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Seminars 2019

Main stage

13:00 to 13:45
Pursuing your passion
Presented by: Panel Discussion - Ailbhe Keane, Founder of Izzy Wheels & Entrepreneur, Philly McMahon, Gaelic footballer & Business owner, Niamh Cullen, Fitness & Fashion Blogger

Come along to this panel discussion and find out how our diverse panel achieved their success, the challenges they faced along the way and what you need to become successful at your passion. 

Panel Discussion - Ailbhe Keane, Founder of Izzy Wheels & Entrepreneur, Philly McMahon, Gaelic footballer & Business owner, Niamh Cullen, Fitness & Fashion Blogger


Niamh Cullen  Philly McMahon  Ailbhe Keane



Niamh Cullen

Niamh Cullen, is a Dublin based blogger and also brand manager in Brown Thomas. With over 100k followers on instagram, Niamh blogs about fitness, fashion, hairstyles and beauty. She strives to be the best version of herself and to be as successful as she can doing what she loves.






Philly McMahon

Philly is a Gaelic footballer for Dublin and Ballymun kickhams. He is a business owner of several gyms (BeDo7) and also launched FitFood, a health food company. In 2017 he released an autobiography entitled 'The Choice' with a strong emphasis on the story of his older brother John who died from drug addiction. Philly also set up 'The half time talk' charity to educate young unemployed adults.




Ailbhe Keane

Their mission statement is 'If you can't stand up, stand out!'.

Izzy Wheels are a brand of stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs created by Irish sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane.

It all began as a final year art college project for Ailbhe in 2016 and has since exploded into a global brand. They have collaborated with 50 world famous artists and fashion designers for their wheel cover collections. They have been top story in some of the worlds top publications including Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle, TechCrunch, Business Insider, The Late Late Show and BBC Amazing Humans. Following viral online success online and 10 national awards Izzy Wheels are now selling in 35 countries.  Both sisters were both named on this years prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe.

14:00 to 14:35
Create your future: expert advice on navigating your future career path
Presented by: Sinéad D'Arcy, Head of Jameson International Graduate Programme, Paul Vance, Head of Resourcing, KPMG, Caroline Irwin, Head of Resourcing, Grant Thornton & Eimear Power, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Arthur Cox

Sinéad D'Arcy, Head of Jameson International Graduate Programme, Paul Vance, Head of Resourcing, KPMG

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.

Paul Vance

Paul has extensive HR experience in one of the largest international professional services networks and in the world’s largest microchip multinational corporation. Paul is an expert in managing and leading teams in fast pace and changing environments. He is experienced in resource planning and solutions, driving corporate strategy, innovation and change.

Caroline Irwin

Caroline leads the graduate and experienced hire resourcing team at Grant Thornton. Grant Thornton is Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm and a leading provider of Audit, Tax and Advisory services to global and indigenous clients. Caroline has in depth experience in the areas of graduate recruitment including: interview training and coaching, design and delivery of assessment centres, summer internship and work placement initiatives and the strategic execution of campus events and interventions. Caroline holds an MSc Work & Organisation Behaviour from Dublin City University and is passionate about early talent engagement, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and continuous professional development.

Eimear Power

Eimear is the Graduate Recruitment Manager in Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s leading law firms. Arthur Cox hires 50 graduates per year for their Trainee Programme, as well as 40 summer interns and a number of work placement students. Arthur Cox recruits both law and non-law graduates from all disciplines. Eimear has a BA (Hons) in Strategic Resource Management and has worked in recruitment for over 12 years in the legal, aviation and energy sectors and specifically in graduate recruitment for over 4 years. Eimear is passionate about the recruitment and development of graduates.

14:35 to 15:10
Managing your mental health - the transition from study to work
Presented by: Jigsaw proud partners of Lidl Ireland, - James Barry Project Manager with Jigsaw Dublin City, Alex Bodor & Josh Graves

Join Jigsaw, proud sponsors of Lidl Ireland for this panel discussion where we will discuss how to;

  • Manage the change from school to third level education
  • Manage change moving from university to the workplace
  • Where to source support at work & in college
  • Discover the benefits of work to your mental health

James Barry Project Manager with Jigsaw Dublin City, Alex Bodor & Josh Graves

James Barry, Alex Bodor and Josh Graves

James is joined by Youth Advisory Panel Members  Alex Bodor and Josh Graves. Alex studies Sociology and Business in Trinity, works part time, and volunteers in her spare time. Josh is a youth mental health advocate, volunteer, rugby fanatic and works full time.

15:30 to 16:15
What does success look like?
Presented by: Panel Discussion brought to you in partnership with PwC Ireland

John Slattery  Deborah Somorin  James Kavanagh  Liam Rushe 




James Kavanagh

James Kavanagh is an Irish social media personality, entrepreneur and television presenter. He rose to prominence on Snapchat in 2015 doing vlogs and parodies. He has since gained a large following online, amassing over 200k followers across Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook. He is admired by his fans for his over-the-top reactions, observational humour and aesthetic choices. In 2016, James and his partner William Murray started the food company Currabinny. The Currabinny Cookbook, published by Penguin in 2018, won ‘Cookbook of the Year’ at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Kavanagh has worked with many companies as a social influencer, including PwC, Opel, Irish League of Credit Unions, Durex, Huawei and Coca-Cola as well as with various charities, including UNICEF. In 2018, he began his television career as the co-host of Ireland's Got Talent's sister show Ireland's Got Mór Talent on Virgin Media Television.




