Upcoming FREE Webinars: August 2020
A series of FREE webinars will be available for the next academic year 2020/2021 for parents, students and Guidance Counsellors. These are scheduled for Monday lunchtime at 12.30 to run for an hour. Registration will go live the week prior to the talk. Registration will be FREE but you will be required to book your place. A link to the online event will be sent to you, once you register. A recording will be available for a set period of time after the talk to allow for parents/students or Guidance counsellors who maybe unavailable at that time, so no one need miss out. (paid subscription will allow for unlimited access). Questions can be sent in advance to ensure all queries are answered. August /September schedule is set, remaining schedule to be announced 08/2020
|General Career Guidance Topics|
|August||TBC||Results, Offers & Rechecks|
|August||31st August 2020||Career Planning & Research|
|September||14th September||Preparation for Open Days/Career Exhibitions (virtual or onsite)|
|Specific: Careers in…..series|
This will be offered via Zoom download on this link for free. Registration Button will come live a week prior to the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
There will be a variety of speakers at each webinar. I will be hosting and giving a general introduction/overview to each topic; guest speakers from 3rd level, industry and other relevant organisations will join me to give more indepth details. There will be a maximum of 5 speakers per session, excluding the host. For talks that are over subscribed by guest speakers an alternative date will be arranged to accommodate.
Julie O’Connor, Synergy Careers hosted a series of themed weekly events in May 2020. These events provided Letterkenny Institute of Technology(LYIT) with an opportunity to promote our CAO and Postgraduate/Masters programmes, discuss our scholarships and provide students with details about student life on campus at LYIT. These webinars also provided LYIT with the opportunity to participate in discussions with colleagues from other universities and colleges about the broad range of third-level issues that impact Parents, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors and Prospective Students. The webinars were informative, well-organised and efficiently co-ordinated. Julie has provided a ‘one-stop’ advice platform that supports students, parents and educators to make informed decisions about their third-level choices.
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|August||TBC||Results, Offers & Rechecks|
|31st August 2020||Career Planning & Research|
|September||14th September||Preparation for Open Days/Career Exhibitions|
|October||tbc||Goal Setting, Study skills & Exam Technique|
|November||tbc||CAO Application Procedure &Hpat|
|December||tbc||Other college application options – Eunicas, UCAS|
|January||tbc||Back up plans to your 1st Choice – CAO + others|
|February||tbc||Job Search CV and Interview|
|March||tbc||Subject Choice for TY and career decisions|
|April||tbc||Cost of Going to College|
|tbc||CAO Change of Mind|
Careers in……. Series of Webinars
|Careers in….. Series of webinars : These will be scheduled throughout the year as luchtime talks on Mondays. Registration will come live a week prior to the talk. Registration will be required to access link. A recording will be available for a set period of time after the talk to allow for parents/students or Guidance counsellors who maybe unavailable at that time. Questions can be sent in advance to ensure all queries are answered.|
(paid subscription will allow for unlimited access)
|Agriculture/Working with animals|
|Architecture/Art & Design|
|Defense Forces/Garda Siochana|
|Humanities – why study an Arts Degree?|
School Parents nights
On site or online talks for school communities: suitable for parent evenings, recordings of webinars can be sent to the school/organisation after to allow those who could not attend access
Option A – Choosing the best career for senior cycle students and parents
Option B – CAO, college application for 6th year parents
Option C – Goal setting & Study skills – geared towards exam students and parents
Option D – Exam Technique – geared towards exam students and parents
Option E – Subject Choice and career decisions – for students entering senior cycle and parents
Schools, Parent Groups or organisations who wish to book these workshops click here
Workshops/topics of interest but not listed, contact me and we can look at creating an option.
Online Career Guidance Tutorials
Online curriculum will be available for senior cycle students, topics and schedule tbc. These will provide more in-depth career guidance on topics such as career awareness and research; study skills/goal setting; college application: what is needed; Subject choice – what you need to know. If you are interested in online classes please send your query using the button below.
Previous webinar recordings: May 2020
1. On Thursday May 7th at 7.30pm a webinar on Change of mind advice clinic. A recording of this presentation is now available, click on link provided. The password to access is 4C*?9u6+ .
I was joined by Dr Patrick Cosgrave from MIC, Caroline Duggan from NUIG, Laura Moloney from UL, Sarah O’Mahony from SCHM, Fiona Kelly LYIT, Brian Comerford from Classroom Guidance and Joanne Hanrahan Psychotherapist and Guidance Counsellor so far. A very comprehensive presentation was given by all providing great tips, do’s/don’ts and looking at options within your CAO application.
2 On Thursday May 14th Back-up plans to your first choice. The webinar was on PLC’s and QQI progression to 3rd level, alternative options to 3rd level, PLC route, the ladder system of progression in I.T.’s, postgraduate conversion option to courses of high points, and European options (EUNICAS) .
A recording of this presentation is now available, click on link provided. The password to access is @syn3rgy. I was joined by Caroline Duggan NUIG, Fiona Kelly LYIT, Rose Doyle LCFE, Laura Moloney from undergrad admissions UL, Joachim Barnett from Postgrad admissions UL, Sarah O’Mahony from SCHM with 2 students, Brian Comerford from Classroom Guidance and Guy Flouch from EUNICAS. The aim is to ensure that Leaving Certificate students are aware of all oppotunities to furthering their education and future career aspirations, especially if they feel they may fall short of what is needed for their first choice. 53% of students in 2019 got their 1st preference, so back-up options are very important. I gave a brief presentation on alternative options with each guest speaker giving key information and advice with Q&A throughout.
3. On Thursday May 21st the theme will be finance, funding, scholarships, expenses and budgeting. A recording of this presentation is now available Click on link provided. The password to access is @syn3rgy. The topic included finance/SUSI grants, funding, via bursaries & scholarships, accommodation, expenses and budgeting. It gives a very detailed insight into funding and financial supports available to students to help reduce the financial burden and also some excellent budget tips. Guest speakers involved were Dr Patrick Cosgrave from MIC, Caroline Duggan from NUIG, Fiona Kelly LYIT, Laura Moloney UL, Sarah O’Mahony SCHM, Brian Comerford (Classroom Guidance) and Guy Flouch EUNICAS.
4. On Thursday May 28th the theme was transition to college.
A recording of this presentation is now available Click on link provided. The password to access is @syn3rgy.
This seminar looked at the transition to college, supports that are in place, advice and guidance to ensure you hit the ground running, settle in quickly and effectively. How best to engage with your lectures, labs, assessments, research and extra curricular, especially with present pandemic. Guest speakers included Brian Comerford, Classroom Guidance,focused on tips for best transtion to college, Julie O’Connor Synergy Careers focused on tips for notetaking, along with the following college representatives; Dr. John McGinnity Maynooth University, Caroline Duggan NUIGalway, Sarah O’Mahoney SCHM, Dr. Patrick Cosgrave MIC, Fiona Kelly LYIT, and Stephen Ryan UL.