The gradireland Summer Fair will take place on 8 June 2016!
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.
What will be there?
- gradireland jobs walls with hundreds 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....
The first exhibitors have been announced with many more to come! Expect over 40 of the top graduate employers and postgrad providers to be in attendence.
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 2016 takes place in Simmonscourt Hall 8D, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 8 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.
Abbott’s diagnostics site in Longford manufactures diagnostic tests, also known as reagents, for distribution to hospitals and laboratories around the globe. Abbott’s Longford facility’s more than 300 employees design, develop and manufacture diagnostic tests to the highest standards of quality. Abbott Longford was award the IMDA Medtech Company of the Year in 2015 and are recipients of the Shingo Prize TM for Operational Excellence in 2016 and Top Employer Award. We are now welcoming applications from undergraduates and postgraduates in the Science, Quality, Engineering, Supply Chain and Business Disciplines.
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Canterbury Christ Church University
Gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification from one of the largest initial teacher training providers in the UK. At Canterbury Christ Church University we offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes designed to enable you to develop the key skills and knowledge you need to begin your career in teaching.
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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Our mission is to help people and businesses to succeed in the public and private sectors.
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The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland ( CPA Ireland) is one of the main Irish accountancy bodies in Ireland. The CPA designation is the most commonly used designation worldwide for professional accountants and the Institute’s qualification enjoys wide international recognition. 1 million qualified accountants worldwide are CPAs.
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Dublin Business School
Dublin Business School (DBS) is Ireland's largest independent third level college. With a student population of over 9,000, DBS provides a comprehensive range of full-time and part-time undergraduate,postgraduate and executive education programmes. Since 1975 the college has established an excellent reputation for its quality and standards.
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Edge Hill University, Liverpool
Located close to the bustling and vibrant city of Liverpool and proud winners of the Times Higher 'University of the Year' 2014/15. If you are thinking of taking the next step a Postgraduate Course at Edge Hill University will allow you to enhance your expertise and immerse yourself in a highly engaging, advanced learning experience studying for a PGCE, Taught Masters degree, MBA or research programme. Funding available on most programmes.
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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.
That phone call you just made, your Facebook update, that Tweet you just read, the TV show you just watched…probably made possible by Ericsson!
More than 40% of the world’s mobile traffic passes through Ericsson networks and we are the 5th largest software development company in the world!
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FDM Group will be at GradIreland on the 8th June 2016 and we are looking for high-calibre graduates to join our award-winning Graduate Programme.
FDM is renowned for its award-winning Graduate Programme which uniquely combines fully-funded training, commercial experience and ongoing support, enabling graduates to become professional IT and Business Consultants.
We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, energetic and ambitious graduates who have a passion for IT. We have more than 1,500 Consultants working on-site with our clients globally and are looking to hire an additional 1200 in 2016.
Hitachi High Tech Group in Ireland provides semiconductor equipment, both Dry Etch and Metrology tools, to Intel Fab24 site. We install the equipment to the factory floor and then provide a service contract providing support to maintain tool availability.
IBM's purpose - to be essential - and our values – dedication to every client's success, innovation that matters for our company and the world, and trust and personal responsibility in all relationships - serve as the foundation of our culture and brand. It's the "why" of IBM. As we enter a new era for our industry and our planet, our CEO has asked, "What will we make of this moment – as businesses, as individuals, as societies?" Join us as we make the most of these exciting times and discover what you can make of this moment- you'll be proud to call yourself an IBMer.
ICT Ireland Skillnet
ICT Ireland Skillnet Masters Programmes ICT Ireland Skillnet offers two one-year full-time Masters courses: one is an MSc in Applied Software Technology, and the other is an MSc in Cyber Security. Both are free to students. They are linked to work placements and job opportunities with Irish companies on satisfactory completion. Both courses start in September and recruitment is ongoing.
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Innopharma College of Applied Sciences
Innopharma College of Applied Sciences is the award-winning, premier education, research and technology institute for industry led education programmes in the Pharmaceutical, MedTech and Food industries. Innopharma has grown to become one of the top institutions in Ireland delivering world recognised qualifications from Level 6 up to Masters’ degree level.
Insurance Institute of Ireland
The Insurance Institute is the number one provider of insurance education in Ireland. Come and chat to us about graduate opportunities in the sector, as well as the new level 8 degree apprenticeship programme launching this September.
Are you looking a job with real hands on project leadership, full salary AND a FULLY FUNDED post graduate diploma? If so, the InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme is the right fit for you!
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ION Group is the market leader in providing high performance solutions for trading on electronic markets. Our customers include the top tier global investment banks and large multinational corporations, where we have long, well-established relationships. With ION Group you will have the opportunity to reach your full potential. Working with ION Group is not about doing a job; it is about building a career.
The DePuy Synthes Companies are part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. We offer the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products and services for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neuro, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.
