Why studying abroad could help you get hired!







Do you know that students who go on exchange or erasmus have a better shot at finding a job after graduation than those who don’t? Do you also know you can go on exchange even if you don’t speak a foreign language? UCD has exchanges with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA as well as English-speaking opportunities in Asia and Europe!


Why Go On Exchange?

  • Adventure and Travel –Travel extensively and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Quality of Learning – Study at some of the best universities worldwide.
  • Your career – Improve your career prospects.  A period of study abroad at a top university will set your CV apart.
  • Communications – Improve your language skills.
  • Friendship – Meet new friends from around the world.
  • New Learning Environment – Experience a new learning environment and teaching methods.
  • Have fun – Most of our students say they had the best time of their lives on their semester/year abroad!


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Still not convinced???

Why not read up on ‘Exchange Student Testimonials’?

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If you are not sure about what route to take, why not book in an appointment with one of our Career and Skills Consultants in the Career Development Centre. They can discuss the various options open to you and help you start planning for your career development.
[Source: UCD International – Exchanges – http://www.ucd.ie/international/going-abroad-with-ucd/exchanges/]

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Become an EU Careers Ambassador

EU Careers Ambassadors






Are you interested in:

  • Finding out more about EU Career opportunities and promoting them to your fellow students?
  • Building a fantastic network across Europe?
  • Gaining work experience during your studies?
  • Developing your skills in public speaking, marketing and HR?
  • Receiving a full induction and coaching throughout the role?
  • Giving your CV extra clout with future employers?

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is looking for motivated, outgoing people with enthusiasm to promote EU Careers in UCD.

EU Careers Ambassadors

As a highly-regarded employer of top graduates, we’re looking for a brand ambassador at the best universities in Europe. Part of an established and successful initiative, the EU Careers Ambassadors scheme involves finding innovative ways of promoting the great opportunities we have to offer, including through:

  • attending careers fairs, or giving presentations to your fellow students
  • developing university networks and providing information
  • maintaining an active online and social media presence
  • answering questions and queries about EU Careers

Of course, there’s a lot in it for you, too.

For starters, all of our Ambassadors receive comprehensive training which will prepare them perfectly for the role. You’ll be able to develop the skills you need to be a successful Ambassador, we’ll give you loads of support and ideas on getting started.

Secondly, in a super-competitive graduate job market, a position of responsibility like this could really make you stand out. As well as developing your communication and presentation skills, the international perspective you’ll demonstrate will give your CV extra clout with future employers.

Apply online by 12pm Brussels time (11am Irish time) on 24 April 2015.

2015 Graduate Jobs with the UK Civil Service

Where will you lead?

Interested in a career in the public service? Consider the UK Civil Service through their Fast Stream talent management programme for graduates who have the potential to become leaders of the civil service.

The scheme is open to applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve at least a 2:2 degree in any subject and who are:

  • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, including British citizens
  • Commonwealth citizens
  • Swiss nationals
  • in some circumstances, Turkish nationals

There are a range of Fast Stream schemes that you can apply for, each with a separate closing date:

Applications are now open but some are closing soon. Why not attend a Career Development Centre CV/application or interview seminar to help with your application? Book a place through Careers Connect.

Launch your European Career

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eujobs.ie 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.

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.