The gradireland Graduate Careers Fair is Ireland’s biggest careers fair. Specifically for students and graduates, this event is your chance to meet over 120 employers, course providers, careers advisers and more and to find out about the opportunities they have for you. There was over 3,000 live graduate jobs on offer from the employers in the RDS on the day, both in Ireland and overseas, as well as internships, graduate training programmes and the chance to explore your further study options.
The graduate jobs market is difficult, but not impossible to access, so give yourself the best opportunity to engage with potential employers by attending the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair at the RDS in Dublin on Wednesday 8 October. It’s an amazing opportunity for students to meet employers, course providers, careers advisers and more, all under one roof on one day. Make sure you register for FREE entry and come to the RDS – it could be the best decision you ever make!
The gradireland Graduate Careers Fair is for students from ANY DISCIPLINES! Make the most of your day and plan!
- What exhibitors will you speak to?
- What seminars will you attend?
- Print your CV and have it reviewed at the CV clinic.
- Register for FREE today to attend!
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130 stands • 6,500 students • interview facilities • company presentations
- Meet thousands of career-minded students in one place. Over 6,500 undergraduates, graduates and young professionals expected on the day.
- An extnesive range of graduate employers, postgraduate course providers, professional bodies and volunteer organisations.
- Extensively promoted to the gradireland.com database of registered students and by careers services on campuses nationwide to maximise student participation.
- Unique sector-based ﬂoor plan.
- Expert CV clinics and extensive range of seminars ensure all-day attendance from students seeking both careers advice and jobs.
- The ofﬁcial national graduate careers fair in Ireland.
There are a huge range of stand options available, to suit all budgets. However, stand positions are booked up very early so we would encourage you to contact your account manager to reserve your stand location at the earliest available opportunity.
The ﬂoorplan is split into specialist zones which help direct students within the hall. Each fair also features Jobs Walls throughout the hall.These display live opportunities for students which they can apply to directly.This is a key factor in driving student attendance and carefully positioned to ensure consistent footfall around the hall.
This is crucial to drive relevant and prepared students to your stand and create awareness of your unique graduate offering. Options include targeted emails to the gradireland talent pool, advertising in the pre-fair magazine and on the event web pages, and banner/MPU campaigns on gradireland.com.
gradireland event magazine
- 15,000 copies distributed three weeks before the fair to all campuses in Ireland.
- Reaches all students, including those unable to attend.
At the event it is also important to stand out. Options here include advertising in the event programme, inserting promotional material in the attendee goody-bags, and having drop-down banners around the hall.
gradireland Graduate Careers fair programme
- Given to all attendees at the fair – their essential guide.
- Free listing for all exhibitors.
- Take a display advertisement to stand out.
Post-fair is often a great opportunity to reinforce impressions made at careers fairs. Send a targeted email to attendees following up with additional information and links.
To book a stand or to discuss options, please contact gradireland
T +353 (0)1 6451500
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Confirmed exhibitors for the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair 2014:
In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 11 sites. Abbott has six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and commercial support operations in Westport, Sligo and Dublin. Abbott has operated in Ireland since 1946. Visit Abbott at www.abbott.ie or Twitter at
T +353 (0)71 915 2344
T +353 (0)1 4475678
Bring your talent and passion to a global organisation at the forefront of business, technology and innovation. Collaborate with diverse, talented colleagues and leaders who support your success. Help transform organisations and communities around the world. Sharpen your skills through industry-leading training and development, as you build an extraordinary career. Discover how great you can be.
T +353 (0)1 646 2000
AHEAD - Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, runs the WAM Programme which offers graduates with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health difficulties the opportunity to undertake a 6 month, fully paid and mentored work placements with high profile employers such as the Civil Service, Dell, ESB, Abbott Vascular and many more. We have a range of roles available which come on stream throughout the year.
T +353 (0)87 3909 170
Aldi Stores Limited
T +353 (0)25 52900
Bank of Ireland
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Whether you are looking for full or part-time study, Cardiff Metropolitan University is an excellent choice for postgraduate and research study. We pride ourselves on having a strong reputation in applied research and active engagement with business and industry and can offer you first-class taught courses and unique research opportunities across our five academic schools. www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/postgraduate
Chartered Accountants Ireland
CPA Ireland Skill net
CPA Ireland is a leading professional accountancy body serving 5000 members and students. CPAs operate in every sector of business and work in amazingly diverse roles from managing partners in auditing firms to Chief Executives and Chief Financial Officers of large corporate concerns and entrepreneurs. Internationally CPA is a truly portable qualification with CPAs in leadership positions right around the globe. At last count CPAs were working in 40 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the Cayman Islands!
