7 Steps To A Successful Presentation

Unsure of how to prepare and conduct a successful presentation? Check out our 7 tips below:


  1. Check Your Equipment…..in advance:

If you are planning to use PowerPoint, a clicker or show a video during your presentation, make sure to do a pre-check the night before and again a few minutes before the start of your presentation. You don’t want your opening line to be “sorry we seem to have some technical difficulties.” One other tip, keep only the tabs needed open and close all unnecessary ones.


  1. Limited Slides:

If it is possible, limit your presentation to 10-12 slides (depending on your time scale and requirements) with 8-10 key words on each slide. Your presentation will look clean, tidy and simple to follow. Too many words and too many images can confuse your audience and they may lose interest. It also means you have less work to do on your actual presentation and more time to practice the public speaking side.


  1. Storytelling:

Storytelling is the best way to help your audience to pay attention and relate to your presentation. Presentations can be boring when the audience is filled with information but very little context or meaning. Make your story relevant and if possible from your own personal experience (you can tell the story from the heart).


  1. Try Your Best Not To Read From The Slides:

Practice, practice and more practice!! It’s crucial that you know your stuff. It looks very professional when you can avoid reading from the slides. It shows that you put a lot of effort, preparation and invested a huge level of interest in your presentation. The best advice is to limit each slide to about 8-10 key words and once you see each key word……..BOOM……your knowledge and storytelling begins with good positive body language facing your audience and making eye contact. Otherwise you are reading directly from the slides and most of your audience are zoned out (see right) and we don’t want that.



  1. Make Your Presentation Interactive and Engaging With Your Audience:

Asking questions is a good characteristic of a presenter. It allows the audience to offer their views and opinions. You can have a better understanding as to whether the audience are finding it educational by asking questions. We strongly advise leaving all questions from the audience until the end as you can become distracted with questions throughout the presentation. If you have time, it might be an idea to ask the audience to complete a feedback form which will provide you with some constructive criticisms and positive feedback. This can assist you with improving your presentation skills.



  1. Smile And Make Eye Contact:

This sounds much easier than it is but surprisingly a large number of presenters forget to do this due to nerves etc. By making eye contact and smiling to your audience, you are building a rapport and making your audience more comfortable, engaged and connected to you and your topic. It would be important to practice this with an audience at home or at university before your presentation. And don’t forget to SMILE 🙂


  1. Relax, Breath and Enjoy:

If you have a pre-exam ritual like listening to music or going for a walk, why don’t you try this before your presentation? Do your best to enjoy your presentation especially if it’s a topic that you are passionate about. And don’t forget to celebrate your achievements!!! You deserve it.

We know this time of the academic year consists of many presentations and we hope these tips help you out. Remember to try your best to learn from each presentation you do and continue to improve. Soon enough you’ll be conducting successful presentations to millions worldwide.


The very best of luck with your upcoming presentations!


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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 educational 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. To see the full list of companies attending have a look at the event details on Careers Connect. Entrance is completely free, just bring along your student card!


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!



How do I choose the right career?


How do I choose the right career?

You can now find a massive amount of career information online – some great, and some not so great! We’re here, at the UCD Career Development Centre, to point you towards the best and most reliable resources to help you plan your career!

If you’re not sure what you want to do yet, that’s OK, but you can get started by identifying your skills and strengths, values, interests and what might suit your personality.

How? Let me introduce you to ‘Profiling for Success, a fantastic resource on the UCD Careers website which can be used to guide you. Log in using the following – Client code: tflhe, Access code: ucd, Password: ucd4 .

Profiling for Success contains 7 different assessments, also know as psychometric tests. Why do I need a psychometric test? Well maybe you’ve been asking yourself some of the questions below…


What motivates me?

Money? Flexible work hours? Opportunities to travel? The ‘Values Based Indicator of Motivation’ assessment will help you to identify those things that matter to you most. And in turn, you can look at careers that satisfy these motivations.


How can I find a career that matches my interests?

Ever heard the saying ‘The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life’? Finding a career that matches your personal interests would be a wonderful advantage and you can start by using the ‘Careers Interest Inventory’ to find out more.


What is my work style? What can I bring to an organisation?

Are you a natural organiser? An advisor? A leader? A negotiator? An investigator? You can find out by taking the ‘Type Dynamics Indicator’ assessment. Understanding your individual style will help you to refine your career focus.


What am I good at?

Do you find you work best with numbers or with words? Do you have an analytical, problem solving mind?  Take the ‘Reasoning Skills’ assessments to give you a better idea!


How do I learn most effectively?

Do you learn best from reading? Observing? On the job, hands-on, learning? Understanding your learning style can significantly improve your chances of success. So what are you waiting for? Take the ‘Learning Styles Indicator’ assessment asap!


Hopefully we’ve sparked your curiosity and more importantly, we hope ‘Profiling for Success‘ helps to guide you in right direction!

