Top Education Consultant Gives Talk At Mercy Mounthawk’s Careers Night

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Chairperson of the Parents Council Kathleen Holmes, with author and Education Consultant Catherine O’Connor with some Mercy Mounthawk students and Deputy Principal Pat Fleming, prior to Catherine’s talk to a hall full of senior cycle students on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

CAREERS Night took place at Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School on Thursday and a special guest speaker gave interesting talks to students and parents.

Organised by the Parents Council, author of “Cracking the College Code” and Education Consultant at Trinity College Dublin, Catherine O’Connor, was joined by around 30 career specialists who volunteered to speak with the students about the educational pathways, skills requirements, opportunities in the sector, specific career challenges, pay structures and much more.

While the choice of the correct course is fundamental to success at third level, Catherine drew attention to the more practical life skills which are also integral to surviving and thriving in college life – financial budgeting, cooking, managing relationships.

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The Careers Night event was established three years ago in 2015 and has grown in strength year-on-year.   It offers a unique, first-hand opportunity for the students to gain real insight into a variety of careers.

“As a Parents’ Council, this Career’s Event is our effort to support the young people in our school and their parents: to assist the students in making informed decisions about their third level courses.  We connect the students with people from their own community as they explore different career options”, said Kathleen Holmes, Chairperson, Mercy Mounthawk Parents’ Council.

John O’Roarke, Principal, Mercy Mounthawk, said; “We are very grateful to our Parents’ Council for running a Careers Night each year.   The feedback received from all participants, both students and parents, comments on the value of first hand conversations with professionals in careers of interest to students.  I hope this very significant support provided by the parents of the school will continue to grow from strength to strength.”

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