Land Science Careers Day will help WIT final year students land jobs

The WIT Land Science Careers Day on 9 March 2018 was a huge success

The WIT Land Science Careers Day on 9 March 2018 was a huge success

A number of WIT’s students were called for interviews for positions within days of the event, based on the impression they made on the day

The WIT Land Science Careers Day which was held in the WIT Arena on WIT’s West Campus on Friday, 9 March, proved a huge success.

In total, 45 Agriculture / Agri Food Processing / Horticulture / Forestry companies attended on the day. A full list of companies who were in attendance can be found on the event page. One of the organisers Tony Woodcock says the event was well received.

Career connections

“The feedback in the immediate aftermath of the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with companies saying that the event exceeded their expectations. The enthusiastic engagement of the WIT students seems to have blown the industry representatives away, and many very important connections were made which no doubt will lead to job interviews in the future. A number of students have been called for interviews for positions already, just a few days on from the event, based on the impression they made on the day.”

Talks took place in a number of parallel sessions, and speakers on the day were from a range of different companies such as Glanbia, AgriLloyd, Teagasc, Ribworld, FRS, Veon, Coillte, Flahavans, Red Mills, DAFM to name just a few. Many of the companies who attended also contributed to the event through much appreciated sponsorship, without which the event could not go ahead.

“A big thanks to everyone who helped out in organising the event, to all the companies who attended and most importantly to the students for their input,” concludes Woodcock.

Teagasc and WIT celebrate 40 years

A very important element of the day was the commemoration of 40 years between WIT and Teagasc collaboration in education provision. Prof Gerry Boyle (Teagasc Director) gave the keynote address on the day, and in his speech he spoke about the fruitful and positive relationship that has existed for 40 years between the two organisations – a relationship that according to WIT president Prof Willie Donnelly has lasted longer than most marriages.

WIT was the first third level organisation that Teagasc collaborated with 40 years ago, with WIT Ag Science students being taught some of their modules in Kildalton Agricultural College. WIT and Teagasc have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, and based on this document and the ongoing collaborations and linkages that exist, the relationship between the organisations looks set to last long into the future.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Land Management in Agriculture
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Land Management in Horticulture
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Land Management in Forestry
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Science in  Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in  Horticulture (Kildalton College)
Bachelor of Science in  Horticulture (National Botanic Gardens)

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