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Graduate skills and the labour market

In a recent Irish Times postgraduate study supplement, Brian Mooney wrote on the how graduates are future-proofing their skillsets with a postgraduate qualification, while also making some interesting points about growing congruence between popular sectors of employment. The article says that while many undergraduates are expecting to secure employment directly after graduation, they may be confronted with the fact that they do not have all … Continue reading Graduate skills and the labour market

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Pros and pitfalls of the ‘gig’ economy

The ‘gig’ economy has gradually gained traction in Irish society and thousands of people are taking the opportunity to choose their own working hours, and of course as a way to earn extra money. It’s an area that’s obviously particularly attractive to students, as they can balance study with flexible working hours. According to Collins dictionary, the gig economy is “an economy in which there … Continue reading Pros and pitfalls of the ‘gig’ economy

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Two potential questions to ask at the end of your interview

So you’ve just spent the last 45 minutes being grilled about your qualifications and your work experience and you may think the interview is coming to an end, but there’s one final obstacle ahead. If this is your very first interview, you’re about to be hit with something you may not expect. The dreaded ‘have you got any questions for us?’ Those of you who … Continue reading Two potential questions to ask at the end of your interview

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What’s new on gradireland.com?

We are currently adding a lot of new advisory content to gradireland.com, ideal for careers advisors to share with students and relevant colleagues on campus. This is the first in a series of regular blogs on our new content and what you can expect to find on the site over the coming months. Personal stories At gradireland we regularly hear from students that personal career … Continue reading What’s new on gradireland.com?

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Getting Future Ready: Design Thinking & Your Career

At the 2018 gradireland Graduate Career Fair, we hosted a panel discussion with Glanbia employees who had recently worked on the company’s Spark initiative, which focuses on the concept of design thinking. Chaired by gradireland Director Mark Mitchell, the discussion focused on how graduates can prepare for future trends in problem solving, creativity and innovation, using Glanbia’s experiences as an example. Essentially, design thinking is … Continue reading Getting Future Ready: Design Thinking & Your Career

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The gradireland podcast – graduate careers in PR

In the fourth episode of The gradireland podcast, we spoke to the Chief Executive of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, Dr. Martina Byrne, about PR in the digital media landscape and how to kickstart your career in PR. Martina discussed how digital media has become another “tool” for PR professionals to utilise in the right circumstances. “It’s absolutely ideal for certain circumstances and reaching … Continue reading The gradireland podcast – graduate careers in PR

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The gradireland podcast – interview and employability skills

In the third episode of the gradireland podcast, we spoke to Sinéad English, the founder of Hilt, and Tara Walsh, Learning and Development Manager at David Meade, about how to improve your interview and employability skills. Sinéad, who is a careers consultant, spoke to students and graduates at the gradireland Summer Fair this year about how to ace an interview. Speaking after the seminar, Sinéad … Continue reading The gradireland podcast – interview and employability skills

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Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options

  If you’re looking for alternative path to education, an apprenticeship may be something you want to consider, says Anne Roberts of the Insurance Institute of Ireland. While many young people plan to attend college, it is important to know all your options before you make your final decision. Opportunities for apprenticeships no longer just apply to craft-based jobs such as carpentry, construction or motoring. … Continue reading Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options

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Simple tips to live in the now

By Paul Hall, Director in Consulting at Deloitte Paul reveals his top tips to live in the present as part of the Green Ribbon Mental Health Awareness Month, promoting open conversation about mental health. Staying present….. People often ask me how I manage to stay present and in the moment. The short answer is that I am not ALWAYS. I am just like everyone else … Continue reading Simple tips to live in the now

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Trends and innovation set the agenda at gradireland Talent Masterclass

On May 17th, top recruiters representing both Irish and international companies attended the latest gradireland Graduate Talent Masterclass in the Gibson hotel to hear about the latest trends, innovation and technologies in graduate recruitment. The event was part of a continuing series of events by gradireland and their partners Cut-e. Attendees heard presentations from those working in both well established companies and start-ups in the … Continue reading Trends and innovation set the agenda at gradireland Talent Masterclass

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New book: ‘1000 Years of Careers Advice’

Paul Murphy, author of the recently published book ‘1000 Years of Careers Advice’, which contains 370+ pages of tips and career advice, writes on what some of the top tips he uncovered are. The below is just a small cross-section of some the advice in the book. The book interviews 100 graduates 10 years on from university about their career paths and imparts their advice … Continue reading New book: ‘1000 Years of Careers Advice’

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The 2018 gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards

April 26th 2018 saw the 12th gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards held at Dublin’s Mansion House, a gala event for over 500 of the country’s leading graduate recruiters, talent developers and industry stakeholders. As always, the awards were held in partnership with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) and this year’s headline sponsor, the Irish Management Institute (IMI). The 2018 event attracted well over 100 high-quality … Continue reading The 2018 gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards

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How to make the most of your internship opportunity.

