Hundreds of GMIT students, second level pupils, careers teachers and GMIT graduates are to take part in a special GMIT Graduate Conference tomorrow, Thursday 18 April, from 9am to 5pm in Theatre 1000 as part of GMIT’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Organised jointly by the GMIT Careers Office and the GMIT Schools Liaison Office, a panel of graduates and special industry guests will share their career and life experiences, with the focus on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim is to inspire students to do well when they graduate from third-level education, and also help assist secondary school leavers make the right CAO choices.
The day-long conference will be streamed online to all GMIT campuses in Galway and Mayo as well as secondary schools in GMIT’s catchment area. The talks will be available for future viewing on the GMIT Channel on YouTube – www.youtube.com/gmitchannel.
Speakers will include graduates working in companies and organisations such as SAP, HP, Cisco, the Marine Institute, HSE, Open Jaw, PEL, Cameron, Google, Four Seasons Hotel, Gifted Live and others.
Two keynote guest speakers are Galway man Jim Breen, entrepreneur and star of the RTE Secret Millionaire programme and founder of Cycle Against Suicide charity, and Nicola Byrne, founder and CEO of 11890.
“This event is about celebrating leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship in the current economic climate,” said Dr Carina Ginty, GMIT Schools Liaison Officer and one of the organisers of the event.
“Graduates and special industry guests from a range of disciplines will talk about learning and career experiences to date and top tips for getting on in industry.”
Bridie Killoran, GMIT Careers Officer and co-organiser of the event, said the career paths taken by the speakers at the conference show the huge range and diversity of career opportunities available for GMIT current and prospective students. “They will show how there is no longer a job for life and that adaptability in pursuing opportunities will be
the key to their career success into the future.”
A range of companies will have stands in the GMIT foyer on the day, including SAP, Lotus Technical Services, Sourcedogg, Aspect Technologies, GMIT (regarding postgraduate opportunities), Openjawtech, Pel Engineering, Western Management Centre, Enterprise – Rent A Car, and others.
The full programme of conference speakers is available on www.gmit.ie/slo/.