The gradireland Summer Fair returns to the RDS, Dublin on 8 June from 11am – 5pm with live jobs up for grabs across all disciplines.
The Summer Fair will feature a host of employers seeking students and graduates for roles spanning various sectors. So whether you’ve finished and are looking for a graduate job or you’re still a student and seeking some work experience, there’s something for everyone at the Summer Fair.
As always, there will also be a free CV clinic, a series of seminars and postgraduate course providers from Ireland and the UK.
We know that choosing the right career path isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t got anything lined up after you graduate, or if you one of the 62% of students which gradireland’s latest survey found to be “worried about your future career”.
As you come towards your Finals, take a couple of hours out and attend an event that will leave you with a much better idea of what you might want to do – and how you can get on that career path.
gradireland #FYI is a unique and innovative initiative, supported by the careers service here in University College Dublin. It will give you an insight into what careers are out there for you across a huge range of sectors – and show you the skills you will need to be successful in whatever path you decide to follow. The event is fun and hands-on. No lectures, you can chat to recent graduates, explore career videos, network with employers, get advice from professionals and you will leave with a much better idea of the career paths that are out there for YOU, regardless of what you are studying.
Taking place on Tuesday 12 April from 12-4pm, we would urge you to invest a couple of hours of your time if you are still unsure on which direction you will take after Finals.
This stage of Second Year is the ideal time to start thinking about the various career paths out there for you. Regardless of your subject of study, today’s employers are looking for key ‘employability skills’ when they are recruiting for the best jobs, and if you possess these, your options are even wider and brighter than you think.
gradireland #FYI is a unique and innovative initiative supported by the careers service here in University College Dublin. gradireland #FYI isn’t about deciding today what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. One afternoon in the RDS will give you an insight into what careers are out there for you across a huge range of sectors – and show you the skills you will need to be successful in whatever path you decide to follow. gradireland #FYI will help you hone in on what you might like to do when you graduate. Not only that, you will learn how to develop the key skills during the rest of your time in College that will give you the edge in the rush for the best jobs come Final Year.
gradireland #FYI is designed to give Second Year students who attend the event the ‘inside track’ and a competitive edge when it comes to the graduate job market in Final Year and beyond.
First year is flying by isn’t it? Well, believe it or not, the rest of your undergraduate years will only get faster, which is why NOW is the time to take a couple of hours one afternoon in April to think about your future career.
It might seem a long way off, but gaining the right employability skills, to make sure you get the job you want when you graduate, is really important. It’s also quite easy if you know where to start, and the starting point is gradireland #FYI, a brand new First Year Initiative supported by the careers service here in University College Dublin.
gradireland #FYI isn’t about deciding today what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. It’s one afternoon in the RDS that will give you an insight into what careers are out there for you across a huge range of sectors – and show you the skills you will need to be successful in whatever path you decide to follow. The event is fun and hands-on. No lectures, there will be cool video booths, skills challenges, advice, prizes and you will leave with a much better idea of the career paths that are out there for YOU, regardless of what you are studying.
Internship and voluntary work is a crucial and valuable experience for students across all academic disciplines. It is also the one of the best ways to get into a company for a long term and possibly permanent position. The UCD Internship & Volunteering Fair matches organisations with UCD students. Whether you want to work as an intern for a large professional financial firm or try voluntary work abroad, you’ll find something here for you.
Join us at this year’s fair on February 3rd, 2016 in Astra Hall.
A fair booklet will be available on the day to take home and will also be displayed on our website: http://www.ucd.ie/careers/events/ nearer the day!
Mark Cumisky, Career & Skills Consultant at UCD, gives some advice on the best way to tackle a recruitment fair:
Recruitment Fairs are great. They are full of interesting people, often wearing primary colours, who are trying to give you free stuff. Pens, writing pads, chocolate, stress-balls, travel coffee mugs, lollipops, key-rings, tee-shirts, even hoodies on occasion. You will not have to buy a pen all year – truly a cornucopia of freebies! Oh, and they are looking to hire you either as a graduate or for a summer internship next year. Pretty cool!
But the place is packed, jam-packed. With other students. And the layout feels non-intuitive. The staff at the stands look like they’re fed up explaining who their organisation is for the umpteenth time. And they do this at almost every university (and lots of ITs). So, is it worthwhile to go? Can I really make myself stand out and impress them?
YES! YES, really.
Login to Careers Connect with your UCD Connect details and find the fair under events to see a list of the organisations who will be attending. You can then note down the ones that you want to approach, aka the ones you want to work for, and make a list.
Use the web and research the organisations in detail – check out the careers section of their website, esp. the part on the role that you want, and also their general corporate site.
Make a list of questions that you want answered – not those that you can answer from their website, obvs.
Develop a pitch about yourself – why you want to work for them, why you are studying your course, where you see yourself going in the future. An elevator pitch that tells potential employers both who you are and what you can do for them.
Smile and relax. Hard, I know, but remember that the employers are here to see you – that’s why they came, they want this conversation, and the better the conversation the more impressed they’ll be with you.
Follow-up. Send a thank you note or a copy of your CV afterwards – whatever you promised, do it.
And enjoy – at the very least the pens are useful.