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ITT’s Your Future‌

There are many options for students at the end of the college year. Whether you want to continue your studies, look for work at home or abroad, or take a year out to travel, there are plenty of options open to you!

IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Look for a job Continue your studies Find work abroad Travel Become unemployed...

The top 4 options are the most favoured by students, but the last one can become a reality unless you motivate yourself to make your future bright, after all you came to college to look after your future and now that time has arrived, it’s time to make the next choice along the path of life…

Look for a job Looking for work can prove to be difficult. It is important to stay extremely motivated because you will be more likely to succeed in your chosen path. There is a lot of help available for you; a strong recommendation is that you: 1. Sign up to 2. Talk to your Careers Officer, Louise Nagle, ext.1783 or What is gradireland? It is the official careers directory for students and graduates in Ireland, north, and south, brought to you by Careers Service Ireland and AHECS.


IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

3 steps on how you start to look for a job

1. What job would suit me? First of all you need to find what job would suit you. Talk to the Careers Officer if you want to know what you can actually do with your degree.

2. What’s out there? There are still plenty of jobs for graduates; you just need to know how to look for them. Here’s five ways that may help you find a job: a. On campus – Talk to Louise Nagle on what might be available for you. b. Online – you can visit for jobs in Ireland and Northern Ireland. c. In print – the old fashioned option. Newspapers often have large vacancies sections. d. Recruitment Agencies – you find access to jobs not advertised directly. e. Careers Fairs – find out when at

3. How to get a job! To get a job you need an interview, to get an interview you need a CV or application. On the next page are some useful tips into how to get through both. 

Application forms

Read the instructions carefully! Stand out – Make sure you meet all employers’ requirements and criteria, and make it easy for them to see this. (TIP -If you’re filing it in by hand, BLACK PEN & BLOCK CAPITALS ONLY!!) 

CVs (Curriculum Vitae)

Sell yourself by pouring your life experiences and skills into two sides of an A4 page (but remember a CV should be accompanied by a cover letter). Stand out by having a Chronological and Skill based CV, this combination can highlight to your employers your skills, experience and personal qualities. Remember you CV will be scanned in about 30 seconds, so remember first impressions last!! (Never use an online template)


IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

“Pick up you copy of gradireland 2012 publication from your Students’ Union today!”


IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

Continuing your studies in IT Tralee Whether you are doing a level 6 or level 7 course it is always advisable to keep going to level 8 (Honours Degree) as there is much more employment opportunities in Ireland and worldwide if you have a level 8 degree. If you haven’t applied for your add-on year or you would still like to pursue a

masters (level 9) it is still not too late. IT Tralee is still

offering a late application for our current students which will remain open until April 27th at 4pm. The link is in a recent email from admissions.


IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

Continuing your studies elsewhere If you would like to pursue another course elsewhere, contact your Education Officer in the Students’ Union, and he will be able to help with finding you another University of Ireland or Institute of Technology that can offer the course you want. Whether you looking to move to a Post Graduate course, finish your degree in another College or completely make a fresh start, your Education Officer will be able to assist you in finding a Prospectus or any information you would need to enter another Higher Education Institution.

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IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

FIND WORK ABROAD Don’t want to settle into your full time career just yet? Maybe you want to live in a different country for a few months or even a year to experience their cultures? This leaves you with a number of options:

2. One year working Visa in USA, Canada or Australia etc. This can be acquired through a number of agencies including USIT and Go4Less. They usually cost in the region of €250 to €500 (excl. flights). For more info look at: /

3. J1 Summer Visa to USA This 3 month Visa can be acquired through a number of agencies including USIT and Go4Less. They usually cost in the region from FREE up to €300 (excl. flights & Insurance). For more info look at: /

4. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) This seems to be a very popular option for people who want to experience a different culture. Normally TEFL programmes are offered for either 6 or 12 months, and the current trend seems to be with students going to the UAE, Korea and more recently Japan. Most (but not all) TEFL jobs require that you have a Higher Degree (Level 8) or higher, and that you are qualified in a certified TEFL course. There are many courses available online that you can avail of that are normally in the region of €149 up to €1000, so shop around! Make sure the course you choose is accepted in the place of work you wish to go to. For more info look at: / / /

1. Work in Europe There are plenty of jobs available in Europe, if you have any language this could be a less costly route as Ryanair fly to most European cities. There are many European recruitment agencies that have plenty of jobs that require the local language and native English speakers. For more info look at:


IT Tralee Students’ Union – ITT’s your future

OTHER OPTIONS AND USEFUL WEBSITES There are still other options and websites available to you:  JobsBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period. The aim of the National Internship Scheme is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills. The scheme will also give people a real opportunity to gain valuable experience to bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives.  Gradpool is the home of the Gradmatcher, Ireland's first and only online careers fair for students and graduates. In approximately 2 minutes, users can match themselves to their ideal graduate programme or employer based on characteristics that are important to them.  FÁS offers a range of training courses suited to the needs of jobseekers looking for employment

If you have any questions or require any help please contact your Education Officer Niall Harty on: or 083-1156156


ITT's Your future  

- CV Advice - Careers advice - Employment info - Working abroad and working visas - Post graduate info - TEFL - FÁS

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