Thursday, October 11 12:36:46
Over 500 vacancies were on offer to University of Limerick students through 124 companies taking part in the largest Annual University of Limerick Careers Fair which took place today.
The UL Careers Fair has been running for 13 years and over 3000 students and graduates visited this year's event.
Since the beginning of the year in excess of 2500 jobs have been on offer to UL students and graduates through the UL Careers Office.
Speaking from the Fair, Head of Careers at UL Gavin Connell said, "The annual Careers Fair is an ideal opportunity for students to find out who the key UL employers are, what types of jobs are available, and what kind of skills employers are looking for. Job prospects are good for UL students and graduates. Traditionally UL's Graduate Employment figures trend well above the national average. Despite the challenging environment, UL's graduate employment rate has continued to rise and our 2011 figure for primary degree-holders is now 16pc higher than the HEA's most recently-available national average figure which is 46pc for 2010."
A survey of UL's 2011 graduates showed 88pc are either employed or pursuing further study. Speaking from the Careers Fair UL President Professor Don Barry explained the demand for UL graduates; "Our doctorate students are also very much in demand, with 86pc 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. Additionally, the growing number of employers actively recruiting UL graduates through this Careers Fair is testament to the high esteem in which our graduates are held. UL graduates have shown themselves to be ready for the workplace, highly-skilled and more employable than their peers from other Irish universities," said Professor Barry.