gradireland Live 11 March 2021

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Seminars 2021

Seminar Room 1

11:10 to 11:40
Setting goals and dealing with setbacks
Presented by: John Slattery
We talk to motivational speaker John Slattery on how you can set goals that challenge you but that you can also reach. When it comes to career planning, ambition is important but so is resilience, planning and being able to take stock of where you are and where you want to be. Learn about how you can identify goals that will work for you and your future career and deal with any setbacks along the way.

John Slattery

John is a motivational and inspirational coach, trainer and facilitator. He specialises in people & team development and career management. His experience includes working with graduate and intern programmes across Ireland and abroad. Underpinning John’s work is a desire to help people to create awareness of a direction in life, and a way of living, that will allow them to shine. John worked in PwC for 12 years, holding people and business development roles with local and international responsibilities. John set up his business, Inspo, in 2016 and co-set up the Rise Wellness Programme, with Barry Lee, in 2020.

11:50 to 12:20
A Future of Possibilities: Careers with General Motors
Presented by: Rory Delamere, Senior Manager Advanced Systems Development, General Motors
We are delighted to be joined by transport and technology giant GM to talk about graduate careers and opportunities at one of the world's largest companies. At this session you'll learn about the scope of careers on offer with GM, including some that may surprise you. With sustainability and the future of transport at the core of GM's operations, this seminar will also provide plenty of information on what sort of graduates the company is looking for and what you can do to help make your application stand out.

Rory Delamere, Senior Manager Advanced Systems Development, General Motors

With almost 30 years in the IT industry, Rory brings a wealth of experience of building and deploying enterprise grade software from the start up sector to global multinational software companies. Rory comes from a technical background, initially working as an architect in the fintech sector, with particular responsibility for integration software. He joined General Motors from Oracle where he had led the development of various cloud products. In his role, leading the Advanced Systems Development (ASD) team in Dublin, he drives the development of products in data analytics, internet of things, machine learning, computer vision and web frameworks. Rory holds a B .SC in Computer Application and a Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University.

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 & Conor Nugent, 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.

Conor Nugent, Careers & Work Placement Specialist, NCI

Conor provides a range of career supports to International, Springboard and part-time NCI, School of Computing students who are returning to work or changing career. Supports include individualised career coaching, strategic career planning, CV reviews, expert interview coaching, employer engagement events, networking opportunities, work placement, and workshops on skills development, networking and personal branding. Experienced learning and talent development specialist with a focus on career advising for students and graduates. Skilled in coaching, teaching, mentoring and delivering a training curriculum. Experience working in a multi-national organisation as a recruiter.

13:50 to 14:20
Know your value: Qualifications, postgraduate study and your career
Presented by: Angela Lambkin, Head of Information Services, Quality and Qualifications, Ireland (QQI)
We are joined by Angela Lambkin from Qualifax, the national further learning database, to talk about how qualifications work, what their value is and how you can measure the worth of pursuing particular qualifications. We will look at how the framework of qualifications works and explain where you can get answers to any questions that you might have. We also look at the value of postgrad study, and look at some of the key questions and considerations that you should look at before embarking on further study.

Angela Lambkin, Head of Information Services, Quality and Qualifications, Ireland (QQI)

Angela’s role in QQI includes providing information services to learners and the general public using a number of platforms based at QQI. Education queries are important and specific for every individual; with queries from Leaving Cert to what is required for access to a postgrad programme, and also for professional recognition.QQI has developed several information sources to help. They include Qualifax - the National Learners Database, Irish Register of Qualifications (IRQ) the ENIC-NARIC Ireland centre for academic recognition of foreign qualifications and the national EUROPASS centre for promotion of mobility within the EU. Around half a million users visit the Qualifax site annually and over 80,000 avail of advice on the NARIC site about their qualifications. Angela has over 30 years of experience in the education and training sector.

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: Adrian McCarthy - For Purpose, Emma Morgan & Emily O'Brien
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’.

Adrian McCarthy, Programme Manager and Senior Recruiter, For Purpose

Programme manager and senior recruiter for the For Purpose graduate programme.

Emma Morgan, Business Analyst, Concern Worldwide

Emma has worked in the non-profit sector for 12 years. She has a background specialising in fundraising development and organisational strategy. She is business analyst for Concern Worldwide, the vice-chair and development board member for Helium Arts, board member for National Youth Orchestra Ireland; career mentor and private consultant and public speaker for strategic development in the non-profit sector. She holds an MA from University College Dublin in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, the focus of which was how charitable organisations use arts based programmes and products as part of their fundraising mix. In her spare time she is a painter and in the past has participated in community art projects and had illustrations published for a small not profit publication entitled “what not to say”.

Emily O’Brien, Marketing and Fundraising Assistant, Blossom Ireland

Since starting the For Purpose Graduate Programme, Emily has been working for Blossom Ireland. She studied Media and Marketing in Maynooth University and decided to further her skill set by completing a Masters in Digital Marketing in Carlow Institute of Technology last year.

15:50 to 16:20
Creating a winning CV – how to stand out from the crowd.
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, TU Dublin, Tallaght

Marie has been the Careers Officer in TU Dublin, 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

15:20 to 15:50
Transferable Skills - your best strategy to career path success
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: 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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