Careers advice and planning

Job hunting for finalists

22 Jun 2023, 13:19

If you're a final-year (or a postgraduate student), here's your countdown to getting a graduate job.

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Autumn/Winter

Get started

  • Visit your careers service and find out what help and information is available.
  • Research the options by reading the career sectors pages on this website and the career sector guides available there and through your Careers Service.
  • Browse the first destination returns (FDRs) from your careers service, and speak to alumni to get information about what graduates from your course went on to do.
  • Attend careers workshops, such as career planning, CVs, interviews and job hunting.

Research the job market

  • Attend your own institution’s careers fair and employer presentations on campus.
  • Attend the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair, which takes place in October each year in Dublin.
  • Check 'milkround' vacancies advertised to final-year students by your careers service.
  • Sign up for jobs by email from gradireland.com.
  • Read the gradireland directory, published in September each year and available free from your careers service.

Start applying for jobs

  • Identify the employability skills you have developed through work or study throughout your course.
  • Write or update your CV and ask a careers adviser to review it.
  • Check deadlines for graduate programmes and be aware of early closing dates. The ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms for example have closing dates in October.
  • Start making job applications.

Consider further study

  • Apply for HDip courses for teacher training. These tend to have early deadlines.
  • Research postgraduate opportunities and funding, and talk to course co-ordinators of study programmes that interest you.
  • Contact your postgraduate studies office regarding further study options and funding.
  • Attend the postgradireland Further Study fair, which takes place in February each year in Dublin.
  • Read the Further Study section in the gradireland directory, published in September, and visit their Further Study section online .

Spring/Summer

Get a job!

  • Attend employer presentations and careers fairs on campus.
  • Attend the gradireland Summer Fair, which takes place in June each year in Dublin.
  • Keep an eye on local and national newspapers.
  • Develop a hit-list and job search plan for making speculative applications.
  • Apply for jobs – responding to advertisements or speculatively.

Consider postgraduate study

  • Research further study options.
  • Talk directly to course co-ordinators of programmes of study that interest you (see the gradireland directory and their online Further Study section ).
  • Apply for postgraduate courses.

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