What is a work placement and is it right for me?

Trying to gain experience before embarking on a career post-graduation can be difficult, but there are options out there. Depending on how far you are into your course and how far ahead you are planning, there are options for everyone in the form of volunteering, internships and work placements. Work placements can be a great way to get hands-on experience in a field which you … Continue reading What is a work placement and is it right for me?

Dealing with problematic candidates

During the recruitment and selection process, it’s no surprise to be confronted with something that you don’t expect. Recruiters experience it frequently, from spectacularly ill-prepared or over-prepared candidates to those who have essentially lied on their CV to earn an interview. While screening calls and CV scrutiny can root out most of the timewasters in the process, there is a certain percentage who will present … Continue reading Dealing with problematic candidates

Volunteering – Why working for free can be a good thing and boost your career.

Many people shy away from volunteering as “working for nothing” is seen as a waste of time. This may be true if you are older and have bills to pay but at a young age in secondary school and even in college, volunteering can have a real benefit to your career. Remember that you’re not working for nothing. You’re not getting paid now in monetary … Continue reading Volunteering – Why working for free can be a good thing and boost your career.

How to get the most out of Assessment Centres

Assessment centres are a great way for employers to test various competencies from a vast array of candidates. They help to give an overall picture of a candidate and how they might fit into your organisation. How can you make the most of an assessment centre and when is the appropriate time to use one? We talked to Ciara Holohan, Occupational Psychology consultant at Aon’s Assessment … Continue reading How to get the most out of Assessment Centres

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Podcast #2: Getting your Career Started with Paul McClatchie

gradireland are pleased to continue our brand-new series of podcasts looking at the student and graduate landscape from the perspective of those who matter most – the students and graduates. In the second episode of the series we talk to Paul McClatchie CEO of Engage People. Paul founded Engage People in 2016 after more than 15 years in recruitment at various levels with industry leading … Continue reading Podcast #2: Getting your Career Started with Paul McClatchie

Keeping your early stage talent engaged

While talent attraction and retention are two of the most common challenges facing graduate recruiters today, employee engagement is another growing imperative in terms of both helping to guarantee retention and improve productivity. So, what are some of the most successful tactics in keeping early-stage employees engaged and motivated in their work? Support For graduate recruits, knowing that someone has their back and is willing … Continue reading Keeping your early stage talent engaged