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Virtual Careers Fairs – How to stand out to employers online

Our tips for before, during and after a virtual careers fair, from how to create an eye-catching event profile to how to talk to employers online.  Careers fairs are one of the most significant types of event held on university campuses each year, with many employers and hundreds of students in attendance. While face-to-face events of this size aren’t currently feasible due to the coronavirus and social … Continue reading Virtual Careers Fairs – How to stand out to employers online

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.

Top transferable skills you need to have

Every recent graduate is looking to gain an edge in the job market. There are many elements which can help you stand out such as learning a second language or doing an internship. These will stand out on a CV, but they can also be major undertakings. There are other ways to make yourself stand out from the crowd and be an attractive proposition for employers. Having key transferable skills … Continue reading Top transferable skills you need to have

The biggest skill gaps and how you can narrow them

Based on data collected in the annual Global skills gap report, communication is one of the main skills that employers think graduates lack. This data echoes research carried out by gradireland as part of the graduate salary and graduate recruitment trends survey which found that 46% of employers found graduates to be lacking when it came to that specific soft skill. Why is this the … Continue reading The biggest skill gaps and how you can narrow them

Presentation and communication skills

You need to be able to express yourself concisely to impress graduate recruiters, but you also need to be a good listener and be confident enough to ask questions. Communication is more of a package than an individual skill: Communication is not just what you say; it is also how you present yourself. Being able to phrase the right questions is an important skill. Not … Continue reading Presentation and communication skills

gradireland Podcast Changing Direction

How to make the most of your perfectionism to achieve your goals.

There are many people who would describe themselves as perfectionists to varying degrees. There are scales when it comes to perfectionism and although many people would cite being a perfectionist as a good quality or even a vital skill, it can be tiring to set high standards for yourself and others. How can you maximise your perfectionism without experiencing exhaustion, frustration or even low-confidence? The … Continue reading How to make the most of your perfectionism to achieve your goals.

How to find the right job for you

Sometimes it’s not just about whether you are the right person for the job but also whether the job is the right one for you. Here’s what to look out for as you consider your options and start to figure out what you want to do when you graduate. When you’re trying to choose the right graduate career, you can either start by looking at … Continue reading How to find the right job for you

gradireland National Student Challenge Winner 2019

Reflecting on becoming the 2019 gradireland National Student Challenge Champion, Conor Galvin talked to gradireland about the day, the challenges and his own career journey. “I was definitely surprised, to be honest I didn’t think that there would be a possibility of me actually winning the competition. When I heard my name, it was quite overwhelming.” The National Student Challenge pitted 60 of Ireland’s top … Continue reading gradireland National Student Challenge Winner 2019

The graduate job hunt: Where to start and how to find the career for you

The hardest part of any task is the beginning and when it comes to deciding on a career it’s a minefield. We’re here to help you get over the anxiety of beginning the graduate job hunt by laying out exactly where to start. Knowing you need to make a big decision can have a paralysing effect for some. If you’ve left it late, are beginning … Continue reading The graduate job hunt: Where to start and how to find the career for you

How to make the most of your internship opportunity.

Hear from those in the know as well as industry experts on how to make your internship memorable for you and your employer. Congratulations, you’ve got the internship you wanted. Now comes the hard part. It’s one thing to be professional and to do what is expected of you by your managers and supervisors. But it’s another to go beyond that. The ones who go … Continue reading How to make the most of your internship opportunity.