Newry students encouraged to attend Higher Education Convention 2013

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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The Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service is advising parents that preparation is essential for students attending the upcoming Northern Ireland Higher Education Convention 2013.

Johnny Nolan, Careers Manager for Newry in the Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service

The UCAS Convention is the largest Higher Education exhibition in Northern Ireland. It is expected that over 7,000 6th form and Further Education students will visit the convention which is taking place over Wednesday 6th March 2013 and Thursday 7th March 2013, at the Kings Hall Pavilions’ in Belfast. Staff from the Department for Employment and Learning have organised 36 seminars on a variety of topics. This event provides students with an excellent opportunity to find out more about Higher Education, to consider all of the factors involved in choosing a degree and to plan their future careers path. Although it is mainly geared towards students in lower 6th and those in Further Education, anyone with an interest in studying within higher education would find the event useful. Johnny Nolan, Careers Manager for Newry, said, “It is easy to turn up at an event like this and simply rush around gathering papers from each of the exhibitors. “I would encourage any student attending the convention to plan how to get the most from this event by discussing options with parents/guardians, teachers and their careers adviser.” Attendees are also encouraged to develop an action plan to consider the most appropriate stands and attend the most appropriate seminars. Johnny continued, “We would urge everyone to visit the Careers Service stand (stand 76) for professional, impartial careers information, advice and guidance. We will also be holding a series of 36 seminars covering key growth career areas, STEM subjects and priority/emerging skills. “Other topics include student finance, studying in the EU, gap years, volunteering and higher education opportunities in further education colleges. We will also have staff on hand to provide information on foundation degrees which are higher education qualifications that combine academic study with on-the-job experience. “This mix can help boost students’ skills and career prospects whilst benefiting employers and their business. Employers are fully involved in the design, development and delivery of the courses. Johnny added, “This means Foundation degree students graduate with a very specialised set of skills designed to meet the specific needs of employers in a particular sector. Students attending the Convention are encouraged to think about the information they require to help them make course choices. “They should prepare questions in advance to ask exhibitors e.g. course entry requirements, what potential job opportunities may exist after completing a particular degree, the cost of a chosen degree and any possible financial support offered by the University/College etc.” If you need further information, go to where you will find the contact details for your nearest Careers Office and careers adviser. You can also contact the Careers Service by phone on 0300 200 7820.
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