gradireland Live 11 March 2021

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Seminars 2021

Seminar Room 1

12:30 to 13:00
Leave a lasting impression with your CV
Presented by: Angela Collins, Head of Careers, Waterford IT
When a recruiter receives your CV, it needs to be well presented and it needs to catch the eye. It also needs to tell a story and why you are the right person for the job. There are different ways of formatting and presenting CVs in order to best present you as a candidate. Make the most of this session: Have your CV to hand; take notes of key points that are relevant to you; ask questions! – this is your opportunity to help you create the CV that will get you noticed!

Angela Collins, Head of Careers, Waterford IT

Angela is Head of the Careers Development Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. She has been providing, information, guidance and support for 26 years to both undergraduate and postgraduate students from a broad range of disciplines. As part of her role Angela also works closely with employers and academics. She is passionate about her work and is keen to explore new ways of engaging with students and encourage individuals to achieve their goals.

13:10 to 13:40
How to ace your interview; tips and tricks
Presented by: Jennifer Kwan, National College of Ireland

In this session, find out what you can do to ahead of, and during the interview to provide you with the best chance of landing the job. We will discuss the best tips for preparing and succeeding in both personal and virtual interviews.

With the vast majority of interview now taking place online, learn how leave a good impression from behind a screen!


Jennifer Kwan, Careers Advisor, National College of Ireland

Jennifer is a Careers Advisor for the School of Business at the National College of Ireland. Prior to joining the Careers team in NCI she worked in HR for five years in Graduate recruitment and training for Europe in ARYZTA and then in Segmatic managing the HR function hiring at Analysts at graduate and senior level. Jen will share insights into how HR and management design interview questions, how to prepare answers and some hints on what makes a graduate stand out at interview stage.

13:50 to 14:20
How to make the most of your virtual internship

With more and more internships becoming virtual, it’s important that you’re prepared. It is one thing to be professional and to do what is expected of you by your managers and supervisors. But it’s another to go beyond that. In this session learn how to make the best of your opportunity as a remote intern and how to leave a lasting impression. Our panel will advise you on how build your skillset, knowledge and ultimately how to make the most of being a remote intern and ensuring it benefits your career.


14:30 to 15:00
Career planning, focusing on the future
Presented by: Presented by: Ntsoaki Phakoe-Mckevitt, Career Coach at Dublin Business School
This seminar will look to the future and give some insights, hints and tips into developing and navigating your own career path. Get introduced to career planning concepts that will equip you with relevant resources and strategies to manage your career development. Learn how to get on the correct career path for you.

Ntsoaki Phakoe-Mckevitt, Career Coach at Dublin Business School

Ntsoaki Phakoe-Mckevitt is a Career Coach at Dublin Business School. She supports students of all nationalities and academic levels with identifying their passions, soft skills and providing them with the tools they require to achieve success while getting them to identify their personal goals. Passionate about empowerment, personal development and keen to help anyone she comes in contact with.

15:10 to 15:40
Looking for Purpose. Careers in the Not-for-Profit sector
Presented by: Presented by: Adrian McCarthy, For Purpose
There are some 20,000 not-for-profit organisations in Ireland. It includes organisations such as the GAA, SVP, the Irish Times, Concern, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, UCD, Clúid Housing Association, and St. Vincent's University Hospital. Graduates can find opportunities to work with these organisations as nurses, social workers, accountants, engineers, fundraisers, teachers, marketers and much more. If you are seeking a career with purpose come along to ‘Looking for Purpose. Careers in the Not-for-Profit sector’.

15:50 to 16:20
Creating a winning CV – how to stand out from the crowd.
Presented by: Presented by: Marie Kielty, TUD
When a recruiter receives your CV, it needs to be well presented and it needs to catch the eye. It also needs to tell a story and why you are the right person for the job. There are different ways of formatting and presenting CVs in order to best present you as a candidate. Make the most of this session: Have your CV to hand; take notes of key points that are relevant to you; ask questions! – this is your opportunity to help you create the CV that will get you noticed!

