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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2016 gradireland Summer Fair

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Register now for free entry and start your summer on the right track!

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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! 

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gradireland #FYI Careers Showcase 2016 for SECOND YEAR students

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

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

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gradireland #FYI Careers Showcase 2016 for FIRST YEAR students

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

First Year is the new Final Year!

 

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2 Gradireland Fairs not to miss with Gradchances!

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday 16 February, the GRADchances STEM Fair will be taking place in the Industries Hall, RDS, Dublin. This event brings together STEM undergraduates and graduates with employers who are actively recruiting to fill STEM opportunities. This event will give students and graduates the opportunity to explore exciting career paths within emerging technologies. There will be exhibitors from across the wide variety of STEM careers seeking to meet with students from all subject areas within STEM. The GRADchances STEM Fair will also feature a range of professional careers seminars, a gradireland jobs wall with live graduate jobs in STEM and networking opportunities with the leaders in the Irish STEM market. Further information about this event can be found at http://stemfair.gradchances.com

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On Wednesday 17 February, the GRADchances Language Fair will be taking place in the Industries Hall, RDS, Dublin. This is the only ‘Careers with Languages’ Fair to be held in Ireland and will be attended by some of the most significant graduate employers in the country. This event will bring students, graduates and employers together to explore the wide range of career opportunities that are available for multi-linguists. These include internships, graduate schemes and immediate roles, so if you are a student or recent graduate interested in finding out how your language skills can open up fabulous careers for you both in Ireland and abroad, make sure you don’t miss the GRADchances Languages Fair. This event is open to students from all disciplines, and is attended by employers looking to recruit from all degree subjects. Further information about this event can be found at http://languagefair.ie

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Enter the postgradireland Course of the Year 2016

On Thursday 28 April 2016, gradireland will be hosting the annual postgradireland Course of the Year Awards ceremony at The Mansion House, Dublin. We had a fantastic evening last year with over 500 guests and VIPs attending this glittering occasion, so make sure you get the date in your diary for the 2016 Awards.

 

 

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to enter one or more of the following awards:

Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Engineering
Postgraduate Course of the Year – IT
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Science
Best New Course (open to all disciplines and sectors)
All Award categories are free to enter but we would advise you to start working on your submissions as soon as possible.

Download your Entry Form here for more information on award criteria, how to enter, as well as submission deadlines.
As ever, tables are booking up quickly so don’t miss out, book your table today by completing and returning the table booking form contained in the Entry Form booklet. Early confirmation of table bookings is advised, and these can be sent in ahead of any award submissions.

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If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Make sure to visit gradireland.com/awards to get the full flavour of this great event!

Best of luck!

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

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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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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 Open Day 2015

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The UCD Career Development Centre Open Day held today, Wednesday September 23rd was a great success with the Centre staff meeting and speaking with over 850 students! The event sponsored by KPMG (and attended by both KPMG and Grad Ireland) set out to inform students about the Centre and all the services that it has to offer for the coming academic year.

Students received demonstrations from staff about how to use the UCD Career Connect system to book appointments, search and book events on campus, search for job vacancies and academic internships, as well as receiving an overview of online resources and the Centre’s online module Career Zone (available on Blackboard).

To finish off their visit, students were invited to enjoy a free ice cream and enter the Centre Facebook competition to win a brand new iPad.

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Full set of photos available on the Centre Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ucdcareers

National Student Challenge 2014 winners

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gradireland National Student Challenge winners 2014Ciara Browne, a third year student from UCD, finished third in the gradireland National Student Challenge Final on Thursday 20th March – for the second year in a row!

It was a closely run race, with 60 of Ireland’s top students after a series of 6 gruelling tasks set by some of Ireland’s top graduate employers.

Ciara qualified for the Final from a pool of over 4,100 students who registered to take the National Student Challenge online. The online assessment put those students to the test, challenging their verbal reasoning; numerical reasoning; commercial competency and logical thinking. Once complete, students were ranked on a leaderboard, with only the top students qualifying to take part in the Final.

Finalists were then set a series of 6 challenges to complete during the course of the Final. Challenges were set by gradireland in collaboration with Lidl, Boston Scientific, PwC, Jameson, SAP and EY, with the help of Irish psychometric testing company cut-e, and mirrored tests used by graduate employers in assessment centres, thus helping all students develop their employability skills. Ciara and the other finalists were tested on Planning & Organising; Commercial Acumen; Persistence; Constructive teamwork; Creativity; and Innovative Problem Solving, all key attributes that top graduate employers look for when recruiting for their graduate positions.

In a tight finish, Ava Mahony (UL) just pipped Tiarnan McCaughan (Trinity College Dublin) and Ciara Browne (UCD) into second and third place respectively.

Look out for the National Student Challenge 2015 launching towards the end of this year, and keep an eye out for other competitions to enter.

Competition time!

Would you like to win a trip to the beautiful city of Berlin? Gradireland are now giving you this chance!

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The trip includes:

 -Return flights for two people from Dublin to Berlin, Germany

-Return private transfers from the airport to the hotel

-Two nights’ accommodation at a centrally located 4 star hotel

-Breakfast in the hotel restaurant each morning for two people

-Travel insurance

Competition closes at midday on 30th April 2014.

Visit Gradireland’s facebook website to enter: https://www.facebook.com/gradireland

Do you have fluency in more than one language?

GRADchances Language Fair

GRADchances Language FairThe GRADchances Language Fair is on Wednesday 26th February from 12-4pm in the RDS.

This is the first ‘Careers with Languages’ Fair to be held in Ireland and will be attended by some of the most significant graduate employers in the country.

Many companies are looking to recruit graduates with strong language skills across a wide range of disciplines. The rise in FDI and the influx of MNCs (multi-national companies) using Ireland as their gateway to Europe, the Middle East and Asia (and beyond), combined with the requirement for indigenous Irish companies to succeed in an international business environment has put a focus on language skills like never before. There are a massive range of career paths open for graduates of all disciplines who have fluency in one or more languages – both English-speakers with a strong second (or more) language, and non-nationals with fluency in English.

This event will bring students, graduates and employers together to explore the wide range of career opportunities that are available for multi-linguists. These include internships, graduate schemes and immediate roles, so if you are a student or recent graduate interested in finding out how your language skills can open up fabulous careers for you both in Ireland and abroad, make sure you don’t miss the GRADchances Languages Fair.

This event is open to students from all disciplines, and is attended by employers looking to recruit from all degree subjects.

What to expect at the fair

  • gradireland jobs wall with live graduate jobs
  • A range of FREE careers seminars
  • Network with leading graduate employers and find out about the types of roles they are actively recruiting for
  • Careers include employers looking for engineers, marketing roles, technicians, project managers, business developers, technologists, consultants and future business leaders…

Register now for FREE entry.

‘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.

Looking into further study?

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postgradireland Further Study Fair 2014If you’re considering postgraduate study, make sure you get along to the postgradireland Further Study Fair 2014 – on Wednesday 12th February in the RDS, Dublin from 12-4.30pm.

At the fair you’ll find 1,000’s of postgraduate courses; information and advice on personal statements, funding, conversion courses and more.

The event is FREE to anyone who pre-registers at www.gradireland.com/postgradfair, or you can pay €5 on the door.

Are you Ireland’s brightest and best undergraduate?

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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!

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

Ciara Browne from UCD came 3rd in last year’s Challenge. Let’s see if UCD can do even better this year! Take the challenge now.

The online element of the Challenge runs until February 2014. 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 employer partners which will determine the winner of the Challenge.