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Dr Martin McAleese inspires Final Year Students to Future Success
9th April 2009

Final Year students at DCU had the honour this week of meeting Dr Martin McAleese, husband of President Mary McAleese, during an insightful afternoon of career development. Dr McAleese delivered an inspirational talk during the ‘Fast Forward’ event, which aimed to support students in taking control of their futures and developing a clear plan of action that will guide them to success after graduation.

Reflecting on his own intriguing career to date, Dr McAleese reminded DCU students that adaptability and a focus on clear goals, whether personal or professional, will bring success. He stressed that as future leaders of government, industry and society, the students’ talents and expertise will help to bring Ireland through the difficult economic climate that we now face.

Delivered by DCU Business School and Student Support & Development, the ‘Fast Forward’ afternoon kicked off with a motivational talk by the Business School’s Dr Finian Buckley, who encouraged students to adopt a positive mental attitude and to consider all their options. He urged them to recognise their own unique strengths and abilities. He also highlighted that, as DCU alumni, they will be amongst the most employable graduates in Ireland.

Students then took the opportunity to attend dedicated workshops that enabled them to learn how to stand out in the graduate jobs market, develop winning techniques for interview, explore options for the budding entrepreneur, and find out the benefits of work in the voluntary sector.

One lucky student had the additional benefit of winning a €200 voucher to kit out him/herself for interview. The winner of the prize draw was Paul Talbot.

The ‘Fast Forward’ event is indicative of DCU’s dedication to student development. As the university’s final year students set out on their future roads, they will explore endless opportunities and make a valuable contribution to economic and social progression, both in Ireland and beyond.

Read Dr Martin McAleese's speech

Silvia Escudero, DCU student, Dr Martin McAleese, and Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, DCU President

Dr Martin McAleese shares his career insights

Dr Finian Buckley urges students to adopt a positive outlook