your career

Kickstart your career

DCU International Office

Entrepreneurial, innovative and creative, DCU is future-focused with a strong track record for careers advice, work experience and employability. 

We encourage and facilitate students to gain practical, real-world experience by doing internships and practicum-based projects. As a graduate of DCU, you can apply for the Graduate Visa Scheme, which enables you to work in Ireland for one or two years.

  • DCU is first in Ireland and 19th in the world for its graduate employment rate, according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings
  • 94% of DCU students begin work or further study within six months of graduating
  • 70%+  of undergraduates complete an internship or work placement, or study abroad, as part of their degree 
  • DCU Business School is in the top 5% of business schools globally, and is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 
  • No. 1 Irish university in 2019 for employability, learning support, research and more, according to the International Student Barometer.

DCU supports you in the early stages of your professional life. Our careers office can give you career guidance and mentoring, and help you identify your strengths and build the skills you need for your future. You’ll also have access to our careers advisers for two years after you graduate.

Prateek Sakaray

I was always supported by the career service at DCU which helped me to improve my resume writing skills and helped to explore more opportunities in my area of study. 

Prateek Ramesh Sakaray, India
Masters in Computing (Data Analytics) 2020



Benefit from our strong enterprise links

We work closely with industry to give students a relevant, well-researched curriculum delivered in world-class facilities and labs. And our industry partners support our blended learning approach.

“Intel is supportive of a blended approach of virtual and practical learning, and will consider students interested in graduate positions who have completed elements of their qualification virtually. Students will follow the same hiring process as those, who in the past, completed all elements of their qualifications on university campus. Intel encourages a multi-faceted approach to learning that is inclusive of all styles and methods.” 


You’ll benefit from our long-standing links with business and industry as you seek a work placement or your first job after graduating. Ireland is an international business hub and home to major operations for:

  • All top 10 information technology companies in the world, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Intel and PayPal 
  • 9 of the top pharma/bio companies, such as Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline
  • 9 of the world’s top 10 medical device companies, including Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals

Since I graduated from DCU, I have worked with multinationals like Intel Ireland, O2 Telefonica Group, and Ericsson AB, and I now own and run two companies. My piece of advice to students is to take the DCU Intra [work experience] programme very seriously and get closer to the activities of Invent, DCU’s Innovation and Enterprise Centre at DCU. The Intra program got me into Intel in my days and set me off to a glorious career. Seek work experience while still in college or immediately after graduation. It prepares you and gives you clarity on your career path options.

Patrick Ogbonna, Nigeria
BEng in Electronic Engineering 2005
MBA 2013