There may be a recession on, and it may appear like there are no jobs out there, but when you’re 15 or 16 years old, you’re looking at the long term.
Realistically, you want to what the working world will be like in six or seven years time when you’ve done your Leaving Cert and have three or four years of college behind you.
For that reason, the main hall at the very beautiful Kildare Town Community College, was recently full to the brim with people from umpteen different walks of life, and excited students who wanted to know everything about that career.
This reporter represented the Leinster Leader, and the world of journalism in general. No pressure then.
To our left was a psychotherapist and to our right was a primary school teacher.
I wasn’t inundated with requests for information, but I was busy enough. Some enquiries were general enough - the person was thinking generally of the media and/or public relations or marketing.
Others were more specific - they came at it from a love of current affairs, politics and history, and had clearly researched the topic.
A number of young ladies, some with an obsession for Justin Bieber, wanted to become fashion reporters. They may or may not get there but the Leinster Leader was impressed with their earnest enquiries, their politeness and youthful optimistic outlook, all of which will serve them well in the years ahead.
- Conor McHugh
- For more photos from the night, see the ‘School’s Out - Leaving Cert Class of 2012’ supplement in this week’s Leinster Leader
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