Gradpool.ie is Ireland’s first online graduate careers fair


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Left to right, Andrew McGreal, co-founder of Gradpool.ie; Bernadette O'Reilly, Innovation Centre manager of the DIT Hothouse Innovation Programme; Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton, and David Egan, co-founder of Gradpool.ie

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Gradpool.ie, Ireland’s first online careers fair for graduates, launched today, letting students and graduates match themselves to prospective employers.

Companies such as Microsoft, KPMG and Deloitte will profile their job opportunities on the site.

Students can find positions based on criteria important to them, including location, benefits and facilities.

Gradpool.ie is operated by two Dublin graduates, David Egan and Andrew McGreal, who wanted to make job hunting easier for graduates, particularly during recessionary times.

“We wanted to make the process of researching careers easier for students, so rather than let the student spend hours comparing and contrasting companies online, we contacted the companies, collected the information we knew the students would be interested in and built an interactive tool which showcased that information in a user-friendly way,” said McGreal.

The site is being supported by the DIT Hothouse Innovation Programme, the National Digital Research Centre and Enterprise Ireland.

"This is an exciting new Irish business, and I am delighted to see innovative people creating solutions like this to help job seekers during these difficult times,” said Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton at the launch of Gradpool.ie.

Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, will open proceedings at the Digital Ireland Forum in Dublin on 30 September 2011.