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Careers, Communication and Confidence: the keys to a rich life - #SavvyTeenAcademy

Careers, Communication and Confidence: the keys to a rich life - #SavvyTeenAcademy »

Careers, Communication and Confidence: the keys to a rich life - #SavvyTeenAcademy prepares teenagers for a wonderful, flourishing future and helps them build the foundations of harmonious success.


Leadership and The Future of Work

Leadership and The Future of Work »

Ulster University Business School in partnership with The Development and Alumni Relations Office last week invited me to deliver a webinar focused on "Leadership & The Future of Work."

Understanding Fiscal Policy - Positive Economics Webinar

Understanding Fiscal Policy - Positive Economics Webinar »

During this session, we discussed how the government taxes and spends as well as some useful research relating to this year's Leaving Cert Economics project.

Advice for a Virtual Intern

Advice for a Virtual Intern »

My name is Chris and I''m a student at Undergraduate of Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Over the past number of weeks, I have been interning for Savvy Women Online brand on Fantastic Female Friday. Here is a summary of my time with the Company.

A Project Management Assignment on Zoom!

A Project Management Assignment on Zoom! »

We decided to host a Zoom call instead whereby I would talk the students through a project management assignment and answer their questions.

Medtronic Transition Year Program Activities

Medtronic Transition Year Program Activities »

Many people wonder how to give teenagers who look for a short work placement a positive, enjoyable, memorable experience. Last week, I worked with Medtronic, Galway to do just that.

My Dream Day at Work - Savvy Teenagers

My Dream Day at Work - Savvy Teenagers »

My Dream Day at Work: PwC Ireland Transition Year Work Experience Group

Here's what our Savvy Alumni say

Here's what our Savvy Alumni say »

A collage of memories and statements from our Savvy Teens over the years

The Emigrant Edge: How to make it big in America - Book Review, by Chloe Walsh

The Emigrant Edge: How to make it big in America - Book Review, by Chloe Walsh »

Ever wonder how all those people who move to another country or city end up having incredibly successful careers? Although it may have much to do with their own motivation and hard work, it may be something else entirely.

Academic workshops. What are they and why are they so important? by Chloe Walsh

Academic workshops. What are they and why are they so important? by Chloe Walsh »

If there's one thing I've taken from my time as a college student, it is that workshops are going to be one most useful tools at your disposal.

Lessons from around the world - Chloe Walsh

Lessons from around the world - Chloe Walsh »

Whether you're looking for a getaway to the sunny streets of Spain or an opportunity to further your career in the bustling avenues of New York, there is so much the world has to offer.

3 Life lessons you're guaranteed to learn during college.

3 Life lessons you're guaranteed to learn during college. »

So, you've been offered a place in the college of your dreams. You're ready to get stuck in to learning all about the digestive system of an elephant or maybe how to invest other peoples' money in the ever-changing stock market.

The night before the night before the Leaving Cert - 7 life-saving thoughts

The night before the night before the Leaving Cert - 7 life-saving thoughts »

A night nobody talks about, but one that is often more challenging than the night before your first exam. The Leaving Cert limbo that is this night poses many difficulties for students.

Here are 5 reasons why you should be spending more time in your college library -  Chloe Walsh

Here are 5 reasons why you should be spending more time in your college library - Chloe Walsh »

I'm going to let you in on the 5 reasons why the college library has been so useful for my studies, and why it should become your second home during those college years.

So, you're considering doing a J1? - Chloe Walsh

So, you're considering doing a J1? - Chloe Walsh »

Going on a J1 adventure is a staple stage in many students' lives during college.  A J1 is a 4-month work visa issued to students in full-time degree level courses, synonymous with a Summer in the U.S.

Are you starting college in a couple of weeks? - Susan HayesCulleton

Are you starting college in a couple of weeks? - Susan HayesCulleton »

Savour those roller-coaster feelings. So many opportunities are waiting for you.

No Fears, No Excuses: What you need to do to have a great career - Book review

No Fears, No Excuses: What you need to do to have a great career - Book review »

Susan recorded a Facebook video with a review of Larry Smith''s book, "No Fears, No Excuses". Recommended reading for everybody who is at a turning point in their lives and feels uncomfortable about making big life decisions.

How can young graduates convince a foreign employer they'd be perfect for the job?

How can young graduates convince a foreign employer they'd be perfect for the job? »

You're graduating soon and you want to see the world - you might even have your sights set on a specific foreign destination. Perhaps you've always wanted to live in [fill in the blank]. How do you convince a foreign employer to give you the job?

Your guide to enjoying college to the full - Susan HayesCulleton

Your guide to enjoying college to the full - Susan HayesCulleton »

Susan explores the NUIG campus, where she was a student. It''s changed a lot since, but college is still buzzing with opportunities! Here is your guide to making the most of it.

