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

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

How an apprenticeship can help you close the tech skills gap

Two technology apprenticeships (NFQ Level 6) started 2018, the most recent 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), are helping students to close the skills gap in the tech sector. The ICT Associate Professional Software Developer and ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer apprenticeships are … Continue reading How an apprenticeship can help you close the tech skills gap

How AHEAD graduate placements are working to bridge the disability employment gap

The WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme is run by AHEAD, (Association for Higher Education Access & Disability), an organisation that works to promote full access to further and higher education and the world of work for people with disabilities. There is almost a 30 percent employment gap between people with disabilities and those without according to the 2011 census.  The WAM programme is one way … Continue reading How AHEAD graduate placements are working to bridge the disability employment gap

Why postgraduate study abroad can be a viable, cost-effective, option

Once you finish your undergraduate degree it can be hard to figure out what to do next. There are so many options available, further study and travel being just two. Conor O’ Doherty, a DCU graduate, chose to combine those two options and set off to the Netherlands to pursue a postgrad degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). … Continue reading Why postgraduate study abroad can be a viable, cost-effective, option

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

What makes a good personal statement?

The Personal Statement is a vital part of the application process if you’re interested in pursuing postgraduate study. Students should not underestimate the importance of getting it right.Careers advisor and expert Roisin Traynor has some timely advice.      So what makes a good personal statement? From my experience, someone who shows genuine interest, has some work experience and can discuss and show proof of research such as a reading … Continue reading What makes a good personal statement?

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

A career in the travel retail industry

My name is Róisín. I am a Graduate Process Improvement Executive at ARI (Aer Rianta International), part of the daa group. I studied Global Business and Spanish at DCU. As part of the course I spent two years studying and working in Spain and carried out two internships during the four years. I am passionate about working in a global, dynamic and innovative environment so … Continue reading A career in the travel retail industry

6 Practical tips to deal with procrastination

Everyone has procrastinated at some point, putting off important tasks again and again. However when the “to do” list gets too long it can have an unfavourable impact when it comes to achieving goals and getting important work done. Don’t let procrastination stop you fulfilling your potential. Maybe now is the time to make that career change or the time to take up that course you have been planning to study. Take … Continue reading 6 Practical tips to deal with procrastination