T +353 (0)1 4251000
Cpl Resources plc. is a provider of recruitment, staffing and outsourcing services operating throughout Ireland and across 8 European countries. Our business is based on matching the capabilities of our candidates and employees with the needs of our clients, throughout numerous sectors such as Technology, Social Media, Finance and Pharmaceuticals.
T +353 (0)1 6146000
Crowe Horwath is a leading Chartered Accountancy and Business Advisory practice in Ireland. We offer excellent training in conventional financial and accounting services as well as progressive niche areas. We welcome applications from business graduates and postgraduates (honours degree) to train as Chartered Accountants. Online application available on www.crowehorwath.ie
T +353 (0)1 448 2200
Cut-e Ireland & UK Ltd
Department of the Taoiseach
Department for Education
Why not use your degree to start training for a career you can be proud of? More people with a 2:1 than ever before are training to be teachers. There’s a range of great training options. You could receive a substantial tax-free bursary while training. Employment and career progression prospects are excellent.
Edge Hill University
Close to the vibrant city of Liverpool with regular scheduled flights from Belfast, Dublin, Shannon, Knock and Derry, Edge Hill University stands for both academic and professional excellence, for PGCE’s, Masters or Professional Development.
T +44 (0)1695 657000
Embassy of France in Ireland
T +353 (0)1 708 83 00
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a business that’s grown into the largest car rental company in the world with an annual turnover of $16.4 billion. Currently we have over 200 employees and 30 offices located throughout Ireland. Our Graduate Management Trainee programme provides training in everything from sales, marketing and customer service to operations and finance, so you can make crucial business decisions and reap the rewards.
Ericsson currently employ more than 1,400 people across Research and Development, Global Services and Sales in two geographical locations, Dublin and Athlone. Graduate opportunities are in the area of Software Development, R&D, Network Engineering, Technical Training and Consultancy. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong technical qualification.
FDM Group Ltd
T +44 (0)207 256 3570
T +353 (0)56 7772200
Glass, Lewis Europe Ltd
GLEN Diversity Champions
Griffith College Dublin
T +353 (0)1 4150 400
Hibernia College, Ireland’s only accredited online college is a specialist in providing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The college is based in Ireland and the UK with offices in Westport, Dublin, and London with students located in 76 countries. Among the college’s most popular programmes are their University of London degrees in business, management and computing and their post-graduate teaching diplomas. Hibernia College is now the largest provider of qualified school teachers in the country.
T +353 (0)1 661 0168
It is our people who make IBM special. We ask for a great deal, but in return we provide outstanding opportunities and a career that will stand out in both its diversity and challenge. You can look forward to exceptional development and training, early opportunities to take on responsibilities and the chance to work with and learn from some of the best.
Each year we recruit up to 100 positions for Project Managers across the island from within the engineering, technology, science, sales and marketing disciplines. You will receive a fast track career opportunity whilst receiving an attractive salary and obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma from a leading institute on the island.
T +44 (0) 28 3083 4154
International Schools of Choueifat UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain
SABIS® is a global education network that is being successfully implemented in 15 countries educating over 65000 students. We are looking for university graduates from all disciplines to teach primary and secondary school particularly in and around the Dubai area. Teaching diploma not essential. Some immediate vacancies available. Interviews in Ireland early 2015 for August 2015 start.
Sean Cooney, Recruitment Director
T +97 165 582717
Irish Distillers Ltd
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard offer two distinct graduate programmes. The Jameson International Brand Ambassador Programme for business, marketing or language graduates and the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme for Food Science and Process and Chemical Engineering graduates. Both programmes offer the opportunity to work for one of the world’s most iconic drinks brands and the world’s fastest growing international whiskey brand. Apply today and discover THE VITAL INGREDIENT for your career.
