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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Why should Irish teachers teach in the UK? Advice from Timeplan Education

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Why should Irish teachers teach in the UK?

Irish trained teachers are often highly sought after in British schools. The teacher recruitment crisis throughout the UK is well documented and now many schools rely heavily on recruitment agencies to spend the time and effort vetting and processing teachers from overseas for roles in schools.  Irish teachers in particular are in high demand; the similar curriculum, lack of a language barrier and no visa restrictions means that teachers from Ireland settle in comparatively quicker than their overseas counterparts.

Graduating as a new teacher in Ireland often poses its own problems as many teachers struggle to find the 300 teaching hours to complete their PQE or the 100 days required in their Probation Year.  A recent report from the OECD discovered that “more than half of all secondary teachers under the age of 30 are on contracts of a year or less”. However, the opportunity to complete their 300 hours/100 days in the UK is something that is overlooked by many teachers who are often working part time sub-teaching in their hometowns, struggling to make up their teaching hours.

Many Irish teachers are drawn to the Middle East for teaching opportunities and whilst this is great experience to add to a CV, it does not contribute to their registration, unlike the UK.  TimePlan Education facilitate this by helping teachers into permanent roles where, with the assistance of the schools, they can fulfil their registration as recognised by the ITC.

However, living and working in England or Scotland is not solely for teachers who have recently graduated. It can often stand them in good stead to find their dream job once they return home. One Irish TimePlan Teacher told us “I have gained great experience teaching in England which has made me stand out when applying for jobs in Ireland”.

 

What should you expect in a UK classroom?

For any newly qualified teacher in the UK they’ll find the support provided by the schools ensures they feel comfortable stepping into their new role. Additionally, most schools provide continual professional development (CPD) training to ensure they are aware of the latest national curriculum updates and that they feel consistently supported, whether they’re are a newly qualified or an experienced teacher.  Structure is a stringent part of any British classroom, so any Irish trained teacher will be well aware what is expected from them and their students. Non-teaching time will often be incorporated into a teacher’s timetable to ensure full support in lesson planning and marking time is available in school hours, this will contribute to their portfolio as evidence of their completion of their induction year.

The social spectrum of any classroom ensures you can benefit from a chance to experience a variety of cultures and opinions, all within one classroom; a diversity that is not true for most schools around the world.

The shortage of teachers in the UK coupled with the abundance of enthusiastic recently qualified teachers in Ireland looking to complete their PQE/Probation, as well as broaden their CV, means there is no better time for Irish teachers to consider a teaching opportunity here in the UK.

In 2016, TimePlan will be touring Ireland, attending education university fairs, holding presentations and conducting interviews. Schools hire all year round so get in touch if you’re living in Ireland and would like to consider a teaching opportunity in the UK.

 

Watch Melanie talk about why she chose TimePlan and what she’s most looking forward to about teaching in the UK!

 

 

Contact our Irish Coordinator Jade Loftus at ireland@timeplan.net for more information about teaching in England or Scotland.  

Where to Teach in London? A blog by Tradewind Recruitment.

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One of the most common questions teachers have when they moving from Ireland to London is where exactly they should teach. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when making this decision!

Teaching in North London

North London includes boroughs such as Camden, Islington, Enfield, Brent, Harrow, and Haringey. This area has a reputation for being more prosperous than the rest of the city but, as is typical across much of London, there is a huge mix.

Teaching in East London

The East of London includes boroughs such as Hackney, Newham, Barking, and Tower Hamlets. The East End of London has a very rich history because this is where new immigrants traditionally stayed when they first arrived. On a slightly more sinister, but equally as interesting note, it is also where Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins made their names!

Teaching in South London

South London includes boroughs such as Lewisham, Southwark, Bromley, and Lambeth. This part of the city can feel less busy, and there are some particularly beautiful areas such as Greenwich and Blackheath which are very popular places to live.

Teaching in West London

West London includes places such as Hounslow, Hammersmith, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hillingdon so the choice is bountiful! Some of the most exclusive areas can be found in this part of the city, as well as some of the most desirable properties.

 

What is it like?

We help many teachers move from overseas to the UK, in particular teachers from Ireland. If you have not travelled to UK before you are bound to be wondering what it is like to teach in the city. We have taken comments from existing teachers and put together an overview of what you can expect when moving to UK to be a teacher.

Experience the Culture

If you are coming from Ireland you may not expect there to be many cultural differences, however we expect you may be surprised. Everyone takes some time to adjust to somewhere new. On the whole, people are very considerate in London and you will often witness people giving up their seat on the tube for someone that may need it more.

Gain Amazing Life Experiences

There are over three and a half thousand schools in London covering all age groups and special schools. The range of students is diverse and London will allow you to experience a multicultural society that you can’t get elsewhere. If you are looking to advance your teacher skills whilst having fun then this is the place for you to be!

