Graduate Vacancy in Risk Assurance with PwC

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PwC have a graduate vacancy within their Risk Assurance Solutions Practice based in Dublin. The closing date is this Friday 25th April 2014 and interviews will take place over the coming weeks. This role will start in Sept 2014 and will be a full three year graduate contract.

To apply, read the job spec below, and send a cover letter and CV (with full leaving certificate or equivalent and college results) to by Friday 25th April 2014.


Graduate Trainee – Risk Assurance Solutions

Risk Assurance Solutions (RAS) is part of our Advisory practice and is growing rapidly to deal with the rising demand for better corporate governance, stronger internal controls, and more effective management of systems and data. Risk and control is high on the boardroom agenda and we help organisations to manage their risks effectively.

Our RAS group provides expert advice and assistance to the Irish firm’s largest clients. We have over 70 RAS professionals providing specialist advice across the following 5 areas;

  • Corporate Governance;
  • Risk Management;
  • Business &  IT Controls;
  • Data management and analytics;
  • Internal Audit.

As a graduate trainee you’ll become part of this multi-discipline team, you will use a blend of risk management, audit, consulting and project management skills to advise clients on a range of risk, IT and control issues.

This role will commence with our next graduate intake in September 2014


  • Excellent academic record (minimum 2.1 degree); please include a full breakdown of subjects studied and results for each
  • Whilst we recruit form all disciplines we are particularly interested in those with a business, IT and/or finance related degree;
  • Strong interest in Risk Assurance and pursuing a professional qualification (ACA/ACCA);
  • Well-developed organisational and analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Commitment to providing excellent client service.

Please send a cover letter and CV (with full leaving certificate or equivalent and college results) to by Friday 25th April 2014.



Scam jobs and how to avoid them

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UCD Career Development Centre reviews each job and internship advertisement posted on Careers Connect against our Vacancy Handling Policy, in an effort to ensure they are genuine, lawful and non-discriminatory.

Whilst job searching, you may come across vacancies which are not genuine and whose only purpose is to take advantage of you as a job seeker, usually financially! Sometimes these are illegal, but often they exploit loopholes or grey areas in the law, or rely on the applicant not reading and understanding what they are getting into. These are often called ‘scams’ or in some cases ‘phishing’ if they are attempts to obtain your financial/personal data for fraudulent purposes.

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Tips for avoiding scam jobs

  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. If a company asks you to ring a premium rate number as the only way to apply, be very wary.
  3. Be suspicious if directed to different numbers, websites or a different company name than the one in the advert you responded to. This may be done to hide a bad reputation or a scam.
  4. Avoid schemes where you make money by signing up new members to sell for you.
  5. Make sure you ask questions about the job if you are unsure.
  6. Do not be pressurised to sign up to anything you do not fully understand.
  7. Do not part with any money unless you understand exactly what you are getting.
  8. When you first apply do not provide bank or financial information, passport or similar identification. These might be required later, but only if you get the job.

If in doubt:

  • Do not apply for the job.
  • Do not agree to sign anything.
  • Do not pay for any services on offer.
  • Do not return any contact with the organisation.
  • Ask UCD Career Development Centre staff for a second opinion.

Get advice on scams

The National Consumer Agency in Ireland’s website has expert information and useful tools on consumer rights and personal finance. They include advice on spotting scams and what to do if you are caught out.

If you believe that you have been victim of an employment scam:

  • Report it! Only if these scams are reported can the Gardai and the National Consumer Agency take action. You can also get advice on what your chances of recovering any money that you might have paid.
  • Make sure you keep copies of all correspondence about the job, write down names, dates and everything you can remember.
  • If the vacancy was inadvertently advertised through UCD Careers Connect or on campus, please tell us immediately by phone (01 716 7574) or email ( so we can withdraw the advert.

Summer Temporary Positions with AIB

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AIB logoIf you’re looking for work over summer, check out these temporary roles being advertised by AIB.


