The For Purpose team was kept busy yesterday at the gradireland careers fair in the RDS, where we were joined by over 3,000 graduates and 40 exhibitors at the fair. There was a substantial level of interest at our stand throughout the day, signifying a strong appetite from third-level graduates for a career in the not-for-profit sector.
We were delighted to promote graduate opportunities with our partner organisations on the programme, ranging from traineeships in fundraising & communications to property surveying. The grad fair provides direct access to some of Ireland’s brightest graduate talent.
Graduates from a variety of different academic backgrounds including communications, business studies, maths, social science and further areas expressed an interest in the programme and sought advice on how to apply their degrees in the sector.
For Purpose Manager, Adrian McCarthy was also delighted to take part in a panel discussion on ‘Interview Tips for Graduates’, chaired by gradireland’s Employer Marketing Consultant Louise Keegan. On the panel he was also joined by Nessa McCarthy, Senior Manager in the ION Group, and Marie Skinner, HR Manager in General Motors. The session was very well attended and focused on how graduates can prepare for an interview and how they can stand out from the crowd.
We will now set our sights towards gradireland’s careers fair in October, which will have over 7,500 attendees and is the biggest annual careers exhibition aimed at third-level students and graduates. In the meantime, we will be offering a range of graduate traineeships on the programme with our partner organisations throughout the summer.