NIBRT is providing free, part-time, accredited training programmes for jobseekers. These courses are supported by Alexion, Allergan, Amgen, BioMarin, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eurofins Lancaster Labs, IDA, Lilly, Merck Sharp Dohme, NexVet, Pfizer, PharmaChemical Ireland, PPD, Regeneron. Courses start in January 2016, see www.nibrt.ie/springboard for further information.
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
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Seminar Room 1
11:30 - 12:20
The Pitch Coach
Presented by Catherine Moonan, Pitch Coach for RTÉ's 'Dragons' Den'
This seminar will aim to give the participants tips around pitching, presenting, interviews and public speaking. These tips will be based on my own experience training and coaching in effective communication and presentation skills since 2002. I will also include tips from the wide range of industry experts I interviewed for my book 'The Pitch Coach', recently published by Liberties Press.
Catherine Moonan is the author of ‘The Pitch Coach’, published by Liberties Press in January 2016. Catherine set up Communication Matters in 2002 to provide training and coaching in Communication and Presentation Skills. Since then, Catherine has trained individuals and corporate groups within a wide range of business sectors. Catherine is an Associate Trainer with SureSkills and the Irish Management Institute (IMI). Catherine is the Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’, having successfully coached over 500 contestants on all the series to date and helped them to secure over €4 million investment.
12:30 - 13:20
Networking. Why / Who / How?
Presented by Rowan Manahan, Fortify Services
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 - straightforward approaches that will make the difference for your hunt in these 'interesting' times.
- Identifying and classifying your network
- Building a robust online presence
- Offline - the real world - talking to strangers
- How to not be a bloodsucking leech!
Rowan is the Career Guy. He is the founder of Fortify Services, a Dublin-based career management firm and is the author of the best-sellers Where’s My Oasis? and Ultimate CV. From his strong corporate background, he brings a unique perspective to his lectures and talks on career-related matters and now works with both employers and job-seekers helping to put round pegs into round holes.
Rowan has written for the Irish Times, the Irish and Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus, Marketing, and Cosmopolitan. He has worked extensively on RTE television and radio, and is a work issues expert for many local radio stations and online recruitment sites.
13:30 - 14:20
Creative Job Search - Unlocking the hidden job market
Presented by Sinéad English
Where have all the jobs gone? How to get creative with your job search and uncover the hidden job market
- If jobs aren’t advertised how do I know they exist?
- Uncovering and targeting the “hidden” jobs
- Putting control and focus into your job search – making a plan and working it.
- Getting past the “I’d rather stick needles in my eyes than initiate a conversation with a stranger about my career” roadblock
Sinéad English is a Career Consultant and works with clients from all industries advising on aspects of the Career Management process, from career planning, online and offline networking and creating job search action plans to writing CVs and interview preparation. She has worked extensively with students through partnerships with several Universities and third level institutions and lectures on Career Management at the University of Limerick. Prior to establishing the career consultancy business Sinead spent 13 years working as an investment banker for JP Morgan in London
14:30 - 15:20
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 - 16.20
Confessions of a CV Reviewer
Presented by Eoin Kennedy
Eoin will bring candidates through the journey of recruiting candidates from the other side of the table through to the tools used to screen new candidates. He will also cover what employers will expect in this digital age and some of the tools people are currently using. Expect a full confession.
Eoin Kennedy is a digital communications, lecturer and entrepreneur based in the west of Ireland. Eoin has over 20 years experience reviewing CVs and interviewing candidates from CEO to account executives positions. Eoin lecturers for the Irish Times Diploma in Digital Marketing, has founded various start ups, is an external validator for third level social media courses and a public relations practitioner. He is also the organiser of the Digital Media Unconference www.congregation.ie.
Seminar Room 2
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.
12:00 - 12:30
Languages a Key to Job Opportunities
Presented by Orlaith Tunney, Trinity College Dublin
Understand what employers seek in graduates
Find out job options for graduates with languages
Explore ideas to sell your skills on your CV & LinkedIn profile & at interview
Orlaith is a Careers Adviser with Trinity College Dublin. She has particular interest in working with students with languages. This is reflected in her work with the School of Languages Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin, managing a HEA funded project “Transferable Skills in Third Level Modern Language Curricula” and helped to create an employer fair for higher education students and graduates with languages, the GRADchances Languages Fair was born! She has an MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance from Warwick University and a HDip in Career Guidance and Counselling from UCC. She is qualified to administer the MBTI personality assessment. Orlaith is an active member of the Association of HE Careers Services (AHECS) and has served on a number of, committees and working groups over the years. She is currently leading AHECS contribution to the two year Erasmus+ project “Crafting Employability Strategies for HE Students of Languages in Europe” where materials are being adapted to enhance the employability of students of language throughout Europe.
12:40 - 13:20
Interview Style and Corporate Dressing
Presented by Laura Jordan, Owner StyleSavvy.ie
This seminar allows students entering the world of business to understand and create an Effective Working Wardrobe.
Interview Style is a formula that is easy to get right.... once you know how. First impressions are priceless and this seminar enables you to make the right one at the right time.
