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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Graduate Recruitment Programmes

Each year the HEA tracks where graduates go when they finish in college. According the most recent report (December 2015):

  • Computer Science graduates have the highest level of employment with 77% of graduates employed nine months after graduation. This is followed by Education at 76% and Health and Welfare at8 73%
  • Of those employed in Ireland, 63% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates rated the relevance of their qualification as relevant or most relevant to their area of employment
  • Health and Welfare and Agriculture and Vet Honours Bachelor Degree graduates reported the highest relevance of their qualification to employment at 84% followed by Education at 83% and Computing at 74%
  • Arts and Humanities had the highest rate of irrelevant/most irrelevant at 49% down from 59% in 2012. Graduates with higher qualifications continue to report higher initial salaries.

Video: Lakeland Dairies Graduate Recruitment Programme

Employment Sectors

  • Non-Market Services and Business, Finance & Insurance Services employed 54.3% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates.
  • The Manufacturing Industries were the next largest employer at 10.2%.
  • At Higher and Postgraduate Diploma the overall majority, 72.9% and 83.9% respectively, were employed in the Non-Market Services sector mainly in Second Level Education and Healthcare Services.
  • The majority of Taught Masters graduates were employed in Business, Finance and Insurance Services (32.8%).
  • High proportions were also employed across all sections of the Non-Market Services sector (25.4%).

The Milk Round

Traditionally, regular recruiters of graduates have visited Irish campuses for what came to be known as 'The Milkround' - where employers conduct initial job interviews with final year students in the period after Christmas.

The trend developed because employers who generally recruited a cohort of graduates each September and needed to attract them in the Autumn, interview in Spring and make job offers in Summer.

The Milkround trailed off a bit during the downturn, but campus visits and presentations before Christmas to attract students to apply are still important. Closing dates for applications are more fluid now too - not so many campus job interviews take place.

However, you still need to be vigilant and tune in to what's going on. The following links will take you to the Graduate Recruitment information area of a range of company websites:

Graduate Recruitment & Training Programmes A-Z - The following links are to the area of company websites specifically aimed at graduate recruitment and training:



A&L Goodbody

Summer Intern Programme, LawStart Days Programme and Trainee Solicitor Programme. More

Abbott Ireland

Graduate programme called the Professional Development Programme. The company recruit graduates and postgraduates from a broad range of disciplines including Engineering, Quality Systems, Science and Supply Chain. More

ABP Food Group

Beef processor and AgriFood Group ABP offer a Graduate Trainee Programme each year . More


Two graduate entry routes to consider: Analyst Consulting Group and Accenture Technology Group. Accenture also offer internships. More


Aecom Ireland look for graduates and placement students in: Quantity Surveying; Project Management; Construction Management; Building Surveying;  Engineering; Transport & Development Planning; Architecture. More


AIG in Ireland offer both internships and graduate positions in a variety of functions in Information Technology, both tech and non-tech roles. More.


Area Manager Graduate Training Programme which offers fantastic career prospects for graduates seeking to challenge themselves. More


Finance Graduate Programme for holders of a 2.1 Honours Degree in Accounting or a Business/Finance related discipline. More.

The AIB Finance Graduate Programme 2016 - Details Here


Amazon in Dublin have graduate positions, summer placements and internships for software development engineers More

Analog Devices

Analog Devices offer opportunities for Graduates from the following disciplines: Electronic/ Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Masters/ PhD in Physics; Masters/ PhD in Chemistry. The company recruit 40+ engineering graduates annually, across Europe, with approximately 25 of these based at the company’s Limerick & Cork sites. More


Aryzta has a European graduate development programme with opportunities in finance and accounting, supply chain, procurement, research and development, new product development, food technology, quality assurance and technical services, operations, sales and marketing, human resources and information communication and technology, in their European operations. Open for applications 29/3/16 More

Baker, Tilly, Ryan, Glennon

Graduate Training Programme for careers in accountancy and business advisory roles. More.

