Ryan CurryNorthern Ireland

I am a young, enthusiastic and committed Head of Careers who works hard, providing the pupils of St Patrick’s College Dungannon with key information, advice and guidance, allowing them to make informed and responsible decisions about their future careers. Working with a wide range of education providers and local and global employers, allows me to carry out our school moto ‘Together Inspiring Generations’. During my time as Head of Careers, over the past 3 years, we have been shortlisted twice for The Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards under the category ‘Career Inspiration’. This has been a result of much hard work, highlighted in organising events such as career networking events for Year 10 and 12 pupils, a Senior School apprenticeship afternoon, interview skills sessions, visits to industry and work placements. Additionally, I work with YE, Sentinus and Business In The Community, to provide employability sessions to many of our pupils. I also encourage pupils to take part in many enrichment opportunities and having led some of these, I have achieved success in guiding our school bank team to wining the AIB Build A Bank Challenge in 2017, winning 1200 Euros for our school and last year I assisted the school Eco Team in producing a winning entry for the Young Reporters for the Environment Competition. I greatly enjoy my role as Head of Employability and CEIAG and I would be delighted to be a NWC Ambassador, sharing my good practice and learning from other Career enthusiasts.

During National Careers Week, National Apprenticeship Week and International Women’s Day are also Celebrated. I will therefore allow our pupils to hear from representatives from some local companies that are offering apprenticeships by inviting them to visit the school or by arranging some visits to these industries. Past pupils who are studying/ have studied apprenticeships will also visit the school. I will also seek a successful woman in business to visit the school and speak to our pupils about her success. Last year LMD (Louise McDonnell), a successful makeup artist and entrepreneur visited the school on International Women’s Day and shared her success story with our pupils. Additionally, pupils in employability lessons during this week will have brunch with people from various careers and will hear from some of our staff who have changed their careers over their lifetime. I hope this to be a fun filled and informative week for our pupils and staff, building on the success of National Careers Week 2018.