Just graduated? Not sure what your options are?
The annual Summer Fair is the perfect opportunity to explore the next steps in your career or education. There will be plenty of employers on hand promoting opportunities with their companies for students and graduates, as well as a large number of course providers discussing further study options. Get the date in your diary and don't miss out! Wednesday 10 June, in the RDS, Dublin
What to expect at the fair
- gradireland jobs wall with thousands of live graduate jobs and internships
- Loads of further study providers from Ireland and abroad - see the exhibitor list for details
- Professional CV advice from the Association of Higher Education Careers Services
- A range of FREE seminars
- and more....
About the fair
The gradireland Summer Fair is the official all-Ireland summer graduate careers options event, organised by GTI Ireland in association with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, and held in central Dublin. The event is supported by all university careers services in Ireland, north and south. The fair is designed to encapsulate all the options available to students; so whether your organisation is recruiting graduates, promoting postgraduate or up-skilling courses, or you have opportunities to work or volunteer overseas this is an event not to be missed!
Where and when?
The gradireland Summer Fair will take place in the Serpentine Hall (Hall 3), RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 10 June.
Benefits for you
- meet motivated students and graduates
- showcase post-graduate opportunities
- recruit for immediate vacancies
- reinforce your links with careers services
- excellent way to raise awareness of your brand.
For more information or to book a stand please contact gradireland on +353 (0)1 645 1500 for details.
Confirmed exhibitors with many more to be added.
Click here to register for free entry.
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
Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University is a traditional, research-led institution and consistently voted one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction. Postgraduate opportunities are offered at all 17 departments, which have been highly graded for their research and teaching. Aberystwyth, set in beautiful mid Wales, provides a safe and friendly place to study.
Postgraduate Admissions Office, Aberystwyth SY23 3FB
T +44 (0)1970 622270
ABP Food Group
ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading food processors, operating in beef, proteins, renewables, pet foods and convenience foods. With over 8,000 employees ABP has 35 sites throughout Europe including six in Ireland. The ABP Graduate Programme offers a unique experience for trainees. Through formal training schemes and mentoring, graduate trainees develop to become valuable assets for ABP Food Group. Graduate intakes have unparalleled opportunities to work with senior management and, as part of a team on different projects while receiving high quality training and development.
T+353 (0)41 6850200
Brightwater is Ireland’s leading recruitment consultancy, with a client base consisting of most of the world’s biggest brands. Working at Brightwater is like running your own business – full of responsibility, control and unlimited opportunities! You will receive exceptional training, limitless commission possibilities and a fun, friendly environment where no two days are alike.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church is a modern, multi-campus university and is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the public services – notably teacher training, nursing, policing and health. We provide outstanding teacher education programmes, for professionals in all sectors of education and at all stages of their careers.
T+44 (0)1227 767700
CIMA, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants offering the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business. CIMA trains students to focus on the future of the business and have a fundamental understanding of all aspects of business, having studied enterprise, performance and financial strategies.
The CIMA qualification gives you a competitive edge to succeed in business. Find out more: www.cimaglobal.com/findoutmore
5th Floor, Block E, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 643 0400
Cpl is a recognised leader in specialist recruitment, staffing, managed services and outsourcing, employing 550 people permanently across 36 offices in 9 different countries. Last year, Cpl placed over 22,000 people in jobs and employed over 9,000 people onsite in our clients. Cpl Group recruits in a wide range of areas including Finance, IT, Sales, Marketing, Retail, Engineering, Science, Medical, Light industrial, HR and Health Care appointments.
83 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Edge Hill University, Liverpool
Edge Hill University near Liverpool is a unique and vibrant place to study. Proudly awarded ‘University of the Year’ by the Times Higher 2014 and 95.3% of our graduates in graduate employment within six months, you are sure of an unrivalled higher education experience. We offer employment led programmes across Postgraduate Teacher Training (PGCE) in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education as well as a wide variety of Taught Masters courses, including MA, MSc, MRes, MPhil and PhD. A variety of bursaries and scholarships are available of up to £25,000. Come and chat to us at our stand to find out more.’
