The Careers Event organised for PLC students of Nenagh College of Further Education on Thursday 26th March at Nenagh Arts Centre was an overwhelming success. Ross Munnelly, Careers Advisor from DCU, addressed students from the QQI Level 5 courses of Applied Social Studies, Early Childhood Care and Education, Office Administration and Sports, Recreation & Exercise and the Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education course.
Ross gave four very engaging presentations. The first one, on preparing structured, articulate and to-the-point CVs and cover letters, was very informative. Starting with “How does the Employer See You?” it was followed with how to prepare your application in the best possible way – what to include, not include and the best way to present it.
The second topic was “Interviews”. Planning, preparation and practice were the key points with many tips given and practical examples discussed.
“Marketing Brand You” was the third presentation given. Ross emphasised the importance of each student (You) presenting their individual skills, knowledge and experience in the best possible light using on-line tools to help make the most of opportunities that present themselves. He gave useful insights into using on-line self-promotion platforms, one of which was the #mammy rule. Many relevant and current examples were reviewed.
“Future Career Directions” was the final topic. Ross showed students some on-line tools that they could use when trying to decide what career area or types of job to pursue. He emphasised how achieving a QQI Level 5 or 6 award at Nenagh College of Further Education opens up more opportunities for progressing to a level 8 award in 3rd level colleges and Institutes of Technology. Students were encouraged to make the most of the skills, experiences and qualifications gained. Ross thanked them for their attention and wished them the very best of luck in their future endeavours.
The event was very interactive. Ross engaged with students’ comments and questions during and at the end of each of the four presentations. Afterwards, students commented on how beneficial the event was and how well the information was presented. Many indicated that they now felt more confident and capable of applying for jobs and attending interviews. The College look forward to incorporating a similar event into next years programme.
Nenagh College of Further Education is currently taking applications for courses starting in September 2015. There are two new level 5 courses being offered: Engineering Technology & Renewable Energy and Tourism with Culinary Skills. The other Level 5 courses on offer are Applied Social Studies, Business Secretarial/Administration, Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs Assistant and Sports, Recreation & Exercise. Level 6 courses on offer are Administration and Early Childhood Care & Education. Please contact Lucinda Dillon (PLC Co-ordinator) at 067-31525 for further information or www.nenaghcollege.ie.