Location: Dublin South & Central (Branches are located across Dublin City and South Dublin)
Duration: 10 weeks commencing in June 2014
Closing Date: 31st March 2014

Apply Online

AIB has a number of exciting opportunities for individuals who would like to take the first step towards building a career in the field of Branch Banking. We have a number of roles based in our Dublin South & Central branches. Specific locations will be confirmed to successful applicants. Roles are entry level positions and are suitable for candidates who have completed the Leaving Cert (must include a pass in maths & english) plus 1-2 years customer service experience or University/college students who have completed 1 year of their degree.

Working on a dynamic and fast paced team, the candidate will be required to:

  • With the team, achieve agreed service standards, working with customers to provide suitable banking options
  • Take responsibility for completing tasks and contribute to problem solving

Essential Skills and Attributes required include:

  • Demonstrate a very strong commitment to Customer Service
  • Communicate effectively with customers and colleagues
  • Be a strong team player and understand the importance of working with others


  • Customer Relationship Management – engaging the customer and adding value
  • Communicating & Influencing – genuine two way communication to achieve consensus and progress
  • Teamwork and collaboration – working together to deliver results

While not essential, previous experience in financial services would be an advantage. A competitive salary is on offer to successful candidates for the 10 week contract.

The closing date for these roles is 31st March 2014. Please note that if shortlisted, interviews will take place in early April 2014. Please note that annual leave will be accrued over the 10 weeks but will only be granted for ad-hoc days.

Apply Online

Skills for Working Life: ‘Finding Work Through Social Media’

Social media iconsEnterprise Rent-A-Car gave a presentation in UCD on ‘Social Media and your Career Search’ in week three of the ‘Skills for Working Life’ course.

If you utilise social media effectively, it can give you the platform you need to start your career. The importance of looking after ‘your own personal brand’ is the clear message being given by employers to students. How you manage and use social media in pursuit of work and career development is different to how you use social media in your private life. However, not everyone understands how the professional and personal sides of social media can be managed well and it is important to realise that social media can be both a friend and foe in job search.

Click here to view the slides if you missed the session or would like to view the presentation again.

Launch your European Career logo logoMarch is the month of EU Jobs, with the EU’s two largest graduate recruitment competitions opening for applications on 13 and 20 March.

Representatives of the EU Jobs team will be in Dublin Central Library on Wednesday 19 March to talk about opportunities and answer questions.

Here are all the vacancies being advertised this month:

Administrator (AD5 Generalist) Competition – Closes 15 April
The EU’s annual graduate recruitment competition – the AD5 concours – opened on 13 March. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is seeking talented graduates, or final year students, with a strong academic background in any discipline, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and a good command of two EU languages (one of which must be English, French, or German). Almost 140 positions are on offer, with a basic starting salary of €4,349 a month, and fantastic opportunities for career development.

Further details are on the EPSO website. If you’re planning to apply, make sure to check out the EPSO Application Advice, come along to the EU Jobs event in Dublin Central Library on 19 March, and/or follow EU Jobs Ireland on Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice on the process.

Administrator (AD5 Audit) Competition – Opens 20 March
The EU’s annual budget exceeds €140 billion. EU auditors help ensure that money is soundly raised, spent and accounted for. Separate to its generalist graduate competition, EPSO is looking to recruit up to 40 auditors to serve at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg, with a starting salary of €4,349 a month. The requirements are similar to the generalist competition, the key difference being that for this competition your university degree should relate in some way to auditing. The definition of auditing is broader than you might think, however, so gradates or final year students with degrees in economics, finance, accounting, business and other similar areas should consider applying!

Further details will be posted on the EPSO website and circulated through EU Jobs Ireland social media from 20 March. Once again, check out the EPSO Application Advice, come along to the EU Jobs event in Dublin Central Library on 19 March, and/or follow EU Jobs Ireland on Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice.

Secretaries Competition – Closes 21 March
EPSO is looking to recruit a pool of secretaries to work across the EU institutions. To be eligible you need to have completed a secondary education, have at least three years’ professional experience in the secretarial field, have a perfect command of English, French, German or Croatian and a good command of a second language (English, French or German). Positions will be in Brussels or Luxembourg with starting salaries from €2.345 per month to €2.645 per month.

