There’s less than one week to go until Ireland’s biggest postgrad fair takes place in the Shelbourne Hall in the RDS in Dublin, writes Fergal Browne.
Doors open at 11am next Wednesday, February 11th, and those who register for the event here will get free entry to the event, access to the best in further study advice and postgrad providers, and be in with a chance to win a HP Tablet.
With over 70 exhibitors coming from across Ireland and worldwide, it is the place where your research into postgraduate courses begins, whatever your area of interest. Forget trawling through each individual website of the various third-level institutions, come along to the event and get your questions answered.
There will also be a host of interesting seminars throughout the day, to find out about the newest trends and options in postgraduate study worldwide. Amongst the seminars you can find out all you need to know about conversion courses, something postgrad students are turning to more and more in order to diversify and specialise in certain career fields.
Guy Flouch from EUNICAS, which offers support to student looking to study across Europe, will offer advice on what English-speaking courses are available throughout Europe, while Rachael Farley, Postgraduate and EU Recruitment Manager for Edge Hill University in England, will tell you all you need to know about teacher training courses in the UK.
“While our research suggests a clear upturn in the economy, the marketplace remains extremely competitive. Therefore, students are recognising more than ever the necessity to have a strong academic background in order to gain graduate employment”, says gradireland publisher, Mark Mitchell.
According to gradireland research, a graduate with a postgraduate qualification is up to 40% more likely to find graduate employment within the first year after leaving university. “They have an advantage, especially with regards more technical disciplines like in the engineering and pharmaceutical industry”, adds Mark. “Not the mention in other sectors like media, where diversifying across different disciplines from your undergrad to your postgrad can be a major advantage”.
Click here to register by midnight on Tuesday February 10th for free entry. Bring along either a printout of your ticket or simply show the ticket on your phone to gradireland staff on the door. You can still attend the event on the day without registering. Cost is €5.
Get involved on the day by joining the discussion on Twitter at #postgradfair