5 Years and teacher Mr. Mc Carthy Mentor Speed Dating

On the 23rd-27th November, Fingal Community College took on ‘College Awareness Week’ with bucket-loads of energy and enthusiasm.  As a ‘College For Every Student’ (CFES) School, all staff members are working together to inform the students of the options available to them, what is required of them in order to get what they want and the challenges and rewards of getting a third level education.  In the run-up to ‘College Awareness Week’ and during the week itself there were many events and activities for every year group.  The school corridors were transformed with colourful career investigation posters, the ‘Irish Hall of Fame’ featured celebrities from Ireland and their study and career paths.  First Year Students created a ‘Reach for The Stars’ display, where each designed a paper hand that illustrated their chosen career.  Speakers from University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU) Engineering Department, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and even as far afield as University of Limerick (UL) spoke to senior students about the opportunities they have to offer.

The high point of ‘College Awareness Week’, for many, was the first ever ‘Mentor Speed-dating Event’ held for 5th Year Students in the school hall on Thursday 26th November.  Staff Members had reached out to our alumni and invited many back to Fingal Community College to talk to our current 5th Years about their study and career paths.  We wanted our students to know what past pupils of Fingal Community College have achieved and what is possible for them.  It was a leap into the unknown for Fingal but the response from students and mentors alike was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. It was agreed that it couldn’t be a once-off and planning for a bigger and better College Awareness Week in 2016.  The Mentors, twenty in all, came from a variety of career areas, for example; engineering, languages, actuarial mathematics, physics, business, medicine, accountancy, law, primary and secondary education, general and children’s nursing, software engineering and  agricultural science.  There was a warm reunion in the staffroom of the returned past pupils and their former teachers.  The 5th Year Students reported that they really enjoyed meeting lots of interesting people; they felt there was a good variety of careers and different career pathways to learn about, they learned stress and time management skills and they felt that it gave them ‘more ambition to hear the success stories’.

Overall we are very proud of all that was achieved during College Awareness Week 2015 and we hope to make it even more memorable in 2016.  We want to extend our thanks to staff and students of Fingal Community College, past pupils and members of the community who gave of their time to make it such a huge success. If you are reading this as a parent or a past pupil and feel that this is something that you would like to get involved with, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Ms. Traynor


Past Pupils participating in College Awareness Week 2015.