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What job should I get when I graduate?

22 Sep 2017

When you graduate, the world is your oyster. However, you need to know where start.

It’s graduate season, which means some of the biggest companies in the country are looking to recruit graduates for their respective programmes.

For graduates, this is good news. However, it doesn’t mean they don’t need all the help they can get to put their best foot forward and impress those graduate recruiters.

Following last week’s announcement that Deloitte is recruiting 300 graduates, Three Ireland is looking for 15 graduates to join their team, while the likes of Vodafone and PwC are also looking for top graduates.

This week, we got the chance to take another insider look at one of the top graduate programmes in the country at Accenture. Steve Barry had an inkling that technology consulting was the right career path for him, so he started working in Accenture as an intern and then returned on the graduate programme.

Once graduates think they have the right programme for them, they need to make sure they’re prepared to wow the recruiters. With help from Hays, we’re giving graduates some specific advice to help them with their job search this week.

We also spoke to some of the biggest graduate recruiters in the country to find out what exactly they’re looking for in their perfect candidate.

It wasn’t just a week for those finishing off their education either.

We explored some of the most forward-thinking initiatives in the country to get more kids tech-savvy and involved in digital learning. We also heard from the head of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Mari Cahalane, about the importance of engaging children and students in the STEM industry.

Finally, if you’re not looking for graduate advice, but you like having a nosy around fancy offices, LinkedIn unveiled its brand new EMEA headquarters in Dublin earlier this week, and it is amazing. Be warned, though: checking it out might make you hate your own office!

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. What do graduate recruiters look for in their candidates?

Graduates everywhere are currently searching for their first job, and they want it to be great. But what do the graduate recruiters want?

2. 6 job search tips graduates don’t usually hear

For graduates, finding their first role can feel like a searching for a needle in a haystack. Luckily, Hays’ Robby Vanuxem is here to help you find the perfect job.

3. From intern to graduate: How Accenture’s culture enticed this grad to jump back in

Jumping in at the deep end is made possible with the support of colleagues around the world, says Accenture technology consulting analyst Steve Barry.

4. Dr Liz Elvidge: Postdoc researchers need to change their mindset

For postdoc researchers, the world is their oyster, but only if they’re willing to put their research skills into their career path.

5. ‘Bet on STEM because tomorrow’s jobs haven’t been invented’

BTYSTE head warns that we must continue to bang the STEM drum if our kids want a future in the working world.

6. Trinity Walton Club: Putting students in the driving seat

Meet the people at the heart of Trinity Walton Club, a learning hub that aims to enable new methods of teaching and learning STEM.

7. Cork’s tech network launches free STEM programme for students

The SySTEM programme encourages transition-year students to develop gaming apps.

8. Schoolkids on Inis Mór get their first digital schoolbags

A secondary school on Inis Mór, one of Europe’s most westerly Atlantic islands, is embracing digital learning.

9. LinkedIn is hiring! Check out its fancy new Dublin offices

LinkedIn reveals its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

10. Three Ireland to hire 15 people in grad recruitment drive

Telecoms giant gets ready to mentor the next generation.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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