Bank of Ireland

Graduate Training Programme as well as Internship opportunities. More.

BDO Ireland

Graduate Training Opportunities in Audit, Tax and Advisory roles.  More

Bearing Point

Graduate Career Opportunities in Technology, Management and Business Information systems. More.

Bord na Móna

The Bord na Móna Graduate Programme is held over a two year period with two six month placements and a one year placement facilitated by various Business Units with an opportunity to gain experience in areas such as Data Analysis, Marketing, Project Management and Procurement among others. Five graduates are taken on annually. Advertised early summer. Speculative applications are not acceptedMore [video]

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)

BIM Seafood Graduate Training Programme is an 11-month programme aimed at graduates of food, marketing and business in partnership with University College Cork and Letterkenny Institute of Technology aimed at promoting careers in the seafood industry. More.

BNY Mellon

Recruit Graduates for the areas of Fund administration and Corporate Trust. More.

Boston Scientific

Graduate Recruitment Programme for the Medical Devices Market. More.

Brightwater Recruitment Consultancy

Hire numerous graduates annually across a range of disciplines. More.


Graduate Development Programme in dairy and food ingredients in Cork. More


Two-year Graduate Programme covering seven stages. On completion the first four stages, you have the opportunity to choose which department you would like to work in for the rest of the programme. More.

The CarTrawler Graduate Programme open for applications for 2016.

CITI Group

Offers a range of full-time, placement and internship opportunities across its operations. More.


Coillte takes up to six people per year on its graduate programme. The 2016 graduate programme will be its fourth intake. More.

CORE Media

Marketing and Communications More


Global provider of staffing, recruitment, training and outsourcing services. Details of graduate recruitment opportunities are available here. More.

Crowe Horwath

Offer graduates the opportunity to train to become a Chartered Accountant. More


Recruits graduates from a variety of academic disciplines. More.


Graduate Recruitment Programme for those considering a career in financial services. More.


Graduate Recruitment Programme which opens for applications from October to February each year. More.


Offer an Undergraduate Summer Internship Programme as well as 280 Graduate Opportunities annually across all service lines in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Applications are encouraged from students of all academic disciplines, including accounting, business, law, science, technology, computer science, engineering, maths, amongst others. More.


Graduate Recruitment Programme offers placements in Commercial Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR and Supply. More.


New graduate programme offering two-year structured training and development programme which will give graduates experience across all aspects of the company’s operations. More


Graduate Recruitment Programme More


Graduate Opportunities and Internships for those interested in a carer in information management and storage. More.


European Movement (EM) Ireland has a long-running internship, or stage, programme, where final-year students or recent graduates undertake a placement for between three and six months in their offices in Dublin city centre. More.

Enterprise Ireland

Graduate Opportunities including an International Graduate Programme. More.

OPEN for Applications [4/4/16]

Enterprise Rent A Car

Graduate Management Trainee Programme. More.

European Space Agency

The ESA offers the Young Graduate Trainee Programme (Closing date 31 January 2016)  More


Offer Internships and Graduate Career opportunities. More.


Offer a Graduate Development Programme with opportunities across a range of disciplines including Engineering, IT, Marketing, HR, Accountancy and Energy Trading. More.


EY offer opportunities in Assurance and Tax through their Summer Internship Programme and Graduate Recruitment Programme. More.

Fcos Ltd.

Offers Graduate training in financial control outsourcing services to the retail trade. More.


Graduate Programme in IT where you complete foundation training in professional skills, (SQL and Excel VBA) then embark upon an individual learning pathway, either business or technically focused. More.


Graduate and Summer Internship opportunities. More.

Fidelity Investments

Leap is Fidelity Investments' training and development programme for new IT graduates. The programme is designed to accelerate the development of recent IT graduates to become best-in-class IT professionals. The six month programme starts each September in Galway. More.

