Pupils at St Cecilia’s College put away their books last Friday and made their first tentative steps into the world of work.
The city was awash with green uniforms as year 10 and year 12 pupils took part in the annual Insight into Industry day.
During the event the girls visited organisations all over the city in order to get a taste of working life and to develop their employability skills.
Staff from the school and principal Martine Mulhern said: “This is a great opportunity for students to spend time with employers learning about the world of work. The day provides a great opportunity for staff and students alike.”
Vivienne Kerr, school employer connections who worked closely with the school said: “It’s not easy for schools to release students from school, let alone nearly 300. With that in mind we must commend the principal Martine Mulhern for her commitment to careers education and the bravery to undertake such a huge project.”
Students spent the day with 20 different employers.
Those taking part included the Airport Fire Service, Debenhams, E and I Engineering, All State, United Healthcare, Sita.aero (Letterkenny), RoCo, the City Hotel and ASDA.
Students must now make presentations on their experiences which will be shared amongst the school throughout the year.
Aisling Conaty, careers manager for the school said this was a great way to develop employability skills and take them into the classroom.
“It is great to see so much enthusiasm and interest in students and staff alike,” she added.