UL graduates buck trend despite downturn

Figures released to coincide with the launch of the University of Limerick ‘Graduate Attributes Statement’ have shown a continuing rise in employment among UL graduates, including sectors which have been affected by the downturn.

Figures released to coincide with the launch of the University of Limerick ‘Graduate Attributes Statement’ have shown a continuing rise in employment among UL graduates, including sectors which have been affected by the downturn.

Figures show that 88% of civil engineering graduates from 2012 have secured employment including areas of paid research and further study within weeks of graduating.

Chair of Civil Engineering in UL Professor Tom Cosgrove said that employed graduates from the UL programme are working in several sectors at home and abroad adding that the programme has equipped graduates with the skills necessary to gain employment in a wide range of sectors.

“Our graduates are now working across a range of fields including the oil industry, financial services, consultancy, contracting and manufacturing. Half of them are based in Ireland with the rest working internationally. A good degree is key,” he added. Likewise over 66% of graduates who studied Journalism and New Media have also managed to find jobs. This is the first year of graduates from the journalism course and already many of the graduates have won top awards in media including the Vincent Doyle award for Investigative Journalism and the National Journalist of the Year award at the Student Media Awards.

Journalism and New Media course director Tom Felle said: “The challenges facing the journalism sector have forced graduates to embrace emerging media and be innovative in their approach to news-making. Despite the difficulties in the sector, 66% of our recent graduating class have been successful in securing employment,” said Mr Felle.

The “Graduate Attribute Statement” aims to identify key characteristics which will stand to graduates in their careers and create a learning environment that will stimulate students.