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Get Ready For This Year's Virtual Recruitment Fair!

Tuesday 28th September from 12 pm to 4 pm

DCU Final Year undergraduate, postgraduate students, and recent graduates -  bookmark this webpage!

The DCU Virtual Recruitment Fair will take place early in semester one and it is your opportunity to meet with recruiters from some of the top Irish and Multinational companies who are keen to recruit DCU students and graduates for their graduate programmes and entry-level roles for 2022!

As a DCU student, you will be able to register for the Fair platform early in September and we will send you all the instructions and information you need to do so.

The Recruitment Fair is held early in semester one because organisations who have the capacity to recruit 12 months in advance open up their applications early in Semester One. These companies are seeking candidates to join their organisations post completion of your studies.

The Recruitment Fair will be held virtually via an external platform called Graduateland.  All of the Irish Universities are hosting Virtual Careers Fair again this year. A Virtual Recruitment Fair is an online platform where you log on from wherever you are and connect with recruiters from companies you are interested in working with or finding out more about their opportunities.

 

This could be your first time attending a Recruitment Fair and we want to ensure you have a great experience.

 

Here is a taster from our FAQ section:

What is a Graduate Programme?

Graduate Programmes are typically run by large and Multinational companies who hire a multiple number of graduates each year. The word programme can make you believe that it is a college course but that is NOT the case!  Graduate Programmes are structured roles designed typically for graduates to facilitate graduates becoming productive as quickly as possible.  See our FAQ section below for more details.

What companies will be attending?

The Professional Services (Audit, Tax & Consultancy), IT, Law, Engineering, and Pharma companies are most likely to attend the Careers Fair because of their capacity to recruit so far in advance.  See our FAQ below which includes the list of companies that attended last year.

Check out the rest of our FAQs below, so you can ready to make the most of the 2021 Recruitment Fair!

If you have suggestions for our FAQ section, we would love to hear from you.  Email careers@dcu.ie with FAQ Recruitment Fair in the subject line.

 

A virtual Recruitment Fair is an online event that allows you to meet with companies on a virtual recruitment fair platform using video calls and chat rooms. You will have the opportunity to meet with graduate recruiters and find out about careers, graduate programmes, and jobs across a wide range of sectors. Each year companies that have the capacity to recruit 12 months in advance attend university careers fairs.  Companies recruit at a national level.

It will be held on Tuesday 28th September 2021 from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm

As the plan (subject to Government advice) is to maximise on-campus learning we are aware that many interested students will potentially be on campus and will need to attend the Recruitment Fair online.  We will update you nearer the date to suggest some ideas on how best to use this opportunity to meet with potential employers.

Please note that the trend had already begun to emerge for recruitment fairs to be held online, COVID-19 has only increased the speed of this transition.

Graduate Programmes are typically run by large and Multinational companies who hire a multiple number of graduates each year. The word programme can make you believe that it is a college course but that is NOT the case!  To facilitate graduates becoming productive as quickly as possible, a structured learning and development programme is rolled out by the company.  Hence the use of the phrase ‘graduate programme’.

Contract duration can vary depending on the programme.  For example, for a career in audit or tax, contracts are usually 3.5 years in duration and for other types of graduate programmes, it is typically a two-year contract.  

Graduate Programmes are structured roles designed typically for graduates up to 3 years post-graduation.  Employers sometimes also offer a buddy or mentor system whereby graduates can learn from more experienced professionals in the business and have additional support.

 

In advance of the Virtual Recrutiment Fair, we will be holding the following sessions to help you prepare to attend.  These sessions will be live online via Zoom hosted in the Careers Service Module on Loop

14th September: 1.00pm -1.30 pm, Live Online, via Careers Service Module on Loop

How to attend the Virtual Recruitment Fair

15th September: 1.00pm -1.30 pm, Live Online, via Careers Service Module on Loop

How to make your CV stand out

20th September: 1.00pm -1.30 pm, Live Online, via Careers Service Module on Loop

Milkround Special: Applications for Tax/Audit/Consultancy

22nd September: 1.00pm -1.30 pm, Live Online, via Careers Service Module on Loop

How to make your CV stand out

23rd September: 1.00pm -1.30 pm, Live Online, via Careers Service Module on Loop

How to attend the Virtual Recruitment Fair

There will also be a series of Live online Q&A sessions:

Thursday 23rd Sept @ 1.30 pm - Engineering & Computing: Live Q&A: Everything you want to know about the DCU Virtual Recruitment Fair! 

Monday 27th Sept @1.00pm DCU Business School: Live Q&A: Everything you want to know about the DCU Virtual Recruitment Fair!

Monday 27th Sept @1.00pm Humanities & Social Sciences: Live Q&A: Everything you want to know about the DCU Virtual Recruitment Fair! 

Monday 27th Sept @1.00pm Science & Health: Live Q&A: Everything you want to know about the DCU Virtual Recruitment Fair! 

