Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, and their families, are invited to attend the Claremorris Career Event 2017, which takes place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, on Saturday, February 25 (11am to 2pm).

Main conference speakers include:

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny (between 12.30 and 1pm);

James Horan (Quality Manager, Ballina Beverages Ltd/Coca-Cola and former Mayo football manager and All-Star, 11.30am);

Dearbhla Kelly (author of Career Coach, a step-by-step guide to help your teen find their life’s purpose, 11.50am);

Maureen Walsh (General Manager, DeCare Dental, Claremorris, 12.50pm).

Unfortunately, award-winning entrepreneur Niall Heffernan, who was originally listed to speak, is unable to do so due to an unavoidable clash of events.

A 45-minute workshop entitled ‘Some tips to make the most of your study time’ will be conducted by career psychologist Isabel Alvarez Seron in an ante-room at 11.30am and 12.45am. Places are limited and can be secured by entering your name on the list at the main conference reception desk.

The purpose of the event is to arm students and families with key information on the various options available to them upon completing their second-level education. Admission will be free of charge.

Stands from a number of leading CAO universities and colleges will afford students to ask key questions about those institutions, entry requirements and employment possibilities. Non-college options will also be presented on the day.

The event is being organised by the South Mayo GAA Board and the Mayo GAA Coaching Committee, and is open to GAA and non-GAA members alike. It is being sponsored by the Tuam and Claremorris/Ballinrobe Credit Union, and supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and South West Mayo Development Company.

“In the GAA, we have direct involvement with teenagers and their families, and know only too well the difficulties of making career decisions during secondary school. As a community-based sporting organisation, we are keen to help our members at this time, and, once we decided to run this career event, it made absolute sense to throw the doors open so that non-GAA members could also attend,” said John Farragher, chairman, South Mayo board.

“We see this as an important support to young people –and it is being marketed through the schools, GAA clubs and the media. On the day, we will have a number of free giveaways, including of tickets to the meeting of Mayo and Roscommon later that day in Elverys MacHale Park in the Allianz National Football League”.

A list of attending colleges and other bodies is being updated here http://mayogaa.com/content_page/10018111/. Other details about the event are also available on that page.

“We invite post-primary students from third, fourth fifth and sixth years, and their parents. Indeed, people can come from outside the county as well,” said Padraic Carolan, Coaching Officer, Mayo GAA.

“Our advice to students and their families would be to come along on the day and speak with the various representatives from the colleges and other entities.”

Education institutions and private sector bodies can exhibit at the event free of charge, and can do so by obtaining a booking form from Liam Horan, a member of the organising committee, on liam.horan@slinuacareers.com, 094 95 42965, or from any member of the committee.

Topics covered in the speeches will include ‘Finding your life’s purpose’, Dearbhla Kelly; ‘Managing a busy life, James Horan; and ‘Surviving and thriving’, Niall Heffernan.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative. For further information, please visit the Pobal Website www.pobal.ie. The support of the South West Mayo Development Company Ltd is also acknowledged.

The organising committee comprises John Farragher, Kieran Kilkenny, Liam Horan, Padraic Carolan, TJ Kelly and Michael King.