European Parliament Researcher – Closes 31 March
The European Parliament is looking to recruit a team of parliamentary researchers and is seeking applications from eligible candidates before 31 March. Approximately 50 posts are available, with basic salaries of between €3,145 and €5,832 per month dependent on training and professional experience. Contracts will initially be awarded on a one year basis, subject to ongoing renewal for up to six years. To be eligible, you must fulfill the usual key linguistic and citizenship criteria and have completed university studies of at least 3 years’ duration in one of the following areas (political science, economics, European studies, public administration, law, social sciences, international relations, natural sciences, statistics, history) as well as having at least 3 years’ professional experience relevant to the role.

Traineeship at the European Economic and Social Committee – Closes 31 March
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is still accepting applications for its five-month graduate traineeship, beginning in September 2014. Conditions are similar to the Commission stage, with a basic monthly grant of around €1,000. As with the Commission stage, to be eligible you need to hold a degree (ideally somehow related to the work of the EESC) and have knowledge of at least two EU languages, one of which must be English, French or German. Applications should be submitted online before 31 March.

Traineeships at the European Parliament – Opens 15 March
The European Parliament’s Robert Schuman traineeship programmes open for applications on 15 March. The five month placements are open to University graduates and begin in October this year. You require only a single European language in order to be eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is 15 May.

Fixed Term Contracts (CAST) at the European Commission
The European Commission continues to offer fixed-term contracts for candidates with relevant experience in areas including administration, audit, secretariat, economy, finance, ICT, languages, law, policy, program/project management statistics. More information on the profiles sought, eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found here, with information on the role of Contract Agent here.

Specialist Temporary Posts
Specialist temporary posts are currently available at many of the EU’s Institutions and Agencies, including the ECB, the European Investment Bank, the European Ombudsman and Eurojust.


EU Jobs Ireland is committed to supporting Irish candidates in applying for EU posts. If you’re thinking of applying for the graduate competitions, read their guide to the EPSO application process, with tips on how to approach your application and advice on how best to prepare for the computer based tests (which, in the case of the generalist and audit competitions, are expected in May).

All EPSO competitions require that you have at least two European languages, one of which must be English, French or German. The general rule with languages is that, where possible, you should always look to sit the first stage (the Computer Based Tests) through your strongest language, thereby giving yourself the best chance of making it to the second stage. If your French or German was good but is now a little rusty, don’t worry – you’ll have some time to brush it up before the second stage.

EU Jobs Ireland are here to support you through the application process, so do stay in touch with them throughout the competition process. In particular, let them know if and when you reach the second stage of any EU competition, so they can offer further advice and support on succeeding at the assessment centre.

Interested in a Career in Digital Geography?

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Build your skills and grow your Career with Esri Ireland.

Esri Ireland is recruiting and they’d like to invite you to their informal “meet and greet” session at the Guinness Storehouse on Wednesday 26th March from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

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Come along with your CV and meet with some of our GIS Consultants and Software Development Team members in a relaxed informal environment.

We’ll be available to chat to you about your career plans; answer any questions you have about what it’s like working as part of the Esri Ireland team and provide details about our Recruitment Plan for 2014.

If you like learning in a fast paced, hi-tech, dynamic and fun environment we’d love to talk with you.

• Hilton Hotel Belfast Floor 1, Lagan Foyer, 20th March Belfast from 2.30pm-4.00pm
• Guinness Storehouse, Arrol Suite, 26th March Dublin from 2.30pm-4.00pm

If you would like to come along or have any questions please let us know by emailing

Maximise your social media use for job prospects!

‘Digital Moves Training’ is provided by JCI Dublin. The training aims to give people an overview of how to use social media to maximise their professional connections. It will focus on 3 main tools: LinkedIn, Facebook Marketing and Google Adwords.

Who can avail of this training? Any young professional or if you are newly graduated and seeking a job. Check out the link to see if this opportunity might benefit you and to sign up for the training.


The training is available to graduates across all disciplines. It takes place on 8th March 2014 at 10am in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin.

Exciting opportunity with Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Calling first year students!


EmployAbility are offering a fantastic ‘Summer Insight Programme’ with one of the world’s leading investment banks.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is offering disabled/dyslexic first year students with the opportunity to spend a week in their London office.

Students will get a chance to do the following: gain exposure to their key lines of business, experience the thrill of the trading floor, increase their knowledge of the financial markets and spend time talking to senior leaders in the business.

