53% of LIT graduates find jobs locally

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

OVER 50 per cent of graduates of Limerick Institute of Technology found employment in the mid-west last year, a new survey of nearly 900 graduates had found.

OVER 50 per cent of graduates of Limerick Institute of Technology found employment in the mid-west last year, a new survey of nearly 900 graduates had found.

The ‘First Destinations Report’, compiled by the careers service at LIT revealed that 64 per cent of honours graduates in 2010 secured employment, while many others continued in post-graduate education.

This represented a 15 per cent increase for those finding work in comparison to 2009.

Of those who secured employment, some 53 per cent did so in Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary and north Kerry.

A further 10 per cent moved abroad to secure work.

The survey also revealed that four per cent of LIT graduates availed of voluntary or unpaid internship opportunities.

LIT careers officer Joanne Holland said initiatives such as the Job Bridge Internship scheme afford graduates the opportunity to gain much needed relevant experience.

LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar said while many graduates “are having to adjust their salary expectations, the picture is not as bleak as it is painted by some commentators.”

A major on-campus careers and further options fair will be held in the Aula Maxima, LIT on Tuesday, September 27, from 10.30am until 2pm. Over 40 local, regional and national organisations will be attending, including the Kerry Group, Analog, Dell, Citrix, Avaya, Schwartz Pharma, Ernst & Young, Intel, and Ericsson.