Seminars 2019

Seminar Room 1

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

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, StyleSavvy®

12:30 to 13:00
Key employability skills for today’s graduate
Presented by: Nicola Paolucci, Occupational Psychology Consultant, cut-e an Aon Company

Recognising what key skills you possess and what the skills requirements are for employers is one of the key components to ensuring you are successful in your graduate job search.

This session will delve into the skills requirements of organisations and help you to successfully map your future career plans.

13:00 to 13:30
Transferable skills - your best strategy to career path success
Presented by: Karina Septore, Careers Advisor, National College of Ireland

The great thing about transferable skills is that you already have them. These are core skills which are of value in a wide range of situations and job roles, these include skills such as problem solving, communication & team work. Come along to this seminar with Karina to highlight the power of transferable skills! The session will cover; 

  • Defining transferable skills
  • Importance of transferable skills in the changing job market
  • Ways to learn and develop the skills
  • Showcasing your transferable skills

13:30 to 14:00
Changing Ireland. It’s all in a day’s work
Presented by: Niall Leavy, Head of Strategic Projects,

This seminar session will answer all your questions about ‘what a typical day as a graduate in the civil service involves?’. It will be facilitated by Niall Leavy from and there will be three recent recruits from the Civil Service to give you an insight into their current roles working on important economic, financial, environmental and social issues. We will also have a representative from the recruitment unit for graduates to answer your questions on how to apply, application dates for each competition, and the selection process.


Aaron O’Sullivan, Department of Justice & Equality

David Caffrey, Department of Finance

Mary Caffrey, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Victoria Ronke Oyewole, Central Expenditure Policy Evaluation Section, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

14:00 to 14:30
Life after graduating
Presented by: Georgina Hughes, EY; Katie Kilcoyne, Jacobs; Tendai O'Connor, Jameson Graduate Programme; Seán Cassidy, Musgrave; Stefanie Morse, Glanbia
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
Deiseanna Fostaíochta in Earnáil na Gaeilge / Employment Opportunities in the Irish Language Sector
Presented by: Láithreoir: Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr

Deiseanna Fostaíochta in Earnáil na Gaeilge

Díreofar sa phlé painéil seo ar na deiseanna fostaíochta atá ar fáil do mhic léinn a bhfuil caighdeán maith Gaeilge acu, go háirithe i gcás na teanga scríofa agus na gramadaí. Cuirfear béim faoi leith ar na poist aistriúcháin atá ar fáil anseo in Éirinn agus in Institiúidí an Aontais Eorpaigh, araon.

Employment Opportunities in the Irish Language Sector

This panel discussion will focus on job opportunities available to students who have a good standard of Irish, especially in written Irish and grammar. There will be a particular emphasis on translation jobs, both here in Ireland and in the EU Institutions.

Presenter: Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr


Vivian Uíbh Eachach, Príomhaistritheoir Thithe an Oireachtais / Chief Translator in the Houses of the Oireachtas: Vivian will be talking about the Irish language translation jobs becoming available there in the near future.

Eimear Ní Bhroin, Oifigeach Gnóthaí Teanga, Ionadaíocht an Choimisiúin Eorpaigh in Éirinn / Language Affairs Officer, European Commission Representation in Ireland. Eimear will be giving information about the positions available for Irish speakers over the next few years in the EU institutions, both in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Sinéad Ní Uallacháin, presenter with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Sinéad will have advice for those interested in working in Irish language media.

15:00 to 15:30
Disability in the Graduate Workplace
Presented by: Chaired by Hannah Kelly, AHEAD with panel - Enterprise Rent a Car, ESB and Bank of Ireland
This session chaired by AHEAD’s Hannah Kelly will cover diversity, disability and inclusion in the workplace and touch on points such as; - Support at work - Application and interview processes - Disability inclusion

Hannah Kelly

15:30 to 16:00
Sourcing Employment Opportunities in Ireland – Information for International Students
Presented by: Helen Conway NCI, Angela Lambkin QQI, Aoife Kilmurray PwC
This seminar session will go through; where to go for advice, your rights for employment and visa requirements and eligibility.

Seminar Room 2

12:00 to 12:30
How to build your career
Presented by: Deloitte

Building a career at Deloitte, doesn’t only build your future as a professional but it also opens you up to the world. At Deloitte, you are given the opportunity to work with some of the biggest companies not only in Ireland but across the globe. We believe that the work we do, from our partners to our interns makes an impact on all our clients. Hear from our graduates on how a graduate programme is helping them to build their career and get tips on building your future career.

12:30 to 13:00
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.

