Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) welcomed more than 60 companies from across the North East and beyond to its campus to take part in its annual Careers & Industry Fair 2017. The event was entitled ‘DkIT Futures’ and provided current students with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of Ireland’s top graduate employers.
The event was attended by companies from a diverse range of sectors and included a mixture of large global names and local SME's which is reflective of the employment landscape in the North East region. In addition to meeting with graduate recruiters, DkIT students were invited to attend company presentations on specific career areas including Science, Engineering & Technology, Business, Accountancy & Finance and Health & Social Sciences. Students also took part in an interactive workshop with LinkedIn which was aimed at providing tips on how to professional social networking tool to enhance career prospects.
Leading European food processor, ABP Food Group was the primary sponsor of the event. With its strong presence in the North East, ABP has strong connections with DkIT and collaborates with the Institute across a variety of programmes areas including Agriculture, Food Science, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Business and Computing. The event included a presentation by Sean King, Financial Controller at ABP Ireland Clones.
The Careers & Industry fair was coordinated by the newly established DkIT Careers & Employability Centre which brings together the Institute’s careers service and work placement office into one dedicated centre. The centre aims to provide an increased focus on supporting the development of employability skills from the moment students arrive at college, right through to post-graduation.
Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers & Employability at DkIT manages the new centre and led the coordination of the fair. Speaking today Catherine said:
“DkIT is truly bursting with potential and the Careers & Industry Fair is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our student talent to employers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the companies who took the time to attend our fair, in particular to ABP Food Group for its generous sponsorship and support.
DkIT has a long-established reputation for equipping our students with practical, job-ready skills to allow them to be successful in the workplace. The new Careers & Employability Centre will allow us to advance our efforts by streamlining our approach and increasing employability supports to students. This year alone, we will be supporting an increased number of work placement students to 900 across DkIT programmes and we will be broadening access for students to employers by introducing a new careers-focused guest-speaker series.”
The DkIT Futures Careers & Industry Fair was supported by the Regional Development Centre at DkIT which is responsible for delivering industry and employer engagement within the Institute. During the event, DkIT Innovation and Business Development Manager, Aidan Browne spoke to exhibiting companies about the many way to engage with the Institute including research collaboration, technology transfer, student projects and guest speaker opportunities. For more information DkIT’s services to employers and business, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.