London is the ideal base for travelling Europe during your time off as you can easily pick up a cheap flight to Europe from any of the London based airports.

Getting Around

For most people moving to the UK for the first time a car is a bit of an unnecessary luxury, at least initially. That means for the most part you’re likely to be relying on public transport. Thankfully, in most cities the public transport provision is very good. In London specifically, it’s one of the more ideal ways to get around.  Travel in the capital is incredibly straightforward, with buses, trains, and the Tube underground rail system. All of these are covered by the Oyster Card system, allowing you to travel just by tapping the pre-paid card against readers on buses or when you enter or leave a station.
Tradewind Recruitment and SANZA Teaching Agency Specialising in the recruitment of Teachers and Support Staff for schools and nurseries throughout the UK.

 

 

Teaching in the UK: What are the Differences?

 

 

It is still a fairly difficult time to qualify as a teacher in Ireland. There simply are not enough jobs. As we all know, large numbers of young teachers are moving to the UK to teach. There are lots of reasons for this: the language, the ease in coming home for breaks with short, cheap flights and of course the fact that they simply cannot get enough teachers in the UK. I moved to the UK to teach at Easter of last year, having done my PDE and spending a term and a half subbing in various schools, hoping for “a foot in the door”. I got tired of waiting for a maternity leave or retirement that would lead to something long term. I’m still here in the UK, so it can’t be that bad! In fact I can honestly say it was a great decision. But how different is it from teaching in Ireland?

Well, in a lot of ways it is very different, but in other ways it is quite similar. The first thing is that kids are kids. Teaching kids and talking to kids is the same wherever you teach. Like Ireland, some schools will have more challenging behaviour than others, and some will have very little. There are plenty of horror stories about behaviour in UK schools and I heard them before coming over too. How you deal with behaviour is the key and smart modern strategies make all the difference. There is greater support for teachers within schools in the UK than in a lot of Irish schools. Most UK schools will have a pastoral team whose major duties are in supporting teachers as they deal with challenging students. Management also takes a more active role in ensuring positive behaviour for learning, so you are not on your own.

The culture of accountability is very different to Ireland, where a whole school inspection may come around once in four years. There is pressure as your head of department regularly checks on you and the senior staff check on them. Paperwork and planning is more intense in the UK. There is a lot of it, there’s no point in denying that.  You have to mark student work regularly and formatively. Your lesson plans need to be precise; active learning is not an occasional treat but the daily routine. However, you are usually given a highly detailed scheme of work with all the resources, PowerPoint’s, etc. attached and ready to go. There is a lot of support, mentoring and assistance from more experienced colleagues to help settle in and improve. As well, the accountability means that students get a good deal. They learn more and they learn better, and at the end of the day, that is why we do the job. The long term effect of this is that you are a better teacher with skills desired by Irish principals if you decide to look for work in Ireland.

Finally, teaching in the UK is a great way to get your probation year completed. Getting three hundred hours of teaching time in Ireland can be really tough. However, while working in the UK, you can do the English induction programme and have your hours and training recognised by the Irish Teaching Council for when you return to Ireland. In addition, if you are looking to move to the UK, Uteach really are very helpful. The interview practice in particular was really great and helped me go into the real interview feeling really confident.

So in short, there is more paperwork and accountability in the UK. However, this is to help you be a better teacher and make your lessons more enjoyable and more educational. The biggest difference for me is that I feel valued and respected again. I’m not an on-again, off-again substitute, I’m a teacher.

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David O’ Reilly was placed by U Teach Recruitment with a position in the UK.

Watch a video about our Uteach Campus Training Academy 

Register now for upcoming interview dates through U Teach.

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Using Social Media and Personal Branding to get a teaching job! Engage Education Ireland

 

 

 

 

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Social Media is not the first place a teacher will look when starting the perilous hunt for a job post qualification. But the truth is, Social Media is the way forward for teachers looking for teaching positions! Consider this; out of the 6.3 billion people in the world, 4.8 billion own a mobile phone – only 4.2 billion own a toothbrush. (Yuck!)

At Engage Education Ireland we find that increasingly our teachers come to us through Social Media platforms. We hope that this blog can help you to brand yourself more effectively on Social Media and ultimately help you secure a teaching job!

 

Why is it important to brand yourself correctly? All teachers have an online presence whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and when you apply for a teaching job, one of the first things a prospective employer will do is google your name. What you put on your accounts says a lot about you as a person! What do you think a Principal would say about your profile?

The difference is whether you choose to consciously mould that branding to suit you or whether you let it define you without your input. Check out our top hints and tricks to improve your personal branding online below!