13:15 to 14:00
How to hack networking
Presented by: Ntsoaki Phakoe-Mckevitt, Dublin Business School Career Coach
This 45-minute workshop will take you on a journey, uncovering the secrets to effective networking. Learn how to leave a lasting impression and create opportunities for you and your network. The workshop will be broken down into six helpful tips, followed by 15 minutes of practical networking, using these tips to maximise your communication skills, build valuable connections and help you to get the most positive outcome from any networking event.

14:15 to 14:45
What to expect from a graduate programme? - how to prepare?
Presented by: PwC, Jameson, Fidelity Investments & Musgrave

This seminar will run through the in’s & outs of what exactly a graduate programme is. It will bring you through the structure of a graduate programme from start to finish and highlight both the benefits of embarking upon one of these programmes 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.


Siobháin Scanlon, Early Careers Manager, Musgrave

Catherine Lynch, Assistant Manager, PwC;

Lorna Martyn, Head of Technology, Fidelity Investments

Sinéad D'Arcy, Head of Jameson International Graduate Programme & iGrow Lead 

15:00 to 15:30
ACE your Assessment Centre - Inside Hints and Tips from the Creators behind the Content
Presented by: Nicola Paolucci, Occupational Psychology Consultant, cut-e an Aon Company

About to graduate? Unsure of what happens next? Experience our journey throughout the selection process that the best global firms rely on to select their top talent. We will guide you step-by-step with inside tips and tricks from the experts at cut-e.

Check-In Points of the Journey:

Stock Up – How to prepare and what to expect in Psychometric Assessments?

Speak Up – Elaborate and impress in Video Interviews

Pop Up – Ways to stand out in Assessment Centres

Join Up… To the dream job!

15:30 to 16:00
Work & Travel Abroad Programmes – USA, Canada, Australia & New Zealand
Presented by: Patrick Dyar
USIT is one of Ireland's leading travel companies specialising in a range of Graduate Programmes in the USA as well as Canada, Australia & New Zealand. Come along to this seminar and find out the opportunities open to you and which programme may suit you best.


gradireland Talks

12:30 to 13:00
Make a Real Impact in Your Career - Join the Not-for-Profit Sector
Presented by: For Purpose Ireland's Not-For-Profit Graduate Programme

Are you interested in making a real impact in your career? Not-for-profit organisations play a vital role in our society, whether that’s by delivering lifesaving services to people with disabilities or by transforming the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by providing access to safe healthcare. The not-for-profit sector in Ireland employs over 100,000 people – all of whom make an impact every day in their roles.

During this session, professionals working across the not-for-profit sector will provide an insight into how you can make an impact through your career and the different opportunities that are available to graduates joining the not-for-profit sector


Charlie Lamson, CEO, Sightsavers Ireland

Darren Ryan, CEO, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Elizabeth Bolger, Director of Programmes, The Wheel

Tara Hatton, National Fundraising Trainee/For Purpose graduate, Enable Ireland

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
Workplace Wellbeing
Presented by: Cathal Divilly - Great Place to Work, SpunOut, Tesco & Workday
Developing a wellbeing policy for the workplace encourages employees to talk openly about mental health, and ultimately can lead to an increase in productivity by reducing stress and creating a positive working environment. This panel discussion in conjunction with Great Place to Work and SpunOut will discuss; - Company culture - Support at work - Wellness - Mental health - Workshops

15:00 to 15:30
Secondary Teaching in Ireland
Presented by: Natasha Marron, Careers Advisor Maynooth University, Lyanne Stoddart Postgraduate Applications Centre
Interested in a career in teaching and looking for further information? Our panel will give an overview of teaching in Ireland including the steps involved in becoming a teacher, the application process and what graduates will need to know to get their teaching career started!

CV Seminars

12:10 to 12:30
Interview with Confidence - 5 top tips to ensure you succeed at interview
Presented by: Judy Murphy, Career Consultant, Institute of Technology Carlow

Improve your chances of success at interview by attending this workshop.

In this session, find out what you need to do to give a make a great impression at interview and to perform at your best. The session will cover how to:

  • Build you Confidence for interviews
  • Understand the different types of interviews
  • Winning preparation & anticipating questions
  • Structure your answers
  • Get that job!

Judy Murphy, Career Consultant, Institute of Technology Carlow

Judy Murphy, Career Consultant, Institute of Technology Carlow

12:30 to 12:50
Creating a winning CV – how to stand out from the crowd
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

12:50 to 13:10
Conversion Courses
Presented by: Dave Kilmartin, TU Dublin City Campus
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
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

13:30 to 14:00
CV tips for international students
Presented by: Kate Honan, Careers Advisor, National College of Ireland

14:10 to 14:30
Getting interview ready
Presented by: Marie Kielty, TU Dublin Tallaght Campus

Marie Kielty

14:40 to 15:00
Writing a CV that stands out
Presented by: Dave Kilmartin, TU Dublin City Campus

Dave Kilmartin

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