More than 80% of UL graduates secure employment

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

NEW figures show that 84% of UL graduates have secured jobs or are pursuing their studies.

NEW figures show that 84% of UL graduates have secured jobs or are pursuing their studies.

The figures show that employer demand for UL graduates continues to grow, with UL graduate employment rates continuing to exceed the national average, according to the college.

Professor Don Barry, UL president, said the most recent graduate employment survey records an encouraging 5% increase in the employment of UL graduates.

“UL has, over the years, consistently recorded an employment rate higher than the national average with the UL edge ranging between 8% and 12%. In other words, UL graduates have an 8-12% better chance of gaining employment as compared with other university graduates,” said prof Barry.

Furthermore, he said 94% of UL’s 2010 PhD graduates are in employment, with the vast majority of these working in Ireland.

UL chancellor, Peter Malone urged graduates to remain focused and positive despite a poor economic outlook. “Today there is a lot of doom and gloom in our country, but it is important to keep positive,” said Mr Malone.