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

5 Questions to ask a potential employer at the Graduate Careers Fair

The Graduate Careers 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 stands, so you can ask what life working with this companies is really like! These conversations are unbelievable opportunities for networking, and can help you decide on future career paths or give you that … Continue reading 5 Questions to ask a potential employer at the Graduate Careers Fair

US Grad Visa success stories and how you can write your own

Into its seventh year, USIT’s USA Grad Visa continues to be an exciting and often life changing opportunity for graduates in Ireland. Most recent graduates face uncertain times once they have finished their degrees, with a jobs market that’s increasingly competitive, coupled with rising accommodation costs and, of course, the attraction of travelling, living and working abroad. Plenty of grads, as a result, look at their options … Continue reading US Grad Visa success stories and how you can write your own

‘Events like GRADchances IT are vital,’ says graduate who landed Intel job

The team at gradireland are always delighted to hear feedback from students and graduates after our careers events, so you can imagine how happy we were when a student who attended the GRADchances IT got in touch to let our team know that he had landed a job with one of the world’s most influential IT companies. On the 28th January 2014, Waterford IT student Sohail Muhammad attended the GRADchances IT event … Continue reading ‘Events like GRADchances IT are vital,’ says graduate who landed Intel job

Broadening horizons: my experience as a gradireland brand ambassador

Work experience during college can be extremely beneficial to your CV and later career, but it’s important that you find the right role, that suits you and your abilities. You need to consider how much you can take on in addition to your studies, which should remain your priority, and also the likelihood of developing transferrable skills during your work experience. Two of the key … Continue reading Broadening horizons: my experience as a gradireland brand ambassador

A new face to guide you through the 2016 gradireland/postgradireland directory

It’s a hectic time here in gradireland, and this week the first two of our range of titles for 2016 have been sent off to the printers. Along with the 2016 Finance Sector Guide, we are very happy to send our 304 page, bigger and better, gradireland and postgradireland directory to print. To help you guide you through the various sections, whether it be job hunting tips, career … Continue reading A new face to guide you through the 2016 gradireland/postgradireland directory

UN intern story is a dramatic example, but the organisation should know better

When a story like that of David Hyde gains global coverage; a 22-year-old New Zealand graduate who said he had been living in a tent while on a United Nations internship, the long running debate about the merits of interning reignites. Unfortunately much of the debate around internships is framed through a lens of ‘black and white’ divisions. The debate is shaped around whether an internship is … Continue reading UN intern story is a dramatic example, but the organisation should know better

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

How to stay motivated at work this summer

Maybe you’re just starting out in your career, maybe you have just changed job or maybe you have just returned to the workplace; whichever it is, remaining focused, motivated and effective is of course central to obtaining your career ambitions. But it’s a reality that it is also very easy to lose focus, and become easily distracted and less productive, so here’s some helpful tips to … Continue reading How to stay motivated at work this summer

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?