Irish Taxation Institute
T +353 (0)1 663 1700
KPMG is a leading provider of professional services in Ireland. Our firm has 78 partners and over 1,700 people in offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. At KPMG, we are looking to recruit 280+ graduates with the drive and determination to succeed in a fast-moving business environment. All of our trainees pursue the ACA qualification while training in our Audit, Tax, and Advisory practices.
T +353 (0)1 410 1000
T +353 (0)45 853 450
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a leading global management consultancy firm. Our goal is to provide distinctive and lasting improvements to our clients, ranging from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms, whilst creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people. We recruit graduates from all degree disciplines into our 104 offices in over 50 countries, including Dublin and London.
T +353 (0)21 452 2100
Public Appointments Service
RSM Farrell Grant Sparks
Smith & Williamson
Succeed With your Future Opportunities = excellent career prospects for motivated individuals Firm support = dynamic team in an exceptional working environment Client exposure = large OMB’s in a wide range of industries We’re so much more than numbers...
T +353 (0)1 6142500
Smyths Toys is a leading toy retailer with over 70 stores throughout Ireland and the UK with plans for further expansion. Current Vacancies include: •Graduate Programme 2015 •Duty Managers
SQS is a professional IT consultancy and is the accepted global market leader and Ireland’s leading provider of independent software quality solutions. SQS offers a consultancy lifestyle and the opportunity to be part of a global team, to work with diverse clients across various industries and to contribute to exciting unique projects.
T +353 (0)1 670 9916
The Undergraduate Awards
T +353 (0)1 5432066
Imagine being one of the people who convinced the world a supermarket could sell clothing, mobile phones, or even car insurance... As a graduate with us, we can offer you the chance to fast-track your career through Tesco and support you to get wherever you want to be. Soon you’ll be taking your place among the leaders and strategists who shape our future. We’re expanding all over the world, going from strength to strength. And we want to take you with us.
T +353 (0)87 173 3812
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
UCD Smurfit School is Ireland’s leading business school, offering a wide range of business masters for business and non-business graduates. UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish school and one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold triple international accreditation (US - AACSB, European - EQUIS and UK - AMBA) and is also the only Irish member of the leading business school alliances CEMS and the Global Network for Advanced Management.
T +353 (0)1 716 8885/4302/8058/8934
University of Birmingham
T +44 (0)121 414 5005
University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich is one of London’s leading Universities. We offer a variety of subjects from accountancy to science and architecture to sociology. Recent league tables have seen the University of Greenwich voted top in the country for student satisfaction in a variety of subjects including economics, civil engineering and mathematics. Come and speak to our representatives at our stand.
Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider with over 2.33 million mobile and fixed subscribers. We employ approximately 1200 people. We are a vibrant and dynamic company devoted to using, developing and promoting state of the art technologies. We are currently looking to recruit a number of lucky graduates to join us in September 2015 for an 18 month placement. The lucky graduates will have the opportunity to work on three project rotations across the business working alongside Senior Managers in this progressive sector.
T +353 (0)870 661 199
Seminar timetable 2014
Brilliant careers guidance and advice for everyone, regardless of your year of study, the subject you are studying or the sector you want to work in. The seminar list is updated regularly please check
To make the most of your day:
- Decide what exhibitors will you speak to.
- Choose what seminars will you attend, remember that places are limited!
- Check out the jobs walls - then apply for the jobs on gradireland.com
- Print your CV and have it reviewed at the CV clinic.
- Register for FREE today to attend!
12.30 - 1.30
Managing those nerves! Practical ways of boosting Self-Confidence at an Interview.
presented by James Sweetman
Most of us, if we are honest, would like to feel more confident in at least some situations. At an interview, because you are emotionally invested in the outcome, feelings of self-doubt and nervousness are heightened. This seminar will show you how you can proactively manage your nerves and communicate with confidence at an interview.
As a result of attending this seminar you will –
- Learn practical strategies for boosting self-confidence.
- Discover that nervousness and anxiousness are symptoms; the root cause is not feeling in control.
- Learn how you can feel more in control going into an interview (including ways to control your response to the uncontrollable!)
- The role of body language and how to wear the ‘uniform of confidence.’
Mr. James Sweetman Biography
James Sweetman is a leading Business & Personal Coach, Trainer & Author. In addition to his successful Personal & Interview Skills Coaching practice, he regularly facilitates workshops on topics such as Leadership, Motivation, Confidence & Assertiveness Skills, Communication & Presentation Skills, Time Management and Personal Branding.