Facebook:

  • Make sure to make your profile private, and change your settings on posts and photos to ‘friends’.
  • Connect with other teachers, stay part of your PME group on Facebook (for future jobs that might come up in other schools).
  • Join groups for your subject area.
  • Update your work & University profile.

Twitter:

  • Create and share valuable educational content, add Principals, recruiters, other teachers.
  • Use hashtags to search for jobs #jobs #teaching #teachers #education #opportunities.

 

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LinkedIn:

  • If you don’t have a LinkedIn then our advice is definitely set one up! You will thank us for it later 😉
  • The most professional of the websites & extremely important to brand yourself well here.
  • Use a professional photo of yourself. No to the trout pout & dress professional!
  • Make sure your information is up to date and correct. We want to see when you graduated, what schools you worked in, and what levels you have taught!
  • Use a good headline – John Smith | Enthusiastic Teacher looking for a new post.
  • Add other teachers, Principals and recruiters – Grow your network!

 

These rules apply in our own lives, but also as teachers we can educate our students on digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship is the concept of preparing students for the safe use of technology in a society increasingly obsessed with social media. Think about how you can incorporate healthy digital citizenship into your lessons. If we, as teachers set a standard, hopefully the students will follow.

 

Engage Education Ireland are based in St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2 and we are all teachers! We are passionate about teaching and hold workshops on Social Media, Personal Branding, and Teaching in the UK. Contact Rachel.travers@engageeducation.ie or call 01 554 7302 to find out more.

Follow us on social media:

Facebook: Engage Education Ireland

Twitter: @EngageEdIreland

Instagram: engageireland

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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]

Tech competition: Win an entrepreneurial workshop prize in Budapest!

EIT Digital Competition

 

 

 

Put yourself in the running for EIT Digital’s ‘3-Day Workshop’ challenge! The Budapest-based workshop prize includes flights and accommodation, to give young tech entrepreneurs a taste of innovation at its best.

If you are studying computer science, maths, computer engineering or IT, this is the ideal opportunity to bounce around ideas, meet inspiring professionals and build your network!

The winner gains access to industry leading digital entrepreneurs – disrupters on the European startup scene – with this grand prize, ideating around how to turn their dreams into real, tangible solutions.

EIT Digital Competition

[Source:https://sqore.com/]

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/]

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Competition: Be part of the National Student Challenge 2016!

 

 

 

Want to challenge yourself? Want to know if you are the brightest in your class? The brightest in your college? The brightest student in Ireland? Well now is your chance. Not only will you be in with the opportunity of winning up to €1,000, you could also be crowned Ireland’s brightest student, not a bad addition to your CV!

The gradireland National Student Challenge  gives you the chance to see how you compare to students from across Ireland’s top Universities. It is free to enter, it is all online and will only take 40 minutes of your time.

The online element of the Challenge will open in September and will run until February 2016. At that point the Top 60 students on the leaderboard will be invited to take part in the Final Day Event. There they will be put through six physical and mental Challenges set by our employer partners, which will determine the winner of the Challenge – further details on the Final Day Challenges will be unveiled as we approach the close of the online element!

(source – gradirleand – http://challenge.gradireland.com/about-the-competition/)

 

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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.

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…

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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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.

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Some very useful FREE Online Resources for students

Online Resources

Not many students or alumni know that there is a range of FREE Online Resources available through UCD Careers Connect. Yes, that’s right, FREE! This blog is all about information sharing and here, we will outline exactly what each of these resources has to offer you, to help you start planning for your future.

‌‌        Profiling for Success

 Profiling for Success – Psychometric Tests

 These are very useful in career planning, helping you understand more about your strengths and how these might shape your career and personal choices. When you complete a test, a report is automatically generated and emailed to you! Simples! The report comes in the form of a PDF document attached to the email, and includes an explanation of your results. You can take each test as often as you wish.

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10 Minutes With‌

This is a career website to help students on their career journey by providing insight from different professionals and giving you access to more than 200,000 jobs and internships worldwide. 10 Minutes With interviews company directors, executives and entrepreneurs and asks them to explain their jobs and day-to-day activities in exactly 10 minutes. Pretty short, neat and sweet! The video interviews help you understand the true nature of different roles and the skills required in a variety of sectors globally in Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups.

 

VaultVault

This is a comprehensive online career resource designed to help you look into potential careers, research top employers and find out about trends in your industry.

 

Going GlobalGoing Global

This provides country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings and career resources.

 

 

CEI Internships CEI Internships

This resource offers individually verified information and resources to students seeking internships in the US.

 

 

GlassdoorGlass Door

Here, you can find out what it’s really like to work for over 300,000 companies. Think of it as ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’. There are also vacancies and internships advertised on the site.

 

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 Workmaze

Targeted at Business students, this company offers a comprehensive suite of products and services to assist both students and Alumni in every stage of their career development.

 

How do you access these great resources?

