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Irish graduates are more optimistic than before

According to a survey done by gradireland


Written by Michelle O'Connor and posted in news


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gradireland are publishing research next week that shows today’s Irish graduates are more optimistic and idealistic about their future than last year. The research is pointing to a significant turnaround in recruitment figures for graduates from the days of the economic downturn.

“With more and more students looking to start their careers here in Ireland, this year’s Graduate Careers Fair is an ideal opportunity for students to take advantage of the resurgence in graduate recruitment amongst employers,” says Mark Mitchell, the Director of gradireland.

7500 students were surveyed for the study, which will be published in gradireland’s annual Ireland’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers. As the titles suggests, the publication contains the names of the top companies whom graduates would most like to work for. Tech-giant Google has lost its top spot after several years, having lost out to KPMG. Google is now in third place, behind PwC, and the other places in the top 10 have been filled by Accenture, Deloitte, Pfizer, Jameson-Irish Distillers, the Department of Education and Boston Scientific.

The optimism felt by Irish graduates is most evident when it comes to their hope of starting their careers in Ireland. Last year, 32% of students said they planned to leave Ireland to get their first job, and this year that figure is 17%. This optimism is bolstered by the willingness of companies to hire more graduates, with 65% of companies hiring more graduates than last year based on an actual increase in business. This figure has grown over 20% from last year, and 99% of employers surveyed stated that they would be hiring graduates this year.

Not only are Irish graduates more optimistic than before, but they are also more idealistic, with 70% of those surveyed stating that they would accept a lower salary if they felt that a particular employer was a good match for them, while 68% said that personal fulfillment in their work was more important than earning a high salary.

On 5 October, over 100 leading Irish employers, start-ups and course providers are going to the RDS for the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair to take advantage of this resurgent market. To register to attend the event for free, click here.

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Published September 29th, 2016
Last updated October 4th, 2016
Tags employment graduates education
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