To this end I brushed down my “event management” skills and ably guided and pushed along the way by Kathryn (!) we began to put in place the schedule for the evening. I must praise and thank our many colleagues for their support and help before and during the evening. Special thanks to our two employer representatives Catherine Watts from State Street and Louise Lonergan from Lonergan Corporate Gifts. Thanks also to Paula Murray our own Maynooth University Work Placement Officer. Their presentations were extremely interesting and informative and gave invaluable advice to our students about what employers expect from work placement students and what they felt students would gain from the experience.
But most of all I must thank our student helpers –Tadhg Charleton, Rachel Moore, Emma Slevin, Colleen McEnroy, Aisling McEvoy O’ Connor, Kate Tyner, Christopher Devaney, Rachel Madill, Niall Maher, Ryan Reid, Sean Stoll, Lyndsey Browne and Lisa Redmond. From the outset they impressed by their willingness to help and give something back to their peers and colleagues.
They all thoroughly enjoyed their BBA (work placement) /BBS International (study abroad) options and it showed. They were mature in their attitude, dependable, capable, and had no trouble using their initiative when needed. All attributes and skills developed or enhanced by their BBA/BBS International experiences.
Finally our current first and second year students who braved the elements to attend the evening. Again I have to say how impressive they were with their approach to the evening and their “interrogation” of our student and employer panel.
With the current uncertainty still facing many worldwide economies
I think it has never been more important for students to focus
on business and management. When we couple this
with the continuous industry involvement through our work placement programme and the experience of new countries and cultures through the study abroad option our students will be well equipped to hold their own in a competitive job market when they graduate.
As I said before I’m not easily impressed but I was last Thursday.. it’s nice when a plan comes together!!