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.

 

 

 

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

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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]

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…

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Become an EU Careers Ambassador

EU Careers Ambassadors

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in:

  • Finding out more about EU Career opportunities and promoting them to your fellow students?
  • Building a fantastic network across Europe?
  • Gaining work experience during your studies?
  • Developing your skills in public speaking, marketing and HR?
  • Receiving a full induction and coaching throughout the role?
  • Giving your CV extra clout with future employers?

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is looking for motivated, outgoing people with enthusiasm to promote EU Careers in UCD.

EU Careers Ambassadors

As a highly-regarded employer of top graduates, we’re looking for a brand ambassador at the best universities in Europe. Part of an established and successful initiative, the EU Careers Ambassadors scheme involves finding innovative ways of promoting the great opportunities we have to offer, including through:

  • attending careers fairs, or giving presentations to your fellow students
  • developing university networks and providing information
  • maintaining an active online and social media presence
  • answering questions and queries about EU Careers

Of course, there’s a lot in it for you, too.

For starters, all of our Ambassadors receive comprehensive training which will prepare them perfectly for the role. You’ll be able to develop the skills you need to be a successful Ambassador, we’ll give you loads of support and ideas on getting started.

Secondly, in a super-competitive graduate job market, a position of responsibility like this could really make you stand out. As well as developing your communication and presentation skills, the international perspective you’ll demonstrate will give your CV extra clout with future employers.

Apply online by 12pm Brussels time (11am Irish time) on 24 April 2015.

Volunteer with SHINE 2014

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**Deadline for applications extended**

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland is seeking enthusiastic and caring individuals to volunteer on SHINE 2014 (Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus Ireland Nurturing Empowerment), a residential Summer Independence Training Programme for teenagers and young adults with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus from all around the country.  SHINE gives participants the opportunity to develop their independence, confidence and social skills in a safe, encouraging and fun environment.

Volunteer with SHINE 2014

SBHI was established to promote the care, welfare, interest, treatment, education, advancement and rehabilitation of persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

If you would like to get involved, fill in an application form today. Alternatively, please phone 01-4572329 or email shine@sbhi.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 2nd April at 5pm or until places have been filled.

Traineeships in the European Commission

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European Commission logoFancy 5 months paid work and an amazing opportunity to gain experience? The European Commission is accepting applications for traineeships to start in October 2014. You’ll need a degree and language skills.

Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. You may work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy…

Your daily work will mainly consist of:

  • attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings
  • researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations; answering queries
  • running projects

The closing date is 3rd February 2014. Find all the details and how to apply on the European Commission website.

If you’re a recent UCD graduate (up to 2 years since graduating), you can book an appointment with a Career & Skills Consultant in UCD Careers to look over your application before you submit.