Business School

DCU Business School - Developments at DCUBS

                              Wednesday, 8th April 2009
                                                   2pm - 4.30pm


With Dr. Finian Buckley

A motivational talk designed to highlight that through challenging times can emerge exciting opportunities.

Getting Ready for the Marketplace
With Muireann Ní Dhuigneain, Head, Careers Service along with the Careers Team.

A very practical session, to explore the options you have available to you as a graduate. The focus will be primarily on how you can prepare yourself for the current market place, access job and postgraduate opportunities, construct a superb CV, and in general position yourself for success. You will be introduced to powerful questions to help you answer that question 'what to do next'. There will be lots of hints and tips to help you reflect and follow up by personalising your plan of action.

Start Your Own Business
With Prof. Colm O’Gorman

Starting a business may not seem like an obvious choice for many students. You might argue that you don't have much work or business experience, that you don't have savings or 'creditworthiness' with a bank, that you don't know 'how to' start a business, and that 2009 is a bad time to try to start a business. Yet many thousands of businesses are started every year, and a significant minority is started by 'young' people. Furthermore, I have estimated that by 2020 as many as one in every five DCU graduates from 2009 will have either started a business or be actively trying to start a business. In this workshop we will answer three questions: (i) Do you have what it takes to start a business? (ii) How do people like you start businesses? and (iii) What should you do next if you are interested in starting a business now or in the future?

Winning at Interviews
With Dr. Edel Conway, Ciara Nolan and Dr. Aoife McDermott

An interactive session that aims to help you improve your performance at interview and impress upon your potential employer that you’re the best person for the role. Learn the dos and don’ts of successful interviews and secure that coveted job offer.

Working in the Voluntary Sector
Kate Byron of the Volunteering Options project in Comhlámh and Eva-Louise Early of Volunteer Ireland will outline some of the many options for volunteer work in Ireland or abroad along with the numerous benefits they offer on both a personal and a professional level.

Representatives from volunteer organisations VLM, Habitat for Humanity, Jesuit Centre for Young Adults, Skillshare International Ireland, i-to-I, Irish Aid, Voluntary Service International, and Camara will also be available to answer your questions.

Message from Áras an Uachtaráin*
With Dr. Martin McAleese
Dr Martin McAleese has had an intriguing career. He qualified from Queen’s with a B.Sc. in Physics, went on to train and subsequently work as an accountant.  He then decided to become a dentist and ran a very successful general practice.

When his wife was elected as President of Ireland in 1997, Martin wholeheartedly devoted himself to support his wife’s work of bridge-building between all communities on the island. In the early years of the McAleese Presidency, Martin also undertook voluntary projects overseas where he has utilised his dental training for the benefit of poor communities.

Since then, Martin has sought to develop greater trust and reconciliation among communities in Northern Ireland. Again, in support of the President’s visits to communities both at home and abroad, Martin is hugely helpful in this outreach work and together President McAleese and he are a formidable team.

Martin will share his insights into making the most of your future.

*Note that you must attend this session to be eligible for the prize draw and free Easter egg