gradireland Graduate Careers Fair

Seminars 2018

2019 seminars coming soon....

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

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

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!

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

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.

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, Head of the Jameson International Graduate Programme

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

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

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

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

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


Brian Leahy, Digital Experience Lead


Seán O’Brien, Engineering Associate


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


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

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)

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


Ben Lomasney – Marketing Assistant, Ag Eisteacht

Adrian McCarthy - Project Manager of For Purpose

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

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

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.


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!


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

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

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