Pathways sees students travel from across the region to learn about their options
Close to 1,500 secondary school students attended the Pathways education and career guidance conference in Galway this week.
The event, organised by the Galway Advertiser Group, saw students travel from secondary schools throughout the west and midlands to learn more about their options in higher and further education and careers.
Third level and further education colleges from across the country exhibited at the event, alongside a variety of local employers, both national and multinational companies, and representatives of the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána, and financial institutions.
Exhibiting colleges included TCD, UCD, DCU, NUIG, GMIT, Limerick University, Maynooth University, AIT, Sligo IT, Limerick IT, and GRETB.
An exciting line-up of talks gave attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand about careers in areas as diverse as heritage and space exploration, as well as information on apprenticeships, the CAO, studying in Europe, and many other areas of interest.
Following the success of the conference, and the clear demand for more information on study and careers among students in the region, it is anticipated that Pathways will be an annual event.
Galway Advertiser managing director Peter Timmins expressed his delight with the conference.
"We had a great attendance from schools throughout the area, from Louisburgh to Ballina, from Achill to Athlone, and many more from Galway city and county," Mr Timmins said. "The students availed of the opportunity to meet with colleges from across the country, and with prospective employers from this region. I would like to thank the students and teachers who took the time to attend the event. I have no doubt they gathered a lot of information which will assist them with their decision making on their future education, training and employment needs.
"I would also like to thank the colleges and businesses which exhibited at the event, and the presenters from the various third level institutions and employers throughout the west of Ireland.
Mr Timmins said he looked forward to the Advertiser Newspaper group hosting similar events in the future. He also thanked The Galmont Hotel, which hosted the event, and the staff of the Galway Advertiser who worked hard to ensure the event was such a success for all concerned.
Advertiser group editor Declan Varley said the event provided students and school leavers with the information they need to ensure they choose a course or career that suits their aptitude and temperament.
"At a time when there are record levels of students opting out of courses they are patently unsuited to, it is imperative that they are armed with the best information so that their decisions are made with optimum information," Mr Varley added.
"Pathways is a new brand for the Galway and the west — an event that we hope will enable the dissemination of information in a convenient environment for all schools in the region."
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