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Seminars 2018

gradireland Talks

13:00 to 13:30
Ace Your Interview - How best to prepare yourself
Presented by: Angela Collins, WIT, Head of Careers

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.

15:00 to 15:30
ACES for automotive - Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Shared Mobility
Presented by: John Cormican, General Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

John Cormican

John Cormican, General Manager, Vehicle Engineering, Jaguar land Rover

John Cormican and Paul Girr established the new Jaguar Land Rover R&D facility in Shannon in May 2017.  JLR just recently announced 150 new engineering job vacancies in Shannon, with the potential to grow even further.  Previously, John spent 15 years at Intel and was responsible for their automotive business development activities in Europe.  

15:30 to 16:00
My mental health - What helps?
Presented by: James Barry, Project Manager, Jigsaw

James Barry

Seminar Room

12:30 to 13:00
The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Programmes – an exciting opportunity to gain experience while you research!
Presented by: Panel Discussion

Dr Michelle Kearns, Dr Johnny Connolly, Prof Sinead McGilloway

Dr Michelle Kearns, Former EPS Postgraduate Awardee.

Dr Kearns was granted an award for her 48 month structured PhD in Psychology, examining the community impact of suicide prevention centres, and is currently undertaking a postdoctoral research fellowship in the UCD School of Education, where she is collaborating with Concern Worldwide on the Safe Learning Study. Dr Kearns’ Irish Research Council funded research was undertaken at the University of Limerick, in conjunction with her Enterprise Partner, Pieta House.

Dr Johnny Connolly, Current EPS Postdoctoral Awardee.

Dr Connolly is currently undertaking a Postdoctoral award in Law, developing a comprehensive human rights-based response to drug- and gang-related crime & community violence in Ireland. Dr Connolly’s research is being undertaking at the University of Limerick, in conjunction with his Enterprise Partner, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Prof Sinead McGilloway, Professor of Psychology at National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Prof McGilloway is the founding Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research at Maynooth University Department of Psychology, and is currently acting as Academic Supervisor to two Enterprise Programme awardees (EPS and EBP).


14:15 to 14:45
Teacher Training in Scotland with guaranteed employment
Presented by: University of strathclyde

Kandi Higgins

Kandi Higgins & Debbie McLeod, University of Strathclyde

Kandi joined the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde in August 2015 after teaching French and German for 21 years. She brings real enthusiasm and current experience of classroom teaching to the University. This helps to maximise the experiences of PGDE secondary and primary student teachers as they work to inform their practice and ensure effective teaching and learning experiences of all young people in schools today. Kandi also supports PGDE secondary students who choose to follow the part-time route and complete the course over two years.

Debbie joined the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde in August 2015 as part of the PGDE course management team and the Biology Teaching Fellow for the PGDE Secondary course. As a former principal teacher, Debbie uses her enthusiasm and experience to encourage and support students in using a wide variety of active and engaging pedagogical approaches.  As a mentor, Debbie teaches the importance of high quality Learning and Teaching experiences and the significance of pastoral care, inclusion and quality relationships to develop learners and raise achievement and attainment.


15:00 to 15:30
Postgraduate Practicalities
Presented by: Valerie Leahy

Valerie Leahy

Valerie Leahy, Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, NUI Galway

Valerie Leahy (E: is the Postgraduate Recruitment Officer at NUI Galway. She engages with prospective students to provide information about NUI Galway's postgrad opportunities and to attract more students to NUI Galway, Ireland’s “Sunday Times University of the Year 2018”. Meet her at stand 52 in the Main Hall. Don’t miss her practical seminar at gradireland Live! that will cover why choose a postgraduate course, what employers want from postgrads, application tips and tricks, funding opportunities, and more.

16:00 to 16:30
A career in a Software Company
Presented by: Joao Esteves, Consultant, Workday

Joao Esteves

Joao Esteves, Consultant, Workday

Joao graduated from IST (Lisbon) in Computer Engineering. Passionate about building software and helping businesses thrive, he launched his career as a consultant working in various ERP projects. His career has given him the opportunity to work in both big corporations as well as ambitious start-up companies - Different challenges, Different roles; one passion - to engage with the right people, teams and customers to apply engineering practices and solve problems. Since 2017 Joao has been managing development teams in Workday, being responsible for the engineers that deliver top quality solutions in the Financials products’ space.

16:30 to 17:00
Perfecting your interview skills with Emotional Intelligence
Presented by: Sarah Jones, Trinity College Dublin

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones, Career Consultant, Trinity College Dublin

Sarah Jones is a Career Consultant with Trinity College Dublin. She is passionate about supporting every individual as they understand what is right for them in this big world of careers. Sarah has a postgraduate qualification in Career Information, Advice and Guidance in Higher Education from Warwick University, a Msc in Strategic Mgmt from DIT and is certified in Emotional Intelligence Assesment (EQ-i2.0 Certified)

Skills Workshops

15:30 to 16:30
Cracking the code - Tips and hints for your whiteboard interview
Presented by: Ian Doyle, Consulting Manager, Guidewire