A Busy Week for DkIT's School Liaison Office.

The last week has been a busy one for Dundalk Institute of Technology School Liaison Office, having attended the IGC National Conference and AGM last Thursday and Friday, also attending the 3 day careers fair, Choices and holding a further education talk in St Louis school, Kilkeel. The coming weeks are set to be just as busy, with more school visits being planned daily. DkIT school liaison Office are not only focused on recruiting students but also making students, teachers, parents and guidance counsellors aware of the wide range of opportunities and facilities available at DkIT.

The week of events began with the IGC Conference and AGM in the Knightsbrook Hotel , Trim, County Meath. Over the two day period a total of 550 guidance counsellors from all over Ireland attended. DkIT, who part sponsored the event, were there answering any queries in relation to courses and course development. With guidance counsellors being the first stop between students and college it was an opportunity not to be missed. Along with being impressed by DkIT's willingness to visit any school to give information talks, as opposed to the usual routine of depending on open day for students to get information, several attendees were pleasantly surprised at the size of the college, services and courses provided.

Next on the list of activities was Ireland's largest Education, Careers & Skills Exhibition, Choices Expo 2012. The three day fair was held in the RDS Dublin, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week. Over the three days large numbers of potential students attended the DkIT stand. The event mainly attracted second and third level students, however there were a good number of mature attendees as well, who were looking for advice and information on career 'upskilling' and education choices.
Whilst there has been a heavy focus of late on emigration and work opportunities that exist outside of Ireland, the Choices Expo 2012 event highlighted the great range of opportunities which Ireland has to offer people of all ages. Thanks to Michael McNamara, Paula Reilly, Colin Cooney, Damien Whelan, Mairead Bowe and Diarmuid Cahill for their help over the three days. Thanks has to go to Michael McNamara , Paula Reilly, Colin Cooney, Damian Whelan, Mairead Bowe and Diarmuid Cahill for the help over the three days.

Thursday evening then consisted of Dundalk Institute of Technology, School Liaison Officer, Diarmuid Cahill being guest speaker at a Higher Education talk in St Louis Grammer School Kilkeel. The talk was open to students and parents of St Louis and aimed towards students who will be applying to college next year. This gave us the opportunity to inform attendees of the full range of opportunities so accessible, being just a 40 minute drive away from them.

DkIT's Diarmuid Cahill said, "We were delighted with the large turnout at the various events we have attended over the last couple of weeks. Potential students have been enquiring about a vast range of courses from Engineering, Science and Games Development to Buisiness. Hopefully we will have the same interest at the events we're attending this week including the Northern Ireland Higher Education Fair which takes place in the Kings Hall, Belfast this Wednesday and Thursday. The School Liaison office is also scheduled to attend a number of other events, including a careers fair in St Aidan's Comprehensive, Cootehill, Co Cavan, an information talk at Newry High School, and a school visit to Colaiste Na hInse in Bettystown, Co Meath".

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were looking for advice and information on career 'upskilling' and education choices.

Whilst there has been a heavy focus of late on emigration and work opportunities that exist outside of Ireland, the Choices Expo 2012 event highlighted the great range of opportunities which Ireland has to offer people of all ages