Empowering your ‘Leaving-Certer’ for the future: a DCU Open Night for Parents/Guardians

Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2023 

Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided

Venue: Stokes Extension Building, 1st floor, room SA105, Dublin City University, Glasnevin Campus

Event Schedule 
6:00 pm to 6:20 pm: Registration / DCU Futures Student Showcase
6:20 pm to 6:30 pm: Welcome and Opening Address
6:30 pm to 7:25 pm: Panel Discussion and Parent Q&A

7:25 pm to 7:30 pm: Closing remarks
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm: DCU Futures Student Showcase

Panel Chair: Dr Ciarán Dunne, Transversal Skills Director, Dublin City University


  • Dr Darren Clarke, Programme Chair, BA in Climate and Environmental Sustainability
  • Jill Tuite, Learning Development Specialist, Optimum Limited
  • Dr John McGinnity, Guidance Counsellor, The Institute of Education
  • Dr Claire Bohan, Dean of Students, Dublin City Univeristy 
  • Emma Synnott, 2nd year student, BSc in Psychology and Mathematics, Dublin City University


Professor Blánaid White, Dean of Strategic Learning Innovation at DCU, warmly invites you to a unique event, specifically designed for the parents and guardians of Leaving Certificate students. Unprecedented technological disruption, rapid change, and new ways of working mean that students’ choice of university courses is increasingly important. This event will offer valuable insights into how parents and guardians can best support students in making informed decisions about their future study and career paths, addressing questions such as:

What should students be looking for in a degree course?

What key skills are graduate employers prioritising?

What job opportunities are emerging, and in what sectors?

How can students prepare for their career while in university?

How will artificial intelligence affect the world of work?

Learn how new DCU courses have been specifically designed to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and mindset to navigate a highly dynamic and competitive workforce. Listen to industry leaders, academic experts, career guidance experts, and students themselves talk about the importance of viewing career development in new ways.


RSVP: To confirm your attendance, please register below:


Yours sincerely, 

Professor Blánaid White

Dean of Strategic Learning Innovation

Please contact if there are any queries about this event


Funded by HCI

Funded by Government of Ireland and HCI