Please click on the link below for more information and to apply for this exciting opportunity:

Deadline for all applications is March 2nd 2014.


Thinking of studying law?



Fancy obtaining a legal qualification while continuing with your current job? Or have you already obtained an approved law degree?

King’s Inns are hosting an open evening on Tuesday 11th March 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Why not attend to find out about their diploma in legal studies or their other part-time law courses?

See  for further details.


Technology Academy Opportunities with J.P. Morgan

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J.P. Morgan is recruiting for its Academy Opportunities and is particularly interested in hearing from applicants to the Technology programme.  You should apply directly to by Tuesday 17th February.

JP Morgan

Developer Opportunities: .Net / Java / Unix / SQL / Web Technologies

J.P. Morgan has been doing first-class business in a first-class way for over 200 years and for over 25 years our Dublin office has been key to this success. Our Dublin office is a strategic site for Alternative and Mutual fund administration services with assets under administration in excess of US$250 billion.

Due to continued growth we are looking to attract experienced staff to join our dynamic team. In 2014 we are inviting you to apply for Technology “Academy” opportunities. These are permanent opportunities which require the following Technology Skills:

  • .Net / Java / Unix / SQL / Web Technologies
  • Relevant Degree

Closing Date: 17th February 2014

Assessment Days: Week of 24th February 2014 (by invitation).

J.P. Morgan offers an exceptional benefits program and a highly competitive remuneration package.

Candidates must be eligible to work in Ireland.

J.P. Morgan services one of the largest client franchises in the world. We offer the whole spectrum of global banking and financial services in more than 100 countries. Our clients include corporations, institutional investor, hedge funds, governments and affluent individuals. More information about the firm is available at

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.

Are you a PhD student or scholar graduating in 2014-2016?

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company are inviting all interested PhD students, Post-Docs and Scholars graduating in 2014, 2015 or 2016 to apply to attend a 3-day programme in Austria from 24 – 26 April 2014.

If you have a proven record of outstanding leadership, personal initiative and achievement and are interested in working in a project based, consulting environment, this is a great opportunity to find out more.

About McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare. We currently have over 100 offices operating in over 60+ countries.

The Insight Programme
The Insight programme offers a unique opportunity to learn about different techniques for solving problems and an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant. The 3-day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s world-wide offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case. You also have the opportunity to ask all your questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere and to evaluate whether this is a career option for you.

To find out more and apply
The application deadline is Sunday 16 February 2014. You will need to complete a short online form and attach a CV. We will be inviting short-listed applicants to take an online assessment during the week of 24 February and will be in touch on Monday 17 March to let you know whether you have been successful in securing a place on the programme. Please visit our Insight Programme website for further information and to apply.


2014 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

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Do you have strong leadership skills and possess a passion for computer science?  Google are still inviting applications to the ‘Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities‘ initiative. This scholarship is worth €7,000. The deadline for all applications is Monday 17th February 2014.

Access to knowledge is Google’s passion. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, Google doesn’t want anything to stand in the way. That’s why Google, in partnership with EmployAbility, is proud to present the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for Computer Science students with disabilities.

Recipients of the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will each receive a €7,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion for Computer Science.

Accenture Summer Internships 2014

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AccentureAccenture are looking for graduates for their 3 month summer internship programme. Those from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

There are a range of programmes in management, technology and analytics. Applications are now open and will close on Monday 3rd March 2014. Internships will commence on 3rd June and end on 29th August 2014.

You can meet Accenture on Belfield campus in the next few weeks – have a look on the Events page of our website to find out when and where.

UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair 2014

Internships & Volunteering Fair 2014

Internships & Volunteering Fair 2014Internship 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 the long term permanent position. Now in its fourth year, 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.

This year’s fair took place on 11th February 2014 in Astra Hall.

If you missed it, you can read the fair booklet online to see was there and find out more about their opportunities.

UCD Education Careers Fair 2014

UCD Education Careers Fair

UCD Education Careers FairThe Education Careers Fair is designed for current and past PDE students and others interested in teaching as a career.

This year’s fair took place on 11th February 2014 in Astra Hall. If you missed it, you can read the fair booklet online‌ to see was there and find out more about their opportunities.

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.