The Big Business Breakfast at Croke Park

Last Thursday more than 150 people gathered at 7am in Croke Park for the annual Business Breakfast. This event is organised by third year students on the BSc in Business and Management programme and Stacy McCarthy, Links Placement Officer in the Faculty of Business. The purpose is to invite representatives of industry and enterprise from across all sectors to spend an early morning hour or so with students who will undertake a five-month work placement from next April. It is an opportunity for the students to showcase the programme, and to meet entrepreneurs and HR managers who may offer them an opportunity to intern with their company.

Jeffrey Brennan and Nathan Reilly, who compered the Business Breakfast event

Guests were invited to join a table hosted by students and staff, and over breakfast they had an opportunity to find out more about the placement programme and what it can offer the company as well as the student. Among the guests were Mr. Seán Dorgan, Chief Executive of the IDA and Chair of DIT's Governing Body, and Mr. Danny McCoy of IBEC who was guest speaker for the event. Assisting Stacy with the organisation, and acting as comperes for the event were Nathan Reilly, Jeffrey Brennan and Caroline McGovern - all students on the programme. On behalf of the students, Jeffrey welcomed guests to Croke Park and outlined the programme for the event. Following breakfast, he and Nathan gave a little of the background to the BSc in Business and Management, encouraging businesses to consider getting involved in the Placement Programme as a way of harnessing the energy, enthusiasm and ideas of the students to the advantage of their businesses.

Full house for breakfast at Croke Park

The placement programme is the largest of its kind in Ireland and each year up to 150 students have the option of spending five months in a real-world environment where they can apply the principles and theories of business. According to Stacy McCarthy, Links Placement Officer, 'finding placements for the students is not the biggest challenge - it's persuading the employers to let them go at the end of five months so they can return to college to complete their studies! The programme has provided an excellent platform for students to impress potential employers and the Business Breakfast is their showcase.'

Danny McCoy, Guest Speaker, with students Nathan Reilly, Caroline McGovern and Jeffrey Brennan, and Chief Executive of the IDA, Seán Dorgan

Caroline McGovern then introduced Danny McCoy who, as Director of Policy with IBEC, is responsible for the development and delivery of economic, business, social and education policies. An economist and entertaining speaker, Mr. McCoy spoke about the current business climate in Ireland and the challenges enterprise faces, but emphasising that in spite of gloomy forecasts, the fundamentals of the economy are strong, he urged the students embarking on their careers to identify the opportunities and to use their entrepreneurial skills to contribute to them.

Stacy McCarthy, Links Placement Officer, welcoming Mr. Kevin Neary, CEO of GameStop. Kevin is a graduate of the Placement Programme and recently was conferred with an M.Phil in Entrepreneurship.

Closing the event on behalf of the students, Caroline McGovern presented Mr. Mc Coy with a copy of the audio tapes of Ulysses, read by Jim Norton.

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