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29 November 2016

Launch of Aer Lingus Student hub

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The StudentLife Summit sponsored by Aer Lingus

An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announces Aer Lingus as sponsor of the inaugural StudentLife Summit during National Careers Week, 9th & 10th January, 2017

Friday 25th November - The Launch of the inaugural StudentLife Summit sponsored by Aer Lingus, took place today at the Aer Lingus Hangar at Dublin Airport, with An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD, Founder and CEO of the StudentLife Summit, Rita Kelly, and President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Betty McLaughlin, in attendance. The StudentLife Summit will take place in Croke Park during National Careers Week on 9th & 10th January, 2017, where a number of Ireland’s leading employers, business leaders and innovators will encourage students to reach their fullest potential and set them on the right path to a high flying career. 20161128Aer Lingus.jpg

Developed with the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, The StudentLife Summit will give Transition, 5th and 6th year students the opportunity to explore a host of career choices and engage with a wide number of career sectors from Airlines and Aviation, Medicine, Healthcare, Media, and Entertainment Technology and Gaming among others.

peaking at the announcement An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said;

“The Student Life Summit, in partnership with Aer Lingus, will give transition, fifth and sixth year students the opportunities to explore interesting and diverse career sectors with inspirational guest speakers. Guidance councillors will be on hand to advise on subject choices. There will be hubs where students can take time out and engage with potential future employers, colleges, workshops and the creative arts and explore new apprenticeship models.

We are a nation of innovators and risk-takers. A key aim of the Student Summit is to promote entrepreneurship and to offer attendees the opportunity to speak to some of Ireland’s to start-ups.”

Founder and CEO of the StudentLife Summit Rita Kelly added;

“We plan on giving 10,000 students the time and the opportunity to explore career possibilities they might not even have thought of.”

Speaking at the announcement Aer Lingus Chief People Officer, Brian Bowden said;

“Aer Lingus has a long and rich history of career development in the aviation sector. Having trained tens of thousands of engineers, pilots, cabin crew, airline managers and guest services professionals over the past eight decades, we are delighted that in 2016 we remain one of Ireland’s most sought after graduate employers, as voted for by students and graduates.

“It is our continued commitment to people and career development that brings us to sponsor the inaugural StudentLife Summit. Aer Lingus is an exciting place to work where our new starters have the opportunity to embrace the latest technology and to deliver, develop and progress along a wide choice of career paths. We look forward to meeting with all of Ireland’s young aspiring aviators at the StudentLife Summit in January.”

Students attending the Student Life Summit will have the opportunity to engage with leading employers including main sponsor Aer Lingus and also the Defence Forces, The Ireland U.S. Council, the National Maternity Hospital, PwC, Accenture, Deloitte, Alltech, Bord Bia, Glan Bia and Sherry Fitzgerald amongst others. Trinity College, DCU, National College of Ireland and DIT colleges will also be present for students to research and talk to about potential courses and degrees.

Students will have an opportunity to explore interesting and diverse career sectors with inspirational guest speakers including US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Betty McLaughlin of the Institute of Guidance Councillors, David Rook of Riot Games, Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales Aer Lingus, and Brian MacCraith, President of DCU.

Employers will have the chance to impress students at their interactive hubs. Aer Lingus will be showcasing all the diverse career options available within the Aviation industry, from becoming a pilot or cabin crew member to engineering, marketing, social media, accountancy and catering. Leading Gaming company Riot Games, will be showcasing how to turn a hobby of gaming into a lifelong career of video game development.

Admission to the Student Life Summit is €5 and Teachers can register their classes at To celebrate its sponsorship, Aer Lingus is also giving away two tickets to any North American destination of your choice for teachers registering classes before December 19.