The tips and tricks of interview dressing will be shared, as well as the key to creating a workable capsule wardrobe that makes more of an impact on your image than your bank balance. Corporate, tech or casual, StyleSavvy.ie has the answers you need in this 50 minute presentation.
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 stylesavvy.ie
14:10 - 14:50
Distance learning - Pros & Cons
Presented by Michael Cagney, Associate Lecturer with the Open University Business School.
Postgraduate study can be intellectually rewarding, and can change your career path and prospects. However, it may also be costly and challenging and may not increase your earning potential. Knowing what questions to ask yourself before making a decision will help you identify the potential risks and rewards.
Michael will give an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of distance education. He will discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of postgraduate education through distance learning.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience as a manager across HR, Finance and Operations. Continuous Improvement, Business Analysis and Project & Change management have been cornerstones of his experience to date. He is a founder of ContinuousImprovement.ie, a management consultancy specialising in business excellence, innovation and change management.
He holds an MBA from the Open University, is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma practitioner.
Michael is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, lecturing in Strategy, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Finance, Operations and Project & Change Management on their MBA programme.
15:00 - 15:30
Presented by Niamh McGuigan, HR Executive
Whether you're in the middle of your university studies, about to graduate or looking to change career, we have lots of tips as to how you can make the most of your employability skills, identify situations where you have used your skills and what we look for at application and interview stage. Our workshops will allow you to reflect on your experience and produce well thought out examples (STAR) at application and interview stage, regardless of the company/role they are applying to.
Voted Best Graduate Recruiter in 2016 and currently recruiting in Assurance, Risk Assurance Solutions and Technology Consulting. Please apply online via our website pwc.ie/graduate.
15:30 - 16:00
Graduate Programmes USA & Canada
Presented by Melanie Young & Patrick Dyar, USIT
USIT is one of Ireland's leading travel companies specialising in a range of Graduate Programmes in the USA as well as Summer Camp programmes to the USA & Canada each summer. Come along to our seminar and find out the opportunities open to you and which programme may suit you best.
We look forward to meeting you.
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Seminar Room 3
12:30 - 13:20
The future of STEM for Irish Graduates
Presented by Industry experts
The future of STEM in Ireland – advice for STEM graduates: This industry lead panel discussion will feature experts from the areas of STEM who will discuss the future of STEM in Ireland for graduates.
Topics that will be covered include:
- The current demands for graduates of STEM
- Upskilling options to increase your employability
- What career opportunities are available in STEM
- Key recruitment advice for recent STEM graduates?
The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, in addition to the attendees questions we will also invite people to get involved via Twitter.
Please note, all seminars sessions are subject to change.
Employers hire graduates from any discipline. So don’t pigeon-hole potential employers – IT companies need marketing, finance and language graduates; accountancy firms recruit from any disciplines, you don’t have to be an accountant. Indeed most of the companies at the gradireland Summer Fair recruit from a number of disciplines, so don’t walk on by their stands – get in there and ask them if they are on the look-out for graduates from your discipline: you might be pleasantly surprised!
gradireland Events App
There will be several Jobs Walls within the hall at the gradireland Summer Fair, showcasing live jobs from a number of sectors. These will have numerous 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 Summer 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!
5 questions to ask a potential employer
The gradireland Summer 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.
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.
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.
3: What would 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.
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.
5: Do you have internship programmes and how can I get on them?
gradireland research shows that over 86% 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.
Wednesday 8 June 2016
11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Simmonscourt, Hall 8D, RDS, Dublin 4.
The RDS is located approx. 3 kilometres from Dublin City in the heart of Ballsbridge. 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.
The closest DART station (approx. 5 minute walk) to the RDS is Sandymount.
From the Sandymount Dart Station: Follow the Exit signs and turn right onto Sandymount Avenue. Continue until you reach the traffic lights (Bewley’s Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel will be directly in front of you). Turn right onto Merrion Road and the Main Complex is situated on the left hand side (Merrion Road).
There is no direct route from the LUAS to the
RDS, however, the LUAS does connect to the DART local train system that passes by the RDS. The LUAS connects to the DART at Connolly Station. Connections to Heuston Station and National rail routes can then be reached through this stop.
Merrion Road Stops: 27X, 4, 45, 4A, 5, 7, 7A, 8, 18
Anglesea Road Stops: 63, 84
There are also a large numbers of routes serviced through the Donnybrook Bus Garage stop which is located only
10 minutes’ walk. Bus routes include: 10, 10A,
116, 118, 145, 25X, 37X, 39B, 39X, 46A/B/C/E/X, 47, 66X, 67X, 70B, 746, 7B, 7D, 84X.
The RDS also has a taxi rank outside the front of Hall 1.
From the Airport
The RDS is serviced by the Aircoach that brings you directly to and from Dublin airport. Aircoach stops are located on the Merrion Road (opposite the RDS) and on Simmonscourt Road.
For more travel information
To view the RDS' full access guide, please click here.
Accommodation and local information
For more information on accommodation and what else is happening in Dublin
around the time of the gradireland Summer Fair, please go to www.visitdublin.com