This is a fantastic opportunity for 30 students and graduates with disabilities. Please email to reserve a place. 


Lots of links this week, many focusing on Ruairi Quinn and the appointment of his new adviser, Journalist John Waters as well as his focus on improving literacy. It’s also Organ Donation Week this week and there has been a lot of coverage of this and the proposed new system of ‘opting out’.

Also came across this great initiative for students trying to decide what they want to do in college:

I went along with Niamh to the first Get Ready for Work seminar of 2011 the week before last in Dundalk. It was my first time going to one of these seminars and I have to say, for a day at work, I really enjoyed it! The day was focused on talking to students about selling their skills to employers and the different tools they can use to do a little bit of self investigation.


Harriet Andrews, the Careers Officer from DKIT recommends using the Grad Ireland Careers Report and Niamh pointed students to the new AHEAD publication on Disclosure – both very valuable in examining what you want out of your career and how to approach the very complex issue of ‘when do I tell someone about my disability?’


If you missed the Dundalk session – do not fear! We have another seminar coming up on the 30th March in Limerick. Check out the poster:

• Have you thought about the career you would like to pursue?

• Do you know how & where to look for employment?

• Are you ready for interviews?

• Do you know how to deal with the issue of disclosure?

• Do you know how to tailor your CV for the career you want?



Sign-up for this unique two day Career Skills programme for graduates with disabilities/ specific learning difficulties organised by GET AHEAD (a forum for graduates with disabilities) in conjunction with Graduate Careers Ireland (GCI), the professional body for all third level career services in Ireland.

Learn from the experts, careers advisors and employers, who will work with you to help you up-skill and maximise your opportunities to pursue the career that matches your educational and professional ambitions.


Where & When?

February 17th &18th 2011, DKIT

Topics to be covered will include: career decision making, job-seeking and interview skills, CV preparation, personal management, recruitment and selection processes. There will also be training and discussion on the issue of disclosure. Job preparation skills will be imparted in a hands-on approach, including lively interactive workshops, mock interviews given by HR staff from different companies and seminars by professional recruitment specialists.

For further information or to reserve a place on the next programme, please contact: Linda Kelly at

Places are limited so please apply ASAP!