There were 7,000 jobs up for grabs at the UL Careers Fair

In August, we put the spotlight on graduates to help them find their feet as they leave education and take their next steps into the world.

Hundreds of top sci-tech companies are always looking for bright new graduates with passion and drive. So, we headed down to the University of Limerick (UL) Careers Fair last week (4 October) to talk to some of the top firms and find out what they were looking for.

UL careers adviser Brendan Lally said UL was seeing more and more organisations wanting to take part in the careers fair. “We have 165 exhibitors with 7,000 jobs,” he said. “We’re absolutely delighted with the turnout here today.”

Some of the biggest names in tech and science were in attendance to speak to budding young graduates including Accenture, Shire and Jaguar Land Rover.

Tomás Maher, technology consulting analyst at Accenture, said the firm takes people from all backgrounds. “Science, engineering, arts, business – whatever you’ve studied,” he said. “But we want people who are problem-solvers, people who are adaptable, and people who are willing to get involved and do more than just what their regular job would be.”

Robert Stone said that for EY, there is no ideal candidate. “We’ve such a diverse range of backgrounds currently working in EY.” Stone said that the company is hiring for traditional business and accounting but also non-traditional, technology-based roles.

With thousands of jobs up for grabs from a wide variety of companies, graduates are spoiled for choice.

In order to stand out from the crowd, it seems that passion and agility are key, as well as the ability to learn and the desire to take on new challenges.

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