre success, with exclusive access to our latest Escape Room exercise!

With our insider info, you’ll be fully prepared to show todays Graduate employers that you have what it takes to ACE your Assessment Centre!

Sarah O’Neil & Nicola Paolucci, Occupational Psychology Consultants, Cut-e

Sarah O’Neil

Sarah O’Neil is an Occupational Psychology Consultant with cut-e, an Aon company. In this role, she has worked on various Graduate level projects for both Irish and International companies and has gained extensive knowledge about the competencies, skills and attributes that todays graduate employers seek.

As an Occupational Psychologist, she has expertise in recommending tools for talent assessment (e.g. Psychometric Assessments, Video Interviews), designing and running Assessment Centres and is qualified in providing group-level and individualised candidate feedback. She has consulted with various organisations to run these projects across the financial, retail, telecommunications, automotive and public sectors.

Prior to joining cut-e, Sarah completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Limerick and also worked part-time. She continued on to specialise in Work and Organisational Psychology, graduating from UL’s Kemmy Business School with a Masters Degree in 2017. 

Nicola Paolucci

Nicola joined cut-e in September 2017. Since joining he has worked across a breadth of projects including designing and delivering Graduate level assessment centres and advising on specific selection processes.

Prior to joining cut-e, Nicola gained extensive experience Recruitment and Selection as a Social Media Recruiter at Revlon. In this role, he mastered the attraction of talents through head hunting and employer branding, as well as selection of top talents (Psychometric assessments, Assessment Centres, Competency-based interviews).

He has worked extensively with clients in technical, sales and retail. He also has extensive experience validating and evaluating talent assessment data and applies his statistical and analytical skills to produce creative and insightful analyses and user-friendly reports.

15:00 to 15:30
Work Life Balance from the Get Go
Presented by: Hilda McEvoy, Relationship Mentor, Irish Association of Relationship Mentors, I.A.R.M

This seminar will have practical tips on how to deal with stress, on how to have clear and direct  communication, on  minding yourself and creating a Work Life Balance.

Hilda McEvoy

Hilda McEvoy, Relationship Mentor, Irish Association of Relationship Mentors, I.A.R.M

Hilda McEvoy is a Professional Communication Skills Trainer, Relationship Mentor and Parent Mentor. She gives courses, talks and one to one's on personal effectiveness. Her interest is in helping individuals to realise their potential. She works with individuals to explore issues and patterns of behaviour giving rise to new perspectives and greater wellbeing.

Hilda holds a Hons BA French and Economics, Diploma in Marketing, Higher Diploma in Relationship Mentoring, Cert in FamilyTherapy and is an  Accredited Member of the Irish Association of Relationship Mentors.

gradireland Talks

12:30 to 13:00
Key skills required by companies hiring tech graduates
Presented by: Len McAuliff, Director in Cyber Security and Forensics, PwC, Lorna Martyn, Head of Technology, Fidelity Investments, Ita Langton, Technology consulting partner, Deloitte

Len McAuliffeLorna MartynIta Langton

13:15 to 13:45
Ace Your Interview - Prepare yourself for face-to-face and video interviews
Presented by: Sinead English, Career Consultant, Hilt - Back Yourself
In this session, 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? - How do you make a great first impression? - What is a Competency Interview and what's the best way to answer those questions? - What is a Strengths Based Interview? - What do I need to know about Video Interviews Get tips and techniques on how 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 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.

14:00 to 14:30
Getting future ready – Unleashing your creativity and innovation in the workplace
Presented by: Rose Hogan, Head of Graduate Recruitment and Development, Brian Leahy, Digital Experience Lead and Seán O’Brien, Engineering Associate & Spark Winner

Employers more than ever need their people to be agile and to lead the way in seeking out new possibilities through creativity and innovation, particularly with the pace of change and increasingly complex and ambiguous landscape today. Hear from Glanbia about how they, through their multi-award winning graduate programme, get their graduates future career ready and how you too can get future career ready!

Rose Hogan, Head of Graduate Recruitment and Development – EMEA

Rose leads Glanbia's graduate programme and is responsible for designing best-in-class experiences to develop their emerging leaders. She's hugely passionate about lifelong learning and is a recent graduate herself having completed her DCU Masters in HR Strategies in 2017.  She has worked extensively in the field through her current role and previous roles in Deloitte and Merrill Lynch.

Brian Leahy, Digital Experience Lead

Brian is an enthusiastic professional with a wealth of national and international experience having worked in key roles in a number of creative and digital agencies. At Glanbia Brian is part of the Digital Media team, an internal creative resource, leading a group of talented professionals to deliver digital services across the group. He works to combine data with design, developing digital strategy and investigating innovative approaches to business challenges.

Seán O’Brien, Engineering Associate

Seán is a recent UCD mechanical engineering graduate working with Glanbia since September 2017 through the Pure Ambition Graduate programme. For the past year, Seán has played key roles in engineering projects and is moving into a process engineering role next year.  As part of the Graduate programme, Seán received the opportunity to attend the Spark Design Thinking Challenge resulting in a presentation to Glanbia’s Managing Director, Siobhán Talbot as part of the winning team.

15:00 to 15:30
5-A-Day for Your Mental Health
Presented by: Jigsaw proud partners of Lidl Ireland
Want to learn ways you can mind your mental health and support the mental health of others? Have you had your 5-A-Day yet? And no we don't mean fruit and vegetables!

Lidl logoJigsaw Young people's health in mind


We are Jigsaw. Our vision is an Ireland where every young person's mental health is valued and supported. Our mission is to advance the mental health of young people in Ireland (aged 12-25) by influencing change, strengthening communities, and delivering services through our evidence informed early intervention and prevention approach.

