Our top tips for making the most out of the gradireland Summer Fair

We’ve put together our top tips for making the most out of next week’s Summer Fair! Keep an open mind Employers hire graduates from any discipline. So don’t pigeon-hole potential employers – IT companies need marketing, finance and language graduates; accountancy firms recruit from any disciplines, you don’t have to be an accountant. Indeed most of the companies at the gradireland Summer Fair recruit from … Continue reading Our top tips for making the most out of the gradireland Summer Fair

5 questions to ask a potential employer

The gradireland Summer Fair is a fantastic opportunity to meet and ask questions of potential employers. Many employers also bring graduates who are currently on their graduate programmes to attend their stand, so you can ask them what life inside these companies is really like! These conversations are unbelievable opportunities for networking, and can help you decide on future career paths or give you that nugget of … Continue reading 5 questions to ask a potential employer

6 skills graduates need to work in the food and drink sector

The Food and Drink sector is growing and thriving with new opportunities for graduates developing all the time. However, as Hannah Kelly explains, a new report has highlighted skill gaps graduates will need to fill if they are to be successful in the industry. The recently released Food Wise 2025,a report compiled by the Department of Agriculture & Food, sets out a plan for the development of the … Continue reading 6 skills graduates need to work in the food and drink sector

gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017

2017 gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards recognises work of graduate recruiters as career opportunities continue to grow for students. April 27th 2017 saw the 11th gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards held at Dublin’s Mansion House, a gala event for almost 600 of the country’s graduate recruiters, talent developers and industry stakeholders. As always, the awards were held in partnership with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) and … Continue reading gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017

Choosing the right graduate employer

Picking a graduate employer is one of your first big decisions in life so you need to be rational, thoughtful and well prepared. To get the best start to your graduate career you need to think about the kind of place where you will fit in. Even within a single career area, employers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they offer a … Continue reading Choosing the right graduate employer

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Starting your graduate career

Your first graduate job brings new challenges, from workplace etiquette to dress code. These tips will help you make the transition to working life. Even though you may have had summer jobs and worked at weekends, nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of your first ‘proper’ job. We’ve come up with some hints to help you adapt. Starting a new job It’s not … Continue reading Starting your graduate career

What is a graduate programme?

So what is a graduate programme or graduate job? Isn’t it the case that any job done by a graduate is a ‘graduate job’? Well there’s a little bit more to it than that, within the graduate recruitment industry, a graduate job is a very specific thing. Firstly, as you’d expect, it’s a job offered by graduate recruiters – companies large enough to need a … Continue reading What is a graduate programme?

How to land an internship with a large graduate employer

Large graduate employers often take on interns too. We’ve put together what the benefits of internships with large employers are and how to find vacancies. Do well as an intern for an employer that also runs a graduate scheme and you could significantly increase your chances of being hired there when you finish university. Even if you don’t end up working there permanently, you will … Continue reading How to land an internship with a large graduate employer

Top reasons to look for an internship that has a smaller intake

Don’t limit your internship options by only focusing on larger graduate employers. If you’re looking for an internship experience that allows you to see the effect of your efforts quickly you should consider looking for opportunities with small and medium-sized businesses, typically organisations with fewer than 250 employees. Small, high potential businesses can offer you wide-ranging opportunities to put your talents to good use and … Continue reading Top reasons to look for an internship that has a smaller intake

Where are the graduates of 2015 now? #2

In the second of a series of articles, we continue to look at where the graduate class of 2015 are, based upon the HEA’s recently released ‘What do graduates do? The class of 2015’. This survey, the 25th of its kind, was published on February 15th and, mostly, points to an optimistic prognosis when it comes to graduate careers in Ireland. However, when it comes to … Continue reading Where are the graduates of 2015 now? #2