Showcasing IT student talent at GRADchances 2016

Students at the gradireland GRADchances IT event

Students collaborating on the Workday challenge at GRADchances IT 2016.


Ireland’s best and brightest IT students came together on Wednesday 27th January in the Chartered Accountants House for the third annual GRADchances IT event. This event was designed to showcase the skills of Ireland’s IT students to prospective employers, as well as showing students the range of opportunities available to them with some of Ireland’s best IT employers.

Over 70 invited students and six of Irelands leading IT companies. who are actively recruiting graduates, met at the event.

A diverse range of businesses participated in the event, ranging from computer networking specialists Arista Networks to Smyths Toystore, reflecting the range of sectors that have job opportunities for IT graduates.

Each company at this event set out a specific task for the students, to challenge both their technical and cognitive capabilities. These tasks ranged from designing an app for First Derivatives to building a buoyant structure that will support coins for ten seconds for Guidewire, giving students an opportunity to showcase the diversity of their skills. The companies chose each task based on the core values and skills in their company. “We chose our task because one of our core values is fun and our second core value is innovation” says Maeve from Workday, whose task involved building a structure made completely of spaghetti, to support a marshmallow.

When speaking about the importance of events like GRADchances IT, Tricia Donohue from Smyths Toys said that these events’ give employers a more “holistic view of a candidate, not just looking at a C.V, we get to see how they interact with other people, how they cope under pressure and how they tackle the tasks they are given.”

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

For more information about gradireland or other events taking place in the coming month visit or for more information on the IT sector specifically, visit our dedicated page on the sector.

One Comment on “Showcasing IT student talent at GRADchances 2016”

  1. Emer O'kelly says:

    Hi Alannah, thanks for all the work that went into this day from yourself and your team. We found the day very worth while and have since made contact with quite a few of the graduates and are busy organising interviews already. Great event!

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