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DkIT host “Career Paths in Science” Event 2024

28 March 2024

Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Department of Life and Health Sciences in association with the Virtual Labs project were delighted to warmly welcome past DkIT alumni and current students to their extremely successful “Career Paths in Science” 2024 event which was held on campus recently.

This informative event consisted of an expert panel that included past graduates, Shauna McCabe - Associate Director Manufacturing Technology at WuXi Biologics, Cathal Duffy - Process Engineer at Intel Corporation, Natasha Markey - Validation Engineer at Almac, along with Kerry Devlin and Orla Sherlock, lecturers in the Department of Life and Health Sciences. The panellists spoke about their current positions and their career journey so far with some very valuable insights for the students into the world of work. Finally, Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers and Employability at DkIT, brought the whole afternoon together by presenting the graduate attributes from the DkIT Graduate Attribute Framework and an overview of the services available to students through the DkIT Careers and Employability service.

Following the event, Dr. Sinéad Loughran, one of the organisers commented,

“Through the insightful panel discussion and inspiring academic career overviews, past alumni and lecturers alike demonstrated the power of education in opening doors to exciting and fulfilling careers in the field of science for all the attendees.”

This event was organised by lecturers in the Department of Life and Health Sciences and supported by the Virtual Labs project, a HCI funded multi-institutional innovative project which aims to evaluate the use of virtual laboratory resources in STEM practical learning and teaching. The Virtual Labs project aims to enhance transversal skill development, and ultimately the employability, of our science graduates. The event, which is outlined here, as well as the team’s recent on campus enterprise workshop, can have a direct impact on the success of the project both here in DkIT as well as with the other project partner Higher Education Institutions (MU, DCU, UCC and TUS).

 Dr Bridget Kelly, Lecturer and one of the organisers said,

“Events like this are absolutely invaluable for our current students, it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to learn and hear about the various career paths explored and ventured on by experienced DkIT alumni was inspiring. It was also invaluable to hear from Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers and Employability at DkIT who brought all attendees through key employability attributes from the DkIT Graduate Attribute Framework”.

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