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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Ace Your Interview: 5 Top Tips!

 

 

First of all, if you’ve been shortlisted for interviews, Congratulations! Making it to the interview stage means you’ve already made a good impression on your potential future employer(s).

 

1. Positive Attitude

‘Be positive, patient and persistent.’

We are far too often our own harshest critics and this is not the mindset to enter your interview with. If you’ve got the interview, you’ve already impressed! You’ll be just as intelligent and capable as everyone else on the interview list, all you’ve got to do is prove it. Employers are looking for candidates who not only fit the competencies required but also a personality that fits the company culture. Greet your interviewers with a smile, be friendly and relax in the knowledge that good interviewers only want to bring out the best in you.

 

2. Self Awareness

Tell me about yourself…

What motivates/inspires you?

What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?

You are the topic of this interview. You must be prepared to talk about yourself. You are absolutely guaranteed to be asked a question or two about yourself, so no excuses not to prepare. Don’t undersell yourself or your achievements. Practise with friends or make an appointment with us in the UCD Career Development Centre to perfect your answers. Also, be sure to know your own CV/application inside out, you could get asked about anything that’s in there.

 

3. STAR Technique

The STAR technique is a widely used approach to answering competency based questions in a clear and effective manner. The ‘STAR’ approach to structuring your answers: Situation (set the scene), Task (what you set out to achieve), Action (what YOU did to achieve it), Result (the outcome). When discussing work experience, focus on your own contribution and what you’ve achieved rather than just listing the tasks required.

 

4. Know the Organisation & Job Description

Do your research. What will be expected of you in this role? Do you know anyone already working in the organisation that you could reach out to? Has the organisation been in the news recently or had any interesting developments? Additionally, if you know who will sit on the panel, do your research on their roles and backgrounds also.

 

5. Take Notes

Every interview is a learning experience. As soon as possible after the interview, it’s a good idea to take note of the questions you were asked and your thoughts on the experience. These could come in really handy if you get called back for a second interview or for other interviews in the future!

 

‘Fail to prepare, Prepare to fail’. You’ve already gotten the opportunity to interview, so you don’t want to let yourself down by failing to prepare.

Take some confidence from the fact that you’ve been asked to interview. The interviewer already believes that you can do the job. You’ve just got to believe in yourself and most importantly, BE YOURSELF.

 

 

 

How do I choose the right career?

 

How do I choose the right career?

You can now find a massive amount of career information online – some great, and some not so great! We’re here, at the UCD Career Development Centre, to point you towards the best and most reliable resources to help you plan your career!

If you’re not sure what you want to do yet, that’s OK, but you can get started by identifying your skills and strengths, values, interests and what might suit your personality.

How? Let me introduce you to ‘Profiling for Success, a fantastic resource on the UCD Careers website which can be used to guide you. Log in using the following – Client code: tflhe, Access code: ucd, Password: ucd4 .

Profiling for Success contains 7 different assessments, also know as psychometric tests. Why do I need a psychometric test? Well maybe you’ve been asking yourself some of the questions below…

 

What motivates me?

Money? Flexible work hours? Opportunities to travel? The ‘Values Based Indicator of Motivation’ assessment will help you to identify those things that matter to you most. And in turn, you can look at careers that satisfy these motivations.

 

How can I find a career that matches my interests?

Ever heard the saying ‘The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life’? Finding a career that matches your personal interests would be a wonderful advantage and you can start by using the ‘Careers Interest Inventory’ to find out more.

 

What is my work style? What can I bring to an organisation?

Are you a natural organiser? An advisor? A leader? A negotiator? An investigator? You can find out by taking the ‘Type Dynamics Indicator’ assessment. Understanding your individual style will help you to refine your career focus.

 

What am I good at?

Do you find you work best with numbers or with words? Do you have an analytical, problem solving mind?  Take the ‘Reasoning Skills’ assessments to give you a better idea!

 

How do I learn most effectively?

Do you learn best from reading? Observing? On the job, hands-on, learning? Understanding your learning style can significantly improve your chances of success. So what are you waiting for? Take the ‘Learning Styles Indicator’ assessment asap!

 

Hopefully we’ve sparked your curiosity and more importantly, we hope ‘Profiling for Success‘ helps to guide you in right direction!

Have a great week!

