Minister Coveney opens 2015 UCD Agriculture, Food Science & Human Nutrition Careers Day

Minister Simon Coveney is joined by Professor Alex Evans, Dean, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science and Ms Rebecca O'Sullivan, Chairperson, Agricultural Careers Committee.

UCD Agriculture, Food Science & Human Nutrition Careers Day took place today, Wednesday 25th February 2015. The annual event, organised by students, for students, was officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Mr Simon Coveney T.D.

The event, which has outgrown its original location in the UCD Agriculture & Food Science Centre, took place in the UCD Garret Fitzgerald Debating Chamber and the Ad Astra Hall, both situated in the UCD Student Centre.

At the event Minister Coveney provided a keynote address to 298 final year undergraduate students enrolled on programmes in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science. During the Official Opening, Chaired by Professor Alex Evans, Dean, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science, Ms Rebecca O’Sullivan, Chairperson, Agricultural Science Careers Committee also provided an address to students.

Careers Day is an important event for soon-to-be graduates of Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition programmes, as it provides an opportunity to connect and network with future employers.

In addition to keynote addresses, Mr Eoin Lowry, President, ASA (Agricultural Science Association), presented prizes to the 10 winners of the ASA Mock Interviews. Winners included Deborah Stewart (Food & Agribusiness Management); Alec Perrott (Animal & Crop Production); Odile Evans (Food & Agribusiness Management); Zoe McKay (Animal Science); Michael McManus (Animal & Crop Production); Siobhan Ring (Animal Science); Shane Loughrey (Agri-Environmental Science); James Taylor (Food & Agribusiness Management); Angela Ryan (Animal & Crop Production) and Shaileen McGovern (Animal Science-Equine). ASA Mock Interviews provide students with an opportunity to improve their interview skills as part of their on-going professional development.

Commenting at the event, Minister Coveney stated: “I congratulate the students on their foresight to coordinate this event and wish them every success with their future careers. The increased number of young people choosing the agri-food sector as a career will be fundamental to the expansion of the industry into the future and is very welcome.”

“Careers Day provides a wonderful forum for UCD students to network with prospective employers in Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. I wholeheartedly believe that events like these are a testament to the continued optimism and growth in the sector.”

“I’m happy to lend my support to the Agricultural Science Student Society with this important initiative.”

Professor Alex Evans, Dean, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science said: “Careers Day is a well established and very important event among our final year students. The School of Agriculture & Food Science are happy to support Careers Day and we are confident that the Class of 2015 will make an important contribution to the agri-food and related sectors.”

Rebecca O’Sullivan, Chairperson, Agricultural Science Careers Committee was delighted with the support from industry and the eagerness of employers to meet with and recruit UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science students: “We have a record number of exhibitors in attendance this year and there is great optimism about future career opportunities.”

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