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 or pop into the UCD Career Development Centre for some further advice!


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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 or drop into the UCD Career Development Centre for further advice!

First Year is the new Final Year!


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UCD Career Development Centre Events: March 7th – March 11th 2016






Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

  • Stryker R&D Presentation’ Full details & direct booking (Target Audience: 4th Years/Masters, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electric Engineering)


Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


Thursday, March 10th, 2016


Friday, March 11th, 2016

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How to use Linked In





How to use Linked In

We often get asked these questions by students and graduates:

  • How should I use Linked In?
  • How do I use Linked In?
  • How do I update my profile?
  • Should I put my entire CV on Linked In?


Here we share some top tips from Linked In itself along with some useful links and articles from other resources. Happy networking!

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Other useful reads include:

How to Use LinkedIn: The Ultimate List of LinkedIn Tips

LinkedIn Tips | Official LinkedIn Blog

Top Tips for Putting Your LinkedIn Profile to Work (Infographic)

The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

Christine’s UCD to UK Teaching Story – KS Education Ltd




christineI didn’t start out being sure I wanted to become a teacher, but at the age of 22 I don’t think anyone is sure about anything! After I secured my degree, I knew a life of scientific research wasn’t for me and I decided to apply to the Professional Diploma in Education at UCD.

When I got my acceptance I was delighted, nervous, but excited about what the year would bring. The year flew in and before I knew it, it was time to start looking for a job. A real job. I spent the summer applying left, right, and centre – I got a few interviews but it always came back to the dreaded “lack of experience”. I came across KS education completely by accident, and I’m so glad I did.

Within a few days I had done a video profile with the lovely Maeve and got an interview for a school in Kent, England. It was a bit of a whirlwind as the school wanted me to start straight away, so I didn’t have time to think about the enormity of what I was doing. After a few months I wasn’t entirely happy within the school, but as ever Maeve was on hand to help out. She got me another interview, this time in Essex and I moved up there a short time later.

I was so much happier there and the school put me straight on the NQT programme which really helped. I had a mentor assigned to me who was there to guide me through the process. There was regular meetings and observations of my lessons. The programme was intense but it certainly made me a better teacher because I was getting clear feedback on a regular basis. That doesn’t happen in Ireland – you are left to your own devices which may sound nice but you can pick up some very bad habits without realising.

Now back in the Emerald isle for personal reasons, I often wish I was back in the UK. In the UK I knew what was expected of me, I had a mentor beyond my NQT year, I was offered relevant school-based CPD on a regular basis, but above all I had job security. I was permanent. I was valued. I have a short-term contract in Ireland now, but I hope that my time in the UK will help me in landing a more permanent job in the near future; I know I have a wealth of experience to draw on. Although not the smoothest of journeys, I can easily as that I had the best introduction to my teaching career I could have had. I learned a huge amount in 18 months, not just about teaching, but about myself.

Christine, 28, UCD Graduate 2013


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


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.



Interview Tips from Tradewind Recruitment






1. Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the school, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their ofsted ratings and about schools in the local area.

2. Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up, you should always prepare. Think about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job. Think about the positive outcomes you have achieved from projects and think about how you can demonstrate that.

3. Bring Examples
Saying you are a good teacher is one thing, showing them is another. Seeing believing after all. Bring in examples of your work you have done previously. E.g. school plans you have created, and even some of the work that your class/ students have done for you. This is a great way of demonstrating that you are a good fit for the school.

4. Use Social Media
The power of social media shouldn’t be underestimated. Have a look at the schools social media pages; see the posts they have made. This is a great way of finding out more about the school culture and what happens inside the school. You can also see any comments left by parents on their views of the school.

5. Be Professional
Do not say anything bad or false about your previous employers. This give a bad impression of you and your old employer. The interviewer would see this is a negative character trait. Be professional and answer questions clearly. If there were any issues in your previous employment state them clearly but do not point the finger too much.

6. Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you should look professional and hireable.. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed.

7. Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too!

8. Ask questions
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. So for example, ask what their plans are for teh school, what areas need improving. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the school.

9. End the Interview Well
Always end a interview on a positive. Smile and say thank you for the interviewers time, after all they are busy people and took time out to speak with you and answer your questions. This gives the interviewer a positive impression of you.

10. You be the Interviewer
A interview should be seen as a two way transaction. The interviewer will be asking you plenty of questions, but a interview also give you the perfect opportunity to get more information about the school, culture etc. You should use this opportunity to find out as much as you can about the school, by using point 1 by doing your research.


Tradewind Recruitment and SANZA Teaching Agency Specialising in the recruitment of Teachers and Support Staff for schools and nurseries throughout the UK.


Focus Ireland Graduate Programme 2016/17

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Calling all Social Care / Social Science / Psychology / Sociology  final year students!

