GradIreland Graduate Careers Fair 2022

GradIreland is the official graduate career website in Ireland, who publish a wide range of career publications, including directories and career sector guides, and organize Ireland's leading graduate events such as the Graduate Careers Fair. 

The GradIreland Graduate Careers fair is Ireland’s largest careers fair held annually in September. Taking place in Hall 8 of the RDS Dublin, this is a free event for graduates to experience real events, conversations and meetings with top employers and postgraduate employers. Throughout the day, there will be many talks and seminars taking place with information and advice from industry professionals.  

The GradIreland Graduate Career fair offers attendees the opportunity to get their CV reviewed and ready for job applications, find internships/graduate programmes and attend exclusive live seminars.  

By attending this careers fair, you are building and interacting and talking with various top employers and it is a fantastic way to start the networking process, especially when you are a new graduate. By speaking with them you can take the next step on your career path! 

Register for the event here: https://gradireland.com/events/gradireland-graduate-careers-fair  

Face-to-Face Inductions are Back!

Our first face-to-face inductions took place in Dorset College for the first time in 2 years this past week! Every day we have had new groups of students joining us as they start this new adventure here in Dublin.

From our Springboard to Semester Abroad, Business to Computing we had all our students in to meet one another and introduce them to the Dorset College team. It was great to see everyone interact with their new classmates and get to learn about college life here in Dorset College.

It is going to be an exciting year ahead!

The Road to Kerry (Student Diary)

Danaé Danycan was a Semester Abroad learner over from Epita, one of Dorset College Dublin’s partner schools, who spent time studying in Ireland. To make the most of her Irish experience, Danaé and three friends decided to leave behind the bustling City Centre for a long weekend to discover another beautiful part of Ireland – the county of Kerry. This is how their trip went...  

Thursday:  

We took to the road at 11 am as it is only a three-hour drive between Dublin and Tralee, in Kerry, where we have reserved our Airbnb for our trip. We took a break in Cashel to visit The Rock of Cashel and have a walk in this lovely city. 

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Arrived in Kerry!
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Friday:  

We began our journey on the road to Valentia Island, this is where we saw beautiful landscapes with great cliffs. Our destination was Valentia Island and port where we tried to see Valentia's cliffs. Unfortunately, it was very rainy so we didn't see anything.

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Saturday: 

Our destination of the day was Killarney. There are so many great things to do in this place. We chose to visit Ross Castle and have a walk in the park before going to Killarney's national park to see Muckross Abbey. It was a very nice and mysterious place where there wasn’t anybody and it's possible to go into the Abbey and climb the stairs.  

After that we went to see Torc Waterfall and we drove on beautiful roads to come back to Tralee. 

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Always exploring!

Sunday:  

We had to return to Dublin on Sunday as we had our classes on Monday morning. On the way we took the time to go to Limerick and visit Bunratty Castle and the lovely reconstituted village. 

Over the four days of our trip, we had paid €100 per person overall for the house, food, car and entrance fees, which we felt was very resonable.

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Class Rep Awards Ceremony

Class Reps are the vital link between academic staff and their classmates, as they represent the learners on issues that may be impacting them. Whether these be academic issues, course materials, or anything else that arises throughout your time in the college, the Class Reps will discuss this during their meetings.  

Last weekend, our Class Reps were invited to their Class Rep awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and dedication they put into this role, and their contribution to Dorset College. They all met on a sunny Saturday afternoon in our ABC building and were invited for refreshments and some catching up with their fellow classmates. They were excited to update one another on their lives as Dorset College graduates and life after college.

 

The ceremony began with a speech from the Student Experience Lead, followed by Jerry O’Connell, familiar faces to all our learners. A huge congratulations to Ilze Santare and Giovanna Balarini Zampieri being voted as Class Reps of the year. They both showed tremendous qualities as leaders for their classmates throughout a very difficult year – something we know their classmates appreciated greatly. Our Academic Operations Lead, Jeanne LeCorre presented Colm Dunne with his award for Lecturer of the year, voted for by the students themselves. 

Dorset College highly encourages our learners to run as Class Reps. In this role, you are stepping up to be a leader and make a real difference. It is also a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills, improve your CV and build a better connection with your classmates and Lecturers. What are you waiting for!! 

CIPD Panel Interview

As part of the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Management, the students participated in a simulation of a mock panel interview. In groups, the learners had to fully prepare and conduct a panel interview process, complete with all the correct documentation. The learners would then take part in the panel interview with the help of their fellow classmates who volunteered to be candidates. 

The CIPD students took this practice very seriously – even dressing for the part! This process gave them a fascinating insight into the reality of an interview panel and the work involved in hiring the right candidate.  

The students enjoyed the evening, with all expressing they had gained great learnings from participating in this activity and it has given them a better understanding of their CIPD Level 3 qualification. 

CIPD Level 3 Learners
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