65 local companies looking to hire at DkIT Careers Fair 201815 November 2018
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) welcomed more than 65 companies from across the region of North Leinster-South Ulster to its campus to take part in its annual Careers & Industry Fair 2018. The event provided an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with top graduate employers across a variety of industries including Accountancy & Finance, Business, Computing, Construction, Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences, Hospitality, Health and Science.
Coordinated by the Careers & Employability Office at the Institute, the Careers Fair 2018 is the flagship event on the careers calendar for DkIT students. DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD commenced proceedings by thanking the organisations for their participation in the fair.
“It is wonderful to have such a diverse array of organisations here today, from large multinationals to local SME’s. This is highly representative of the industry landscape in our region at this time which presents many interesting and exciting career opportunities for our graduates.
Through our consultation with industry, we know that DkIT graduates are in high demand by employers due to a combination on their strong knowledge of theory and practical skills related to their disciplines. Last year, 94% of our graduates secured employment or entered full-time study within 9 months of graduation and we know that 89% remained in the North Leinster-South Ulster. This is an immensely powerful injection of talent, bringing new ideas, skills and energy to industry across the region. Opportunities such as today’s Careers Fair are crucial in helping our students make informed decisions about their future and assisting them to prepare for successful careers ahead.”
Leading European agri-food business, ABP which is headquartered in Ardee, County Louth was the primary sponsor for the event. During his keynote address, Jonathan Devitt, Head of Insights & Analytics commented,
“ABP enjoys a strong relationship with DkIT and we collaborate extensively with the Institute across a variety of programme areas. We already recruit many DkIT graduates and look forward to meeting new potential employees here today. At ABP, we recognise the importance of having access to highly skilled graduates in our locality.”
Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers & Employability at DkIT led the organisation of the Careers Fair 2018. When speaking to the companies in attendance, she highlighted the increased focus on career-readiness at DkIT.
“The Institute is now working harder than ever to ensure that our students are equipped with the transferrable skills and experiences necessary to thrive in the workplace following graduation.
We now offer work placements across more than two thirds of all undergraduate programmes which is hugely important because it provides students with opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they have learned in class to the workplace. It also allows them to expand their network, to gain industry experience and to build their confidence, which is hugely beneficial when it comes to making the next step in their career. Many of our students on placement progress to secure full-time employment with their host organisation, which is indicates how valuable this experience can be for both students and employers.”
The Careers & Employability Office at DkIT provides a range of services to DkIT students and employers including one-to-one careers advice, coordination of work-placement, careers guidance workshops, promotion of job opportunities and a vibrantguest speaker programme. To find out more please visit www.dkit.ie/careers-and-employability