First Derivatives PLC

Graduate Recruitment opportunities in Data Science, Trading Technology, Software Engineering, International Consulting and Business Marketing. More.

Focus Ireland

Operates a graduate recruitment programme, known internally as "The Community Service Volunteer Programme". This programme offers opportunities to college graduates to develop their skills and expertise in the area of social and community work. It is particularly suited to graduates of Social Science courses who are interested in gaining experience prior to returning to complete their masters in Social Care. More.

Gilroy Gannon

Offer Graduates the opportunity to receive first class training and gain practical experience in a diverse range of accounting, auditing and taxation activities across a wide variety of clients. More.

Glanbia PLC

Graduate Recruitment Programme is for those who aim to develop their careers in the areas of Accounting and Finance, Engineering, Food Science, Agricultural Science, IT, Digital Media, Sales, Marketing, HR, and Supply Chain. More.


Graduate Development Programme which concludes with a placement in a line management position. More.


Internship Programme and entry level Graduate Associate positions. More.


Technical Internships and Product Management Internships and Graduate opportunities in Software engineering. More.

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton look for graduates from all degree disciplines for the areas of Audit, Tax and Advisory services. More


GSK - international pharmaceutical and health care company with four locations in Ireland is seeking applications from school-leavers and graduates who are interested in apprenticeships in engineering in Cork, Dungarvan and Sligo.

GSK is also recruiting apprentices in business and supply chain management for Dungarvan. Apprenticeships will begin in September. Application details here.


Summer Internships and Software Development Graduate opportunities. More.


Looks for talented accounting, business and financial graduates. More.


Ibec offer a Graduate industrial relations and human resources training for those who want to pursue a career in human resources, industrial relations or consultancy. They also have a Global Graduates Programme and an Export Orientation Programme (EOP), which is Ireland's longest-running and most successful graduate placement programme. More.


Graduate Scheme seeks to recruit the best and the brightest graduates from all backgrounds and degree subjects. More.

Innopharma Labs

Graduate Education Programmes aim to produce graduates of the highest calibre, which will be highly employable within the Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology Industries and in demand by industry to fill senior/middle management roles. More.

Intel Ireland

Intern, Graduate and Experienced opportunities. More.

Intertrade Ireland

Graduate Programme focussing on Science, Engineering and Technology fields, these innovation driven opportunities are project-led and offer an attractive salary, access to mentoring and support and include a fully funded postgraduate diploma in Business & Management from Queen's University, Belfast. More.

Irish Times

Offer a Commercial Graduate Development Programme with applications invited from recent graduates, or those expecting to graduate in 2016, from any discipline. The Programme provides successful applicants with an overview of the Group's diverse business units through four placements. More

Closing date for Irish Times applications 19th February 2016.

Jameson Irish Distillers

Supports two graduate programmes - the Jameson Brand Ambassador Programme and the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme. More.

Kerry Group

Graduate Programme provides an accelerated path to leadership roles. More.


Graduate Recruitment opportunities in Engineering, Marketing, Business Development, Finance and IT.  More. Recruitment Brochure 2016 [Pdf]


Graduate Opportunities for Audit and Tax., hiring 270+ graduates every year from all degree disciplines. More.

Lakeland Dairies

Invite graduates from a wide range of disciplines including: Food Science Human Nutrition Engineering Agri Science Information Technology Business. More. [Video]

Lidl Ireland

Graduate programme has 13 streams through which graduates can apply. The programme is open to graduates with a 2:1 degree, and includes six months in-store training, beginning as a store assistant and progressing to deputy manager, store manager, and shadowing a sales operations manager. Graduates then spend six months in a particular field (advertising and marketing, finance and accounting, procurement and supply chain, HR and payroll, governance and compliance, and IT systems and support) and six months managing a major project. More.


Graduate Opportunities in the following areas: Consulting, IT Audit & Security, Audit, Tax and Internal Audit. More.


Graduate Training and Development Programme as well as a Summer Internship Programme. More.

