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St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

Brunner goes to London

It was a case of Planes, Trains and Automobiles when nine TY students, Ms O’Shaughnessy and Ms Roe travelled to London for the Career Academies launch on Monday 1st December.




We had an early start, meeting in the airport at 5.15am but when you have an important business meeting in London at 11 am what else can you do? As part of the Career Academies programme the lads were invited to meet  Gary Browning, the CEO of Penna, one of London’s largest Human Resources Services companies. They learned how the business works and played some motivational games before getting the opportunity to grill Gary to find out what it takes to be successful in the business world.



From there it was off to the Dominion Theatre for the official launch of this year’s programme. The lads were inspired by Action Jackson to make ‘small changes’ on the road to big success and got to hear from some of the graduates just how valuable the programme can be. They will soon be matched with their business mentors and will have a series of lectures and work visits before taking on a summer internship with some of Dublin’s largest corporate firms.

Despite the mayhem of London’s rush hour we managed to make it back to Gatwick in one piece to catch the 7 pm flight back to Dublin.


It was a fantastic day, long and tiring but well worth the effort. A huge thanks to Yvonne Skelly from Junior Achievement Ireland who made all the travel arrangements and steered us safely around airports, train stations and the London underground.



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