James is a sought after speaker both in Ireland and overseas. He is the author of four books including ‘Soar – Powerful Questions that will transform your life’ and the ebook ‘How to excel at Interviews.’ He writes for several magazines and his monthly personal development ezine, Next Steps, is read by thousands of subscribers in over thirty countries.
James’ ability to inspire audiences comes from his unique blend of professionalism, insight and humour. This teamed with the directness and honesty that his subjects requires, has resulted in an impressive client list.
12.30 - 1.00
Insight into teacher training in the UK
presented by Edge Hill University, Liverpool
Thinking about going to the UK to train to become a teacher? This seminar will provide you with key information such as available funding, important dates, useful hints and the application process. This seminar is a comprehensive guide to Teacher Training in the UK including Qualification Requirements, The GTTR process, Making a strong application with a focus on the Personal Statement, Fees and Bursaries, and The PGCE Interview.
12.30 - 1.00
Conversion Courses: invest in your future and enhance your job prospects
presented by Dave Kilmartin, DIT.
Worried that you're unprepared for the job you want? A postgraduate conversion course could be a valuable investment in your future. Conversion courses allow you to explore a vocational field and enhance your job prospects. Alternatively, if you've already started working, they can help you make that career change.
1.30 - 2.30
Networking. Why / Who / How?
presented by Rown Manahan
We all hear that networking is vital for job-hunts (and also for managing your long term career). Rowan will break down the process into clear and simple tactics, on which you can take action straight away - simple clear approaches that will make the difference for your hunt in these 'interesting' times.
You can find Rowan on RowanManahan.com and @Rowan_Manahan
1.30 - 2.00
A career in Law
presented by A&L Goodbody
2.30 - 3.00
How to get hired in social media
presented by Holly Fawcett, Digital Marketing Manager, Social Talent
Social media is where all the cool people hang out, and having a job in social media will make you even more cool. Fact. Social media people wear cooler clothes, are "early adopters" and will defend their side to the death in the polarising iOS v Android debacle. Social media people work in cool environments and funky offices, and have cool perks like free beer on Fridays and being paid to be on Facebook and Twitter all day. Pretty awesome, right?
Working in social media isn't just about being all over Facebook or the latest meme on Buzzfeed. You don't have to be a coder or a web developer to have a job in it. In fact, you don't even have to have any formal training or qualifications to work in this field (although it helps) because by the time you've earned a qualification in it, it's out of date. Social media changes about every 8 seconds. A new "next Facebook" network is born every 3 days, and just you wait until next year when the world moves to Google+.
Landing a job in social media presents a few challenges - as a social-network savvy generation, we know how to use different social media platforms, but that doesn't necessarily translate into meeting business objectives (snooze). Another challenge for grads is that you're inexperienced, and there are far too many JobBridge "internships" in social media for it to be a good thing.
What Holly will show you is how to create a niche for yourself, give you a reality check of what it means to work in social media (it's glamorous approximately 78% of the time, but then there's that one time when you sent a culturally inappropriate tweet from a huge corporate account and your world feels like it's crashing down) and what kind of career you can expect to lead from working within this exciting and ever-changing business function of marketing communications.
Holly Fawcett is the digital marketing manager for Social Talent, a recruitment training firm based in Dublin. Holly began her career as a retail manager almost 10 years ago, but eventually went back to college to study marketing part time. In 2011, Holly joined Social Talent as employee number 2 and the cowpoke/intern, whose job was to do everything from social media strategies and community management, to all administration work and reception duties. Social Talent have thankfully grown to have 8 employees now, working with clients like Twitter, Oracle, Accenture, Deloitte, CERN, eBay PayPal, Intel and Salesforce, in over 40 countries. As a company, Social Talent have never once advertised offline. Their entire growth has been digital-led through online promotion and social media.
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Use the Jobs Walls
There was several Jobs Walls within the hall at the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair, including one especially for companies hiring graduates from any discipline, as well as more specialist Jobs Walls relevant to specific sectors. These will have live graduate schemes and opportunities listed, so bring a notepad and pen or use your phone and take a photo of any that you are interested in applying to – then go home, find the job, internship or graduate programme on gradireland.com and start making applications!