Merck Millipore

Leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company offers a Global Graduate Programme and a Finance Graduate Programme. More.

Mercury Engineering Ireland

Two-year structured training and graduate programme in the areas of elecrtrical; mechanical/building; quantity surveying/commercial management; health and safety; HR; IT; Business. More

Musgrave Group

Graduate Recruitment Programme for the Food and Retail Industry. More.

National Pen

European Headquarters are in Dundalk. More.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Graduate and Internship opportunities. More.


Dairy and Food Group Ornua offer a Recruitment Porgramme for final year students and graduates with a 2.2 degree. Closing date for 2016 applications 8th April. More

Paddy Power PLC

Graduate Programme provides the opportunity to work across a number of key areas within our business: eGaming, Sportsbook, Online Marketing Group (or OMG!! Given that we love our acronyms here in PP), Business Analytics, Retail, Product & Technology. More.

PepsiCo Ireland

Graduate Development Programme More

Pfizer Ireland

2-year Graduate Programmes available at three Pfizer sites in Ireland - Dublin, Kildare and Cork. More

PM Group

Graduate opportunities for engineering and construction services graduates with a structured training programme, the chance to travel. More [Video]

Public Jobs (The Public Appointments Service - PAS) 

Opportunities for Graduates from a range of backgrounds including health, the arts, law, business, psychology, agricultural science, social services, science, and statistics. More.

PwC Ireland

Graduate Recruitment Programme is an intensive induction and training programme to ensure candidates are equipped with the skills and expertise to meet clients’ needs and succeed in your career, including coaching and support. More.


Insight Technology Provider for the Engineering, IT and telecoms, Languages and culture, Retail, sales and customer services sectors. More.

Russell, Brennan, Keane

Provide opportunities for graduates from a wide range of disciplines for their Dublin, Athlone and Roscommon offices. More.

SAP Ireland

Internship and Graduate programmes available. More.

Savilles Ireland

Offer a commercial Graduate Programme More.

SMBC Aviation Capital

Graduate Programme in Aircraft Leasing. More.

Smith & Williamson

Graduate Recruitment Programme offers the opportunity to train to become a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland or the Irish Tax Institute. More.


Recruit technical graduates with skills in  IT, Computer Science, Maths, Engineering, Physics or Science More.


Graduate roles and the chance to gain practical industrial experience in the Med Tech sector in your area of expertise. The company are seeking graduates in the areas of Research and Development; Manufacturing; Quality; Supply Chain. More.

SIG - Susquehanna International Group

Assistant Trader programme, Technology Associate Programme, Operations Analyst Programme and Internship opportunities in the areas of Trading, Technology, Research, Operations, Compliance and Risk, Legal, Finance and HR. More.

Tableau Software

Specialise in Data Visualization, Business Intelligence and Analytics. The company offers internship opportunities and is hiring for sales, operations, marketing and engineering roles. More.

Tesco Ireland

Integrated Graduate Programme in retailing. More.


Graduate Programme with placements in its Head Office (Maynooth) and a number of overseas offices to recently qualified graduates who are seeking a career in development. More.


Graduate programme is called The Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) with options in a range of business areas. Application More.


Offer student and internship opportunities at their Dublin location in supply chain services, as well as their international offices.  More.


Virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions leader, offers internship opportunities at their Cork location.More.

Vodafone Ireland

Offer a Graduate Recruitment Programme commencing in September each year. More.


Look for graduates and early career professionals on an ongoing basis to start their career in eCommerce operations internationally. More. The company are currently recruiting for their Galway location. More.

William Fry

Legal and tax professionals offer internship opportunities and a Traineeship Programme for students and graduates who are exploring a career as a Solicitor. More.


Offer a number of programs to expose recent college graduates to multiple teams and projects, particularly in software engineering. More.

Field of study and Employment

In general, there is a strong correlation between the field of study and the employment sector across all levels of qualification.

