500 jobs on offer for UL graduates

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

OVER 500 job vacancies were on offer to University of Limerick students last week through 124 companies taking part in the largest annual careers fair in UL.

OVER 500 job vacancies were on offer to University of Limerick students last week through 124 companies taking part in the largest annual careers fair in UL.

More than 3,000 students and graduates visited this year’s career fair, which has been running for 13 years and which has offered in excess of 2,500 jobs in that time.

Some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Dell, Cook Medical, Lidl, PWC, Microsoft, amongst others, were exhibiting at the fair, offering advice to students. Information was also available on work in the UK, USA, UAE, Korea, Japan and other locations.

“Job prospects are good for UL students and graduates. Traditionally UL’s graduate employment figures trend well above the national average,” said Gavin Connell, head of careers at UL.

A survey of UL’s 2011 graduates showed 88% are either employed or pursuing further study.

“Our doctorate students are also very much in demand, with 86% of last year’s PhD graduates currently in employment. Year on year our graduate employment figures are increasing as a reflection of our continually-evolving programmes that offer our talented students the kind of educational and research experiences that will best prepare them for their careers,” said UL president, professor Don Barry.

In addition to the careers fair, over 8,000 students, teachers and family members visited UL at the weekend for their ‘Open Days’, where staff provided information on 70 undergraduate programmes on offer.

“Open Days are a great way for students and parents to get firsthand information about the courses they are interested in and also get a feel for the student experience. We have had a great response to this year’s open day with students coming from across the country to visit the campus,” said Sean Reidy, director of marketing at UL.

A series of tours, demonstrations and talks were held on the campus, to give prospective students an insight into life in UL.