On Wednesday the 8th of March, our year attended a science day in the Canis Major, The Clayton Hotel Sligo. The day was based around the different sciences and was run by Sligo IT. It consisted of many different speakers and mini exhibitions. Their main objective of the day was to show us that a “Careers in Science is Not Just White Lab Coats”. Overall, I learned a lot and it made me think a lot about what I would like to do in the future.
The day began at 10am with an introduction by the organisers of the event, Dr Yvonne Lang and Dr James Brennan from IT Sligo. They talked to us about the different sciences and what jobs you could end up with if you decided to follow this career path.After this introduction, we were given a talk by a representative of of the company Abbvie. She talked about how she had got into the pharmaceutical sector, even though initially she had never planned on doing it. This, was then followed by another speaker called Dr Carol Farrell from Science Foundation Ireland. This talk was very similar to the previous talk and it was interesting. At 11am, we had a break.
The break was followed by Jacqueline O’Connor, Smith who talked to us about her job and how she worked in the ecology sector. Next, Sam Moore an archaeologist came to talk to us. He spoke of the different aspects of being an archaeologist such as the digs and lab work. After this, a few of the third year students from IT Sligo came in and we discussed college life and experiences.We then had lunch at 1pm.After lunch, we saw the mini exhibitions and were given a talk by Dr Dolores Byrne of IT Sligo on Environmental Science Research. After, a day filled with science we went home at 3pm.
This day was a great success as I found it very educational and interesting. It was educational as it showed to me that your career path can change and it was also very interesting as it was filled with lots of valuable information.