While some companies will be recruiting from specific disciplines, there are also companies that recruit from any discipline. We encourage all Final year, postgraduate students, and recent graduates to research the companies attending to help inform your decision. Please note all companies will have listed their Target Disciplines so we advise you to check this in advance when you are researching companies and who would like to meet with on the day.

It varies from year to year but typically it is larger companies that have the capacity to plan their recruitment 12 months in advance and need to recruit a number of graduates. The Professional Services ( Audit, Tax & Consultancy), IT, Law, Engineering, and Pharma companies are most likely to attend the Recruitment Fair. 

Note: We cannot guarantee any particular companies will be in attendance but check back here for updates over the coming months.

This year's companies are all to be confirmed but check out last year's list of companies that attended our 2020 Virtual Recruitment Fair:

Accenture | AIB Group | Aldi Ireland | Amazon | Amgen | Analog |Arista Networks Ireland| Arthur Cox | Astellas Ireland |Auxilion | Avolon | Baker Tilly | Bord Bia | Boston Scientific | Colgate Palmolive | Combilift | Crowe | Cúirt Bhreithiúnais an Aontais Eorpaigh / Court of Justice of the European Union | Datalex | Davy | DBASS Chartered Accountants | DCU Postgraduate Study | Deloitte Ireland | Dillon Eustace | DLA Piper | EirGrid Group | EisnerAmper Ireland | Ericsson | ESB | eShopWorld| Eversheds Sutherland| EY| Fidelity Investments | Fieldfisher LLP| First Derivatives plc | Intel | Irish Defence Forces | Irish Distillers: Jameson Engineering Graduate Programme | Irish Distillers: Jameson International Graduate Programme | Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service | Kerry Group | KPMG | Lidl Ireland | Maples Group | Matheson | McCann FitzGerald | Medtronic | Mercury Engineering | MUFG Investor Services | Musgrave | National Treasury Management Agency | Nikon Precision Europe GmbH | Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General | Ornua Co-Operative Ltd | Parva Consulting Ltd | PayPal | Pfizer | Pinsent Masons LLP | PKF O'Connor, Leddy & Holmes | Positive Equity | Public Appointments Service | RBK | Revenue Commissioners | RSM Ireland | SAP | The Central Bank | Workday | WuXi Biologics

For now, we encourage you to focus on the following actions to help you get fair ready:

  • Bookmark this webpage and review the information contained within our FAQ's
  • Draft your CV using the CV booklet and/or video available on the 2020/21 Careers Service Module on Loop. Or you can listen to our podcast episode on CVs via  DCU Podcasts: Career Conversations (Apple, Android, Spotify) 
  • PLEASE DO NOT USE CV TEMPLATES THAT YOU FIND ONLINE!!  They are usually not fit for purpose

  • Create or review your Linkedin Profile.  See 2020/21 Careers Service Module on Loop for guidance
  • Check your email from the first week of September onwards for updates on how to register for the Virtual Recruitment Fair

We will keep you updated on this in the coming months so you have all the information you need to make the most of your time at the fair. Check back here for updates.

Top Tip!:

Avoid presumptions and assumptions! Take the opportunity to research with an open mind the various opportunities. This will mean you won't miss application deadlines and be disappointed. And if you don't see what you are looking for...it might just help you identify more clearly what is a better career direction for you.  A win-win approach!

I want to work for a small company/start-up - Are they at the Recruitment Fair?

Small companies and startups hire differently and generally hire for an immediate start.  This Recruitment Fair is an opportunity for generally larger organisations who have the capacity to plan their recruitment up to 12 months in advance.  Sign up for alerts and keep connected to our jobs board on mycareer.dcu.ie for opportunities with a diverse range of companies/organisations and remember you can sign up to our jobs board as a graduate for two years!

 

I want to work in the NGO/Charity Sector - Are they at the Recruitment Fair?

NGOs and Charities hire differently and generally hire for an immediate start and so in general, recruit candidates in other ways rather than attend Recruitment Fairs. Top Tip: Subscribe the Wednesday Newsletter at https://www.dochas.ie/ for details of vacancies and volunteering opportunities and visit activelink.ie for vacancies. This will help familiarize you with the names of organisations and for what roles they hire. 

 

There are no companies of interest or relevance to me - what should I do?

This is totally normal. This Recruitment Fair connects you to companies that are ready to engage with final year students - it is not representative of all of the opportunities that will be available to you as a Graduate.  However, we still recommend that you register to build your awareness of what companies (in general) are looking for and familiarise yourself with how to attend a virtual Recruitment Fair.  

 

I am a Humanities student, what's in it for me/why should I attend?

