The gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2011: a positive outlook for graduatesPosted: April 15, 2011
The gradireland recruitment awards 2011 took place at the Mansion House, Dublin earlier this week, and it was a really happy event. The mood was one of celebration, positivity and energy – there ARE jobs out there, graduates ARE getting them, and being very successful to boot, thank you very much – which made for a welcome change to the usual doom and gloom that has surrounded most graduate employment issues in the national psyche of late.
Of course, all is not rosy across every sector, and unsurprisingly construction is still struggling (although interestingly the number of jobs advertised in this sector on gradireland.com over the last 12 months has doubled). However it’s simply not true that emigration is the only viable option left open for Ireland’s current crop of graduates, as has been suggested in the media over recent weeks and months.
This year’s awards ceremony was the biggest in its history, with student votes cast from every single higher education institution across the island of Ireland, and judged by an independent panel of industry experts. The overall winner on the night was Deloitte, which scooped the coveted award for the most popular graduate employer, and also came top in its sector (accountancy and professional services). Other winners included Abbott Ireland for the best graduate training and development programme, and CITI Group for the AHEAD Disability and Inclusion award.
The high calibre of Ireland’s fourth-level education was also celebrated, with the University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, Waterford Institute of Technology and Dublin City University all winning awards for their exceptional postgraduate offerings. (For a complete list of all the winners and runners up, see www.gradireland.com/awards.) Well done to everyone, and here’s to next year.