Rewarding Achievement and Recognising Ambition

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The gradireland and postgradireland 2013 awards

In The Mansion House last Thursday, over 500 representatives from Ireland’s graduate recruitment, career services, higher education and business communities gathered to celebrate the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2013 alongside policy makers and departmental advisers.

The gala event, now in its seventh year, celebrates all that is great and good  in graduate recruitment and education, with the event now a key date in the stakeholders calendar and growing year on year.

The spirit of competition and the recognition of achievement were both strongly represented in The Mansion House, with the overriding aim of matching the energy and ambition of Ireland’s graduates with the right opportunities at the right companies. In the graduate recruitment sector, it was a great night for companies like Google, Jameson Irish Distillers and PwC, who all scooped two awards, with PwC the proud winners of the gradireland employer of the year. In terms of course providers NUI Galway was the big winner in the postgradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year categories, taking home three major awards.

The message was loud and clear last Thursday, these awards do matter. Why? Because at a time when some misplaced commentators would have you believe that a graduates only viable route would lead them to the airport and emigration, the enthusiasm and competition at the gradireland awards between some of the world’s largest graduate recruiters paints a very different picture indeed.

Like last year’s awards, the theme from The Mansion House was the continuing need for course providers, academia, higher education, business and government to continue to cooperate closely so Irish students are equipped with the necessary skills to compete in a highly competitive, and global, jobs market. Policy makers talked to business leaders, who networked with academics and course providers, who in turn informed them of the questions that they are facing from students and graduates. The ambition, dynamism and drive of the Irish student and graduate population needs to be met with equal verve from those in education and business and also in government, particularly at a time when the drive for cost efficiencies at every level makes clarity of message and unity of purpose so important.

gradireland and postgradireland are privileged to be in a position to showcase the achievements of courses, students and graduate employers, to represent to some extent the belief that the various sectors have in a better future for Irish graduates. The awards on the night were keenly contested and demonstrated real ambition on the part of those employers shortlisted in providing real careers and real opportunities for college graduates. For course providers and educational institutions, the challenge continues to provide students and graduates with the skills that will enable them to secure a career with real potential here in Ireland.

For a full list of the 2013 Winners follow this link

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