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Y13/14 students, CAI and Coleraine Girls’ High School students who attended a talk on careers in Engineering - View Full Size Image
Y13/14 students, CAI and Coleraine Girls’ High School students who attended a talk on careers in Engineering
Former Loreto College student Stephen McGrath, a commercial pilot, with some Y08/10 students to whom he spoke during Careers Wee - View Full Size Image
Former Loreto College student Stephen McGrath, a commercial pilot, with some Y08/10 students to whom he spoke during Careers Wee
Ms Grace Meehan of Queen’s University Belfast, with Y10 students during Careers Week - View Full Size Image
Ms Grace Meehan of Queen’s University Belfast, with Y10 students during Careers Week
Former Loreto College student Stephen McGrath, a commercial pilot, with some Y9 students to whom he spoke during Careers Week - View Full Size Image
Former Loreto College student Stephen McGrath, a commercial pilot, with some Y9 students to whom he spoke during Careers Week
18/01/2013 CAREERS WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Students and staff at Loreto College Coleraine took part in a Careers Week from 14th-18th January, exploring how all subjects across the curriculum prepared students for the world of work in terms of skills, knowledge, qualifications and workplace relevance.

In the course of the week, a number of visiting speakers drew students’ attention to the opportunities which were being opened to them by their current studies. 

On 14th January, Michelagh O’Neill (a former student of Loreto College) and Professor Paul Jowitt from the Institute of Civil Engineers spoke to Year 13 students of Maths, Physics, Geography and Technology about employment opportunities in this rewarding career area. Meanwhile on 16th January, another former student of Loreto College, Stephen McGrath, spoke to a number of junior classes about his work as a commercial pilot.

On 17th January, a representative of Queen’s University Belfast delivered a lecture to Year 10 students on the importance of GCSE choices and the wide range of degree courses available at QUB. She also delivered a lecture to Year 12 students on the importance of AS subject choices and the need to check carefully what the admission requirements are for the wide range of degree courses available at QUB. The students also heard about some of the many accolades QUB has received and the superb facilities available there for students.

Throughout all areas of the Loreto College curriculum, a variety of talks took place, with sixth formers talking to Year 10 and Year 12 students about their experience of GCSE and A level studies and their plans for the future, and staff outlining what former students of their subjects had gone on to do. Many departments invited former students to talk to classes about their own career paths and the areas which the subjects in which they have specialised could open up to the young, enthusiastic student of today.

In addition to this, Careers-focused lessons were going on throughout the Loreto campus – for instance Year 12 students were exploring job application and interview skills and the writing of letters of application and CVs in English lessons.  In the course of the week, all subject departments contributed a display of Careers-related materials to the central Foyer area, to be viewed by all students, staff and visitors to the College.

Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, commented that the Careers Week had been a great success in bringing the issue of employability, workplace skills and the wider relevance of study in all subject areas to the forefront of students’ minds at a particularly critical time.  Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Miss Flannelly and the Careers Department for their hard work and enthusiasm in co-ordinating the Careers Week, and to all the subject teachers who had participated in the activities on offer.