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The hard-working teams of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal celebrated their annual employee awards evenings last week.

Pictured at the Great Southern Killarney annual awards from left were: Milandi Basel (HR Director) Michael Jacobi (Managing Director) Denise O'Sullivan (Manager of the Year) Mark Scally and Kamile Lyne (GSH Hotel Manager). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Long Service Awards at the Great Southern Killarney front from left: Kamile Lyne (GSH Manager) Prianka Saha Mark Scally Kathleen Bhuiyan Milandi Basel (HR Director) Christina O’Connor Eamonn Canty David Mulvihill Rory Gabriel Sean McAllister Michael Jacobi (Managing Director) Stephen Quinlan Bogumila Bierdzio and Katarzyna Odwazna. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Great Southern Killarney annual awards from left were: Milandi Basel (HR Director) Michael Jacobi (Managing Director) Bogumila Bierdzo (Employee of the Year) Mark Scally and Kamile Lyne (GSH Hotel Manager). Photo: Don MacMonagle

LONG SERVICE AWARDS: Pictured at the Killarney Royal Hotel from left were: Michael Jacobi (Managing Director) Jevgenijs Kuksenkovs Joe Scally (Proprietor) Aoife Ross Alex Slabkovskis and Milandi Basel (HR Director). Photo: Don MacMonagle

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Hayden Coffey received the 'Employee of the Year' award at the Killarney Royal Hotel. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Killarney Royal Hotel annual awards from left were: Michael Jacobi (Managing Director) Joe Scally (Proprietor) Joanne Brosnan (Manager of the Year) Alex Slabkovskis and Milandi Basel (HR Director). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Killarney Royal Hotel annual awards in front were: Michael Jacobi (Managing Director) Joe Scally Jelena Bivka (Employee Choice Award) Alex Slabkovskis Milandi Basel (HR Director). Back: Michael Cronin (Guest Choice Award) Aoife Ross (Positive Peer Influencer) Patryk Komosa (Team Player Award) and John Harrington (Constant Contributor). Photo: Don MacMonagle

A wonderful night was had by all, enjoying their first celebration in over two years. During the events the hotels management teams celebrated their businesses, with long service and customer service excellence awards.

Monday evening last saw the Great Southern awards held in the Dromhall Hotel, followed by the Killarney Royal awards which were held in Great Southern on Tuesday evening.

The Great Southern event saw a range of awards presented, including Employee of the Year which went to Bogumila Bierdzo, Manager of the Year, which went to Denise O’Sullivan, Events Manager.

The Guest Choice Award went to Shubert Furtado, while the Employee Choice Award went to Goran Dijakovic.

Positive Peer Influencer was Marko Sarac, Team Player Award went to Liam Palmer and Constant Contributor to Pal Palfi.

There was over 20 Long Service Awards also presented on the evening with Restaurant Supervisor Kathleen Bhuiyan celebrating an incredible 30 years with Great Southern Killarney.

The Killarney Royal event saw awards go to Employee of the Year, Hayden Coffey, Manager of the Year, Joanne Brosnan, Guest Choice Award, Mike Cronin, Employee Choice Award, Jelena Bivka, Positive Peer Influencer, Aoife Ross, Team Player Award to Patryk Komosa and Constant Contributor to John Harrington.

Long Service Awards were also presented on the evening with Jevgenijs Kuksenkovs and Aoife Ross celebrating 10 years and Maura Gallivan celebrating a fantastic 20 years.

“We were delighted to welcome our teams together to celebrate in the same room and thank everyone for their hard work over the past two years,” Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

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Plan ahead for College Open Days

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors
 

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of www.qualifax.ie and on www.careersportal.ie so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

Prepare and plan 

Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
Have a good look at the college website – register for the open day in advance, download the schedule of talks and make note of the ones you want to attend. Make sure to download a map of the campus so you know exactly where to find the talks and presentations of interest. Jot down any questions you have as you will hopefully get a chance to talk to college staff and/or current students. Plan to arrive in plenty time as there are likely to be very large crowds attending. On the day, try to gather information about accommodation, clubs and societies and student supports. Many HEIs run talks for parents and on grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) so check them out. Make sure to get contact details for any staff members which may be important later for follow-up questions.

Atmosphere

There is nothing like a College Open Day to give you a sense of what the campus feels like. Soak up the atmosphere and consider if the size of the campus is the best fit for you. Larger campuses can be intimidating for some students while exciting for others. Smaller campuses can feel more comfortable and manageable. You will know what feels right for you. Bear in mind that open days have a festival feel to them and regular college days are not always like that. This may be your only chance to visit the campus before you register there as a student so make the most of your day and enjoy it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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