St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Liverpool, L39 4QP
T +44 (0)1695 657000
Ericsson is the fifth largest Software Development company in the world. We are an ICT company driving towards the “Networked Society” – connecting EVERYONE and EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE in real time. We are looking for highly motivated Graduates to join us
At EY you can go further, faster. You’ll learn from the experts while working directly with clients. We invest heavily in our graduates from day one – giving you world-class training and many opportunities to hone your strengths. Our programme is open to graduates of any discipline from all universities and colleges, both Irish and international. You’ll work with some of the best clients in the most globally integrated organisation of the ‘Big 4’ professional service firms.
Harcourt Centre, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 475 0555
FDM Group Ltd
FDM is Britain's largest listed IT services provider and the UK's leading IT graduate employer. We have launched the IT and business careers of thousands of graduates in the UK and Ireland on our award-winning Graduate Programme. Come and meet us to find out how we can kick-start your career!
T +44 (0)207 256 3570
Graduating was a great accomplishment. Now you’re ready for a career. An opportunity to leverage what you’ve learned and make a real impact. Welcome to HP. Where creativity is the norm, not the exception. Where we’ll value your fresh perspective and challenge you to keep on growing. Bring your enthusiasm and your desire to make the world better.
IBAT College Dublin
IBAT College Dublin is Ireland’s leading industry focused third level institution embracing innovation and new models of education to enable students and graduates to become leaders in the business world. Combining state of the art facilities for postgraduate education (including an MBA debating chamber) with extensive high speed information and learning services, a postgraduate programme from IBAT College Dublin will help you to realise your full potential.
IBAT College Dublin, 16–19 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 807 5055
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.
ICT Ireland Ericsson Masters Programme
Ericsson and ICT Ireland offer a one-year full-time MSc in Applied Software Technology - free to students – which guarantees a job as Software Engineer on satisfactory completion. It includes a paid Internship and a Bursary while studying. Course starts at DIT in July and AIT in September, 2015.
Innopharma Labs is an education, research and technology solutions provider to the pharmaceutical, medical device and food sectors. They currently deliver programmes from level 6 to level 9 (MSc), up-skilling learners transitioning to roles within the pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturing sectors in Ireland. 311 Q House, 76 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18
T+353 (0)1 485 3346
Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
The accountancy profession continues to perform well in terms of employment opportunities, salary prospects and the potential to work overseas. Those seeking a challenging but secure career are increasingly opting for a professional qualification like that offered by CPA Ireland, knowing it is held in very high regard by employers both at home and abroad. CPAs can be found in every sector from healthcare, financial services, IT, education, tech and gaming. And they are not simply crunching numbers either – holding diverse roles at senior management level from managing partners to chief financial officers, chief executives and entrepreneurs. When you become a CPA, you immediately join a global network. CPA is the most recognised designation in the world. How do I become a ‘CPA’?
There are three main routes to entry, with exemptions available to those with appropriate qualifications. To qualify, students must complete a maximum of four levels of examinations and a minimum of three years relevant supervised training.
T +353 (0)1 4251000
Create your own career and join Intel as a Graduate Process Technician. This is a 23 month programme open to 2013, 2014 and 2015 graduates from a wide range of engineering & science disciplines. For more info take a look at www.intel.com/jobs/irelandgrads. For all grad opportunities check out website below #yourewhatsnext
InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme Each year we recruit up to 60 positions for Project Managers from within the engineering, technology and science disciplines. As an InterTradeIreland Graduate you can be confident that you’ll receive a fast track career opportunity, an attractive salary and a fully funded Post Graduate Diploma in Business & Management from QUB. Many of our graduates now hold key senior positions in the companies they have worked with.
T +44 (0) 28 3083 4154
Irish Taxation Institute
The Irish Tax Institute is the leading representative and educational body for Ireland’s AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and is the only professional body exclusively dedicated to tax.
Our AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is the gold standard in tax and the international mark of excellence in tax advice.