 

 

UCD Career Development Centre Events: April 11th – April 15th 2016

 

 

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What a fast year this has been! We are on our last week of events for 2015/16.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

 

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

 

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

 

gradireland #FYI Careers Showcase 2016 for FINAL YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

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.

To register for this free event go to gradireland.com/fyi-live or pop into the UCD Career Development Centre for further advice!

PLUS BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN AN ACER TABLET JUST BY REGISTERING! 

#FYI_Facebook4      #FYI Careers Showcase Tablet Competition #FYI_MPU

#FYI_Twitter

Interview Tips from AIG

Interview Tips from across the table

So you’ve done your research, polished your CV, sent off your job applications, and now you’ve been invited to have an interview. Great news! Except now you have to have an interview.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of crazy interviews and so many people leave feeling like they had no idea what the interviewer was looking for, so we wanted to tell you what we look for at AIG, and how you can feel better prepared for your interviews.

 

  •  Do your research. It will really show in the interview if you’re aware of not just the company but also the industry, and tells the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the role rather than just being willing to accept anyone who will hire you! Regardless of the function you’re applying for (we’re an insurance company, for example, that hires a lot of IT students) it’s useful to have an understanding of the industry. Research will also help you to ask good questions in your interview (more of that to come later).
  • Know your CV. You wrote it so make sure you know what’s on it. You don’t have to have everything memorised but if there’s a job or activity on there, you should be ready to talk about it. For a telephone interview it can be useful to have a copy of it in front of you too.
  • Ask good questions. This one is really important! Asking questions shows the interviewer that not only have you researched the company, but you are also taking your career seriously. You might want to ask about how the company stays ahead of their competitors, or how they are adapting to the new technology, or maybe you want to know more about your specific role and the training that’s offered, or the career path. You should also have a few questions prepared in case the interviewer gives you the answer to your question in conversation, leaving you with nothing to ask!
  • Be on time. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are late for both in person interviews and telephone interviews. We have woken a few people up by calling for their telephone interview! Make sure you’ve got enough time so you’re not rushing, and so that you’re ready for any complications (i.e. train delays) that may arise.
  • Try and enjoy it. You’re going to have a lot of interviews in your life, so you may as well start getting used to, and even start enjoying them, now. I know they’re not the most fun thing you can do, but remember the interviewer is just a person and they really want you to be good and do well as it helps them! We’re not against you!

 

We hope these tips help you with your next interview, and remember it’s all practice. If you don’t do well in an interview, ask for feedback and learn from it. You’re at the beginning of your career and at this stage it’s all learning.

Good luck!

aig registered AIG

 

ABOUT AIG:

AIG harnesses our risk expertise and financial strength to create a better future.

Insurance is all about assessing risk.  Since risk is all around us, insurance is everywhere too. We deliver on our promise to help more than 88 million people in over 130 countries plan for the future, recover from loss, and retire with confidence.

At AIG we are firmly committed to balancing your career, your professional development and your career aspirations. We provide the freedom, resources, and support to help map your career path across numerous disciplines and geographies.

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @AIGCampusCareer or visit AIG.com/campus

Morgan Stanley application deadlines. Not prepared yet? These videos & articles may help!

Morgan Stanley

 

 

 

In advance of Morgan Stanley’s upcoming deadlines (Summer Analyst this Sunday, 29th November 2015 and Spring Insight on Sunday, 13th December) the company have shared some content which they hope will be of interest in assisting students with applications and interviews.

Morgan Stanley has worked with The Gateway to produce two new videos:

 

and four articles:

 

The How to ace your Investment Banking Internship Application article video will be of particular interest as it includes advice from a number of the Morgan Stanley recruiters on  applying for an Investment Bank, as well as some specific information on what the company are looking for across a number of their divisions.

For Spring Insight  the What is Investment Banking video might be a really good way to prepare for both the application and the interview process and, more generally, to get a good overview of what Morgan Stanley do.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Insight, Sunday, 13th December, 2015 – to apply, please click here
  • Summer Analyst this Sunday, 29th November 2015 – to apply, please click here

You will be required to complete a set of online psychometric tests as part of your application.

Morgan Stanley

[Source: morganstanley.com]

Register for the Postgrad Ireland ‘Further Study Fair’ 10 February 2016

Grad Ireland Fair

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever considered undertaking further study? Further study is much more than just another course! From research skills to enhanced employability, you develop much more than just what you learn in lectures.

