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.
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- 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. Click here to go to the Graduate Recruitment information area of a range of company websites.
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. legalvacancies.ie. 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 GraduatesAcross 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
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Policy and procedural information for Education Staff ranging from recruitment to professional development and payroll.
See: Education Staff
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 EducationPosts.ie, TES or eTeach below.
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.
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.