So, let’s go to Japan…

UCD Participants 2015 at the JET Farewell Reception at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador





Two students walk into a bar…

“So, I was thinking of doing the JET Programme… “

“The what?”

“The JET Programme: a cultural exchange and foreign language education programme to Japan. Look…”

“That’s a sad website…”

“Yeah, it’s a bit old looking but the info’s good. And here’s a blog from a guy who went in 2011 “Yer Man in Japan:  The misadventures of an Irishman on the JET Programme

“Oh, he’s written a lot, hasn’t he?  I like this one: Pimping for JET back Home. But I don’t want to be a teacher…”

“I don’t want to be a teacher either, but it’s more than that – it’s cultural exchange stuff…”

“Cultural exchange?  What’s that?”

“Sport, dance, music, literature, anything… The idea is that you transmit what life is like in Ireland and expand students’ horizons.”

“So, I have to teach them Irish dancing?!”

“If you want. They’re mad about Riverdance and love ANÚNA. But you can do anything you like, it’s all about expanding horizons and connecting with people.”

“How about my horizons – what do I get out of all this?”

“Well, a chance to live in Japan for a year or more. Experience culture-shock. Meet people from all over the English-speaking world – as well as Japan, of course. Explore a very different culture and country. Have a stab at a new language. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Backpack through South-East Asia if you want. The programme really turns some of your ideas of the world on its head and gives you new perspectives.”

“Do many UCD grads go on this programme?”

“Well for 2015/16 11 of the 47 Irish JETs are from UCD.”

“Hmmm, I’ll think about it.”

“Yeah, you should, you really should…”


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L to R: Genevieve Williams BA Linguistics & Sociology, Jonathan Kelly BA Int’l History & minor Psychology, Shereen Perera BMus, Christopher Ruddy BSc Microbiology, Niall Higgins BA History & Politics & International Relations, Caoilte Burke BA Int’l History & Politics & International Relations, Emily McVey BComm Int’l French, Alan D’Arcy BComm, Thomas Joyce BCL European, Finghin MacChártaigh BSc General Science.

Completing your final year exams? Interested in a successful career in tax?

Irish Tax Institute






Are you finishing your final year exams, and perhaps are considering your next move?  Why not consider the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) summer course and qualify by September 2016?

Irish Tax Institute

Key facts

  • Part 1 weekend lectures: April to July 2015
  • Part 1 exams: August 2015
  • No training contract required
  • Suitable irrespective of your degree discipline
  • All Part 1 lectures are recorded and available online – even if you wait until after your college exams to enrol, you can catch up online
  • Particularly attractive if you have exemptions at Part 1 – you would sit the remaining Part 1 exams in August 2015 and start Part 2 in October 2015
  • Fees can be paid by direct debit over the course of the summer

Contact the Tax Institute:
Talk to Eimear on 01 663 1748 or

Visit for more details.


CareerFest – Thursday 15th May 2014

CareerFest - Thursday 15th May 2014

Kickstart your career this Summer with our interactive workshops designed to help you master the graduate recruitment process. From figuring out what makes you stand out from the crowd to learning how to deliver effective presentations and be successful at interview, taking part in CareerFest 2014 will help you on your road to success.

Workshop places are limited so book your place now through Careers Connect.

CareerFest - Thursday 15th May 2014

Session One: Identify your strengths!

10am-12pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

Are you trying to figure out what to do next? Are you unsure about what you have to offer a potential employer? This workshop helps you to build self-awareness through exploring your interests, values and personality preferences. Understanding yourself better can help you to evaluate career options more effectively and make choices that are right for you. You will also be better able to market your strengths in your CV and applications. Participants on this workshop will be asked to complete some psychometric tests in advance. These will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Details will be provided when you register.

Session Two: Developing CVs that stand out

1-3pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

In this interactive workshop you will get to experience the graduate selection process from the perspective of a graduate recruiter. You will review graduate CVs and decide which candidate is the best fit for a role. This gives a unique insight into what graduate recruiters are looking for in an applicant’s CV. You will learn how to present your skills, knowledge and experience to best effect in your CV and avoid common CV pitfalls.

Design, Develop and Deliver Compelling Presentations

3-5pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

It is becoming more common for employers to ask candidates to create a presentation as part of the graduate recruitment process. Delivering presentations to colleagues, managers and customers is also a feature of many graduate jobs. This workshop will cover the development and delivery of professional presentations, including how to make a positive impact through verbal and non-verbal communication, in addition to highlighting the effective techniques that the world’s best presenters employ.

Ace Your Interview: A Strategy for Success

3-5pm, A109 Newman Building

In this interactive workshop we take you through what you should do before, during and after your interview to maximise your chance of success and help you to become more confident in your own capabilities. You will also get the chance to put what you have learned into action with practice interview scenarios.

All CareerFest sessions can be booked through Careers Connect. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kickstart your career this summer

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.