15:35 to 16:05
The DOs and Donts of getting started
Presented by: Owen Laverty Head of Enterprise and Economics in DLR coco

This seminar will go through the do's and don'ts when setting up your own business.

Owen Laverty

Owen Laverty Head of Enterprise and Economics in DLR coco

Owen Laverty is the Head of Enterprise and Economics for Dunlaoghaire Rathdown leading a team to support the business community in the region. An Engineer by training who designed and commercialised a number of products over his career. Owen has also  succesfully worked with entrepreneurs and scientists over the last 20 years to help them commercialise their technologies. He has run a high tech incubator, supported all types of industries from craft to deep tech, designed programs to support the entrepreneurial community, started student entrepreneur programs while in Maynooth University, was one of the Irish founders of the European Space Agency Incubator in Ireland and is a member of numerous working groups to support entrepreneurism in Ireland. Owen likes to help entrepreneurs either succeed or fail quickly.  

16:05 to 16:30
Careers with purpose - graduate opportunities in the not-for-profit sector.
Presented by: Darren Ryan: CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Hugh O’Reilly: Director of Business Development for The Wheel Ben Lomasney: Marketing Assistant for Ag Eisteacht

Are you looking for a career with purpose? Have you thought about a career in the not-for-profit sector? The sector needs graduates with a very broad range of skills and educational backgrounds to work in it – whether you’re a social care graduate or a graduate of business or arts, there is a place for you in the not-for-profit sector if your ambition is to have a career with purpose!

During this panel discussion, professionals working in the not-for-profit sector will discuss how they got into the sector and the potential career routes for new graduates.

Darren Ryan – CEO, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)

Darren is the CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation focused on solving social problems in Ireland more quickly and effectively.  They support high-potential social entrepreneurs to scale around Ireland by providing funding and working closely with them to develop their ideas. Over the last 13 years SEI has invested over €7 million in high-potential social entrepreneurs. Success stories include Men’s Sheds, Pieta House, FoodCloud and Women for Election. In total their Awardees have impacted the lives of over 1.7 million people, creating over 1,230 jobs in the process.

Darren is also the Chair of Soar, an organisation that helps young people to develop their emotional resilience and find their passion. In 2016 he was named among the ‘Top Ten Outstanding Young People in Ireland’ by Junior Chambers International. 

Hugh O’Reilly – Director of Business Development, The Wheel

Hugh is the Director of Development with The Wheel since June 2016. Hugh’s main role in The Wheel is to drive and implement the organisations strategic funding plan. This means he spends most of his time assessing new opportunities for the organisation and developing proposals for projects that will help deliver greater supports to the not-for-profit sector.

Hugh also supports The Wheel’s member organisations by delivering training, webinars, blogs and answering general member queries on issues relating to funding, fundraising, income diversification and so on.

Hugh’s primary degree was a BA in Furniture Design, believe it or not, and he also holds a Certificate in Fundraising and an MA in Public & Political Communication. He has spent most of his working career in business development roles; the majority of that time being spent in development roles in not-for-profits.

Ben Lomasney – Marketing Assistant, Ag Eisteacht

Ben joined the Ag Eisteacht team in September 2018. A graduate from UCC with a BComm degree, majoring in marketing, Ben assists in the development and implementation of social media and marketing activities.

Having completed his degree in May 2018, this is Ben’s first professional role in the not-for-profit sector. During his time studying abroad in the Netherlands however, he had the opportunity to provide marketing assistance to Singelswim Utrecht, a charity swim dedicated to collecting funds and raising the awareness of FSHD, a genetic muscle disorder. His work effort on this project, as well as on other marketing assignments during his time with UCC, has provided him with the skills and expertise to perform his role with us at Ag Eisteacht.

Ben is a current graduate trainee on the For Purpose programme.

Adrian McCarthy - Project Manager of For Purpose

Adrian is the project manager of the For Purpose programme and is responsible for the programme’s development and growth. Adrian took on responsibility for the programme in late 2016 and successfully placed 8 graduate trainees into not-for-profit organisations over the course of 2017. Identifying the need for a more structured and large-scale programme with the ability to attract real attention and inspired by the overwhelming desire from graduates for a career path into the not-for-profit sector, Adrian instigated the For Purpose concept in early 2018 and has been leading on the launch of the programme this year. Adrian holds a BA in Drama & English from University College Cork.

Adrian is dedicated to providing graduate opportunities for those seeking purpose in their careers and to enhancing and sustaining the sector by bringing in fresh graduate talent.

CV Seminars

11:50 to 12:10
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. 

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: Ann Purcell, SUSI
Considering a Masters, PhD or HDip but worried about how to fund it? This session facilitate by SUSI will provide Information on the funding options available and when do apply. This is a must attend session for anyone considering postgraduate study.


SUSI is Ireland's national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time 3rd level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the state. Visit for more information.

13:30 to 14:00
CV & Interview tips
Presented by: Cian O'Reilly & Hannah Murray, EY

Two of EY's student recruiters will run through CV tips and Interview insights. During the session they will discuss how best to tell your story, what top employers are looking out for, what interview day looks like at EY and why you shouldn’t be nervous about it!


Cian O'ReillyHannah Murray

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.

14:30 to 15:00
Interview Tips
Presented by: Michele Martin, Recruiting Manager, Accenture

Come along to this seminar to gain an insight into some interview do's and don'ts with Michele Martin from Accenture.

15:00 to 15:20
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.