The postgradireland Further Study Fair is Ireland’s official national further study fair and can help you understand what different courses entail, what the benefits provided by various institutions are and what options you have for funding.

At present there are 60 different exhibitors confirmed for the Fair, featuring a mixture of institutions from Ireland, the UK and beyond. In addition to the exhibitors, seminars, Research Zone, funding information and CV clinic, a new feature of the Fair this year is ‘Teaching Zone’. The Teaching Zone will feature exhibitors who provide teaching and education courses at a postgraduate level, including those who specialise solely in teaching. There will also be exclusive information on the application processes for both primary and post-primary teaching. The Teaching Zone will provide attendees with all the information need to make an informed decision about becoming a qualified teacher. If you are are interested in becoming primary or post-primary teachers, the Teaching Zone will answer all the questions they might have.

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The Further Study Fair will take place on 10 February 2016 in the RDS, Dublin from 12.00 – 4.30pm. Register now for free entry and discover where further study could take you!

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[Source: Postgrad Ireland]

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 23rd – 27th 2015

Events Nov 23-27

 

 

 

 

Events taking place on campus this week (Last week of semester!)

 

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Grant Thornton Careers

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015

 

We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! 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.

 

Contact us on careers@ucd.ie if you have any questions!

 

Why studying abroad could help you get hired!

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Do you know that students who go on exchange or erasmus have a better shot at finding a job after graduation than those who don’t? Do you also know you can go on exchange even if you don’t speak a foreign language? UCD has exchanges with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA as well as English-speaking opportunities in Asia and Europe!

 

Why Go On Exchange?

  • Adventure and Travel –Travel extensively and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Quality of Learning – Study at some of the best universities worldwide.
  • Your career – Improve your career prospects.  A period of study abroad at a top university will set your CV apart.
  • Communications – Improve your language skills.
  • Friendship – Meet new friends from around the world.
  • New Learning Environment – Experience a new learning environment and teaching methods.
  • Have fun – Most of our students say they had the best time of their lives on their semester/year abroad!

 

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Useful Links

 

Still not convinced???

Why not read up on ‘Exchange Student Testimonials’?

James Fitzsimons Great Wall

 

If you are not sure about what route to take, why not book in an appointment with one of our Career and Skills Consultants in the Career Development Centre. They can discuss the various options open to you and help you start planning for your career development.
[Source: UCD International – Exchanges – http://www.ucd.ie/international/going-abroad-with-ucd/exchanges/]

[Featured image credit – www.uwo.ca, blog images – www.ucd.ie/international]

UCD Career Mentoring Programme – Mentors & Mentees Meet

UCD Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, 3rd November '15

 

 

 

 

The opening evening for the 2nd UCD career mentoring programme was held in Ardmore House in UCD on Tuesday 3rd November. The programme is managed by the UCD Career Development Centre in conjunction with Alumni Relationsand the Schools of English, Drama and Film, Archaeology and History.

46 alumni from these three schools have volunteered their time to act as career mentors to 46 student mentees of the Schools for the duration of the programme due to finish in May 2016.

The Mentors work in a wide range of roles and industries including broadcast journalism, teaching, academia, writing, TV, film, radio, the performing arts, business, IT, marketing, human resources management, law, EU and government policy and advice, archaeology, tourism and heritage, and participants have been matched based on areas of career interest.

Previous student mentees noted this was an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed and that the benefits they gained included increased confidence and clarity on the career steps they needed to take.

The evening included training for the participants and a chance for mentors and mentees to meet each other. There was a fantastic buzz and everyone was very excited about the programme ahead! We hope to grow the programme further and offer to even more students.

UCD Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, 3rd November '15

UCD Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, 3rd November '15

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 09th – 13th 2015

 

 

 

 

This week!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

 

Washington Ireland Programme

 

We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! 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.

Survey says that ‘students feel they are not learning job skills’ – UCD Careers can help!

Irish Times

 

 

 

‘Significant numbers of students in higher education feel they are not learning skills which will contribute to their chances of getting a job‘, a new national survey indicates, as reported by today’s Irish Times.

The UCD Career Development Centre are here to help! We offer a range of resources,  both online and at the Career Development Centre itself.

How can we help?

 

One to One Appointments

Students (and alumni) can book a ‘quick query’ appointment (20 min) with aCareer & Skills Consultant to talk about:

 

Events – Employer and Centre Sessions

The centre runs subject and industry-specific recruitment fairs, workshops andemployer presentations throughout the year so students have direct access to network with employees from different companies throughout the academic year.