T (Office) +353 (0)1 6631700
T (Direct) +353 (0)1 6631718
Kimmage Development Studies Centre
MA in Development Studies
Kimmage Development Studies Centre offers a range of academic courses both at our campus in Dublin and through distance learning options. Engage with the contemporary challenges facing international development and the issues affecting people around the world including poverty, global governance, human rights, inequality, social movements and climate change.
The Lidl Graduate Programme is a feast of experiences and opportunities. Discover a new world of professional learning and early responsibility. Find out what happens backstage in a renowned global retailer and learn about us, the business and about yourself. The programme will fly by in a heartbeat and in years to come you’ll be able to say ‘I was there’.
T+353-(0)45 853 450
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Marino Institute of Education
Educators change people’s lives for the better. They help people learn, gain new skills, and enrich their appreciation and awareness of the world around them. Whether you want to educate students in further education, in primary education, in early childhood education or in informal education, Marino Institute of Education (MIE) has the course for you. If you’re already an educator, MIE offers masters programmes in intercultural education, early childhood education, and leadership in education to help you advance your career in the field of education
Marino Institute of Education Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 Ireland
T +353 1 805 7700
National Institute of Bioprocessing, research & training
Do you wish to work in the biopharma industry?
NIBRT is providing free, part-time, accredited training programmes for jobseekers. The programmes are supported by leading companies including Alexion, Allergan, Amgen, BioMarin, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eurofins Lancaster Labs, IDA, Lilly, Merck Sharp Dohme, NexVet, Pfizer, PharmaChemical Ireland, PPD and Regeneron. Courses start in
September 2015, see www.nibrt.ie/springboard for further information.
Fosters Avenue, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
T+353 1 215 8100
At National Pen we strive to be the worldwide leader in providing high value promotional products for businesses and professionals.
With a workforce from over 30 different countries with 18 working languages, we provide a very diverse and multi-cultural environment in which to work with ongoing training to provide you with the tools to be successful.
T 042 938 85 00
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is located on a historic and beautiful campus in County Kildare. With over 700 students enrolled on its academic programmes, its students share a thriving campus and world-class facilities with its larger academic partner institution, Maynooth University. The Faculty’s own postgraduate section offers postgraduate qualifications from Higher Diploma to Doctoral level.
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
T +353 (0)1 708 3600
The Open University in Ireland
Open University postgraduate study can fit around your life.
Gain a highly respected postgraduate qualification with the Open University without putting everything else on hold to achieve it. We are experts at combining flexibility with quality, so everything about learning with us is designed with convenience in mind. www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/atoz
Holbrook House, Holles Street, off Merrion Square North, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 678 5399
Queen’s University Belfast
A leader in innovation and education, Queen’s University Belfast is a world-class centre of academic excellence rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland. A member of the Russell Group of 20 leading United Kingdom universities, Queen’s offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT7 1NN
T +44 (0)28/48 9097 2585
30 North Wall Quay, North Wall, Dublin 1
T (01) 670 9916
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
St Mary’s University is based in South West London with all the advantages of a great London location with the peace and tranquillity of a beautiful campus. We offer Primary and Secondary courses. We look forward to meeting with you to show you what St Mary’s can offer.
St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4SX
University of Salford
Salford is an ambitious forward looking University with opportunities in areas such as health, science, engineering, the built environment, arts, design, media, law and business. Our new campus in MediaCityUK is next to the BBC and alongside creative and digital industries. We are an international community, with students and staff from more than 100 countries. We offer strong student support and a lifestyle enhanced by the great city of Manchester, minutes from our main campus.
The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT, United Kingdom
T+44 (0)161 295 4545
USIT - Work Visa Specialists
USIT is Ireland's leading travel company specialising in a range of work opportunities abroad. These include 1 & 2 year Work programmes to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong as well as a Recruitment division with jobs in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, China & Thailand.
We also offer volunteer programmes, flights, insurance, adventure tours, accommodation, Interrail passes, discount cards and much more.
If you are looking for a Graduate work abroad programme, please visit us at the USIT stand and talk to one of our experienced agents who will present all the options available to you.
