ASA Career Forum – 4 February 2014

ASA Career Forum

Successful Careers Forum in UCD

Our annual Careers Forum in UCD on Tuesday 4 February attracted a huge attendance of under-graduates. The event is part of our comprehensive range of services and supports to the next generation of agricultural graduates on career opportunities, career development and job application and interview skills.

The students got valuable advice from Colin Donnery, general manager FRS Recruitment on the do’s and don’ts in CV preparation, job application and interview skills and heard the personal career stories from three graduates and ASA members working in different streams of the agri-food sector.

Mary Delaney, who graduated in 2000, started her career in the motor industry where she acquired great experience in sales, marketing and business planning. She is currently working with Glanbia where she is sales manager with Gain Horse Feeds. Leading trainers such as Aidan O’Brien, Jim Bolger, Noel Meade and Edward O’Grady and world renowned breeding establishments such as Kildangan Stud are among her customers.
Mary was recently awarded a Nuffield scholarship which will give her opportunity to network with leaders in the agri-food sector across four continents. She is also a member of the ASA Council.

Philip Lynch, who graduated in 2008, is a trader with R & H Hall, Ireland’s biggest importer and supplier of animal feed ingredients. A joint venture between W & R Barnett and Origin Enterprises plc, the company imports ingredients from over 20 countries in over 600 vessels that arrive in six Irish ports each year. Philip gave great insights into the world of international trading where assessing the impact on price of political and weather events are a daily challenge.

Niall McGauran, who graduated in 1999, worked with Dawn Meats and held a number of senior positions with Keenan before taking up his current role as managing director of Efficient Farm Solutions (EFS). Based in Mullingar, the company operates at the cutting edge of technology, selling the Lely robotic milking machine and the Lely range of automated animal feeding systems.


“Think of your career as a series of experiences” and “sacrifice today to position yourself for tomorrow” were among the nuggets of advice offered by Niall to the students.
We are pleased to welcome the record number of new student members who joined the ranks of ASA at the event.

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Photos from this event

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Event Resources
• Colin Donnery, FRS Recruitment
• Mary Delaney, GAIN Feeds
• Philip Lynch, R&H Hall
• Niall McGauran, LELY Ireland