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Networking tips for the National Student Challenge

Careers oriented events and competitions, like the gradireland National Student Challenge, offer the twin opportunities of making crucial career connections with those that can offer you a job while also giving you the opportunity to find out important information about specific industries where your career path may lie. So, let’s look at some networking basis to help you make those all-important connections. How to ‘break … Continue reading Networking tips for the National Student Challenge

2018: Get your graduation year off to a positive start

While the early weeks of 2018 can be filled with resolve and renewed endeavour, it’s important to remember that 75% of new year ‘resolutions’ will frequently fall by the wayside by the second week in February. Resolutions can be noble in intent but if they don’t succeed, then they can dent your confidence and willingness to try again. Instead, why not focus on being better … Continue reading 2018: Get your graduation year off to a positive start

New apprenticeships to help address skills shortage in tech sector

Two new technology apprenticeships (NFQ Level 6) will start in 2018, the latest addition to the growing roster of professional apprenticeships, as devised by SOLAS and the Apprenticeship Council, with the support of industry and FIT Ltd (Fast Track into Information Technology). The ICT Associate Professional Software Developer and ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer apprenticeships are two-year programmes supported by National Education & Training Boards and … Continue reading New apprenticeships to help address skills shortage in tech sector

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

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

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?

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

Where are the graduates of 2015 now? #1

In the first of a series of articles, we’ll be taking a 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. Snapshot: There were … Continue reading Where are the graduates of 2015 now? #1

Five steps to make your LinkedIn profile shine

Having your CV and LinkedIn profile matching up, and displaying your skills and experience in the best possible fashion, is one sure way of standing out to recruiters. HR teams use the social media platform on a daily basis, so make sure your profile  is an all-star, helping you stand out from the crowd. These five steps can help you on your way. 1: What … Continue reading Five steps to make your LinkedIn profile shine