Have a great week!



Services for Graduates & Alumni


The Career Development Centre continues to support UCD graduates and alumni. For up to two years after your graduation, you’re welcome to make a one-to-one appointment with one of our Career & Skills Consultants. All UCD alumni are welcome to access our online resources and attend most careers events, including recruitment fairs and presentations.

If you are currently seeking employment or exploring career options you may find the following resources useful:

  • Register for an alumni account on our CareersConnect portal and use the ‘My Profile’ tab to update your profile and set up email alerts for relevant event updates and job alerts.  Log in regularly for details on:

    • Careers events and employer presentations and fairs

    • Jobs and Vacancies

  • See ucd.ie/careers/students/onlineresources for access to a wide range of online resources free of charge to UCD alumni. These include the following and more:

    • Profiling for Success offers psychometric tests to help you understand more about your strengths and how these might shape your career and personal choices. There are personality, learning styles and career interests tests. You can also use the abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning tests to help you prepare for assessments which are part of the recruitment process for many graduate positions.

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

    • Going Global provides country-specific career and employment information, including worldwide internship and job postings and career resources.

    • 10 Minutes With….. provides insights from different professionals, asking them to explain their jobs and day-to-day activities in exactly 10 minutes, helping you to understand different roles and the skills required. It also gives you access to more than 200,000 jobs and internships worldwide.

    • Glassdoor gives you access to reviews on over 600,000 companies worldwide. Think of it as ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’. Vacancies and internships are also advertised on this site.

  • Find out about graduate study options in Ireland and abroad

  • Start building your network so you can access the hidden job market

  • Get your CV in shape and prepare to make high quality applications

  • Perfect your interview techniques to help you get the job you want

  • See the UCD Career Guide

  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be kept up to date on vacancies, events and other opportunities.

UCD Careers Connect

Did you know that through UCD Careers Connect you can:

  • Access a host of online resources for free, which include:

    • Profiling for Success – Psychometric tests

    • Going Global

  • Book an appointment with a careers consultant

  • Book attendance on one of our many employer events or workshops on campus

  • Search and apply for job vacancies and internships

First things First

  1. Log onto UCD Careers Connect (bookmark this page!).

  2. Student login is for current undergraduate and postgraduate students.  You will be brought to UCD Single Sign On screen where you can login using your UCD Connect details (student number and password).

  3. Alumni login and registration is separate.  Please note, if you have not already registered for alumni account, you will need to do so before using UCD Careers Connect.  This process should only take 5 minutes to complete and approvals are carried out within two hours during business hours.



Home Dashboard

Your home Dashboard has a list of online resources you can access on the left hand side.  It is also where you will see the menu bar on top of the webpage.


My Profile 

This is where you can access and edit your personal details, email preferences, vacancies of interest as well as automating gradireland registration.

To keep up-to-date with weekly events, adjust your ‘Email Preferences’ as outlined below.



Book an Appointment

1. From the Appointments tab, select ‘Search & Book’.



 2. Select the type of appointment you would like and click ‘show results’.



3. Click ‘Book now’ on your preferred appointment time.



4. You will be asked to specify your query.
5. Click on ‘Book this appointment’ to finish.




This is where you can search and apply for jobs and academic internships specific to your discipline.  You can filter by:

  • Business area

  • Location

  • Salary

  • Expiry date

  • Country

Please note that the ‘Academic Internship’ option may not be visible to everyone, depending on whether your college is running an academic internship or not.


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Find out how to develop effective applications and how to prepare successfully for interviews and assessment centres.
  • Keep an eye on careersconnect.ucd.ie for:
    • Relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations
    • Jobs and Vacancies
  • Look at the Winning Job Applications section of our Career Zone self-study online module available via UCD Career Development Centre website
  • Take the ‘Profiling for Success’ psychometric tests available to you through links from www.ucd.ie/careers/students/onlineresources. Use the abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning tests to help you prepare for assessments which are part of the recruitment process for many graduate positions.
  • Google yourself!
    94% of recruiters use, or plan to use social media for recruiting. Most employers will, at the very least, search for your name in Google. Before applying for jobs: check everywhere they’ll find you on Social media – your ‘Digital Footprint’– you might be surprised what shows up!
    • Clean up your social media profiles
    • Use consistent messaging across all profiles
    • Create professional profiles e.g. LinkedIn
  • Make an appointment on careersconnect.ucd.ie with a Career & Skills Consultant at the UCD Career Development Centre for advice.

Finding a Job

If you’re looking for a graduate job, your first port of call should be Careers Connect, our online vacancies portal.
Tips from UCD Career Development Centre
  • Make an appointment on careersconnect.ucd.ie with a Career & Skills Consultant at the UCD Career Development Centre for advice.

