Fantastic Turnout for the Davitt College Career Options Event 2017

October 27, 2017

To meet specific needs of Post Primary students in Co. Mayo, Davitt College, Castlebar in partnership with the Education Working Group of Mayo County Council, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company and South West Mayo Development Company held its fifth very successful Career Options Event on Saturday 14th October 2017.  There was certainly something for everyone on the day at the Davitt College Joe Langan Sports Hall.  The exhibition provided an opportunity for second level students and their parents to access information regarding the wide range of education and training courses that are available in Third Level Education.  Over 1,600 people were present at this event and admission was free.

Career Options 2017 was a great example of partnership and collaboration in action.  Over thirty Universities and Colleges throughout Ireland, UK and Europe were represented and there were presentations on the day from CAO, SUSI Grants, UCAS, HEAR and DARE.  There was also information available on Third Level Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants and developments in Apprenticeship and Training Programs.

Davitt College was delighted to welcome the addition to the schedule; of guest speaker Mr. Brian Mooney, a Guidance Counsellor and educational expert. As an educational analyst with a regular column in the Irish Times, he delivered a most comprehensive presentation with the most relevant, current and strategic information useful in researching and preparing for career pathways.

Ms. Bernie Rowland, Davitt College Principal, was delighted with the big turnout to the event.  “There was a wealth of information available on the day to accommodate every interest – academic, creative and technical.”  “I feel students experience has been enriched and I hope parents and their sons and daughters are now better able to make informed decisions about future careers,” she said.  Strengthening existing partnerships with Third Level providers is a vision Davitt College has for the future and a spirit of collaboration was certainly evident on the day.  Sincere thanks is extended to the organising committee at Davitt College for their hard work and attention to detail. Many thanks are also extended to the Education Working Group of Mayo County Council for their support and assistance.

 Davitt College Careers Day


Pictured are Ms. Bernie Lennon, Career Guidance Counsellor, Davitt College; Mr. Ger King, Deputy Principal, Davitt College; Mr. James Gallagher, Career Guidance Counsellor, Davitt College; Ms. Anita Gallagher, Deputy Principal, Davitt College; Mr. Sean Rowland, Hibernia College;  Mr. Brian Mooney, Career Guidance Counsellor and Guest Speaker ; Ms. Bernie Rowland, Principal, Davitt College; Mr. Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council;  Ms. Anne-Marie Carroll, South West Mayo Development Company; Mr. Jimmy Nolan, Davitt College Parents Council; Ms. Barbara Ronayne, Chairperson, Mayo Co. Council  Education Working Group; Mr. Donal Hoban, Mayo Co. Council Education Working Group attending the Career Options Event in Davitt College, Castlebar.

Davitt College Careers Day

Prospective students visit the Career Options Event in Davitt College, Castlebar

Davitt College Careers Day

An Garda Síochána representative explains the recruitment process to a student at the Career Options Event in Davitt College, Castlebar



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