Wednesday 19 June 2019

Portmarnock students consider the future at their first careers fair

Damien Darcy, Catherine Fitzpatrick and Niall Frank at the Careers Fair in Portmarnock Community School
Damien Darcy, Catherine Fitzpatrick and Niall Frank at the Careers Fair in Portmarnock Community School

The first Portmarnock Community School Careers Fair took place recently and was declared a 'huge success'.

Over 60 Universities, Colleges,Courses and Careers Representatives gave their time to have meaningful conversations with the Transition Year and Sixth Year students and their parents.

Thanks to the school's Guidance Department, Parents Association , teachers and volunteers many more of the students have, taken a significant step in their decision making around their futures.

ONe student, Arianna Manassero, described her experience at the fair: 'The atmosphere is manic until we reach the hall, holding many college stands similar to those I once ogled at the Higher Options fair, two months prior.

'My eyes dart, searching for the brightest stand, The IADT table on the far side of the hall, the neighbouring stand being Colaiste Dhulaigh, across from the most entertaining of them, the Guards and their beer goggles. Along with Maynooth University, UCD, DCU, Trinity, DBS, the Irish Army and more to complete the plaza surrounding the assembly hall.

'Myself and my friends found ourselves chatting to the fashion designer turned interior designer, Siobhan with 25 plus years of experience in education and business ownership.

'We found her to be useful and equally entertaining. She advised us on why we shouldn't settle with anything less than what we love, this being why she had been career hopping since the nineties. Her inspirational quotes guided us back to the assembly area to pursue information on our passions.

'Everyone we spoke to was very helpful and well versed on each of their higher education vessels.

'At 4pm we left like a flock of sheep hoarding pens and prospectuses, the first and very successful Careers Fair in Portmarnock Community School.'

Well done to all involved in the event and good luck to the students deciding their future.

Fingal Independent