USIT 19/21 Aston Quay Dublin 2
Graduate USA Work Programme Enquires
Email us your CV today
T 01 602 1747
The seminars so far, with many more to be announced!
Clyde Room A
12:30 - 13:30
Teacher training in the UK
Presented by Rachael Farley, Edgehill University
The seminar covers all areas relating Postgraduate Teacher Training in the UK including:
- Entry Requirements
- Skills Tests
- Making a Strong Application
- How to make yourself stand out from other candidates
- The Interview
- Life as a Teacher
Rachael Farley is the Postgraduate and EU Recruitment Manager for Edge Hill University near to Liverpool. She has worked for the University for over 11 years and has had the privilege to witness its tremendous growth and expansion and in particular gaining University Status and shortlisted for the Times Higher University of the year on four occasions. Having completed a BA Hons Degree in Applied Social Sciences, Rachael began her careers and a Course Advice and Guidance Officer before progressing to Postgraduate and EU Recruitment. Despite a busy working life, Rachael has undertaken a large home improvement project with her partner and now spends all of her time decorating and reading DIY manuals.
13:30 - 14:30
A career in Tax
Presented by Cáit Monagher, Irish Tax Institute
A career in tax creates opportunities – the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of financial transactions, the opportunity to work in a wide variety of sectors, the opportunity to work in Ireland and abroad. The key to a successful career in tax, is the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification from the Irish Tax Institute. This seminar will cover the diverse opportunities that are available to those interested in a career in tax and the qualification itself including entry requirements and exemptions. As an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) herself, with over 12 years in practice, Cáit will be able to give you an insight into what it’s really like “on the ground” in a career in tax.
Cáit Monagher is an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), and is a tax manager at the Irish Tax Institute. Prior to this, Cáit worked in practice, both with a small boutique tax practice and a “Big 4” firm for over 12 years, advising high net worth individuals on their tax affairs, specialising in succession planning and retirement planning.
15:30 - 16:30
Presented by Laura Jordan, Fashion Stylist, Image Consultant and Owner of StyleSavvy.ie.
This seminar allows students entering the world of business to understand and create an Effective Working Wardrobe.
It will include
- The Difference Between Image and Style
- Determining Your Workplace Dress Code
- Interview Style
- Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for Work
- Maximising your Outfits while Minimising your Spend
Laura Jordan is a Fashion Stylist, Image Consultant and Owner of StyleSavvy.ie. Having developed StyleSavvy.ie to a full-service style consultancy, Laura offers individual consultations, small-group workshops and large-scale events through her range of eight StyleSuites. Specialising in Corporate Dressing and Workwear Wardrobes, Laura’s popular ‘StyleWorks’ seminar features a comprehensive guide to Interview Style. Working with both established corporations and recent graduates, she addresses Workplace Image with smart, realistic and price-conscious advice. Laura balances her event presentations in the corporate and charity sectors with fashion styling for client appearances and photoshoots. She also runs a successful blog on her website www.stylesavvy.ie.
Clyde Room B
11:30 - 12:30
Presented by Angela Collins, WIT
Hints and Tips on How to write a personal statement that catapults you on to your chosen course. Universities and IOTs get lots of Personal Statements every year. How can you make sure that yours makes an impact? Come along to the presentation and you will get some good hints and tips.
Angela Collins is the Head of Careers and Careers Advisor at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is enthusiastic about working with undergraduate and graduate students to help discover their passions and assist them in developing their career, academic and personal goals. She enjoys interacting with students of many backgrounds and perspectives. Angela is an active member of AHECS and has served on a number of, committees and working groups over the years.
13:30 pm - 14:30 pm
From Complete Meltdown to Getting It Together - How to Navigate your Quarter Life Crisis
Presented by Paula Coogan, The Quarter Life Coach
In this seminar, you will learn:
- The common triggers and symptoms of 'meltdown mode'
- What's really at the core of a Quarter Life Crisis
- The two questions you are asking yourself that are keeping you STUCK in a rut
- The 3 things you NEED to know to move forwards
- I will share with you exactly what steps you need to take to start making real progress in your life!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Paula Coogan is The Quarter Life Coach, Ireland's leading expert on The Quarter Life Crisis. Over the past 5 years, she has worked with hundreds of individuals in their 20s and 30s who were stuck in a rut and she has helped them transform their lives. Through 1-1 coaching and group programmes, Paula guides you to get completely clear on what you want from your life and career, and then she supports you to make it happen. Paula regularly features as a guest expert in national print and radio media.
