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Graduate outcomes 2019: What do the class of 2017 do now?

Each year the Higher Education Authority releases data which analyses the first destination of university graduates. 2019 sees the 37th edition of this data, from a survey of over 29,580 students with qualifications between levels 8-10. Let's see what the 2019 report reveals.
It is clear from the figures presented in this report that there are higher employment and lower unemployment rates for the graduates

Overall, a total of 78% of graduates are in employment or due to start a job nine months after leaving college, with 14% engaged in further study, 5% seeking employment and 4% engaged in other activities. Although the results are not directly comparable with previous HEA First Destinations surveys, it is nonetheless clear from the figures presented in this report that there are higher employment and lower unemployment rates for the graduates of 2017 compared with those of previous years. This report also showcases the respective values of both university and technological education, and reflects the HEA’s view that diverse range of institutions in both higher and further education and training is essential if the overall system is to respond effectively to evolving and changeable economic and societal needs.

The survey is made up of students from the following institutions:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Download a copy of the 2019 report from the HEA website here.

You can also download reports from previous years and other publications here.