  • It is estimated that approximately 40% of graduate employers recruit from all disciplines (Gradireland, 2020). While some graduate roles will require a specific qualification, many require a certain set of skills, skills that graduates from Humanities and Social Sciences have, for example, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem solving and more.
  • You could have more in common with companies attending than you previously thought! Research their products and services, read up on their culture and values. Think about how your skills can benefit their company and be ready to explain this to the recruiters when you meet them.
  • Even though the company may be from an area that is different to your degree, some of these companies may still want to recruit students from your background for a variety of roles within their organisation. For example, they may have in-house opportunities available in areas such as communications, advertising, marketing, PR, Media or HR. It is therefore important to do your research on the company to determine if these opportunities are available.

Top tip: If you are thinking about pursuing a career outside of your degree discipline area, it’s important to think about your career motivation NOW so that you can emphasise this to recruiters at the fair and demonstrate your interest in not only the company but the industry. Think about WHY you wish to pursue a career in your chosen area and make sure you can get this across to employers both in conversation and at application stage!

Companies engage with students in a number of ways. Some companies will have 1-to-1 meetings or web chats  and some will have both.

From September we will have more information on how you can meet with recruiters to find out more about their companies and opportunities on offer.

Company Information / Links to Resources: Recruiters will post information about their companies on the virtual platform, with links to their careers websites, recruitment information, and videos, so you can research the opportunities available in advance of the fair. 

We will share more information on how you can access this information closer to the time.

 

The Virtual Recruitment Fair allows companies and students to meet either through a 1-1 video meeting or via web text.

We will keep you informed on how you can meet with recruiters from the companies when we have more details confirmed. Watch this space!

No, it is an informal chat with the recruiter to help you find out more about the company and the roles or graduate programmes they have available. Having said that, it is important that you do your research on the company in advance, know a little about the opportunities and be able to make a good first impression by talking about relevant aspects of your degree, skills and experience.

  • Prepare to introduce yourself. Prepare an ‘elevator pitch’: a 30-second introduction to you, your skills, interests, what you are studying, the most relevant aspects of your course and the type of role you are interested in.
  • Have one or two questions prepared such as 
    • What skills do you look for most in X role?
    • What qualifications do you look for?/Have you hired graduates from my discipline previously?
    • What is one of the biggest challenges of the job?
    • What training is provided as part of the graduate programme?
    • Are there opportunities for advancement?
    • How would you describe the company culture?
    • What do you like most about your job (if a graduate)?
    • What does the application process entail?

Have one or two questions prepared such as 

  • What skills do you look for most in X role?
  • What qualifications do you look for?/Do you hire graduates from my discipline?
  • What is one of the biggest challenges of the job?
  • What training is provided as part of the graduate programme?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement?
  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • What do you like most about your job (if a graduate)?
  • What does the application process entail?
  • Can you give me some information regarding your upcoming graduate programme / graduate jobs?
  • Do you have tips for graduate applications and details on the closing date?
  • Are all your roles remote working or are you on-site?
  • When do you plan on interviewing? What is involved in the process?
  • How can I make my application stand out?
  • What is the best way to keep in touch with you?
  • What kind of roles within you organisation do you think would be suitable for my qualification?
  • Any tips on being job ready upon completion of my degree?
     

Prepare to introduce yourself. Have an introduction ready. This could include what are studying, your year of study, and the type of role you are interested in. Be able to talk about the most relevant aspects of your degree, the key skills you have and demonstrate your interest in the company to the recruiter.

  • Ensure that you have registered on the Fair Platform (more details to be announced soon in relation to our Virtual Recrtuitment Platform). 
  • Choose how you are going to access your meetings with companies on the day of the Fair, i.e. via your phone or desktop (we recommend desktop/laptop where possible)
  • Make sure you have a suitable place to attend your virtual meetings on the day of the Fair (keep an eye on our tips to help you with this).
  • Attend our Live Online Career Skills Sessions to help you prepare (more information to follow closer to September)

If you have any general queries regarding the Fair that we have not answered in this FAQ contact careers@dcu.ie

Check back here from the beginning of September for more information on what you need to do to make the most of the time at the fair. We'll be sharing our top tips and informative videos to help you feel prepared. 

You can follow some simple steps to for a successful Virtual Recruitment Fair experience.

  • Check the Virtual Platform regularly from September to keep up to date on companies that are attending. More details on the platform coming soon.
  • Research the companies - Start your research now on companies that hire graduates from your discipline! 
  • Keep an open mind - You never know,  you may encounter a company that you haven’t heard of before, and who knows what opportunities might come from any engagement with a company or recruiter. 
  • Check your tech - Make sure that you have a phone, laptop, or computer with a working video camera and microphone.
  • Environment - Find a quiet place to set up.
  • Prepare to introduce yourself - Have an introduction ready. This could include what are studying, your year of study, and the type of role/graduate programme you are interested in.
  • Be prepared to ask questions - Check out our FAQ on questions to ask recruiters (above)
  • Take notes - It will help you keep track of your conversations with recruiters. We suggest a paper and pen so it doesn’t look like you’re distractedly doing other things on your computer.