Excellent support for equine careers event

Successful Higher Education Bursary winners pictured with representatives of Sponsors and CAFRE Director John Fay at Enniskillen Campus Equine Careers Day.

Successful Higher Education Bursary winners pictured with representatives of Sponsors and CAFRE Director John Fay at Enniskillen Campus Equine Careers Day.

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A wide range of equine businesses and organisations were in attendance to speak with students and staff at the Equine Careers Day at Enniskillen Campus.

Final year students had the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with some of the top names in the industry and receive valuable feedback which will benefit them in their future careers.

Over 30 industry representatives attended the careers exhibition where students were able to speak to employers and work placement providers.

Leo Powell from The Irish Field chaired a careers discussion panel which included Enniskillen graduates Anthony O’Donnell (Kildangan Stud), Sarah Jane Colhoun (Horseware) and Adam Nesbitt (Coolmore), along with Jenny Crozier (Redmills) and Dr Harry Sweeney (Paca Paca Stud); all offering advice to the students.

A live twitter session facilitated current students, industry representatives and past students now working in America, Australia and New Zealand to get involved in the debate.

Bursaries awards each worth up to £1,000 were presented to students by Coolmore, Danske Bank, Darley, Giltspur Scientific Ltd, Irish Farmers’ Journal, Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, NI Horse Board, Horse Racing Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland and Tyrone Farming Society.

Speaking at the event the CAFRE Head of Equine Education, Seamus McAlinney said: “Our Careers Day is one of a range of activities organised at Enniskillen Campus to help students prepare for a career in the equine industry. I am particularly pleased to note the excellent industry support for our Campus and our students.”