Ireland’s largest ever student survey reveals rising student optimism

    October 1st sees the publication of the 12th annual edition of Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers. Ahead of the launch, we take a look at some of the key trends and topics identified by the students surveyed for this publication. For Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers 2018/2019, gradireland surveyed 14,818 students from 24 HEIs across Ireland. The survey asks students which organisation they … Continue reading Ireland’s largest ever student survey reveals rising student optimism

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Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options

  If you’re looking for alternative path to education, an apprenticeship may be something you want to consider, says Anne Roberts of the Insurance Institute of Ireland. While many young people plan to attend college, it is important to know all your options before you make your final decision. Opportunities for apprenticeships no longer just apply to craft-based jobs such as carpentry, construction or motoring. … Continue reading Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options

Why we created gradireland Live! (and why we hope it will change careers fairs forever)

The impetus to create gradireland Live! came from our desire to confront some pretty fundamental challenges that students face in their graduate career decision-making process. The world of work has changed but the language of careers has not. The number of job titles and types these days is baffling to even the most experienced careers adviser. Students are peppered with data from all angles, but … Continue reading Why we created gradireland Live! (and why we hope it will change careers fairs forever)

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New data reveals increasing employment opportunities for university graduates

The results of 36th First Destination survey of University graduates was released on Friday, January 19th, revealing the results of data gathered from over 18,000 students who studied between levels 8 and 10, to determine their situation nine months after graduation. The students surveyed attended one of the following third-level institutions: Dublin City University, University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College … Continue reading New data reveals increasing employment opportunities for university graduates

Major drive to highlight graduate jobs with international institutions

This week saw the launch of a major new Government initiative to enhance the attractiveness of careers with international organisations to Irish graduates. Entitled, Global Horizons; International Careers, this  initiative is led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which aims to address third-level students by exploring the theme of ‘Representing Ireland Abroad: Opportunities for You’. By partnering with the Public Appointments Service and the Department … Continue reading Major drive to highlight graduate jobs with international institutions

Skills supply report points to particular graduate opportunities in science, IT and health

‘Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply 2015’ is the tenth in a series of reports produced by SOLAS on behalf of the Expert Group for Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of the skills profile of the population. The main findings of the report point to the fact that there are over one million qualification holders, or a third of the population, who have studied … Continue reading Skills supply report points to particular graduate opportunities in science, IT and health

New National Skills Bulletin 2015 shows continued improvement in the Irish labour market and identifies job sectors in demand

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) today (17th July 2015) published the National Skills Bulletin 2015, which provides an overview of employment trends at occupational level. The report shows that, with the economic recovery strengthening, shortages are intensifying in some of the well-known areas that we have blogged about previously (ICT, engineering, sales/customer care, logistics, health, business and finance); and gaps are also emerging … Continue reading New National Skills Bulletin 2015 shows continued improvement in the Irish labour market and identifies job sectors in demand

Aspiring tech graduates wanted for pan-European start-up project

European-wide search for aspiring-tech entrepreneurs begins The University College Cork (UCC) launch of the EU-XCEL European Virtual Accelerator on April 15th marked the start of a European-wide recruitment campaign seeking out talented aspiring entrepreneurs in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). This hunt for tech-savvy graduates offers the opportunity to participate in an innovative virtual accelerator programme, focused on finding entrepreneurs who are ready to … Continue reading Aspiring tech graduates wanted for pan-European start-up project

Irish education: What’s the score?

With studies giving contradictory conclusions on Ireland’s educational performance, questions remain about the quality of education at a time when the Irish economy needs to complement its return to growth with skilled jobs, writes Fergal Browne. At the recent Irish Economic Policy Conference 2015 in the Institute of Banking, work by Tony Fahey (UCD) entitled “Family and Fertility in Ireland: A Human Capital Perspective” highlighted both positive … Continue reading Irish education: What’s the score?

Why languages can make a difference to your career

The gradireland languages event, Wednesday, March 4th, is a great opportunity for those with two or more languages to meet some of Ireland’s best employers, writes Fergal Browne. The GRADchances language fair, in partnership with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), is Ireland’s only dedicated language careers event, bringing together over 20 of Ireland’s top employers with bilingual and multilingual graduates and students. In an increasingly global … Continue reading Why languages can make a difference to your career