There is so much focus on graduate programmes that it can feel like they are the only options available to you. Of course, this is not true, only the minority of graduates start their career this way, and there are plenty of other options. So, you may ask what are these other options? Well, there are many, but here’s a few to get you started: … Continue reading If you don’t have a graduate programme, don’t worry!
gradireland editor Ruairi Kavanagh talks to John Slattery, founder of Inspo (www.inspo.ie) and Rise Wellness(www.risewellness.ie) about the importance of finding resolve and direction in 2021 as you seek to graduate from college in these challenging times or take the first step on your career journey. Visit the gradireland audio channel for more episodes Continue reading Podcast #9: Finding your resolve in 2021 with John Slattery
2020 was a year of turmoil for many, and, for more reasons than one! Thankfully now we are almost one year on, and we have all adapted to the practicalities of remote learning, working and communicating. We have also come to realise that despite the level of economic uncertainty, many companies are still hiring. Yes, there are many changes to the hiring process, but with … Continue reading Starting your career in uncertain times
Crischelle Pana is a software consultant at Guidewire, as part of the company’s graduate programme. Crischelle talks to gradireland about her experiences of life at Guidewire, her job seeking journey, how the application process works, and she also gives advice to those interested in a similar career. What do you do in your daily role and what function does it play in terms of the … Continue reading ‘Be the change you want to see’
The recently released AHECS Graduate Market Survey 2020 provides some interesting data for students and graduates as they seek to start their career in an uncertain world. Let’s take a look at just some of the key findings. The Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) is the voice of higher education careers and employability professionals, who are a recognised authority on graduate career development, … Continue reading AHECS Graduate Market Survey 2020-Key findings
gradireland editor Ruairi Kavanagh talks to Fiona Fennell, founder of the STEM consultancy Think4Purpose about graduate careers in STEM and the value of thinking differently in terms of your career. Think4Purpose helps STEM professionals integrate what is known with how to think collectively for the purpose of learning why. Visit the gradireland audio channel for more episodes Continue reading Podcast #8: Critical thinking and your career with Fiona Fennell
We talk to Rachel O’Connor and Abigail Cronin about why mixing a rewarding and demanding job with your other passions in life is part and parcel of what makes life tick for Aldi’s Area Managers. “She shoots, she scores!” Rachael O’Connor, Area Manager There hasn’t been a dull moment since I joined Aldi as part of the Aldi Graduate Area Manager programme. No two days … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: My life as an Aldi Area Manager
We talk to Cian O’Connor and Donal Wrynn about what makes them tick in an out of the workplace as they undergo Aldi’s graduate management training programme. “You’ve got to have your head in the game” Cian O’Connor, Area Manager in training My decision to return to college to pursue an MSc in Management and Marketing required a huge leap of faith. Initially I was … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: My Aldi Graduate Training Experience
‘I’ve felt part of everything at Guidewire from the very start’ Snehal Bhatia, a software consultant with Guidewire talks about her career with the technology company, why it matches her values and how her career has allowed her to take on new and exciting challenges. What’s your current job at Guidewire and, if there is a typical day/week, what would it involve? I am currently … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: Guidewire
It’s vital to hear about a graduate programme from the decision makers and those who run the programme, but it’s also important to hear from those who have experienced it first-hand, the graduates themselves. In a three-part series of blogs, we will look at the Lidl graduate programme through the eyes of the graduates who have completed the programme and have been offered positions upon … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: The Lidl graduate programme through the eyes of a graduate – Part 3
It’s vital to hear about a graduate programme from the decision makers and those who run the programme, but it’s also important to hear from those who have experienced it first-hand, the graduates themselves. In a three-part series of blogs, we will look at the Lidl graduate programme through the eyes of the graduates who have completed the programme and have been offered positions upon … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: The Lidl graduate programme through the eyes of a graduate – Part 1
It’s vital to hear about a graduate programme from the decision makers and those who run the programme, but it’s also important to hear from those who have experienced it first-hand, the graduates themselves. In a three-part series of blogs, we will look at the Lidl graduate programme through the eyes of the graduates who have completed the programme and have been offered positions upon … Continue reading Career Discovery week insights: The Lidl graduate programme through the eyes of a graduate – Part 2
