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Ireland’s Education Minister argues that career advice is essential for graduates

Published: Friday, 04 May 2012   Category: Graduate jobs

Getting the right guidance on how to prepare for employment and locate graduate vacancies is critical to success in the world of work, according to Ireland’s Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry.

Speaking at an event hosted at Queens University, Belfast, Dr Farry argued that in order to bridge the gap between employer and candidate expectations for roles, undergraduates and graduates need access to quality careers advice:

“My Department has undertaken extensive work with our further education colleges and universities to ensure that their course curricula are consistent with the current and future requirements of our employers."

And continued: "However, we also know through research and forecasting work that the knowledge and skills needed within the workplace are changing. For our local employers to remain competitive, we need to do things differently, and this often requires our workforce to have a higher level of knowledge and skills than previously needed.”

He went on to argue that this will help students in Northern Ireland identify the skills required by businesses and in turn help to stimulate the region’s economy.

The nature of this advice should be relevant, specific and constantly updated so that it moves with the demands of the market.

“My Department has over 100 careers advisers. These advisers offer a range of services including career guidance interviews, class talks and group sessions, all of which help prepare our young people to make informed decisions on their career paths,” added Dr Farry.

Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), also urges students to: “Make the most of the careers advice available at university (and, if still available to you, at your school) – attend careers fairs from your first year and make an appointment to see a careers advisor.”

Did careers advice help you identify which graduate job you eventually applied for? Where else would you turn for careers advice?

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