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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.


Our #SavvyTeens reflected on their learnings from their first activity of the week. Here are some of the skills that they learned are key to managing their group work more effectively in the future.

Our #SavvyTeens reflected on their learnings from their first activity of the week. Here are some of the skills that they learned are key to managing their group work more effectively in the future. »

Documenting their assumptions about the future world of work in an interactive session. Their focus on technological advancements, the increasing importance of soft skills in the workplace and the power of diversity shine through their words

On the first day of their work experience programme, our #savvyteens have already shown exceptional resilience.

On the first day of their work experience programme, our #savvyteens have already shown exceptional resilience. »

As they overcame a variety of obstacles to achieve the goals set for them. We then asked them to share some of the challenges they have faced and overcame in their lives.

This week we're looking at STEM!   Our #savvyteens started the week by documenting some of their assumptions about STEM.

This week we're looking at STEM! Our #savvyteens started the week by documenting some of their assumptions about STEM. »

Here are some of the views they shared with us via our interactive learning tool.

This week while our #SavvyTeens tuned in from right across Ireland, they have been reflecting on what skills they have developed on day one of their virtual work experience programme.

This week while our #SavvyTeens tuned in from right across Ireland, they have been reflecting on what skills they have developed on day one of their virtual work experience programme. »

Our group this week are proving that even when we are learning and working remotely there is much opportunity for growth and development to continue being a central part of our lives. What new skills have you developed while working remotely?

This week our Savvy Teens have shared a common interest in how personal values are reflected in working life.

This week our Savvy Teens have shared a common interest in how personal values are reflected in working life. »

As this week''s Savvy Teens virtually observed the shifts and changes in the stock market today they were analyzing their own choice of stocks.

Edco Positive Economics: Webinar

Edco Positive Economics: Webinar »

Employment and the Economy - There is a very large role that employment plays in the economy. For a start, it provides money to people so that they can buy goods and services which in turn creates employment for other people.

Our first TY group of 2021 were given time to reflect after day one of their virtual TY programmes.

Our first TY group of 2021 were given time to reflect after day one of their virtual TY programmes. »

Here are some of the ways they believe they can improve their role in upcoming group work activities this week.

Here is a selection of the Legacy letters from another week of Virtual Transition Year Work Experience.

Here is a selection of the Legacy letters from another week of Virtual Transition Year Work Experience. »

We asked our savvy teens to write a legacy letter to their former selves as if they were starting the week again and what would they say now to themselves as they look back on this weeks adventure with us and their learnings from this week

My experience of working with teenagers in 2020.

My experience of working with teenagers in 2020. »

10 things I've learned from working with hundreds of teenagers in 2020 through Savvy Teens:

Edco Webinar Elasticity and Individual Consumption

Edco Webinar Elasticity and Individual Consumption »

Edco Webinar Elasticity and Individual Consumption with Susan Hayes Culleton - The Positive Economist

Here is a selection of Legacy Letters from another week of Virtual Transition Year Work Experience

Here is a selection of Legacy Letters from another week of Virtual Transition Year Work Experience »

We asked our savvy teens to write a legacy letter to their former selves as if they were starting the week again and what would they say now to themselves as they look back on this weeks adventure with us and their learnings from this week

Here is a selection of TY Work Experience Legacy Letters where students wrote to their former selves leading as if they were starting the week.

Here is a selection of TY Work Experience Legacy Letters where students wrote to their former selves leading as if they were starting the week. »

During this week a really wonderful group of young people who threw themselves into every task with enthusiasm and diligence in our Virtual Transition Year Work Experience

Here is a selection of responses from this weeks group of teenagers who participated in our Virtual Transition year Work Experience.

Here is a selection of responses from this weeks group of teenagers who participated in our Virtual Transition year Work Experience. »

A really wonderful group of young people who threw themselves into every task with enthusiasm and diligence.

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.

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.

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.

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