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Students and Graduates

Careers Events

  • Before the Virtual Career Fair

    • Register ahead of time and download any software required.

    • Check Your Tech - You’ll want to make sure your device and your internet has the capacity to support you. It is preferable to have a camera in case an employer would like to speak with you face to face, but you don’t necessarily have to have a device with a camera. Headphones can be very useful if you need to block out background noise where you are. You want to switch off app notifications and pop-ups that may interfere with your live interactions at the fair. 

    • Research Participating Organisations -Use LinkedIn to network and talk to other grads working in the companies for some deeper research that shows your initiative and interest rather than just looking up the company website.

    • Prepare Your Questions - At a career fair, your goal is to get the information you need to decide if a company or role is a good fit for you.

    • Practice Your Pitch - How will you introduce yourself? Why are you interested in the company? How is your previous work experience relevant? Link to further tips on how to prepare your elevator pitch.

    • Prepare Your CV & Online Profiles - If an employer asks you for your CV you don’t want to delay in sending it. The same goes for your LinkedIn account and social media accounts. Some platforms allow you to upload your CV to your account, so it is accessible and ready to hand over to any employers you meet with at the career fair.


    At the Virtual Career Fair

    1. Dress Professionally - You may be at home, but just like video interviews, potential employers will be judging your professionalism on how you present online.
       
    2. Location - Attend from a distraction-free, quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

    3. Approach Employers - It’s easier to fade into the background in a virtual career fair so you really must put yourself out there. It’s a great opportunity to develop your network, even if the company isn’t hiring for your skill area at the moment, it could be an important future contact.

    4. Use Professional Language - Much of your communication will be done through written text in the chat function of the platform. It’s important to demonstrate strong written communication skills. Avoid emoji and text abbreviations. Keep it professional.

    5. Body Language - During a video chat you should look at the camera as much as possible, not the picture of the other person on the screen. Looking at the camera is as close as you can get to making eye contact with the other person.

    6. Take Notes - After speaking with employers, write down a few things that you discussed and the names of who you have interacted with.

    7. Next Steps - Ask for next steps and contact information.


    After the Virtual Career Fair

    1. Follow Up – It is good practice to reach out the next day with a thank you, it’s the perfect opportunity to build your network. Keep notes of all contacts you make and follow up with LinkedIn connection requests.

    2. Send Your CV - Send a copy of your CV and remind them why you are interested in their company and what you could bring to the role you are interested in. 

    3. Notes - Use your notes to mention something that you discussed or enjoyed about the conversation.


    Useful Resources

  • 1. Secondary Teacher Training

    Teaching is a popular occupation for graduates. You should contact secondary schools and request an opportunity to shadow a teacher for 1-10 days. Alternatively you may get some supervisory work. This will assist your teaching application.

    Forms available to register with the teaching council are available at:
    http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/registration/application-forms.196.html 

    It is important that you contact the Teaching Council for information on registration at: http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/

    Changes in Secondary Teacher Training

    **Please note that if students wish to apply through the PAC system for the Professional Masters in Education at http://www.pac.ie/ **

    This Masters is a two year course

     

      2. Primary School Teaching

    Each year a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is delivered subject to approval by the Department of Education. Details of training colleges and other information is available at  Primary School Teacher Training .

    You should contact secondary schools and request an opportunity to shadow a teacher for 1-10 days. Alternatively you may get some supervisory work. This will assist your teaching application.

    It is possible to  complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Ireland if you have a minimum of a Leaving Certificate grade C in the higher paper.

    It is also possible to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in   Education in the UK without the honours Irish, however you will have to complete an Irish test once you return to Ireland to teach.       

    3. Adult and Further Education Teaching/Tutoring                     

    Please note that in order to be eligible to register as a teacher with the Council in the Further Education Sector up to and including 01 April 2013, a person must hold a qualification at degree or equivalent level. The Council considers a qualification equivalent to a degree to be one that has been awarded following a course of three years full time or equivalent part-time study and must contain 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The qualification must also be placed on the Irish National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) as a Level 7 or Level 8 major award.

     - For those making application after 01 April 2013, the requirement will be to hold a primary degree or equivalent (not less than Level 8 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits AND a Council approved qualification in post-primary (first year to sixth year) or Further Education Teacher education OR

     - An ordinary degree or equivalent (not less than Level 7 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits; AND

    (i) an appropriate additional qualification; or

    (ii) certified accreditation of prior learning based on a minimum of three years experience in a workplace or instructional setting which is relevant to the candidate’s qualifications such as may be recognised by the Teaching Council as suitable for the purpose of registration as a teacher

     AND a Council approved qualification in post-primary (first year to sixth year) or Further Education Teacher education. A list of accredited teacher education qualifications (further education) can be viewed here http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/Teacher-Education/Initial-Teacher-Education/Providers-of-Initial-Teacher-Education/ and example is the Grad. Dip. In Adult & Further Education in

    MIC http://www.mic.ul.ie/latestnews/Pages/AdultEducationApproval.aspx

    NUIG https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/adult-and-continuing-education-courses/professional-diploma-in-education.html

    Please also see: http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/initial-teacher-education-ite/professional-accreditation-of-further-education-ite-programmes.1066.html>.

     

    Adult Education Providers