EY Entrepreneur of the Year Harry Hughes keynote speaker at Claremorris Career Day


Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, and their families, are invited to attend the second annual Claremorris Career Day 2018, which takes place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, on Saturday, January 20 (11am to 2pm).

Last year’s inaugural event attracted a bumper attendance of over 500 students and parents.  The list of this year’s guest speakers has just been announced:

– 11.30am: Harry McCann, teenage entrepreneur; Topic: The Road less Travelled.

– 11.50am: Sarah Farragher, fourth year Occupational Therapy student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen; Topic: Studying Abroad and Coping with Dyslexia.

– 12.30pm: Fiona McHale, Mayo ladies football star and PhD student; Topic: A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body: Good for School Days, Good for Life.

– 12.50pm: keynote address, Harry Hughes, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. Topic: Lessons from a Life in Business.

Workshops (in ante-rooms):

11.15am: Making an inspired career choice – by Paula Ballester Murat, a participant on the Erasmus Entrepreneurship Programme with Sli Nua Careers. Paula hails from Castellon in Spain and holds a degree in audio-visual communication. Other workshops will be announced closer to the time.

The purpose of the event is to arm students and families with key information on the various options available to them upon completing second-level education. Admission is free of charge.

Among the exhibitors confirmed are NUI Galway, University of Limerick, GMIT, IT Sligo, LIT, DCU, Athlone IT, An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, ESB Networks, Bank of Ireland, AIB Bank, youth support agencies and many others.

The event is being organised by the South Mayo GAA Board and the Mayo GAA Coaching Committee, and is open to GAA and non-GAA members alike. It is being sponsored by Tuam Credit Union and Claremorris/Ballinrobe Credit Union supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and South West Mayo Development Company.

“As a community-based sporting organisation, it makes absolute sense to throw the doors open so that GAA members and non-GAA members can attend,” said John Farragher, Chairman, South Mayo GAA Board.

The colleges and other bodies attending are being updated here https://mayogaa.com/content_page/10018111/  and on https://slinuacareers.com/category/careerevent/. Other details are also available on those pages.

“We invite post-primary students from third, fourth fifth and sixth years, and their parents. Indeed, people can come from outside the county as well. Our advice to students and their families would be to come along and speak with the representatives from the colleges and other entities,” said Padraic Carolan, former Coaching Officer, Mayo GAA.

Education institutions and private sector bodies can exhibit at the event free of charge, and can do so by obtaining a booking form from Shane Halligan, a member of the organising committee, on shane@slinuacareers.com, 094 95 42965, or from any member of the committee.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative. For further information, please visit the Pobal Website www.pobal.ie. The support of the South West Mayo Development Company Ltd is also acknowledged.

The organising committee comprises John Farragher, Kieran Kilkenny, Liam Horan, Padraic Carolan, TJ Kelly, Michael King, Shane Halligan and Paula Ballester Murat.