See our website for details of recruitment fairs which have run this year, we will be providing the same for 2016/17. This is a fantastic opportunity for UCD students to avail of.

Log into Careers Connect and browse the events section to see all of our employer presentations on campus as well as Centre related skills sessions and presentations.

We also advertise these events on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Online Resources

Logging into Careers Connect will give students (and alumni) access to a range of online resources free of charge. To use these resources, a number of codes are required depending on what you want to use, such as: client code, access code and password (all available on log in). These resources include:

  • ‌ Profiling for Success – Psychometric Tests
  • 10 Minutes With‌
  • Vault
  • Going Global
  • CEI Internships
  • Glass Door
  • Workmaze

 

Self-study optional online module – Career Zone

If you feel that you do not want to visit us in person and can learn these skills in a self-taught environment, then our self-study optional module (non-credit bearing) might be the answer! This module, produced specifically for UCD students, can assist with Career Planning.  Career Zone is available to students throughBlack Board. Simply log in and search for Career Zone to register directly. Students can register at any time of the year.

The UCD Career Development Centre wishes all UCD students the very best with the rest of Semester 1 and we hope to see more students dropping into the office to avail of our services.

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JET Programme International – Teaching in Japan

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme invites third level graduates (with any type of degree, in any field) to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. Since Ireland became a participating country in 1988, over 1,100 Irish people have contributed to and enjoyed the programme, including the 46 Irish JETS (12 from UCD!) who departed for Japan this July.

A former JET will be in Newman, room A106 at lunchtime today (November 5th) to deliver a presentation on teaching in Japan and how you too could get there too! The Jet Programme Ireland has 2 positions available. Come along today to find out more.

  1. Assistant Language Teacher (ALT): placed mainly in public schools or local boards of education to teach English. No Japanese ability required.
  2. Coordinator for International Relations (CIR): placed in local government offices to assist with international exchange activities at local level (Japanese ability required).

 

Book here for what will be a very informative session:https://careersconnect.ucd.ie/leap/event.html…

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 2nd – 6th 2015

 

 

 

See below a snapshot of this week’s events!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015

 

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We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! 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.

Got an Interview coming up? See our Tips & Techniques

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Whether it is for a graduate position, internship, part-time or seasonal work, if you are invited to interview it means that ‘on paper’ you seem like a good fit for the role. It means the potential employer would like to validate this by finding out a bit more about you. An interview also provides you with the opportunity to evaluate whether the organisation and role are right for you!

Here at the UCD Career Development Centre, we provide a wealth of information on interview tips and techniques on our website.

You might also like to consider attending an interview skills workshop at the Career Development Centre, where you will learn about:

Effective applications: developing stand-out CVs and cover letters (45 minutes)
Identify your strengths
Design, Develop and Deliver Compelling Presentations
Get hired
Excel at Interview: A Strategy for Success
Ace your Assessment Centre
Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

Bookings for sessions like this are available through Careers Connect. You can also discuss this with a Career & Skills Consultant by making an appointment.

By taking the steps above to prepare for your interview, you could soon be hearing the words below!

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UCD Career Development Centre Events: Oct 27th – 30th 2015

Events 27-30 Oct 2015

 

 

 

 

See below a snapshot of this week’s events!

 

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Law Event

 

Thursday, October 30th, 2015

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We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! 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.

Career Zone – Online Learning with the Career Development Centre

Career Zone Online Module

 

 

The world of work is constantly evolving so we must be prepared to meet these changes!

When planning your career it is important to be adaptable with your plans, proactive with your approach and open to opportunities. Career planning is too important to be left to chance, because decisions you make now may influence your future career path. Career planning is an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning and development. This is where our online module ‘Career Zone‘ can help you.

Career Zone’ is a non-credit bearing, self-study optional online module available via Blackboard and the UCD Career Development Centre website for UCD students.

Key Features:

On line module

Accessible anytime, anywhere!

Students can learn in their own time at their own pace Structure:

The on-line module is divided into four sections;

1. Career planning

2. Creative job search

3. Winning job applications

4. Interview strategy

Each section provides a structured step-by-step approach to the topic such as planning your career or producing an effective CV. Each module contains an introduction and summary as well as built in exercises to complete in your own time.

Register today and start planning for your future.

Career Zone Online Module

UCD Career Development Centre

 

 

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