ALMOST two thirds of the 900 students who graduated from the Limerick Institute of Technology last year have found work, more than half of those in the Mid-West region.
While acknowledging that it remained a â€œdifficultâ€ environment for job hunters â€“ even for skilled third level graduates â€“ LIT has seen signs of improvement. The Moylish college said that 15 per cent more of last yearâ€™s graduates had found work than the class of 2009, according to LIT surveys.
The Careers Service at LIT has released the results of its â€œFirst Destinationsâ€ report, which show 64 per cent of 2010 graduates have secured employment, with many more pursuing postgraduate studies at LIT and elsewhere.
Of those who have secured employment, 53 per cent are working in the Mid-West. And one in 10 have moved overseas to find work.
Four per cent of the graduates are currently on voluntary or unpaid internships, including the Governmentâ€™s Job Bridge programme.
â€œIt is encouraging,â€ commented LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar, â€œto see that most of our graduates are successful in finding employment and whatâ€™s more, many of them do so in the region.â€
â€œEven though this is difficult and many of them are having to adjust their salary expectations, the picture is not as bleak as it is painted by some commentators. It also signals a vote of confidence in the LIT graduates,â€ Dr Hinfelaar added.
LIT careers officer Joanne Holland said that â€œwhile times are difficult for graduates at present, there does seem to be a steady improvement, with an extra 15 per cent of LIT graduates securing employment in 2010 than in 2009â€.
This Tuesday LIT hosted its Careers and Further Options Fair which attracted a number of blue-chip employers such as Intel, Dell, Analog, Ericsson, Kerry Group, Schwarz Pharma, Avaya, Citrix and Ernst & Young.