Introducing StudentLife Careers , a new initiative available to teachers and students with the support of the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD)

Introducing StudentLife Careers , a new initiative available to teachers and students in their own classrooms in self-directed career planning with the support of the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD)

The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., recently launched StudentLife Careers at Northern Trust in Dublin.

With an ever-evolving jobs market and a growing certainty that artificial intelligence and other technological developments will subsume millions of existing roles, while creating many others that we don’t even know about yet, it is increasingly challenging to help students prepare for the world of work and to offer sound advice as they try to make suitable education and training choices. StudentLife Careers provides students with unprecedented access to critical insights into current roles and possible future career paths.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Donohoe said: “Assisting our young people in making the decisions that have the potential to shape their future is key to helping them reach their full potential and achieve their goals. This initiative gives our student population the power to make more informed choices and ensures that they have access to the tools and information upon which they can base well-informed critical career decisions. That resources are available to every senior cycle second level student and are updated regularly to ensure relevancy is essential to ensuing greater equality of opportunity for our children. The fusion of industry and education in this way, through StudentLife Careers, makes a hugely valuable contribution to our students. I would like to pay tribute to all at StudentLife Careers, for the valuable work they do and in particular to Rita Kelly, founder and CEO.”

Addressing the Launch, Clive Byrne, Executive Director, the National Association of Principals and Deputies (NAPD), stated “Student Life Careers will help our senior cycle students in 4th, 5th and 6th year explore a host of career choices. The ability to readily access these resources will focus an independent exploration of work and career options. The materials will suggest ideas, plant seeds for further examination and will create an open inquisitive mindset to reveal a range of career options for consideration”

Founder and CEO of StudentLife Careers, Rita Kelly, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore career options through the multimedia packages being created. Proving access for students to conduct their own research will allow young people to form their own views. This is particularly important given that expert analysts predict that 60% of the roles available 10 years from now will be completely new compared to today’s jobs market. All of the data underline however, that employers will require today’s students to be adaptable, entrepreneurial, digitally-literate, resilient, and committed to lifelong learning

StudentLife Careers spans a whole array of roles – from STEM-related industries to start-ups & Agri business, while enabling access to role models – all combining to build links between what students are studying in school and what their post-school futures might look like.

How it works

Log on to the NAPD website and download whichever StudentLife Careers video you are interested in showing to your class. We are delighted to bring you the first seven videos today and will have a further five for you in September. – Please click on the company below to avail of the video.

For more information on StudentLife Careers visit or contact Rita Kelly, Chief Executive at Phone: 01 4013 868 Mobile 087 1307 555

Available today:              

Pfizer – Pharmaceutical sector

Defence Forces – Multi career opportunities

Dublin Airport Authority – 5,000 staff, Aviation & business

PepsiCo – STEM

Accenture – Consultancy & Management 

P.R.S.A. – Property sector 

Northern Trust – Investment Banking

Coming in September:

Coillite – Forestry

Gardai Siochana

Dropbox – Technology

Insurance Institute – Insurance sector

BOI – Banking sector


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