Looking For Your Ideal Internship?

 

Have you set your Career Goals for 2018?  Let us help you out!

 

January is the perfect time to sit down and set out some dreams and goals for the year ahead. What does your dream job look like? What  skills would you like to learn or improve? Which companies or individuals inspire you? Where in the world can you see yourself working?

 

While setting out our ultimate goals is great motivation, it can often leave us asking ourselves ‘where do I even start?’. Well that’s where we can help, check out these simple suggestions to get you started!

 

Improve Your Skills

 

In University, your education opportunities extend far beyond your core modules. There is an abundance of ways to develop skills through extra curricular events and workshops. Skilled graduates are in much greater demand by modern employers.

 

Have you heard about the UCD Certificate in ‘Skills for Working Life’? This is an 8 week course, with weekly informal and interactive sessions each lasting up to two hours, where you will be taught by some of Ireland’s leading employers. The course gives students an insight into the skills which you will need to develop to be successful in the graduate workplace. To find out more and register, visit UCD Careers Connect.

 

Do Your Research

 

Not sure where to start your search for Internship opportunities? You’ll find lots of useful information in the internship section of our Career Development Centre website, in the Vacancies portal on Careers Connect, on GradIreland and Prospects.

 

Still not sure what you’re looking for? You can also make an appointment with our Career Consultants to chat through your search, application or interview process. Appointments are only available on the day, for the day, and you can book online from 8am each morning on Careers Connect.

 

Make Connections

 

On February 1st we are hosting our annual Internships Recruitment Fair in the Global Lounge on the lower ground floor of the Main Restaurant building. Register to attend on Careers Connect.

 

Internship work is a crucial and valuable experience for students across all academic disciplines. It is also the one of the best ways to get into a company for the long term permanent position. Whether you want to work as an intern for a large professional financial firm or maybe a smaller company, you’ll find something at the Internships Fair for you.

 

Best of Luck!

 

 

Networking – Getting the Mostest from a Recruitment Fair

Students queueing for a recruitment fair

Mark Cumisky, Career & Skills Consultant at UCD, gives some advice on the best way to tackle a recruitment fair:


Students chatting to employers

Recruitment Fairs are great. They are full of interesting people, often wearing primary colours, who are trying to give you free stuff. Pens, writing pads, chocolate, stress-balls, travel coffee mugs, lollipops, key-rings, tee-shirts, even hoodies on occasion. You will not have to buy a pen all year – truly a cornucopia of freebies! Oh, and they are looking to hire you either as a graduate or for a summer internship next year. Pretty cool!

But the place is packed, jam-packed. With other students. And the layout feels non-intuitive. The staff at the stands look like they’re fed up explaining who their organisation is for the umpteenth time. And they do this at almost every university (and lots of ITs). So, is it worthwhile to go? Can I really make myself stand out and impress them?
YES! YES, really.
How?

  • Login to Careers Connect with your UCD Connect details and find the fair under events to see a list of the organisations who will be attending. You can then note down the ones that you want to approach, aka the ones you want to work for, and make a list.
  • Use the web and research the organisations in detail – check out the careers section of their website, esp. the part on the role that you want, and also their general corporate site.
  • Use sites like gradireland, Prospects, and Vault to research the profession and learn what’s involved in the roles you want.
  • Make a list of questions that you want answered – not those that you can answer from their website, obvs.
  • Develop a pitch about yourself – why you want to work for them, why you are studying your course, where you see yourself going in the future. An elevator pitch that tells potential employers both who you are and what you can do for them.
  • Talk to a career and skills consultant before the fair, book an appointment and discuss your strategy.
  • Smile and relax. Hard, I know, but remember that the employers are here to see you – that’s why they came, they want this conversation, and the better the conversation the more impressed they’ll be with you.
  • Follow-up. Send a thank you note or a copy of your CV afterwards – whatever you promised, do it.
  • And enjoy – at the very least the pens are useful.

For more see this video from Career Player.

For more tips and hints, why not call into us at the UCD Career Development Open Day being held this Wednesday September 23rd!

CDC Open Day 2015
CDC Open Day 2015