Graduate Study: Research and Applications

Thinking about doing a postgraduate degree? Here’s what you need to know to improve your research and applications.

 

1.Know why you want to do a postgraduate degree.

Don’t just fall into a graduate programme because you don’t know what else to do.  Make sure that you are genuinely interested in the subject area that you are studying. Sometimes working in industry for a period prior to graduate study can really assist you in making a better choice.  Also, the company you are working for may be happy to cover the costs of your graduate study.

 

2. Research the programme and its alumni.

Ensure that you research the job profiles of graduates from the graduate programme you intend to study. Connect with them to get some advice on their experience. If you do not know of any alumni, the school/programme you are applying to may be able to suggest some or you could use LinkedIn to search for them.

 

3. Investigate the range of options available to you using websites such as GradIreland and Prospects.

Thorough research is critical before you invest a substantial amount of time and money into a graduate programme. And with the wealth of websites available such a GradIreland, Prospects and the websites of the relevant colleges/universities such as UCD Graduate Studies, doing some research couldn’t be easier.

 

4. Make your personal statement stand out from the crowd.

A good start is half the battle. When it comes to personal statements, bear in mind that the assessor could be reading multiple statements on the same day. Start with a strong opening line to ensure you catch their attention and keep your statement lively and positive. Your personal statement, or statement of purpose, is a great opportunity to convey a sense of who you are and your motivation for applying, so make the most of it.

 

Additionally, have a look at our further study advice on our website for more guidance. As always, we encourage you to make an appointment to come and see us here in the UCD Career Development Centre if you need any further assistance with your applications.

Best of Luck! 

 

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UCD Career Development Centre Events: Oct 19th – 23rd 2015

Events Oct 19th-23rd

 

 

 

 

Barclays Bank ESB Accenture LinkedIn Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon Mason Hayes Curran IBM Philip Lee Meddeas EMC Jaguar Cavanagh Kelly

If you didn’t already know about our Event’s calendar then take this as a gentle reminder! There are a great range of careers related events organised by the UCD Career Development Centre, both on campus and off-campus events of interest to UCD students and alumni.

We encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular. Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

 

See below a snapshot of this week’s events!

 

Monday October 19th 2015

 

Tuesday October 20th 2015

 

Wednesday October 21st 2015

 

Thursday October 22nd 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

CareerFest – Thursday 15th May 2014

CareerFest - Thursday 15th May 2014

Kickstart your career this Summer with our interactive workshops designed to help you master the graduate recruitment process. From figuring out what makes you stand out from the crowd to learning how to deliver effective presentations and be successful at interview, taking part in CareerFest 2014 will help you on your road to success.

Workshop places are limited so book your place now through Careers Connect.

CareerFest - Thursday 15th May 2014

Session One: Identify your strengths!

10am-12pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

Are you trying to figure out what to do next? Are you unsure about what you have to offer a potential employer? This workshop helps you to build self-awareness through exploring your interests, values and personality preferences. Understanding yourself better can help you to evaluate career options more effectively and make choices that are right for you. You will also be better able to market your strengths in your CV and applications. Participants on this workshop will be asked to complete some psychometric tests in advance. These will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Details will be provided when you register.


Session Two: Developing CVs that stand out

1-3pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

In this interactive workshop you will get to experience the graduate selection process from the perspective of a graduate recruiter. You will review graduate CVs and decide which candidate is the best fit for a role. This gives a unique insight into what graduate recruiters are looking for in an applicant’s CV. You will learn how to present your skills, knowledge and experience to best effect in your CV and avoid common CV pitfalls.


Design, Develop and Deliver Compelling Presentations

3-5pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

It is becoming more common for employers to ask candidates to create a presentation as part of the graduate recruitment process. Delivering presentations to colleagues, managers and customers is also a feature of many graduate jobs. This workshop will cover the development and delivery of professional presentations, including how to make a positive impact through verbal and non-verbal communication, in addition to highlighting the effective techniques that the world’s best presenters employ.


Ace Your Interview: A Strategy for Success

3-5pm, A109 Newman Building

In this interactive workshop we take you through what you should do before, during and after your interview to maximise your chance of success and help you to become more confident in your own capabilities. You will also get the chance to put what you have learned into action with practice interview scenarios.


All CareerFest sessions can be booked through Careers Connect. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kickstart your career this summer

‘How to get hired!’

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gradireland.comA practical guide for job-hunting graduates.

AIB and gradireland have come together to produce a practical guide for job-hunting graduates entitled ‘How to get hired’. The guide is designed to offer support and advice to job-seeking gradautes with information to help you on the road to your chosen career.

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How to get hired‘ offers expert advice from gradireland and research into the graduate market. It also includes:

  • Prospects for graduates in the current environment
  • What skills employers are looking for
  • Using Social Media in your job hunt
  • CV, cover letter and interview skills
  • Money management and budgeting tips and advice.

Download your copy now.