A warm welcome, plenty of useful career advice and a jam-packed An Dánlann full of companies looking to recruit, is what’s on offer at the LYIT Careers Fair 21 October, 12-3pm. Admission is free. L-R: Registrar Billy Bennett, Catherine Lyster Careers Officer/ organiser with Paul Hannigan President LYIT. Pic by Clive Wasson.Letterkenny Institute of Technology is hosting a Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair on Monday, 21 October, in An Dánlann sports hall from 12 noon to 3 pm. Admission is free.The fair offers a one-off opportunity to meet employers, review postgrad options and get plenty of free advice, all in one day and under one roof.The Careers and Postgrad Fair is an unmissable event for anyone who wishes to find out about job opportunities across a various industry sectors and also to explore postgraduate study options. A large number of national and local employers as well as, other colleges and voluntary organisations attend.“It’s a wonderful chance to talk to potential employers, regardless whether you’ve recently graduated or not,” suggests organiser Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer at LYIT.“The event is a valuable resource not just for job positions but also to get advice on securing employment or considering a career change.”Catherine outlines what will be available. “We will be running free seminars from experts on topics like interview tips, studying abroad, how to dress to impress, as well as running our CV clinic with a panel of 5 experts. People can bring their CVs on the day and get free one-to-one guidance. Of course, we’ll have the Jobs Wall with current jobs listed. Many professional bodies are coming too such as Engineers Ireland and the Accountancy bodies.” Over 50 local and national organisations will attend from the IT, Food, Business and Science sectors. Some well- known companies taking part include: Pramerica, Allergan, Allstate Northern Ireland, Ecoventi NI, United Health, specialist recruitment agencies and many more. Smaller businesses looking to recruit top quality staff for permanent, temporary and part-time opportunities will be there too such as, Safetech based in Letterkenny. For those thinking about setting up a business, government agencies will be there and the Donegal Business Boot Camp for young people (18-25) with big business ideas.Referring to the mix of exhibitors this year Catherine says, “I believe there is definitely more optimism, we’re seeing a wider spread of employers who are actively recruiting in areas such as, IT, renewable energy, food sectors, medical and agriculture. This event offers people the chance to talk directly to potential employers, professional bodies and to postgraduate education providers. Anyone who is looking to find employment, change career or is considering further study should definitely come along. All are welcome.”For those considering postgraduate study, representatives from prominent universities and colleges throughout Ireland will be attending to offer advice on their range of postgraduate study options.In addition to full-time study, many courses can now be completed on a part-time or distance learning basis. Universities taking part include Queens, University of Ulster, as well as universities from the UK and IrelandSome of the professional associations attending include Engineers Ireland, the accountancy bodies in Ireland and Nursing Careers, as well as voluntary organisations such as The Donegal Volunteer Centre. Voluntary work is a useful way for job seekers to develop valuable skills and many well known voluntary associations will be there. The free seminars line up is as follows: 10.30 – 11.30 am: Careers in Accountancy, and Applying to Postgraduate Teaching Courses in UK; 12 – 12.45 pm: Issues You Need to Consider if you Intend Working Abroad; 12.45 – 1.30 pm: How to Make an Effective Presentation – Essential Tips for Interviews and Presentations; 1.30 – 2.15 pm: Using LinkedIn in your Job Search; and 2.15 – 3 pm: Dress to Impress for Success.Seminars are on a first-come first-served basis. If you’d like to attend, please register with Brenda Hamilton, [email protected], or call 074 9186855.The Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair will be held at LYIT on Monday, 21 October, in An Dánlann sports hall, from 12 noon to 3 pm. Don’t miss it.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LYIT CAREER AND POSTGRAD FAIR was last modified: October 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CAREERS FAIRLYIT
Wouter Koolmees, the Netherlands’ minister for social affairs, has again rejected the idea of a flexible retirement age for the country’s state pension (AOW).Answering questions posed by Corrie van Brenk, MP for the party for the elderly (50Plus), Koolmees argued that it would be bad for the state’s finances, while implementation would be “very complicated”.Van Brenk referred to a study by researcher Sander Muns, which concluded that a flexible AOW age could help workers in physically demanding jobs with a small occupational pension to retire early. His findings ran contrary to a survey, carried out by economic research institute SEO – affiliated with Amsterdam University – and commissioned by the government in 2017. However, Muns based his survey on the assumption of a lower benefits discount for early retirement, as well as a lower social minimum income level. This would ensure that the income of workers taking early retirement would not drop below the social minimum.However, in Koolmees’ opinion, this would put people off taking early retirement, as the SEO study had suggested that they didn’t want to end up at the social minimum level.He added that most employees had sufficient occupational pension rights to cease working early without ending up below the social minimum.“Therefore, the added value of a flexible AOW remains very limited,” he argued. An additional disadvantage of a flexible retirement age, Koolmees said, was that it would place a duty of care on the government “to prevent elderly [people] falling into poverty for the long term”.A flexible retirement age for the AOW is one of the conditions that Dutch unions have set in order to persuade them to return to the negotiating table for wider pensions reform.