WANTED- Student Callers






UCD Career Development Centre is hiring students to help with the First Destinations Survey of 2014 UCD graduates!

We need approximately 2 students to help with data entry from paper forms and about 10 to help with making follow up calls to graduates. Rate of pay for both jobs will be 8.65 EUR per hour, with a bonus for those who exceed call targets.

Data entry will run from 18th May until the mid June and helpers will be required for a couple of days each week – dates and times are flexible and can be worked around your work/study schedules.
Follow up calls will take place from Tuesday 12th of May until mid June. Callers will most likely be required for 2-3 hours per day/evening (5-7pm) during these weeks.

Training will be provided for both groups.

Please email us at fdr@ucd.ie stating whether you prefer data entry or calling, providing a short summary of relevant skills and experience and giving an indication of your availability for the dates outlined above.

Come and work for us! – Customer Service role

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We have a temporary full-time vacancy for an immediate start in UCD Career Development Centre, which will be for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Customer Service Assistant

This role will involve dealing with students, employers, staff and visitors. The work will be project based with a range of tasks and deadlines.


  • High level of customer service skills
  • Experience of working in an office environment
  • Excellent organisation and IT skills
  • Experience in promoting events/services and familiarity with social media platforms
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines
  • An interest in working with students

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter explaining what you could bring to this role to oonagh.sweeney@ucd.ie. The closing date is 1st April 2015.

Salary €10.88ph

Free UCD accredited online course for UCD Undergrads-Critical Thinking in Global Issues

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Would you like an opportunity to be part of an exciting new short online course that explores critical thinking in the context of global challenges facing society today?

universitas21 logoAs part of the Universitas 21 Network, UCD is participating in U21 Shared Online Course ‘Critical Thinking in Global Issues’. This course is a version of a MOOC, developed by the University of Edinburgh, which has been tailored in the form of a shared online course (SOC) and will now be delivered by the University of Edinburgh to UCD students and fellow students across the U21 Network.

This is an excellent opportunity for UCD undergraduate students to develop the capacity for critical thought and a sense of internationalisation while participating in a MOOC-type learning experience with fellow U21 students from across the world. Successful completion of this course by UCD students will be recognised and reflected on students’ Diploma Supplement.

The course is open to all undergraduate students and requires 1-2 hours study per week (for 5 weeks, starting 9 March). Current students who may be interested are invited to participate in this unique learning opportunity and to enrol as soon as possible by using your UCD email address via the following link: http://www.universitas21.com/link/U21SOC.

Please note in order for your participation and completion in this course to be recognised by UCD it is essential that you use your UCD student email account to register.


Critical Thinking in Global Challenges - course advert


UCD Students Sweep the Board in IAESTE awards

IAESTE awards - UCD students

IAESTE awards - UCD studentsWith UCD students occupying 7 of 8 finalist places at last night’s IAESTE Ireland Trainee of the Year, it was always a possibility that UCD would take all three top positions and that’s exactly what happened at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin on 20 October 2014.

IAESTE awards - Naimh O'BrienFirst place and a prize of €300 went to Niamh O’Brien, a second year student of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Second place and a cheque for €200 went to Camille O’Malley, a fourth year student of Chemistry, and third place and a prize of €100 went to Jennifer Holian, a fourth year student of Chemical Engineering.

This is the first time in recent years that UCD students have swept the board at this annual event and the third year running that the top prize has gone to a UCD student. Students were assessed on presentations that clearly demonstrated tangible internship outcomes such as personal and professional development, integration into a new country, society and workplace.

The judges were Ms Charis Hughes, Communications Officer, Leargas (Chair), Dr David Foster, UCD Director of Career Development and Skills and Ms Sandra Kavanagh, Faculty of Mathematics, Engineering and Science, Trinity College Dublin.

IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) was founded in 1948 by Imperial College London, arriving in Ireland during 1962. Since its foundation, IAESTE has exchanged 340,000 interns in Science, Engineering, Architecture and IT, including 2400 Irish students who have undertaken internships across 87 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Internships generally last for about 12 weeks but can last for up to one year and are open to undergraduate, graduate students and those already graduated. IAESTE Ireland is managed by the National Agency, Leargas and funded by the Department of Education and Skills. Find out more about IAESTE on their website or call into UCD Career Development Centre.

Congratulations to all UCD students who undertook IAESTE internships during 2014.

Becoming a teacher – the Professional Masters in Education

A teacher in the classroom

If you are thinking about becoming a post-primary teacher now is the time to start putting your application together for the Professional Masters in Education (PME). This is a two-year Masters programme.

The majority of applications are made through PAC – the Postgraduate Applications Centre. This is where you can apply to the following universities:

The closing dates for these applications are 1st December 2014 with late applications accepted (at an additional fee) until 30th January 2015 to start in September 2015.

Hibernia College also offers the PME with closing dates of 28th November 2014 and  January 2015 for late applications. The starting date is March 2015.

You can find the subject requirements for entry on the Teaching Council website. There are additional points given to applicants who have relevant professional experience or hold additional qualifications. And there’s more information about getting into teaching on gradireland.com.

The Teaching Council has also provided answers to some commonly asked questions about applying to the PME.

Studying in UCD

The PME at UCD is a two-year full-time programme leading to the award of Professional Master of Education (PME) and qualifies graduates to teach two subjects at post-primary level (both junior and senior cycle). Take a look at their brochure for more information.

If accepted, each student will be required to arrange a suitable placement school for the duration of the programme. Schools are sourced once you have been accepted to the programme (April 2015). UCD does provide students with a list of suggested schools, however, students must still undergo a competitive interview process with any suggested school.

Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.


Corporate Finance & Consulting Careers Trip to London

Outside Canary Wharf

Each year UCD Career Development Centre, together with UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, take a group of business students to London to visit a number of corporate finance and consulting companies. This is an ideal opportunity to get an insight into a large corporate company, find out what the work is really like, and network with potential future employers.

This year’s trip took place from 1st to 5th September 2014 and included visits to UBS Bank, Societe Generale, Deloitte, ICAP, Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting and Morgan Stanley.

A few comments from the students who participated in this year’s trip:

“I learnt so much about consulting and received top tips on application processes. I now have a much clearer idea of what goes on in these firms and all of the opportunities that are out there.”

“After this visit I realise with more conviction that a career in consulting will suit me, and set me up for any other career I would go on to do after that.”

“The activities were very good, especially with the employers who had interactive case studies and trading games. These helped us understand better how the businesses run, what thought processes they use in their jobs, and what approaches they take to solving problems.”

Have a look at our photo gallery to see some of what the students got up to:



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

Are you Ireland’s brightest and best undergraduate?

gradireland National Student Challenge

Want to challenge yourself? Want to know if you are the brightest in your class? The brightest in your college? The brightest student in Ireland? Well now is your chance. Not only will you be in with the opportunity of winning up to €1,000, you could also be crowned Ireland’s brightest student, not a bad addition to your CV!

gradireland National Student Challenge

The gradireland National Student Challenge gives you the chance to see how you compare to students from across Ireland’s top Universities. It’s free to enter, is online and will only take 40 minutes of your time.

Ciara Browne from UCD came 3rd in last year’s Challenge. Let’s see if UCD can do even better this year! Take the challenge now.

The online element of the Challenge runs until February 2014. At that point the Top 60 students on the leaderboard will be invited to take part in the Final Day Event. There they will be put through six physical and mental Challenges set by employer partners which will determine the winner of the Challenge.

Find an internship or graduate vacancy

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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.

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If you’re a 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.