Industry Giants Mentor Next Generation at NUI Galway

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pictured at one of the recent Career Mentoring events at NUI Galway J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics were: (back row, l-r): Bobby Clinton, DHKN; Mary Dullaghan, Avaya; Aisling Fitzgerald, PWC; Pat Duggan, Davy; and Mary Barrett, Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance at NUI Galway. (Front row l-r): Professor Willie Golden, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway; Mary Shier, Deloitte; Lynne Kerr, Medtronic; Karen Concannon, PWC; and Fiona O’Connor, Deloitte.

Focusing on preparing students for the challenging jobs market NUI Galway recently held Career Mentoring events. The events, organised by the NUI Galway J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, were attended by 40 students from the University and 20 mentors from a range of international and national industries and professions.

During the events students participating in the career mentoring were given the opportunity to meet with a number of mentors on a one to one basis, to gain insights into the world of employment. The mentors shared their experiences and wisdom with the students allowing them the opportunity to get advice and discuss their career direction and employment goals.

Speaking about the events, Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of the School of Business and Economics said, “We are delighted to once again host these career mentoring events.  This initiative highlights the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics commitment to preparing its students for careers in the real world.  It also complements our newly introduced modules focusing on Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise and Skills for Work Life on all of our undergraduate business programmes.”

Keith Rynhart, second year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) student, found the opportunity to meet with senior professionals invaluable. “The career mentoring session was a wonderful experience, it really helped me clarify the path that I wish to take in the future and make some contacts in the business world.”




Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway
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