In the first part of our interview with Ntsoaki, we discussed how you can network now that we can no longer meet face-to-face and best practises when it comes to trying to connect with people via LinkedIn. Following on from that conversation, here are some tips on how to plan for the future despite the current uncertainties as to what shape that might take. The modern CV With the increasing … Continue reading How to network and plan for the future: Part 2
Connecting and interacting with people virtually in both a personal and professional capacity has become the new norm. So, in this new normal how can students and graduates’ network, grow their connections and plan for the future post Covid-19? gradireland editor Ruairi Kavanagh talked to Ntsoaki Phakoe-McKevitt, careers coach at Dublin Business School, to find out. Normal life has been turned upside down for everyone but for students and graduates who were preparing for their future, … Continue reading How to network and plan for the future: Part 1
We all know the changes that have taken place in the world and the uncertainty that now exists. However, one thing remains a constant – talented students and graduates will always be in demand and pipelines will always need to be generated. At gradireland we have been working hard, in close partnership with careers services and employers, to continue to provide solutions and opportunities to engage with students and graduates to provide them with the information they need to … Continue reading gradireland Career Discovery week: A virtual world of opportunity
Sinead English, of career consultancy Hilt (www.wearehilt.com), speaks to gradireland editor Ruairi Kavanagh about the application and recruitment process in a remote world. From assessing CV’s, to conducting virtual assessments and how to perform in a video interview, Sinead has plenty of good advice for recruiters, students and graduate job seekers. Get in touch with Sinead on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/sineadenglish/ For the latest careers advice, job … Continue reading Podcast #7: The recruitment process in a remote world, with Sinead English
gradireland Podcast interview with musician Greg Clifford. Continue reading Podcast #6: Following your passion with Greg Clifford
Folens digital resources, Cambridge library, Calm, NFL Gamepass, Home School Piano, these are just some of the free services you can avail of during the Covid-19 pandemic and thanks to Shane Hastings, a third year Business Information Systems student in NUIG, you can access all of the free services in one place – https://covid19.shanehastings.eu/ Shane has helpfully broken down the services into categories so whether … Continue reading Shane Hastings : Giving back during Covid-19
gradireland conducted a survey to understand how third level students and young people are coping with the national emergency caused by COVID-19. The survey ran for a week from 25th March to 1st April on www.gradireland.com and received 716 individual responses. The large number of participants give us important insights into the morale of third-level students and what their biggest fears and worries are. Importantly, they also told us what support they need from their prospective employers and universities during the national effort against COVID-19. We found that third level students are taking … Continue reading gradireland survey: How are third-level students responding to the COVID-19 crisis?
Both graduate employers as well as students and graduates are familiar with the online assessment element of the application process. Most potential applicants begin their job hunt by applying for their chosen job online, but this is only the start of this section of the application process. Online assessments are becoming an increasingly important part of the application process for employers. Although employers only have … Continue reading Online assessments – how to improve the process
You will have no doubt read about uncertainty in the job market and the thousands of jobs being lost. There are a lot of comparisons to the financial crash of 2008 but unlike that time, there is a huge demand remaining for roles in certain industries ranging from technology to retail, logistics, engineering and science, to name just a few. Below we have highlighted specific … Continue reading Employers still hiring despite COVID-19 uncertainty
We are delighted to announce the publication of our gradireland Graduate Salary and Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey for 2020. This is the 14th edition of this piece of research, which reveals key insights into graduate salary and graduate recruitment trends from employers throughout Ireland. In line with trends for several years now, graduate salaries continue to rise, and currently stand at an average of €31,938, … Continue reading gradireland Graduate Salary and Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey 2020
With the graduate recruitment drive of 2020 being like no other that has gone before, employers’ diaries are likely filling up with an increasing number of virtual careers fairs. While careers fairs have traditionally played a fundamental role in the graduate recruitment process, they can be costly and time-consuming for employers to attend and there is a limit to the number of applicants, with no opportunity for employers to screen for suitable candidates. Continue reading Ireland’s award-winning careers fair goes virtual – Here’s why you should be there!