Try this Leaving Cert strategy: it's a marathon, not a sprint - Susan HayesCulleton

Try this Leaving Cert strategy: it's a marathon, not a sprint - Susan HayesCulleton »

In 8 months, or in a year and 8 months, you're going to be taking your Leaving Cert. You might be bracing yourself for 8 miserable months... But there is absolutely no need to be miserable! Find out how with this success strategy.

Could Asia be the gateway to a flourishing career for teenagers? - Susan HayesCulleton

Could Asia be the gateway to a flourishing career for teenagers? - Susan HayesCulleton »

Asia is on the rise and is rife with opportunity, but too often teenagers are intimidated by this huge, complex continent. However, did you know you have a landing pad waiting for you there?

Reverse Mentoring: What did teenagers teach us at this year's Savvy Teen Academy? - Susan HayesCulleton

Reverse Mentoring: What did teenagers teach us at this year's Savvy Teen Academy? - Susan HayesCulleton »

In this video, Susan shares the insights that this year's Savvy Teens shared with her. This is an instance of reverse mentoring, when a younger person shares their knowledge and experience with a more senior person.

Navigating the high highs and the low lows of teenage years: The Teen Toolbox - book review - Susan HayesCulleton

Navigating the high highs and the low lows of teenage years: The Teen Toolbox - book review - Susan HayesCulleton »

How can adults help teenagers navigate those intense years? Should you be stricter? More relaxed? What can you do when it feels like your child just isn't listening to you? Will your teenager be OK?

Not knowing what you want to be when you grow up could be your biggest opportunity - Susan HayesCulleton

Not knowing what you want to be when you grow up could be your biggest opportunity - Susan HayesCulleton »

Not sure what subjects you want to study, what career you should choose? The world of work is changing so fast - innovation offers amazing opportunities to young people.

Exams, interviews: overcome your fear of speaking in public and give your best presentation - Susan HayesCulleton

Exams, interviews: overcome your fear of speaking in public and give your best presentation - Susan HayesCulleton »

Many people are terrified of standing up in front of an audience to speak. Students have to do a lot of public speaking: how do you give your best presentation? Susan, a professional speaker, shares her tips to master public speaking.

What is life like for teenagers on the other side of the world? - Susan HayesCulleton

What is life like for teenagers on the other side of the world? - Susan HayesCulleton »

It's a big world out there. How do teenagers feel about it? Excited? Eager to discover it? Or overwhelmed? Slightly uneasy about all those unfamiliar places? Perhaps a mix of both...

Live from London: How to see the world and get paid for it - Susan HayesCulleton

Live from London: How to see the world and get paid for it - Susan HayesCulleton »

At #SavvyTeenAcademy we get many questions about finding fulfilling work with a very strong international component. How do you find the money to travel the world? One way to do that is to work abroad.

Free yourself from anxiety and prepare yourself for your future career with this one essential skill - Susan HayesCulleton

Free yourself from anxiety and prepare yourself for your future career with this one essential skill - Susan HayesCulleton »

Wouldn't it be wonderful to go through your teenage years and then your college years without the weight of this constant worry about finances?

Video - Career choices: What does an economist do, exactly? - Susan HayesCulleton

Video - Career choices: What does an economist do, exactly? - Susan HayesCulleton »

How does knowledge of economics translate into a paycheck? Susan was interviewed on Newstalk by Bobby Kerr. From speaking at conferences, to helping a company decide on future strategy, to shaping public policy, an economist can have many different roles.

That Thing you need to do - Mark Murphy

That Thing you need to do - Mark Murphy »

Right now you're somewhere in a spectrum between two groups. Up until the end of college, you have things taken care of for you. You're free now! No more homework and education!

Video: Set yourself up for your best, most exciting future with #SavvyTeenAcademy - Susan HayesCulleton

Video: Set yourself up for your best, most exciting future with #SavvyTeenAcademy - Susan HayesCulleton »

In a recent Facebook Live, Susan talked about what you can expect when you sign up for this summer''s #SavvyTeenAcademy about Careers, Communication and Confidence

Finance tips for students - Susan HayesCulleton

Finance tips for students - Susan HayesCulleton »

"The Savvy Woman's Guide to Financial Freedom" is solely dedicated to enabling people to achieve savvy money success and here are several ideas for you.

Preparing for the 2017 Economics Leaving Cert : Watch Susan's video on the economic themes that dominated the 2016-2017 academic year - Susan HayesCulleton

Preparing for the 2017 Economics Leaving Cert : Watch Susan's video on the economic themes that dominated the 2016-2017 academic year - Susan HayesCulleton »

Join Susan as she gives a comprehensive description of the year in economics. What topics shaped the conversation, what was on everybody''s mind throughout the year, and why ?

Preparing for the 2017 Leaving Cert : Watch Susan's video on the Irish Economy - Susan HayesCulleton

Preparing for the 2017 Leaving Cert : Watch Susan's video on the Irish Economy - Susan HayesCulleton »

Susan did a Facebook Live presentation on the drivers of the Irish economy for Economics teachers and their students. The topics she talks about in the video will be very helpful for students studying for the Irish Leaving Cert.

