Year 14 students engaged in a busy week of Personal development recently. There were a wide range of opportunities available for students to participate in, including interview skills and preparation for the world of work presented by Vivienne from School-Employer connections and Mock interview scenarios hosted by an array of successful and competent local talent.
We are very grateful to all who gave of their time and energy this week including – Eamonn McDermott (Local reporter) Marc Soal (founder of iPrint), Ken Thatcher (Careers consultant), Una McWilliams (Bank of Ireland), John Crilly (Partner, John Fahy and associated solicitors), Karl Lynch (architecture and design, Windell) Karol McElhinney (accountant), Karen Murphy (Occupational and Hand therapist), Liam Haberlin (Engineer, Schivo) Mary McLaughlin (retired Teacher), Paddy McDaid (Partner, McElhinney & McDaid Solicitors), Mark Patton( Seagate).
Students were very lucky to hear from a number of local successful entrepreneurs and celebrities. Mark Patterson from the popular BBC Radio Foyle afternoon show spoke about his own career path including his early days at the YMCA and his current role in public service broadcasting. While Ian Harkin, co-founder of Arklu Toys, spoke about his journey into the world of children’s toys and the very successful Lottie doll. http://uk.lottie.com/
Throughout the week, each student had the opportunity to spend time on personal reflection with an overnight stay at Dromantine Retreat Centre in Newry. This encouraged prayer and personal reflection, helping our Year 14 students to prepare for the busy year ahead.