Stu­dent Stephen cho­sen to or­gan­ise DIT com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­fer­ence

Bray People - - INSIDE BUSINESS -

A WICK­LOW town stu­dent has been selected to or­gan­ise the first ever DIT PR, Event Man­age­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­fer­ence to take place at the col­lege’s Aungier Street cam­pus.

Jour­nal­ists, PR pro­fes­sion­als, and di­rec­tors from some of the coun­try’s leading businesses will all be present at the con­fer­ence with each pro­vid­ing stu­dents with their ex­per­tise and guid­ance about their fu­ture prospects.

Stephen Hanlon, who is study­ing for a masters de­gree in Pub­lic Re­la­tions, was cho­sen as the best can­di­date for the job by fel­low class­mates and mem­bers of the Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Pub­lic Af­fairs (PRPA) So­ci­ety com­mit­tee, which is he also a mem­ber of.

Stephen un­der­stands that or­gan­is­ing the con­fer­ence will prove quite the chal­lenge.

‘I was re­ally hon­oured to be cho­sen to or­gan­ise the event. I have an ex­cel­lent team sup­port­ing me and we are hard at work mak­ing our fi­nal prepa- ra­tions for the con­fer­ence,’ he said.

The aim of the con­fer­ence is to help post­grad­u­ate and fi­nal year stu­dents man­age a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the op­tions avail­able to them af­ter grad­u­at­ing. They will also get the op­por­tu­nity to gain im­por­tant con­tacts who can help them iden­tify per­spec­tive job op­por­tu­ni­ties that be­come avail­able.

‘ The sheer vol­ume of young people, many of them stu­dents, leav­ing Ire­land is fright­en­ing. They grad­u­ate from col­lege and strug­gle to find em­ploy­ment. We want this con­fer­ence to be a way of show­ing these stu­dents that there is in­deed work out there if you can ac­quire the right con­tacts and that leav­ing isn’t al­ways the best op­tion,’ says Stephen.

Among the pro­fes­sion­als who will also at­tend the con­fer­ence are Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent news edi­tor Liam Collins, PR aca­demic and au­thor Ellen Gun­ning, and Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing at Arnotts Louise Con­lon.

Wickow stu­dent Stephen Hanlon.

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