An unmissable event for IT students and graduates

The gradireland GRADchances IT event showcases the skills of students and the needs of employers in a vibrant and growing tech-sector.

This event will be held on January 27th in Dublin City Centre, with 100 specially selected students and six major technology employers present.


The annual IT event run by gradireland brings together pre-selected, soon-to-be graduate or just graduated, IT students with employers eager to promote their businesses and graduate programmes.

Nowadays, competition is fierce and we are competing with a lot of other big-name companies so it’s an opportunity to interact and engage with students and give them an insight into what we do”, says Denise Airlie from software development company, Guidewire.

A diverse range of businesses participated in the event, ranging top software company Guidewire to Smyths Toy store, reflecting the range of sectors that IT transcends.

Speaking at last year’s event, Swati Sehgal, who was doing a Masters in Computer Science in Trinity College stated “IT is required across every field and is one of the strongest and most diverse sectors  in which to work”, she also states that she is “very optimistic” of employment after graduation.

This event is the first of two gradireland events in 2016 with a focus on technology. The second, taking place on February 16th, will target the STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and will offer IT students another chance to interact with some of Ireland’s top graduate employers.

As part of the GRADchances IT event, each employer will set students a task where they were looking for them to demonstrate appropriate skills. “First of all we are looking for people with a strong technical aptitude. But we require our employees to become technical consultants, so communication and teamwork is very important also”, says Denise from Guidewire.

At last year’s event, Maurice Walsh, a final year IT Blanchardstown student in Network Security and Digital Forensics stated; “Events like this are brilliant because IT is so vast in terms of the roles on offer. I feel I almost need to be in a company to see what I can offer them. Therefore, here it’s fantastic to see what companies are looking for and to see if I can demonstrate those abilities”.

For the opportunity to be part of GRADchances IT on Wednesday 27th January register today.

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