  • Almost half (49.6%) of Social Science, Business and Law graduates are employed in the Business, Finance and Insurance services sectors
  • 41.3% of Computer Science graduates are employed in the Computing and Software field
  • One third of Engineering graduates find employment in the Manufacturing industries

Where to find Legal Vacancies

An enhanced online legal vacancies facility has just been launched by the Law Society at www. The Legal Vacancies website has long been the premier source for information on legal employment opportunities in Ireland. The new facility will significantly improve services to both job-seekers and employers. Upgraded resources will mean that job-seekers can sign up for personalised job alerts. There will be several new options for employers, including the capability to differentiate their job listing as a ‘Hot job’ or as ‘Job of the week’.

Education Graduates

Across all qualifications, the proportion of graduates in employment 9 months after graduation remains very high. Over 80% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates in Education and over 90% of Professional Diploma in Education and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary teaching 2013 graduates were in employment. These rates are all higher than those for other graduate cohorts, as outlined in the HEA report (Where do graduates Go, 2015).

Where to find Teaching Jobs

In general teachers are recruited by the school board of management, or by the Education and Training Board. Teaching posts (including VECs and ETB schools and colleges) are usually advertised in the national and local press. The majority of ads are typically placed around April/May for openings in the next academic school year.

Lists of schools may be obtained from: Government Publications, 52 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, and can also be accessed on the Department of Education and Skills website. Information on pay scales can be obtained by accessing the relevant circulars.

For details of entry routes and the recruitment process visit the Teaching Council website.

The table below provides links for finding teaching vacancies both in Ireland and overseas:

Education Jobs - The following links are to the areas of website relevant to finding teaching jobs at a range of levels, in ireland and abroad
Dept. Education & Skills

Policy and procedural information for Education Staff ranging from recruitment to professional development and payroll.

See: Education Staff

Educate Together

Information and application details for roles that become available in the national office and leadership roles (Principals / Headteachers) in the Educate Together network are available here.

For teacher and ancillary staff vacancies in Educate Together schools, see, TES or eTeach below.

Education Careers

A provider of free educational job vacancy in Ireland advertising and search facility for teaching positions at primary, post primary and third level by county.



Details of current education vacancies throughout Ireland in primary and second level schools, including Learning Support.



Education and Training boards Ireland (ETBI) is the body representing member Education and Training Boards of which there are 16. Vacancies for the ETBI are advertised on the ETBI website. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, multi-faith community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres. 

See: ETBI Recruitment


The Higher Education Authority information on careers services and higher education in general


The Public Appointments Service (PAS) assists  with recruitment requirements for the Universities, Institutes of Technology and other roles in education. The PAS also recruits for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which acts as the agency through which state funding for teaching/learning and research is allocated to the Higher Education Authority and other designated institutions.

See: PAS Education Sector Recruitment

Further information on careers services and higher education in general are available on the Higher Education Authority website.


Resource supported by the CPMSA (Catholic Primary School Managers Association) and the Irish Episcopal Conference to advertise teaching jobs for both Principals and Teachers.



Resource for teachers and new graduates to find teaching jobs abroad.



Primary and Secondary Teaching jobs in the UK, Scotland, Wales; International Teaching Jobs; Lecturing posts; Independent and Leadership roles.



Voluntary Services Oversees (VSO) works in education in 17 countries and recruits education volunteers as part of a global effort to make sure every child can access quality primary education.


Job Vacancies by College...

Third level job opportunities are advertised collectively through and through individual colleges' career services. The following links are to the vacancies sections of college websites, where available.
Athlone IT
Carlow College
Cork Institute of Technology
Dorset College
Dublin Business School
Dun Laoghaire IADT
Dundalk IT
Independent Colleges
IT Blanchardstown
IT Carlow
IT Sligo
IT Tallaght
IT Tralee
Letterkenny IT
Maynooth University
NUI Galway
Royal College of Surgeons
University of Limerick
Waterford IT
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