Pathways event is major opportunity for students, teachers, and parents, says mayor

The Pathways colleges and careers event to be held in Galway on April 9 represents a major opportunity for students to arm themselves with the most information they need before deciding on their careers and choices, the Mayor of Galway said this week.

Launching the event at a reception in the Galway Advertiser offices at Eyre Square, Mayor Niall McNelis said that with so many options available for second level students these days, it was important to have an event that will showcase all of the choices open to them.

Pathways will take place in The Galmont Hotel, Galway, on Tuesday April 9, 2019. The objective of the event will be to inform students in the West of Ireland on the further education, training and employment options available to them when they leave school.

Mayor McNelis said that the Pathways event would attract more than one thousand students to Galway, providing an exciting opportunity for them to get as much information as possible before they move on to the next stage of their lives and careers.

“These next steps if taken carefully can shape decisions that will make them realise their dreams and ambitions. For exhibitors it will be a one stop shop of students, teachers and other providers of education and careers.

“It is appropriate that every student has access to this information and I welcome the fact that it is being organised by the Galway Advertiser which gains access to every home and business in city and its online platforms are visited by thousands weekly, a great combination of event and promotion,” he said.

Many third level colleges from all over Ireland, and businesses from the West of Ireland, will be exhibiting at the event. It will be a most informative event for all senior cycle second level students, ie. Leaving Certs, Fifth years and TY students. The event is being scheduled in such a way as to ensure a minimum of disruption to the school day. It is targeted at students, teachers, and parents and will feature talks from exciting speakers about career choices, and employment trends.

The organisers have lined up a number of very exciting speakers from both the education and industry sectors, including a number of speakers from local technology companies who will talk about their own experiences working in the STEM area.

These include, DXC’s Taryn Schuller; Fidelity Investments’ Karen Conway; IBM’s Orla Collins IBM DXC Clare Gallagher; SMARTBEAR’s Lorna Smyth, and The UX Studio’s Rachel O’Donnell.

Speakers at the event will also include Heads of GMIT departments of Natural Sciences, Heritage and Tourism, Humanities, Applied Languages and Communications, Creative Arts and Media and Culinary Arts and Services Industries, lecturers from the School of Law and The College of Engineering from NUIG.

There will also be talks on the CAO, apprenticeships, PLC courses and careers in nursing, the Gardai, Army and other areas. Exhibiting colleges include TCD, UCD, DCU, NUIG, GMIT, Limerick University, Maynooth University, AIT, Sligo IT, Limerick IT, and GRETB.

A number of local businesses will also be exhibiting on the day including Fidelity Investments, Corrib Oil, technology companies, hotels and financial institutions.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite, priced at €5 each. If there are any queries, please contact Peter or Maire on 091 530900 or at [email protected] or [email protected]. For details of the confirmed line-up for the event, see the opening pages of this week’s Advertiser.


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