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Industry and education helping to prepare young people for work

Posted by Francis O' Toole on January 8, 2012

A growing level of collaboration between the business sector and third level institutions is helping to prepare the nation’s young people more adequately for their entry into the world of work, it has been revealed.

Third level students at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) recently benefitted from one such initiative, which saw 40 of the university’s students taking time out from their studies to meet up with mentors from a range of national and international industries and professions.

Students were given the opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with the mentors during the event, with the professionals able to pass on their wisdom and experience to the next generation of possible business leaders and professionals.

Keith Rynhart, a second-year undergraduate at NUIG studying for a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting, said: “The career mentoring session was a wonderful experience; it really helped me clarify the path that I wish to take in the future and make some contacts in the business world.”

Initiatives such as this are something that could prove extremely beneficial in the years ahead, as the growing level of competition among graduates and in the jobs market in general is making it harder for young people to find employment.

Dr Emer Mulligan, head of the School of Business and Economics at NUIG, commented: “We are delighted to once again host these career mentoring events. This initiative highlights the school’s … commitment to preparing its students for careers in the real world.”

Moreover, the government is also helping to promote greater connections between higher education institutions and the technology sector, after it announced last month the allocation of EUR 5.5 million in annual funding over the next four years for the second phase of the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative.

Minister for Research & Innovation Sean Sherlock claimed the programme aims to deliver improved work and employment prospects across the country and greater revenues for the economy, while boosting the number of individuals embarking on careers in the high technology industry.

Irish Independent

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