Marie Kielty, IT Careers Officer, TUD

Marie has been the Careers Officer in IT Tallaght for over 15 years providing both undergraduate and postgraduate advice and support to students from a broad range of disciplines. She previously worked in a similar role for over 8 years in another college. Marie brings a significant wealth of experience having been working directly with students in the higher education sector for all of this time. As an undergraduate she studied Psychology in NUI Galway and then completed a postgraduate in Business (HR) in Smurfit Business School. Marie has also completed qualifications in Emotional Intelligence and Levels A & B Psychometric Testing and is MCIPD qualified.

Seminar Room 2

13:20 to 13:50
Building your virtual networking skills: Hilt Back Yourself
Presented by: Presented by: Sinead English, Hilt Careers
This on demand session will cover topics such as the hidden job market and how to put a plan in place to hear about the 70% of jobs that never get advertised. It also covers topical issues such as Covid-19 and the impact it has on how you network, wrapping up with a guide on how you can ace your networking plan.

Sinead English, Founder, Hilt Careers

Sinéad English is a Careers Consultant and founder of career management firm – Hilt. Hilt works with clients across Europe advising on all aspects of the career management process, from career planning and effective networking, to writing CVs and interview preparation. Sinead and the Hilt team have worked with clients across a broad spectrum of industries, experience and seniority engaging in one-to-one training sessions and delivering group career management workshops. Hilt also works with organisations to deliver interviewer and management training to ensure the organisation is making effective hiring decisions. Sinead’s best-selling book – CV and Interview 101 – How to Apply and Interview for Jobs was published in 2019

15:20 to 15:50
Transferable Skills - your best strategy to career path success
Presented by: Presented by: Karina Septore, Careers Advisor, National College of Ireland

The session will focus on the following aspects of transferable skills;

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

Presented by: Karina Septore, Careers Advisor, National College of Ireland

Karina holds a degree in Human Resources Management, PgCert in Leadership and Career Development, Award in Coaching and Consulting and completing Masters in Career Guidance. Previously, she has worked in various higher education institutions, such as Coventry University (UK), Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin, as well as led some not-for-profit projects aiming to provide training and experience for international students in the UK.

16:00 to 16:30
Activities During COVID 19 to Boost your CV
Presented by: Presented by: TU Dublin and Hartley People

As we find ourselves in the second year of the pandemic, periods of self-isolation and social distancing have become part of life. But you can use these difficult times to your benefit. Come along to this on demand session and learn from our careers advisors and coaches on how you can enrich your CV with relevant and valuable skills and experience.


Fiona Hartley, Director, Hartley People

Fiona has a Masters in Personal and Executive Coaching from UCC and is member of the British Psychological Society. She has a varied career and education including an Honours Degree in Production Management from the University of Limerick, a Diploma in Packaging Technology from the Institute of Packaging and a Train the Trainer certificate from the IITD. Fiona is also certified to administer Thomas International PPA and GIA tests and is a registered tester for a variety of psychometric and aptitude tests.

Peter Lewis, Career Coach, Technological University of Dublin

Peter is a qualified Career Coach with Technological University Dublin (City Campus) working primarily with engineering students. He has over 20 years experience working in career guidance/coaching in higher education and further education  where confidence-building and instilling a sense of personal efficacy is at the core of his work with students.  Peter also has a keen interest in enhancing graduate employability and supporting student transition into higher education.

Jill Barret, Career Coach, Technological Univeristy Dublin

Jill Barrett is a qualified Career Coach working with Technological University Dublin (City) and has over 20 years' experience in coaching and training.  In coaching clients from a diverse range of backgrounds, from school leavers and college students to sports professionals and C-Suite executives, Jill supports her clients in thinking and acting optimally to achieve the best outcomes in life.

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