To use these tests, you’ll need three codes: client code, access code and password. All you have to do is log into UCD Careers Connect and see the ‘Online Resources’ section on your ‘Welcome’ page. Here, you will see all of the above resources along with the required passwords.

 

Remember that you can also make an appointment to see a Career & Skills Consultant if you need some help figuring out what to do next!

 

UCD Career Development Centre Team

www.ucd.ie/careers

So, let’s go to Japan…

UCD Participants 2015 at the JET Farewell Reception at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador

 

 

 

 

Two students walk into a bar…

“So, I was thinking of doing the JET Programme… “

“The what?”

“The JET Programme: a cultural exchange and foreign language education programme to Japan. Look…”

“That’s a sad website…”

“Yeah, it’s a bit old looking but the info’s good. And here’s a blog from a guy who went in 2011 “Yer Man in Japan:  The misadventures of an Irishman on the JET Programme

“Oh, he’s written a lot, hasn’t he?  I like this one: Pimping for JET back Home. But I don’t want to be a teacher…”

“I don’t want to be a teacher either, but it’s more than that – it’s cultural exchange stuff…”

“Cultural exchange?  What’s that?”

“Sport, dance, music, literature, anything… The idea is that you transmit what life is like in Ireland and expand students’ horizons.”

“So, I have to teach them Irish dancing?!”

“If you want. They’re mad about Riverdance and love ANÚNA. But you can do anything you like, it’s all about expanding horizons and connecting with people.”

“How about my horizons – what do I get out of all this?”

“Well, a chance to live in Japan for a year or more. Experience culture-shock. Meet people from all over the English-speaking world – as well as Japan, of course. Explore a very different culture and country. Have a stab at a new language. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Backpack through South-East Asia if you want. The programme really turns some of your ideas of the world on its head and gives you new perspectives.”

“Do many UCD grads go on this programme?”

“Well for 2015/16 11 of the 47 Irish JETs are from UCD.”

“Hmmm, I’ll think about it.”

“Yeah, you should, you really should…”

 

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L to R: Genevieve Williams BA Linguistics & Sociology, Jonathan Kelly BA Int’l History & minor Psychology, Shereen Perera BMus, Christopher Ruddy BSc Microbiology, Niall Higgins BA History & Politics & International Relations, Caoilte Burke BA Int’l History & Politics & International Relations, Emily McVey BComm Int’l French, Alan D’Arcy BComm, Thomas Joyce BCL European, Finghin MacChártaigh BSc General Science.

Becoming a primary teacher – the PME for graduates

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Applications for the two year Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching) 2015-2017 are now open. The closing date is 17:00 on 10th April 2015.

This programme is offered by:
St Patrick’s College, Dublin
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Details of entry requirements, duration and the curriculum can be found on the institutions’ websites via the links above.

Please note: Applications for the Dublin and Maynooth-based colleges should be sent to St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; applications for the Limerick-based programme should be sent to Mary Immaculate College.

From September 2016 (not 2015) applicants will be required to have a minimum 2:2 honours Level 8 degree, i.e. UCD GPA 2.48 and above.

 


Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.

Becoming a teacher – the Professional Masters in Education

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If you are thinking about becoming a post-primary teacher now is the time to start putting your application together for the Professional Masters in Education (PME). This is a two-year Masters programme.

The majority of applications are made through PAC – the Postgraduate Applications Centre. This is where you can apply to the following universities:

The closing dates for these applications are 1st December 2014 with late applications accepted (at an additional fee) until 30th January 2015 to start in September 2015.

Hibernia College also offers the PME with closing dates of 28th November 2014 and  January 2015 for late applications. The starting date is March 2015.

You can find the subject requirements for entry on the Teaching Council website. There are additional points given to applicants who have relevant professional experience or hold additional qualifications. And there’s more information about getting into teaching on gradireland.com.

The Teaching Council has also provided answers to some commonly asked questions about applying to the PME.


Studying in UCD

The PME at UCD is a two-year full-time programme leading to the award of Professional Master of Education (PME) and qualifies graduates to teach two subjects at post-primary level (both junior and senior cycle). Take a look at their brochure for more information.

If accepted, each student will be required to arrange a suitable placement school for the duration of the programme. Schools are sourced once you have been accepted to the programme (April 2015). UCD does provide students with a list of suggested schools, however, students must still undergo a competitive interview process with any suggested school.


Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.

 

Skills for Working Life: Projecting a Professional Image

The importance of being able to showcase yourself and ‘your brand’ can not be underestimated when it comes to the recruitment process. Employers seek to recruit students who will make a difference in their workplace, who are competent and able to progress into management positions-who can be future leaders of industry, education and commerce.

Check out Clyde & Co’s presentation in week 7 of Skills for Working Life on how to successfully project your image professionally.

Clyde & Co