Finding an Internship

Finding an Internship

Finding an Internship

Gaining experience through an Internship can be a key factor in enhancing your CV, developing relevant skills and achieving your career ambitions. Our UCD Internships Fair is coming up next week on 1st Feb – be sure to attend!

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre


  • Login to careersconnect.ucd.ie regularly for:
    • Internship & Job Vacancies – hundreds of vacancies updated daily.
    • Relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations.
  • Attend the UCD Internships Fair on 1st February, 1-4pm, Astra Hall.
  • Make an appointment with a Career & Skills Consultant at the UCD Career Development Centre for advice.

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Find out about different types of interviews and how to prepare successfully for them…

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre


  • Keep an eye on careersconnect.ucd.ie for relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations.

Finding a Job or Internship



Whether you’re looking for a graduate job or a non-credit bearing summer internship, your first port of call should be Careers Connect, our online vacancies portal.

Login to Careers Connect regularly for:
– Job & Internship Vacancies – hundreds of vacancies updated daily
– Relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations

More advice to help you with finding a job or internship:
– UCD Career Guide
– Our Job & Internship section
– gradireland.com
– prospects.ac.uk

 Hidden Jobs Market – Some jobs are not advertised!
 How to find them:
– Network!
– Find work through Social Media
– Do an Internship
– Build a positive online presence

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Summer Job Planning 2016





A lot of students need to work during their studies to earn money, and this will also enhance your CV and benefit your future career prospects. Employers are looking for skills and experience gained in a range of different situations, and work experience combined with your academic qualifications can help you stand out!

Finding a job that is related to your field of study and/or the career you would like to go into is a great way to get a foot in the door. Some industries can be difficult to get into, so a job on reception or helping with general tasks can help you network your way in. However, even if your part-time work is seemingly unrelated to your chosen career you can still develop transferable skills and have examples to use in competency-based applications and interviews.

gradireland has some useful information on gaining experience whilst in college, and TargetJobs offers ten skills you can gain from a part-time retail job, which can also apply for work in other sectors.

Finding work

You can find part-time and temporary jobs advertised through most of the usual job websites and channels. However, increasingly employers are using social media as an inexpensive, easy and fast way to fill vacancies. Some tips for finding work are:



Need more advice?

We are open for appointments throughout the summer so feel free to drop in, book online on Careers Connect or ring us on 01 716 7574

Read more about our appointments here.




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

Events Mar 7-11

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!

jpeg LinkedIn Network Professionally

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

Skills for Working Life 2016: Projecting a Professional Image




Our annual Certificate in Skills for Working Life course runs from February to April.

If you’re not signed up to the course or you’d like a reminder of the session, have a look at the slides by clicking on the link below recently presented by Philip Westermeyer, Learning & Development Manager at City law firm, Clyde & Co.


UCD Projecting a Professional Image


Remaining presentations will be published to the blog on a weekly basis.

UCD Career Development Centre



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.


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

Morgan Stanley




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]

Why should you consider an Internship and how can you apply?






Why should you consider an internship?

There are many reasons to do an internship. The outcomes of an internship can include: increasing your skills and knowledge; improving your understanding of a particular job or industry; and the chance to network. All of this can help you to find a paid permanent position in the future.


How do you apply for an Internship?

Applying for an internship is a lot like applying for an ordinary job. You will need to provide a CV and cover letter. It is also important that you treat an interview for an internship in the same way that you would an ordinary interview. There are different types of internships such as academic internships, summer internships and graduate internships.

UCD has numerous academic programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate –both taught and research) that include an internship component. Internships vary in duration with some being up to a year in length.

Providing internship opportunities as part of a programme of study benefits students in many ways:

-An opportunity to put theory into practice is provided
-New skills and knowledge, personal and work related, are acquired
-Students’ employment potential is enhanced
Organisations that provide internship opportunities to UCD students also gain positively from the experience:
-Students bring new and updated skills and fresh ideas to the work place
-Student interns can be assessed for their potential to fill future positions


Where can you find Internships?

  1. Careers Connect

There are hundreds of internships and job vacancies being advertised on Careers Connect, including jobs in Dublin, the rest of Ireland and overseas – with new employers registering every day. If you’re a UCD student, login with your UCD Connect username and password. If you’ve graduated from UCD, you can register for an alumni account by filling in a simple form. You can update your profile to indicate industry areas you’re interested in, and choose whether to receive email alerts for vacancies.

Under the ‘Online Resources‘ section of our website and Careers Connect, you will be able to search for international internships through ‘Going Global‘, ‘CEI‘ to name a few.


2. UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair

On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, we will be hosting the annual UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair in Astra Hall, Student Centre, Belfield Campus. This fair attracts around 1000 students across all disciplines looking to enhance their career prospects by undertaking an internship or make a broader contribution through volunteering.We will advertise this event on Facebook and Twitter early in the new year.


For any queries in relation to academic internships, do no hesitate to contact us in the office through careers@ucd.ie




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






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…