Teeny skills that make all the difference!! Olivia Roche

Teeny skills that make all the difference!! Olivia Roche »

There are many skills that we use throughout our lives and we often don't get trained in them before we need them. #SavvyTeenAcademy is one such way to develop essential life skills and it's coming to Cork this summer.

How a €30 one-way ticket gave me a summer to remember and friends for life! - Susan HayesCulleton

How a €30 one-way ticket gave me a summer to remember and friends for life! - Susan HayesCulleton »

I decided that I was going to try out a summer abroad after my first year at NUI Galway and had absolutely no idea whatsoever about how I was going to do it.

Studying for the Junior Certificate - Rebecca O'Keeffe

Studying for the Junior Certificate - Rebecca O'Keeffe »

I started studying at the beginning of the year and this worked well for me as by the time the Junior Cert came around I felt that I had given the year my best effort and that I had prepared myself the best I could.

Why You Need to Create a LinkedIn Profile Today - Susan HayesCulleton

Why You Need to Create a LinkedIn Profile Today - Susan HayesCulleton »

You might think that LinkedIn is just for people who are in the workforce already, but at third level, it's never too early to start thinking about building your network

How to find your dream job by honing your interview skills by Susan HayesCulleton

How to find your dream job by honing your interview skills by Susan HayesCulleton »

How to find your dream job by honing your interview skills. We all know the formal job interview, start preparing now by doing these three things. Cut through your nerves and reach for the stars.

How to Handle Walking into a Room Full of Strangers - Susan HayesCulleton

How to Handle Walking into a Room Full of Strangers - Susan HayesCulleton »

How to Handle Walking into a Room Full of Strangers - Overwhelmed - out of your depth - Totally normal - connected - the sky's the limit

Savvy Teen Academy Review - University College Cork - Rebecca O'Neill

Savvy Teen Academy Review - University College Cork - Rebecca O'Neill »

The first day of any Summer Camp was always daunting for me, mix that in with being a teenager and not knowing what to expect and I was ready to turn around and go home.

Confidence is key - Sorcha O'Connor

Confidence is key - Sorcha O'Connor »

After five days at SavvyTeenAcademy, students will be armed with a panoply of practical tools they will be able to use in many life situations: passing exams, applying for jobs, networking and confidently taking their life in the best direction.

#SavvyTeenAcademy Graduate Interview - Sorcha O'Connor

#SavvyTeenAcademy Graduate Interview - Sorcha O'Connor »

Define 'savvy' for me: #SavvyTeenAcademy graduates Aoife and Niamh give their review of the programme.

How to write a CV that will turbo-charge your career even before you've finished school - Susan HayesCulleton

How to write a CV that will turbo-charge your career even before you've finished school - Susan HayesCulleton »

A key section of the SavvyTeenAcademy curriculum is devoted to writing your own CV and cover letter. Here are ten characteristics that employers are looking for in a new hire, and how to demonstrate you have what it takes!

Study Tips for Savvy Teens - Susan HayesCulleton

Study Tips for Savvy Teens - Susan HayesCulleton »

Home in on these five study skills to learn faster, remember longer, and ace your exams!

My Experience at the Savvy Teen Academy Summer Camp July 2015

My Experience at the Savvy Teen Academy Summer Camp July 2015 »

An over view of the SavvyTeenAcademy written by one of our students - #SavvyTeenAcademy

How a teenager can make money without asking for a job - Susan HayesCulleton

How a teenager can make money without asking for a job - Susan HayesCulleton »

During a recent interview with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk , Susan HayesCulleton spoke about the myriad of ways to make money as a teenager.#Savvyteenacademy

What can our #SavvyTeenAcademy participants expect during this week focused on Careers, Communication and Confidence?

What can our #SavvyTeenAcademy participants expect during this week focused on Careers, Communication and Confidence? »

Take a detailed look at the #SavvyTeenAcademy week, filled with activities, guest speakers, knowledge focusing on Careers, Communication and Confidence.

Do you have to wait until you retire for the fun to begin? Susan HayesCulleton

Do you have to wait until you retire for the fun to begin? Susan HayesCulleton »

It's very important that you be true to yourself and follow your inner compass. You can't do anything about the past, but your future starts this second. Start now not at retirement Susan HayesCulleton

End exam fear now: 5 steps to control and dissolve paralysing exam fear Susan HayesCulleton

End exam fear now: 5 steps to control and dissolve paralysing exam fear Susan HayesCulleton »

Steps to control and dissolve paralysing exam fear. Enjoy the Fear - What's the worst that can happen Susan HayesCulleton

What is the real impact that a teacher has on their teenage students? Really? Susan HayesCulleton

What is the real impact that a teacher has on their teenage students? Really? Susan HayesCulleton »

My teachers thought they were helping me get an exam result, apply for a competition or pass a test. They weren't. They were giving me a solid foundation for my career, my company and my life. Coachford College - Susan HayesCulleton