Brian Mooney – How to select your Career path

Educated at Oatlands College (1961-71), Brian entered UCD in 1973 studying Politics, Economics and Philosophy, graduating in 1976. He returned to serve as teacher and Guidance Counsellor at Oatlands College for 43 years. He retired in October 2019, ending an association with the college stretching back 58 years. Following his retirement, Brian was appointed by “Standard Life”, as Ireland’s first “End of Career Guidance Counsellor” to support those approaching retirement in ensuring that they develop a sense of purpose, a fulfilling second life, balancing their personal, emotional, and psychological, social and financial needs.   

He has been a regular columnist and analyst on educational matters for the Irish Times for the past twenty years. He was appointed to the “Education Finance Board” on its establishment by the Oireachtas to manage a fund of €12.8 million on behalf of the former residents of institutional care. He served for six years in this role. Brian was appointed to lecture on and co-ordinate the Higher Diploma in Religious Education in UCD, from 1986-2002, while continuing to teach religious education, commerce, and business studies in Oatlands College. Qualified as a Guidance Counsellor following further postgraduate studies in UCD in 1996 and was appointed Guidance Counsellor in Oatlands College in 1998. Elected President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors in 2001, a position he was re-elected to in 2004-2006. Had several books published over the years, including his most recent one, “Start Your Career Journey Here”, published in 2014. Managing Editor of “Ireland’s Yearbook of Education” for the past eight years. Awarded an honorary PhD in Education by the National University of Ireland (NUI) in November 2019, in recognition of his lifetime’s contribution to Irish education.

Jacqueline Mellett - Schools Liaison Officer, ATU

Jacqueline Mellett, School’s Liaison Officer spoke about the range of programmes Atlantic Technological University (ATU) offer, alternative pathways, student supports and lots more.

Edel Joyce Senior Product Manager Leader Webex Hologram

Edel Joyce is an experienced manager with 20 years of industry experience. She is leading the productization of Webex Hologram, the industry’s first holographic collaboration system, taking it from its innovative roots to a full mainstream product. 

Caroline N. Duggan, University of Galway

Caroline is Head of  International Strategy and Operations for the College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies at University of Galway. Caroline holds a BSc Management from TCD and is a double graduate of University of Galway, holding a Masters in Journalism and a Higher Diploma in Marketing Practice. Caroline works in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, the largest college within the University of Galway, offering students a diverse range of undergraduate degree programmes.

Séamus Keane SOLAS Authorised Officer, GRETB – Apprenticeships

Séamus is employed by Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), and works in GRETB Apprenticeship Services. His talk will be on Generation Apprenticeships, the diverse range of opportunities available, key features and benefits of Apprenticeship in Ireland. 

Mary T Devane MSc., H. Dip, RGN, RM, ENB 405, RPHN. - Careers in Nursing

Mary is a Professional Officer at the Education, Policy and Standards Department at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Mary has extensive experience in general nursing, midwifery, neonatal intensive care nursing, public health nursing, nurse management and education and has worked in various healthcare settings both here and in the UK. Mary holds a level 9 post graduate certificate in education and training and has extensive experience supporting students from undergraduate programmes for nursing and midwifery as well as public health nursing.




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