Some of our top tips on making the sort of impression that will ensure your internship is remembered by your employer for all the right reasons. Congratulations, you’ve got the internship you wanted. Now comes the hard part. It’s one thing to be professional and to do what is expected of you by your managers and supervisors. But it’s another to go beyond that. The … Continue reading How to make the most of your internship opportunity.

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What is a graduate programme and why should you do one?

So what is a graduate programme or graduate job? Isn’t it the case that any job done by a graduate is a ‘graduate job’? Well there’s a little bit more to it than that, within the graduate recruitment industry, a graduate job is a very specific thing. Firstly, as you’d expect, it’s a job offered by graduate recruiters – companies large enough to need a … Continue reading What is a graduate programme and why should you do one?

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Interview: gradireland NSC winner 2018

gradireland took the chance to sit down with the winner of the National Student Challenge 2018, Ceithleann Ní Chonluain, to ask her about winning the challenge, what it means for her CV and what tips she would have future challengers? “When I was announced as winner, it wasn’t just surprise, it was total shock,” says Ceithleann, a few days after being announced as the winner … Continue reading Interview: gradireland NSC winner 2018

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Networking tips for the National Student Challenge

Careers oriented events and competitions, like the gradireland National Student Challenge, offer the twin opportunities of making crucial career connections with those that can offer you a job while also giving you the opportunity to find out important information about specific industries where your career path may lie. So, let’s look at some networking basis to help you make those all-important connections. How to ‘break … Continue reading Networking tips for the National Student Challenge

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gradireland National Student Challenge – A day to impress

by Caroline McAniff, Head of Recruitment and Employer Branding, EY. The world is changing We are in the fourth industrial revolution.  Macro-economic trends and tech advances, including smart devices and artificial intelligence, are altering business, industries, professions and jobs at an unprecedented rate.  The disruption for professionals is real, in a world where up to five million jobs may actually cease to exist.  Scary stuff! Also the … Continue reading gradireland National Student Challenge – A day to impress

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New data reveals increasing employment opportunities for university graduates

The results of 36th First Destination survey of University graduates was released on Friday, January 19th, revealing the results of data gathered from over 18,000 students who studied between levels 8 and 10, to determine their situation nine months after graduation. The students surveyed attended one of the following third-level institutions: Dublin City University, University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College … Continue reading New data reveals increasing employment opportunities for university graduates

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Video Interviews – what are they and how should I prepare?

Sinéad English of Hilt, a career management services company, writes about what video interviews actually involve, what the common misconceptions and mistakes are and how you can best prepare.   Q: So, what do over 40% of all graduate recruiters including Musgrave, Bank of Ireland, Paddy Power, Ornua, Boston Scientific, Oracle, Dell, IBEC Global Graduates, Enterprise Ireland, Zurich, Accenture, PepsiCo, Tesco, Kerry Group and just about every large … Continue reading Video Interviews – what are they and how should I prepare?

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4 tips for starting your internship successfully

Your first experience in the field you want to make a career in is an invaluable opportunity, so it’s important you’re prepared. We have some tips from our Events Intern, Poppy Harrington, to get you started. Once you find and secure an internship in a company, the nerves can set in. Knowing what to expect and what will be expected of you can be daunting, especially if … Continue reading 4 tips for starting your internship successfully

Why should you attend gradireland Live?

Maybe you got an email from us or got told by a friend to get a ticket… either way you’ve registered for gradireland Live, but perhaps aren’t sure what it is and what you’ve signed up for. Rest easy, we’re here to explain what’s happening on the day and how to make the most of it! The day itself is all about taking time for … Continue reading Why should you attend gradireland Live?

gradireland Breakfast Masterclass January 2019

On Wednesday January 23rd, gradireland held their latest Breakfast Masterclass at Dublin’s Alex Hotel, which focused on the issue of  ‘unconscious bias’. The topic was explored in the context of graduate recruitment in terms of what it is, why we’re all prone to it to some extent and how we can combat it in the workplace. After an introduction by gradireland Director Mark Mitchell, the … Continue reading gradireland Breakfast Masterclass January 2019

gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium

On Friday 23 November 2018, gradireland hosted our annual Higher Education Symposium & Awards at the Crowne Plaza Northwood Hotel in Santry, Dublin. This event, sponsored by the Higher Education Authority, AbbVie and PwC, was attended by over 200 higher education professionals and stakeholders, making it our biggest Symposium to-date. The Symposium was focused on discussing the future of Higher Education in Ireland, exploring current … Continue reading gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium