Thank you for attending the gradireland Summer Fair 2016!
The annual Summer Fair was the perfect opportunity to explore the next steps in your career or education. There were 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.
Features of the gradireland Summer Fair
- 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
- Our brand new Startup Zone
- and more....
The gradireland Summer Fair saw over 35 of Ireland's leading graduate employers, course providers and startups!
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 7 June 2017.
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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Altocloud is a Digital Customer Engagement platform that combines predictive analytics with voice, video, and messaging interactions. Would you like to help us fundamentally change the way people communicate in business? We looking for intelligent, creative, motivated individuals to join our team. Pop by our stand at the gradireland Fair to find out more!
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Assure Hedge is an exciting Fintech startup based in the NDRC (Digital Hub). We are part of the current prestigious NDRC Launchpad startup accelerator. We are a specialist hedging solutions company, offering an alternative for companies seeking to hedge their foreign currency risk. Assure Hedge insures that foreign currency fluctuations will not destroy your business.
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.
Faculty of Education
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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Dublin Institute of Technology
Whatever stage you’re at, the right postgraduate programme will give you an edge in the employment market. You might be planning to take time out of your career or you may be just completing your primary degree. Across a range of disciplines, DIT is committed to giving you the complete postgraduate experience. Wherever you need to go, we’ll help you get there. Excellent Prospects Our commitment to industry placements and our focus on practice has ensured so many of our master’s graduates have carved out successful careers in their chosen field. DIT is ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide.
Exceptional facilities .From state-of-the-art lecture theatres to purpose-built labs and engineering workshops, you’re assured of an excellent learning environment with great facilities. .
Primary locationStudying at DIT ensures you’ll be right at the heart of Dublin City. For you, this means easy access to many forms of public transport bringing you to our new campus in Grangegorman and existing sites in Aungier st, Kevin St, Bolton St and Cathal Brugha St.
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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!
Pop by our stand at the gradireland Summer Fair to find out more!Join us on LinkedIn
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.
Gamex is an award winning cross platform search and recommendation engine for the gaming industry.
Gamex helps gamers find the perfect game and helps developers find the perfect gamer.
Find the perfect game, the best gamers to play with and most interesting news to learn about - all tailored for you.
Hilti develops and manufactures systems and services that feature leading-edge technology and provide the construction and energy sectors with outstanding added value. Active in more than 120 countries, Hilti not only operates production facilities and Research and Development centers, but is also involved in various international technology partnerships.
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Huddl is an award winning "Social Transportation Network" that changes the way people travel.
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.
The way the world works is changing. Our planet is starting to get smarter, and now is the time to drive transformation. At IBM we’re doing exactly that. Which is why we’re looking for people who have the skills, creativity and passion to help us take on some of the world’s toughest problems – and to provide some of the world’s most rewarding solutions. The best and the brightest graduates from all backgrounds and degree subjects. Have you got what it takes?
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IBAT College Dublin
IBAT College Dublin, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, embraces innovation and new models of education to enable students and graduates to become leaders in the business world. IBAT College Dublin offers postgraduate and professional programmes in Business (including MBA) and Digital Marketing that will make a significant contribution to the achievement of your career goals.
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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The Insurance Institute
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.
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.
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.
National College of Ireland
National College of Ireland is committed to helping students realise their potential. Through its Dublin city-centre campus in the IFSC, NCI offers a wide range of full and part-time courses for postgraduate and undergraduate students, in specialist areas including business, computing, psychology, marketing, HR, accountancy and more. See www.ncirl.ie.
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NewsWhip is powered by a growing, committed team who have built the leading technology for tracking what matters in the world each day.
We give our people autonomy and responsibility. Our engineers push code within days or weeks of starting, and quickly take on huge, industry changing projects. Our sales and marketing teams interact with the world's leaders in news and marketing, and get actionable ideas back to our product teams.Our product team interacts with leading thinkers at the social networks, media companies and agencies. We celebrate our victories together and we support each other.
Why join us now, as we grow from 35 people in Dublin to 70? Two reasons:
We're building something very very cool.
We're having fun doing it.
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National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training
The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing. NIBRT is located in a new, world class facility in Dublin, Ireland. This facility is purpose built to closely replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art equipment.
NIBRT is based on an innovative collaboration between University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Institute of Technology, Sligo. NIBRT was primarily funded by the Government of Ireland through Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), which is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland.
NIBRT offers a quality training and research experience not previously possible anywhere in the world.
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The Open University
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
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Oxfam is a world-wide development organisation that mobilises the power of people against poverty. Get involved with, or show your support for our campaigns at our stand.
Looking for something? Maybe a craft beer, some matcha green tea or a contour palette? Even some live cockroaches? Pointy has got you covered.
We've created an app that's helping people find everything and anything they're looking for in local shops.
Pop by our stand at the gradireland Summer Fair to find out more!
Voted Best Graduate Recruiter in 2016 and currently recruiting in Assurance, Risk Assurance Solutions and Technology Consulting. Please apply online via our website www.pwc.ie/graduate
Graduate Recruitment Team
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Queen's University Belfast
Queen's University is one of Ireland’s oldest higher education providers. Located in Belfast we are Ireland’s only Russell Group University and are in the top 1% of Universities worldwide.
At Queen’s we offer postgraduate courses that come with a promise of value: to produce world-class graduates and provide you with the skills you need to take a leading role in business and industry at home or internationally. Our programmes are divided into taught degrees (Masters degrees including MA and MSc) and research degrees (PhD and MPhil) .
The combination of academic excellence, additional training opportunities and our links to employers means that Queen's University Belfast is a world class choice when it comes to postgraduate study.
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SQS Group is expanding and looking to increase its graduate intake to start on finance, telco and other industries.
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UniTuition is a technology startup based in Dublin that provides an online marketplace for college tutoring. The company has also recently launched an equivalent site for Leaving Certificate. UniTuition is always recruiting tutors and is open to accepting applications from any high performing graduate who can add value to the team.
Lives can be transformed through a wide range of events taking place, so we make it our business to ensure that it is easy for people to volunteer to get involved with public events, and that our Event Volunteers get the most out of their participation.
If you like to get down with the action, Event Volunteers provide a mobile event and information service to those attending public events. As a source of information about the event, local facilities and transport links, Event Volunteers role is to make sure visitors to an event have all the information they need to enjoy their time.
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Galway is a cultural centre, that has retained the friendly character and intimate feel. Our teams comprise of Sales & Service, Operations, Finance, HR, Training, Talent Operations and IT.
Establishing an operations base in Galway was an easy decision for the Wayfair team, the quality of life, the infectious atmosphere and pool of talent sealed the deal for us.
Bridge Interpreting will be available to assist any hearing impaired attendees throughout the day. If you would like to book a session, please contact email@example.com
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.
12:10 - 12:40
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.
12:50 - 13:20
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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13:30 - 14:00
Postgraduate Study - What's right for me?
Presented by Marie Kielty, ITT
There are a myriad of postgraduate courses to choose from and it is often overwhelming for the potential applicant to know where exactly to start? What is the difference between a taught Masters and a Research Masters? What is a PG Diploma? How difficult will it be? Have I the time …. the passion …. the commitment…? What is my best option ? Should I consider full-time, part-time, distance learning? Is it essential to where I want to go? Will it give me an edge? These are just some of the questions to be considered and explored if you attend the presentation “Post-graduate study – What’s right for me?<
Marie has been the Careers Officer in IT Tallaght for over 13 years providing both undergraduate and postgraduate advice and support to students from a broad range of disciplines. She previously worked in a similar role for over 8 years in another college. Marie brings a significant wealth of experience having been working directly with students in the higher education sector for all of this time. As an undergraduate she studied Psychology in NUI Galway and then completed a postgraduate in Business (HR) in Smurfit Business School. Marie has also completed qualifications in Emotional Intelligence and Levels A & B Psychometric Testing and is MCIPD qualified.
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.
Seminar Room 3
11:30 - 12:20
The future of STEM for Irish Graduates
Presented by a panel of 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.
Gerard M. Doyle
Gerard M. Doyle is the network manager of the ICT Ireland Skillnet – a group of companies engaged in providing learning and development services to upgrade the skills set in the Irish technology sector. For the past four years he has managed a number of programmes to facilitate graduate entry into the sector most notably with Ericsson Ireland.
Barry has 12 years experience of recruitment both in-house and agency, in several industries, including Pharmaceutical, IT, Telecommunications, Banking, Public Sector and in several geographies including Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently Principal Resourcing Partner with Ericsson Ireland, managing senior recruitment in Ericsson’s Software Campus in Athlone, were Ericsson has 850 Engineers developing Ericssons OSS (Operator Support System) product that is delivered into 320 operators in 150 countries and manages over 2.5 Billion subscribers.
Killian O’Driscoll joined NIBRT in 2006 and is currently Director of Projects with responsibility for business development activities. Prior to NIBRT, he held various management positions in Microsoft and Ericsson. He’s a genetics graduate from TCD with an MSc from University of London.
12:30 - 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
13:30 - 14:20
CPA – Career for Life
Presented by Ciara Murphy, Marketing Executive, CPA
Did you know that one million accountants worldwide are CPAs? That CPA's work in 40+ countries and that 100% of our most recent graduates are in full time employment?
Becoming a CPA is more than being an accountant. Having the CPA qualification leads to a long rewarding career, one that allows you to simultaneously have a life outside of work. The all important work life balance!
Ciara Murphy is the Marketing Executive with CPA and has worked in this role for the past 8 years. She is responsible for marketing the CPA qualification among the corporate and academic communities. During her time with CPA, Ciara has seen the accountancy profession go from strength to strength as demand for highly qualified professionals, who can add value to the bottom line, continues to rise. The profession is now entering a new and exciting phase and Ciara looks forward to working with new graduates who are seeking to improve their career options by taking up the CPA qualification, knowing it is held in very high regard by employers both at home and abroad.
14:30 - 15:20
Upskill, Connect, Succeed
Fidelma Callanan, B.Ed., MBA, MII, Head of Marketing and Communications, Innopharma Labs Ltd
How you can deliver on your career goals and work in pharma, medtech or food sectors
Fidelma Callanan, B.Ed., MBA, MII
Fidelma has over 20 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical and related industries. Currently head of marketing and communications at the education, research and technology institute, Innopharma Labs, she has previously held Senior Director roles in Marketing, Communications, Business Development and Strategic Marketing for multinational pharmaceutical companies Alkermes and Elan. Fidelma has a Masters’ in Business Administration from Coventry University, a Bachelor of Education from University College Cork and earned a graduateship in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
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!
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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 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).
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