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Seminars 2020

Main stage

How to strengthen the soft skills that employers want
Presented by: Panel: Janet Toal, Career Boost Programme, Nicola Paolucci, Aon Assessment Solutions
Our expert panel will discuss the importance of soft skills, what they are, why you need them and how to develop them.

14:00 to 14:35
The ins and outs of internships
Presented by: Panel: Susan Queally Glanbia, Therese Walsh, Ericsson & Marie Kielty TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus

Most employers are looking for evidence that you will be able to do the job you are applying for. An internship, whether as part of your degree or optional, can provide evidence of your suitability. Being able to articulate what you understand about the world of work and how the skills you have developed can contribute will be important to your future success. 

This session will cover;

  • The types of internships available 
  • Internships boosting employability
  • Work experience and internships: employers' perspectives
  • Using internships to gain workplace skills
  • Your benefits as an intern

14:40 to 15:15
Create your future - expert advice on navigating your career path
Presented by: Panel: Rory Delamere Senior Manager, General Motors Ivan Heneghan EMEA CSD Operations Manager, Workday & Emer Grenville Assistant Principal Officer, Large Volume Recruitment, Public Appointments Service

This panel discussion will look to the future and give some insights, hints and tips into navigating your career path. We will discuss;

  • Transferable skills
  • The importance of soft skills
  • Changes and challenges faced

Seminar Room

12:30 to 13:15
Five strategies to be a career high achiever
Presented by: Conor Heavey

Conor has observed five things that high achievers, and those who get promoted quicker, usually do better than most. These greatly enhance their chances of maximising their potential, enabling them to achieve personal fulfilment, financial security and a work-life balance. So, what are these five things? Come along to Conor’s session in seminar room 1 at 12.30pm to find out.


Conor Heavey

Conor Heavey is client director at UCD Smurfit Executive Development which partners Bord Bia in providing a suite of industry-based talent development scholarship programmes. Conor has worked for 20 years developing the career prospects of both recent graduates and experienced executives.

14:00 to 14:30
Highlighting your ability and not your experience - The importance of employability skills
Presented by: Panel Discussion
Our panel of recent graduates will share with you their hints and tips on how to highlight your employability skills on the job and in interview. It is always important to show the recruiter what you are capable of and expertly skilled at doing today rather than focusing on what you have done in the past!

14:30 to 15:00
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. 
 

Skills Workshops

12:30 to 13:15
Cracking the code - Tips and hints for your whiteboard interview
Presented by: Ian Doyle, Consulting Manager, Guidewire
This workshop 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 14:15
INTERVIEWS - The HOW TO Guide...Interview preparation in 5 easy steps
Presented by: Bridie Killoran, Careers Officer, GMIT
  • How to prepare
  • How to Behave
  • How to sell yourself
  • How to answer questions
  • How to ask questions

 

The workshop will outline practical and easy tips and strategies to prepare for all Interviews, especially competency-based Interviews, STAR Technique, Informational Interviews, Sell Yourself Effectively- Tell me about yourself Template, understand Job Descriptions and ask Great Questions.


Bridie Killoran is Careers Officer in GMIT.

Qualifications

  • MSc in Careers Guidance: University of Ulster
  • Diploma in Careers Guidance in Higher Education :  University of Reading 
  • B.Sc. (Management): Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology

Over 15 years’ experience of managing, developing and delivering excellent outcomes for the Careers Advisory and Guidance Service in GMIT. Thorough understanding of national and international labour market skills and knowledge requirements sought by employers of graduates and postgraduates. Extensive experience of creating and implementing strategies to develop the employment and career progression opportunities of GMIT graduates and postgraduates. 

14:30 to 15:30
How to hack networking
Presented by: Ntsoaki Phakoe-Mckevitt, Dublin Business School Career Coach

This 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.


CV Seminars

13:40 to 14:00
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

Angela Collins

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
Conversion Courses
Presented by: Dave Kilmartin
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

Dave Kilmartin is Head of Dublin Institute of Technology Career Development Centre. He has an honours degree in Communications from Dublin City University and a Masters degree in Communications and Cultural studies from the same University. He also has a postgraduate qualification in Careers Guidance and Counselling from University College Dublin. He is a fellow of the University of Warwick where is a trainer on guidance skills. He has delivered Guidance Training in Finland and South Africa and is a member of the Executive of the Association of Higher Education Career Services in Ireland.

14:20 to 14:40
Working with transferable skills

Angela will cover;

  • What are transferable skills?
  • Why are transferable skills so highly sought after by employers?
  • How to emphasise your transferable skills in your CV and cover letter

Angela Collins

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.

14:40 to 15:00
ACE your Assessment Centre - Inside Hints and Tips from the Creators behind the Content

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 our insider info, you’ll be fully prepared to show todays Graduate employers that you have what it takes to ACE your Assessment Centre!


15:00 to 15:20
Creating a winning CV – how to stand out from the crowd
Presented by: Marie Kielty
When a recruiter receives your CV, it needs to be well presented and it needs to catch his or her 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: Bring your CV; take notes of key points that are relevant to you; ask questions! Come along to the presentation and you will get some good hints and tips.

Marie Kielty

Marie Kielty, TU Dublin Tallaght Campus, Careers Officer

Get in touch

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