On Wednesday the 12th October the TY, 5th and 6th year students had the wonderful opportunity of attending Zeminar in the R.D.S. While the career aspect was covered, it represented just 1 of 8 designated zones, setting Zeminar apart from the traditional careers fair. According to research conducted by Headstrong.ie, anxiety, stress, sleep issues, cyberbullying and isolation are some of the difficulties hindering academic and personal growth today. These factors in conjunction with fast-moving technology, academic pressures, unhealthy diets and ever-changing career options present an increasingly complex and challenging environment for young people to navigate. Our students had the chance to explore the above, discuss career opportunities, hear from inspirational speakers such as Bressie, Maria Walsh, Dr Rhona Mahony to name but a few, and discover invaluable tools to assist them on their educational journey. Among the designated areas were the Main Stage where amazing speakers were sharing their stories, Youth Org United– Local and National Youth Organisations and Well being Gym aimed at getting the students’ to develop their own personal toolkit in terms of mental, spiritual and physical welfare. Indeed a highlight of the day was Bressie’s down to earth and practical speech where he outlined his own mental health journey and gave 5 manageable steps to be practised by all to improve mental resilience. It was a most valuable and enjoyable day for the students.
Emily Meagher, Niamh O Brien, Megan Tierney and Eimear O Slattara at Zeminar (Careers and well- being seminar for Generation Z) which was attended by all the TY, 5th and 6th year students of St Joseph’s Borrisoleigh