Deborah Somorin

Deborah is a qualified accountant at PwC.

Deborah completed a degree in Accounting and Finance at DCU in 2014. She then went on to complete a Masters in Accounting in DCU in 2015 which helped earn her a place at PwC. She received two scholarships while at university to enable her to complete her studies.

Deborah founded Empower the Family (ETF), a not for profit company in 2018. ETF will open student accommodation, in Dublin, with onsite quality childcare for single parents between 18-23 attending university. ETF plan to open this first location by September 2019 after raising over €517k in philanthropic funds in 2018.

In addition, Deborah currently sits on the board of directors for Chartered Accountants Support which supports members and students of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Deborah won the JCI Dublin Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for 2018 and the JCI Ireland Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for 2018, both in the Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership category.

ETF was a finalist for the Social Entrepreneur Awards and the WMB Newstalk Female Social Entrepreneur award in 2018.




John Slattery

John Slattery completed the graduate programme with PwC, working in the Audit department. John spent eight further years in PwC, working as an Internal coach and trainer.

In 2016, John set up Inspo. Inspo’s mission is to inspire people to be the best that they can be. Inspo achieves this aim through delivering motivational talks, performance & career coaching and bespoke training. Inspo’s business goals are focussed on increasing levels of morale, staff retention and productivity for a company.

John has had a meandering journey to career happiness. As a result, he has a passion for helping people establish the right career direction early in their career. Or better again - before their career starts.

John has worked with hundreds of staff on graduate programmes to empower them to (a) identify the best career direction for themselves and (b) make the most of their graduate programme experience.




Liam Rushe

Liam Rushe is a 2 time All Star, previous winner of All Star Young Hurler of the Year and former captain of the Dublin senior hurling team. He is an Assistant Manager in PwC on the Transaction Services team. Liam is a fluent Irish speaker and often does match commentary work with TG4.   


Seminar Room

12:30 to 13:00
Careers with Purpose – Graduate Opportunities in the Not-for-Profit Sector
Presented by: Orla Gilroy, CEO, Cappagh Hospital Foundation, Elizabeth Bolger, Director of Programmes, The Wheel & Esmay Murray, Fundraising & Comms Assistant/For Purpose trainee, Sightsavers Ireland
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.

14:30 to 15:00
Assessment Centres - what to expect and how to prepare
Presented by: Sarah O'Neil & Nicola Paolucci

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!

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.

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
Teaching in England
Presented by: Becky Geeson, Admissions Tutor, Bishop Grosseteste University

Come and discover the benefits of teaching and find out how you can train to teach in the UK. Becky will go through how to apply and will answer any questions you have! 

Becky Geeson

Becky Geeson is the Admissions tutor for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, England, and is also a programme leader for two QTS programmes. She was a primary school teacher for 11 years, and has been supporting students in their teacher training journeys for 8 years.

CV Seminars

13:40 to 14:00
What makes a good CV
Presented by: Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers

CV writing. How can you make sure that yours makes an impact? Come along to this session and you will get some good hints and tips.

Angela Collins

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.

14:00 to 14:20
How to prepare yourself -graduate recruitment process for multinationals
Presented by: Carolina Custoias, Career consultant- Tana Storani

This session will cover;

  • Information on what to expect from a graduate recruitment process for multinationals
  • How to prepare for some of the stages of the process and being upfront on possible challenges
  • Essential skills and the approach to take for a successful graduate recruitment process

Carolina Custoias

Carolina Custoias, Career consultant, Tana Storani Consulting

Graduated in Psychology and Life/ Career Coach certified, with over 12 years of experience in recruitment (Brazil/ Ireland), gathering University Recruitment experience at Microsoft Ireland where she was responsible for hiring students and graduates across EMEA managing strategic sourcing and employer branding as a Talent Sourcer/ Finder. Currently working as Career Consultant and Creative Recruiter, passionate about sharing best practices and inspiring people to do their best.

14:20 to 14:40
Amplify your personal brand
Presented by: Tana Storani

Tana Storani

Tana Storani, International career coach

Tana Storani is an International career coach and dedicates her time empowering professionals to achieve their professional goals internationally.

Before becoming a career coach Tana worked as a recruiter for major multinationals such as HP, Adecco, Sigmar and LinkedIn. She was trained as a coach by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC & IFC), also has Degree in Psychology and CIPD Human Resources.

Through her experience, Tana Storani believes that all professionals can create their own opportunities in the international market, therefore she is going to talk about how to craft your CV and LinkedIn for the Irish Market focused on International Students.

14:40 to 15:00
Whiteboard interview skills
Presented by: Ian Doyle, 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.

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