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Careers by Degrees 2007

Employers on campus 2006/2007

What is the Graduate Milkround?

During the academic year, we invite employers to hold presentations on campus as part of their graduate recruitment activity. The term often used for these presentations is the 'Milkround'. The purpose of these presentations is to provide first-hand information to students on the range of career options available in any particular company. Normally, these presentations take place in advance of the application deadline, and employers outline the selection procedure in detail. First interviews usually take place on campus sometime after the presentation.

The busiest time of the year, in terms of graduate recruitment activity, is the period from October to December. This is because many of the large employers commence their recruitment campaign early in the final year, as competition for good graduates is quite keen. These presentations are geared towards final-year or postgraduate students who are actively seeking employment for when they graduate. Many employers, however, recruit on a year-round basis, and we continue to organise presentations in the spring semester.

What to expect at presentations

To accommodate students, these presentations usually take place in the evening, at 6.30 p.m., or sometimes on Wednesday afternoons. The format varies, but usually includes a presentation by the company, followed by a question and answer session. Many companies bring recent graduates to speak about their own experiences. In some cases, the presentations are followed by a reception that allows students to mingle with company representatives. The duration of the presentations varies, but most are over within one hour. Most of these presentations are quite informal, but some employers, particularly accounting firms, use the presentations as an integral part of their selection procedure, and issue invitations to selected candidates. In these cases, it is advisable to treat the presentation almost like an interview, and dress accordingly.

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Why attend presentations?

It is advisable to attend as many presentations as you can, as they provide an ideal opportunity to inform yourself of the different career options available. They also provide insight into a company's policies and recruitment practices. We advertise presentations on the Careers Notice Boards one week in advance of the date. For details of presentations this semester, check the Calendar of Events section on the Careers website at: http://www.ul.ie/careers

What about other employers?

Not all the companies who recruit graduates are mentioned in this publication. We contacted over 900 employers during the summer period, and those who provided us with a profile of their graduate requirements are included. Others will notify us of vacancies throughout the year, so it is vital that you continue to check the Career website (jobs section) on a regular basis for updates. You should also consult the Gradireland Directory (details of graduate opportunities in Ireland), copies of which are available from the Careers Service in E0019. Another valuable source of employer information is the official Irish graduate website at: www.gradireland.com. The UL Careers website also provides links to employers' own websites. This can be accessed in the jobs section under 'Links to Employers'

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