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Industry Leaders Inspire Students

24 April 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Hynes
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Industry Leaders Inspire Students

The inaugural MIC Alumni Networking Breakfast took place on Friday 31 March with graduates of Mary Immaculate College coming back to their alma mater to inspire current MIC students and alumni.

Taking part in the event were:
Gabrielle Cummins, BA (Media Communications and English) Graduate and current CEO/Programme Controller at Beat 102.103
Marie Therese Garvey, BA (Media Communications) Graduate and Company Director at Greater Than Ten Miles. Her latest film Atlantic has just been nominated for the George Morrison Feature Documentary Award at the 2017 IFTAs.
Nessa McGann, MA in Media Studies Graduate and Current Programme Director at Spin South West.

The event consisted of 20 minute talks from each speaker, who discussed their career paths since leaving MIC, outlining how their particular degree opened doors and opportunities beyond what they first though possible when entering MIC.

Gabrielle had originally intended to study primary teaching, but didn’t get the points. “At the time I was devastated, but I went on to do the BA here and really enjoyed it. I made the most of college life – I got involved in the drama society and guested on Wired FM – I really found my passion and thrived thanks to the variety of theory, practical and extra arts based modules the BA offered. Getting the opportunity to travel to Hollins University, Virginia, in the third year of the BA programme was vital for me. I worked in an NBC affiliated station – News Channel 10 – and that practical, on-the-ground experience was invaluable. ”

As part of the talks the MIC Mentors took attendees through their time spent in MIC – courses taken, topics covered, groups and societies they were involved in and how they added to their skillset.

“MIC offered me the safe space in which to be creative,” said Marie Therese Garvey. She further urged soon-to-be graduates not to put pressure on themselves to know exactly what it is they want to do when graduating. “As Arts students it can be difficult finding your next steps, but passion for whatever you are doing is number one. I have loved films my whole life. I’ve kept every single ticket stub from every movie I’ve gone to see. If you don’t have passion for what you are doing … what’s the point?”

Drawing on their own experience to date, the speakers gave advice on networking, connecting with industry leaders and making the most of college life. “You never stop learning. Be brave when you are in college, because you won’t be brave when you step out into the real world. Get involved in everything – if you don’t, you’ll have nothing to put on your CV. Use what you have in College – newspapers, websites, radio. Do things that you wouldn’t be able to do outside of college, because these are the things that are going to set you apart from the competition,” said Nessa McGann.

Thanking the speakers Lorraine Hynes, MIC Alumni Officer, said “we are delighted to have had such brilliant industry leaders here with us today and we thank them for taking part in this inaugural event. The generosity of our Alumni community in terms of their willingness to partake in events such as this and give back to MIC is a testament to their own experience here in the college. Each of our guests proves that anything is possible through hard work, professionalism and dedication.”

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