Focus Ireland operates a graduate programme, known internally as “The Community Service Volunteer Programme” which offers opportunities for graduates to develop their skills and expertise in the area of social and community work. It is particularly suited to graduates of Social Science courses who are interested in gaining experience prior to returning to complete their masters in Social Care. The programme has been in operation for over 20 years and entails the following:

  • 12 months full time experience as a team member in one of the participating projects in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Sligo or Waterford.
  • Participation in a well-established, unique and innovative model of practice enabling participants to contribute skills in a structured, supervised & supported way for the benefit of disadvantaged and marginalized people including people out of home or at risk of becoming homeless. The extent of the commitment, involvement and responsibility that CSVs have exceeds that of an ordinary volunteer.
  • Living allowance of €12,500 per annum
  • Full access to professional supervision and support from allocated CSV supervisor
  • Full access to Employee Assistance Programme
  • Same policy entitlements as employees
  • Many seminars and work groups organized throughout the year – talks from internal & external experts
  • Bespoke training programme to include courses in: Child Protection, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Understanding Addiction, Parents Plus, Losses in Life & Bereavement, Mental Health, Stress Management, Motivational Interviewing, LGBT Homelessness and Traveller Culture.
  • Site visits arranged to other services that Focus Ireland would liaise with such as prisons and drug treatment centres.

The CSV programme runs from September to August every year and we offer places to 15 graduates!

Focus Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and volunteer involving organization.

Further information and the application form on our website.

The closing date for  applications for the 2016/2017 programme is 14th February 2016.

Applications can be sent to: HR Volunteer Co-ordinator, Focus Ireland, 9–12 High Street, Dublin 8 or email to

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!


  • 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.


  • 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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  • 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 or call 01 554 7302 to find out more.

Follow us on social media:

Facebook: Engage Education Ireland

Twitter: @EngageEdIreland

Instagram: engageireland

Snapchat: engageireland

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Career Workshop Series – UCD Career Development Series – Semester 2




UCD Career Development Centre offers a range of seminars and workshops aimed at helping you build the skills you need to master the graduate recruitment process and compete successfully for the job you want. This semester our Career & Skills Consultant ‘Sophie Carey‘ is running a series of workshops and these are all bookable through Careers Connect.

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UCD Career Development Centre Events: Feb 8th – 12th 2016






Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

CV Workshop


Thursday, February 11th, 2016


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.


UCD Career Development Centre Events: Feb 1st – 5th 2016








Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

  • ‘UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair’  Full details (all students welcome)
  • ‘Certificate in Skills for Working Life’ Full details & waiting list (all disciplines and years welcome to register)
  • ‘Kerry Group Graduate Opportunities’ Full details & direct booking (Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science)

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Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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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.

Add a Certificate to your final year transcript through Skills for Working Life!




Do you want to add a Certificate to your final UCD Transcript? Are you able to commit one and half to two hours per week to our Skills for Working Life course?

Our ‘Skills for Working Life’ course kicks off on February 3! This course runs for 8 weeks (once a week for approx 2 hours). Students who attend a minimum of 6 sessions will be awarded the ‘UCD Career Development Centre non-credit bearing Certificate in ‘Skills for Working Life’ at a presentation of certificates in late April/early May.

Sign up now via Careers Connect:

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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



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

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UCD Career Development Centre Events: Jan 25th – 29th 2016

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And we’re back! Welcome to Semester 2. See below a snapshot of this week’s events!


Wednesday, January 27th, 2016


Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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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.

Go global with your internship this summer with EY!

Mark International Intern Leadership Conference 2

Just before I began the internship I became aware of the EY International Intern Leadership Conference. This is a weeklong global intern event which is held in Disney World, Orlando, Florida involving 3000 EY interns from 150 countries around the world, with two being chosen from Ireland. Through a process involving a video application, interview, and presentation, I was lucky enough to be chosen with one other Irish intern. The first three days were designated to the ‘International’ interns, i.e. the interns not from the United States. Our days involved various workshops such as leadership and soft skill training. We were also given a day and a half to explore Universal Studios, which was gleefully accepted by the international interns. Much like the culture of friendliness and teamwork that I had experienced in Ireland, this culture was transferrable across all of the nationalities we met, with many friends being made along the way who I still have regular contact with.

When the American interns arrived Disneyworld became a much busier place. The week was engineered for you to meet as many people as possible, with different tables being assigned to you for every meal and event. This gave you the prospect to mix with a vast variety of people from every culture. Every person I met was outgoing, kind, and respectful. They were keen to get involved in all events, and share their beliefs and values with me. The workshops were insightful and relevant , with key speakers teaching us about the ground breaking research that they carried out, to motivational speakers urging us to never lose sight of what makes us, us. I learned an extraordinary amount from the workshops, but the amount I learned from the other interns themselves cannot be underestimated.

Nobody more so embodied the positive and open attitude of EY than CEO, Mark Weinberger, who spoke to us at the final dinner. He stayed behind for hours afterwards, talking with and getting to know the interns. People were blown away by his humility and his genuine wish to create a Better Working World. Although the event only lasted a week, friendships had quickly formed with people from every corner of the globe. Even though the distances may be far, the world seemed a lot smaller knowing that they too were embarking on their EY journey. The IILC is an incredible showcase of ability from EY, it allows interns to learn from leaders within the firm and network with their peers, encouraging them to be the future leaders of EY.

Applications for EY’s 2016 summer internship are open now apply online:

Watch the 2015 IILC at:

UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair 2016

Internships & Volunteering Fair

Internship and voluntary 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 a long term and possibly permanent position. The UCD Internship & Volunteering Fair matches organisations with UCD students. Whether you want to work as an intern for a large professional financial firm or try voluntary work abroad, you’ll find something here for you.

Join us at this year’s fair on February 3rd, 2016 in Astra Hall.

A fair booklet will be available on the day to take home and will also be displayed on our website: nearer the day!

Find out more about internships on our website.

Happy networking!

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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!

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