Bring your CV
Many employers are happy to receive CVs at careers fairs. In addition, at the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair we will be running a specialist CV Clinic, hosted by careers advisers from your University providing 50 hours of specialist advice, at which you can have your CV reviewed. However, a word of caution – the CV Clinic has a limited number of slots and gets booked up very quickly, so get there early to book your appointment and don’t expect the advisers to write your CV for you – they are there to review and advise but you’ll have to do the hard work first yourself!
Make sure you have researched the exhibitors who are attending and decide beforehand which ones you would like to talk to. Think of questions which might not be answered already in brochures or on their websites, see below for some examples you might consider. Many exhibitors bring recent graduates now working in their business to their stands, so ask them what life is really like in that company. And make sure you attend one or more of the specialist careers seminars – they are designed to give you the edge when it comes to applications and interviews!
SME or Multinational? Home or abroad?
The gradireland Graduate Careers Fair is unique in the diverse range of employers who attend. We have the biggest and best graduate programmes that the multinationals can offer, with bespoke training programmes, opportunities for international placements and the prospect of high-powered careers that go with them. However we also know that a career in a multinational or large national organisation is not for everyone, so we have a specialist SME zone where you can meet smaller, dynamic indigenous companies and start-ups and explore the opportunities that they might have for you. We also have specialist careers seminars on entrepreneurship, careers in the creative arts and more.
5 questions to ask a potential employer
The gradireland 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 stand, so you can ask them what life inside these companies is really like!
These conversations are unbelievable opportunities for networking, and can help you decide on future career paths or give you that nugget of ‘insider information’ that can help you through the application and interview process and ensure that you beat the competition to land your perfect graduate job.
QUESTION 1: How many graduates do you take on each year and do you employ graduates from courses like mine?
This question helps determine whether or not it is worth asking the next questions! It’s important to ascertain that an employer is hiring, or, that they will be doing so in the not too-distant future. Equally it’s good to know if the employer has successfully hired graduates with a similar background to you – this question can get the conversation off on a positive foot, or end it nice and early! If the answer is no but you are keen to work for that employer or in that sector, ask about any conversion courses that you might take that they have successfully hired from.
QUESTION 2: What are the most important competencies you look for in graduates during the selection process?
All employers have criteria they look for when hiring. Some are quite defined, others relate to that elusive ‘fit’. Discover the answers to this question and, if you decide to apply, present your application in a way which showcases your corresponding attributes.
QUESTION 3: What will my first year in your organisation be like?
This question allows the recruiter to talk about your induction, training and development, opportunities for travel, and any promotion opportunities for high performing graduates. gradireland research has shown that these are the most significant factors for students and graduates when considering which employer they would most like to work for.
QUESTION 4: Tell me the single most important thing you would advise any graduate considering applying for a role with your organisation to do!
Not strictly a question, but if you can get the answer then you have the inside track which could give you that all-important edge over your competition throughout the selection process.
QUESTION 5: Do you have internship programmes and how can I get on them?
gradireland research shows that over 87% of graduate recruiters run internship programmes, and that the recruiters themselves see completing a relevant internship as the single most useful thing a graduate can do to improve their employability. A great way to find out about a company, a sector of work, and of course to land a graduate job further down the line.
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Wednesday 8 October 2014
11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Where the event was
Simmonscourt (Hall 8)
Royal Dublin Showgrounds (RDS), Dublin 4
The RDS is located approx 3 kilometres from Dublin City in the heart of Ballsbridge. The Showgrounds are approximately 10 minutes' walk from the Sandymount and Lansdowne Road suburban rail (DART) stations. Bus numbers 4, 4a, 7, 7a, 8 from the city centre stop outside the RDS at the Merrion Road entrance. The venue is surrounded by Merrion Road, Simmonscourt Road and Anglesea Road and is serviced by car parking spaces for over 2,000 cars plus drop off points for taxis and coaches. The venue is less than 15 minutes walk from five of Dublin's top hotels. For further information visit www.rds.ie.
Heuston Train Station (6km to RDS; Taxi/Bus 25 min)
Connolly Train Station (4km to RDS; Taxi/Bus/DART 20 min)
Busarus Bus Station (4km to RDS; Taxi/Bus/DART 20 min)
Accommodation and local information
For more information on accommodation and what else is happening in Dublin around the time of the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair, please go to www.visitdublin.com