DkIT students 'Kickstart' their futures at college's careers fair

Careers Fair

DkIT students 'Kickstart' their futures at college's careers fair
By @dundalkdemocrat.ie @DundalkDemocrat

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) hosted 60 employers from across the health, science, engineering, IT, creative media, community and voluntary sectors at the Institute’s annual careers fair last week.

Participating companies met with students of all levels to discuss graduate employment and to provide hints and tips on how to prepare for job searching in the future.

In conjunction with the Careers Fair, the Institute announced the results of its 2015 Graduate Survey which highlighted that 89% of DkIT graduates last year were employed or in further study within 9 months of graduation. Other findings include:

· The average entry level salary for DkIT graduates in 2015 was €25,349

· 77% of 2015 graduates confirmed that if given the option, they would choose to study the same qualification again.

· 71% of graduates believe that their work placement offered as part of their Degree at DkIT was relevant to their current job or area of further study.

The 2015 DkIT Graduate Survey is a pilot study which was supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish graduates which begins in 2017. 465 recent graduates took part in the study via telephone interviews. The results were revealed during a presentation to employers at the DkIT Careers Day 2016.

Leading recruitment agency, Osborne Recruitment was the primary sponsor for the DkIT Careers Fair 2016. CEO Shona McManus delivered a presentation to staff and students during the day. The company also sponsored the production of a new Careers Guidance Student Handbook entitled ‘Taking Control of your Future’ which was distributed to students during the fair.

Speaking today, Employment Liaison Officer at DkIT, Anthony Murray who managed the Graduate Survey and was heavily involved in the organisation of Careers Day 2016 said: “We are delighted to welcome so many companies from across the North East and beyond to participate in our largest ever Careers Day 2016. Working closely with employers is crucially important for DkIT in helping us meet our objective to develop highly-skilled, creative graduates with job-ready attributes that match the needs of employers. We are very encouraged by our 2015 Graduate Survey results and the insights will be used to continue to improve our existing programmes.”

Also speaking today, Catherine Staunton, Work Placement Coordinator at DkIT who organised the Careers Fair said: “Thankfully, conditions in the graduate employment market have vastly improved over recent years. However, amid strong competition, graduates still need to be able to stand out from others when applying for jobs and one of the best ways of doing this is through relevant work experience.”