Staff Picks:

Anger, despair and a ray of hope for those living with Parkinson’s Disease

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RTE Player:

Road to Rehab – Documentary on the National Rehab Hospital

Behind the Walls – Documentary – Part 1

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Most Irish universities fall further in world ranking

Teaching students the joy of giving something back

UCC becomes Ireland’s first ‘five-star’ university

Radical overhaul of third-level admissions proposed

The case to better align students with college courses is compelling

Mandatory student community service ‘would address crisis in care for elderly’

University Plans to make its students model graduates

University places could be decided by lottery

Hyland gives poor grades to colleges and points race

CAO system could be changed by 2014

 

Disability Headlines

Female cystic fibrosis sufferers still dying younger than males

Places sought for autistic children after school closure

Dáil protest planned over special needs cuts

Breaking point: Mother battles to get help for son

Why a sports tie-up is worth its weight in gold

Tom Lewis: ‘If golf doesn’t turn out to be my life, I’m going to struggle’

The Ouch Blog News Round up

 

General Education Stories

Concern over voluntary contributions

All-inclusive schools group will meet parents

Lack of full-time places for 9 pupils ‘unacceptable’

Make grammar fun and kids will get it says new research

 

Mental Health in the Media

Revealing the horrific past of psychiatric hospitals

Suicide awareness: ‘You’d have thought everything was going well, but it wasn’t’

HSE accused of ‘bullying’ psychiatrist

Children ‘should be’ screened for anxiety

Suicide ignored by governments, warns charity

Retiring coroner queries publishing of suicide cases

HSE cuts number of psychiatrists in Galway

Involuntary detentions campaign

 

Employment Features

60 days, 60-job shadows

Employers catch out majority of CV liars – Survey

Labour Market Information, August 2011

Guinness is good for them: €650,00 for social projects

Department Removes Intern Offers from Jobbridge website

 

Events

Career Zoo, Sept 10th & Sept 11th

This is a fantastic opportunity for 30 students and graduates with disabilities. Please email linda.kelly@ahead.ie to reserve a place. 

Myself and John Paul from WAM will be at the Graduate Careers Fair in the RDS all day tomorrow. It starts at 11 and runs till 5 and you can check out their site here

More importantly, at 3:30 I’ll be giving a short seminar which will cover all the extra aspects of jobseeking that are useful for graduates and students with disabilities to know: disclosure, grants and funding, legislation and the availability of other projects and supports. It’s the ideal time to get an overview of things that you should consider if you are a graduate with a disability, or for that matter, someone who is supporting/ advising a graduate with a disability. All the matierial is taken from Get Ready for Work, so it really is an overview of the extra stuff – I won’t be going near CVs, interview skills, what job you should do, or anything like that, because that’s all covered by others whose speciality it is. For more information about the timetable of seminars you can check here.

Obviously, we’ll be at the stand all day to answer any questions and would be very happy to see you, but I would encourage you to drop along to the seminar, it’s just a half an hour and could answer many of your questions in a more useful way.

As I’ve said before, events like this are what you make of them, and I’ve outlined some suggestions here, and so have GradIreland, here.

If you’re there tomorrow, do drop by, and do enjoy the day. Opportunities can be exciting and challenging, and that can be something to relish and enjoy!

Careers Fair time has rolled around again! All my advice from last year remains – if you’re planning on going to any of the careers fairs, do have a read, do your preparation work.

This year I’ll be in UCD on the 8th October, CIT on the 6th October, and at the GradIreland Fair in the RDS on the 21st October. There may be more yet, and I’ll keep you updated if so. GradIreland has a comprehensive list of all the fairs on around the country here

I’ll also be running a seminar at the GradIreland Fair at about half 3. In it I’ll be aiming to briefly cover many of the elements in the Get Ready for Workshops, so if you’re at the fair on the 21st,  do drop by.

As always – for more updates, keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook.com/getaheadforum