15:30 - 16:30
How to get hired in Social Media
Presented by Holly Fawcett, Marketing Operations Manager, Social Talent
Holly "The Fixer" Fawcett is the Marketing Operations Manager for Social Talent, the world's favourite Recruitment and Sourcing training provider teaching recruiters how to attract, find and recruit the best talent using online and social media. Holly started out her working life as a retail manager, working for giant PLCs like Topshop and Gap Inc. Holly had always wanted to work as a marketeer in the buying departments of these big brands, and as a result, decided she'd need to go back to college to start learning business. While completing a one-year Advanced Diploma in Marketing in 2011, Holly took the plunge and left her retail career behind, starting as an intern in Social Talent in 2011.
Holly is a regular conference speaker, teaches recruiters all day every day in how to find talent using social media (cyber-stalking, in layman's terms) and lectures in Social Media Marketing for the Digital Marketing Institute.
12:30 - 13:30
Presented by Silvana Cuesta Carpio, Cpl
During this workshop, Cpl will give candidates a full understanding of what to do before, during and after the interview so the candidate has a positive and very successful interview experience. Cpl will also go through some of the most important tips and recent trends that large corporate organisations and recruiting companies are currently using during the interview stage.
Silvana Cuesta Carpio
Silvana Cuesta has a master’s degree in Business Management. She has studied in top universities and business schools in Spain, Italy and Singapore. Professionally, Silvana has over five years’ experience in the recruitment industry. She is currently managing a very successful, entrepreneurial recruitment team at Cpl that focus on Social Media clients and the Asian market. Silvana is also responsible for managing some of Cpl’s top accounts and largest outsourcing projects across different multinational organisations.
12:30 - 13:30
How to get Hired in Science
Presented by Innopharma Labs
The presentation will provide an overview of roles within the future growing industries of pharmaceutical, medical device and food in Ireland. It will outline the future direction of these industries and the skills required today and in the future. Skills such as creativity, business improvement, data analysis, agility, communication are just as important as the traditional skills identified in these industries. It will specifically discuss a range of courses available from Innopharma Labs to address these competencies.
How to make the most of the event
Preparation is key
Download the fair app!
This year the gradireland Summer Fair is going paperless! So we have packed our entire fair information into a useful app. The app is FREE to download and will give you the tools that you need to have a productive and successful gradireland Summer Fair.
Once you download the fair app, create your profile! Employers will be able to connect with you on the day of the fair.
The app will help you to:
- RESEARCH companies before and during the fair
- KEEP up-to-date with all the pre-fair developments e.g. new exhibitors, seminars
- FIND companies who are hiring students and graduates with your skills
- LOCATE exhibitors quickly by using our interactive floor map
- CREATE your own schedule of seminars with built in reminders
- BOOKMARK your key exhibitors; have immediate access to company’s profiles and contact information
- INTERACT via the app with exhibitors and other attendees; post photos of your day, comments and message
Use the Jobs Walls
There are several Jobs Walls within the hall at the gradireland Summer Fair. These will have live graduate schemes and opportunities listed, so bring a notepad Android app logo to download gradireland app 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 Fair we will be running a specialist CV Clinic, hosted by careers advisers from your University providing 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!
Wednesday 10 June 2015, 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
The RDS, Dublin 4.
The RDS is located approx 3 kilometres from Dublin City in the heart of residential Ballsbridge. The RDS is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the Sandymount and Lansdowne suburban rail (DART) stations. Bus numbers 4, 7, 8 from the city centre stop outside of 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, including a five-star hotel on the grounds. For further information visit www.rds.ie.
Dublin International Airport (25km to RDS;Taxi/Bus 50 min)
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 social
For detailed information please go to www.visitdublin.com