WATCH: Future jobs prospects described as bright at Limerick careers summit

Kate O’Mahoney, Emma Duggan and Eoghan Geraghty at the fair

Kate O’Mahoney, Emma Duggan and Eoghan Geraghty at the fair

OVER 1,000 students at a huge careers summit in the University of Limerick were told they were the first group in a decade or more “guaranteed they won’t have to emigrate” to find work.

The StudentLife Summit at UL last Friday was the largest careers summit outside Dublin and saw transition and fifth year students come face to face with some of the top employers.

Over 30 of the biggest names in business in the region were in attendance along with employment experts who discussed the bright employment prospects for the future crop of workers at the Northern Trust sponsored summit, which took place in the University Concert Hall.

Attendees got to hear from and engage directly with exhibitors from areas such as the financial services, defence forces, banking, ICT, movies, construction and aviation.

CEO and founder of the StudentLife Summit Rita Kelly said it was a fantastic event and what really came across was the sense of future that these young people have.

“There was no holding them back in terms of questions they asked and they got all the answers as well.”

Likewise for industry leaders such as GM of Northern Trust Catherine Duffy, Niall O’Leary, Vice President of Regeneron, Brigadier General Seán Clancy, General Officer Commanding of the Irish Air Corps, Maria Kelly, Head of Bank of Ireland, Limerick, Colm McNamara from Roadbridge and Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Trish Long and others, it was an opportunity to sow the first seeds of interest with prospective employees.

“The students were so enthusiastic and they may have a few years left in second and third level but it may also be that some of the students we met today could be working with us in the years ahead,” said Northern Trust boss Catherine Duffy.