Portlaoise College celebrates
College Awareness Week with
‘Career Speed Dating’ event

Portlaoise College are set to host two innovative student events to celebrate College Awareness Week 2015.

As part of College Awareness Week 2015, which ran from Monday, 23 November to Sunday, 29 November, Portlaoise College hosted two innovative student events to raise awareness of the benefits of post-secondary education.

The first event tookplace on Monday, 23 November, with local professionals and 2nd year students taking part in ‘Career Speed Dating’. Up to twenty professionals from Portlaoise offered students an insight into a variety of careers such as accounting, law, garda, sales, radio commentary and many more. Groups of students will have two minute sessions with each of the attending professionals in an innovative speed dating format.

In addition, senior cycle students from Portlaoise College also participated in a Careers Fair on Wednesday, 25 November. Thirteen Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) presented to students, highlighting the diverse range of options available to those who want to make college a part of their future. These sessions were followed by an exhibition where students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from all the HEIs present.

Declan Qualter, Portlaoise College Guidance Counsellor said, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education.
College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education to be part of their future. Committing to third level study can be a daunting process for many students, so it’s vital that we play our part and make sure they’re aware of all options available.”

College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have also come on board to lend their support.

Last year’s campaign, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success. Over the course of the week 363 events took place in many different locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. The 2015 campaign is expected to bring even more participants on board, with an increase in the number of events and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.

College Awareness Week would like to gratefully acknowledge AIB and Perrigo for sponsoring this campaign and for their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences.

For more information please visit www.collegeaware.ie

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CAW3: Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan of Trinity College speaks to students of Portlaoise College at the Portlaoise College Careers Fair held on Wednesday 25th November
CAW1: Students from Portlaoise College getting into the College Aware Spirit as part of a College Awareness Week held from 23rd to 27th November
CAW4: Shantell Lawless and Jorja Phipps of Portlaoise College pictured at the Portlaoise College Careers Fair held on Wednesday 25th November