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Supporting Students & Graduates in developing successful career plans and facilitating recruitment for employers

Statement of Service for Academics

Introduction

The Careers Service is part of the Cooperative Education & Careers Division (CECD) which is the primary point of contact for:

  • Students and graduates interested in planning and developing their careers;
  • Students interested in work placements;
  • Employers interested in student placements and graduate recruitment;
  • University Departments interested in the career development of students and in developing working relationships with employers.

The primary objective of CECD is to facilitate the career development of UL students as an integral part of their academic programme. The Careers Service is fully integrated with the Cooperative Education programme. This ensures that students, the University, and employers have a single contact point for both undergraduate placements and graduate opportunities.

The Careers Service is committed to supporting students and recent graduates in developing and implementing successful career plans, and facilitating the recruitment process for students and employers. The Careers Service supports the University in providing opportunities for students and graduates to develop the skills and attributes required to manage their careers throughout their working lives. The Service also informs the University about the market for graduates and the issues affecting the employability of UL graduates.

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What we offer

The Careers Service supports the strategic objectives of the University in providing a learning environment which enables graduates to develop fulfilling careers and contribute effectively to the communities and societies with which they become associated. In order to facilitate this process, the following services are provided:

  • Liaison with an extensive range of Irish and international employers as part of our commitment to promote employment opportunities for UL students and graduates. We invite employers to participate in the UL Careers Fair and provide facilities on campus for presentations and interviews.
  • Support for the University's marketing drive to attract new students by providing data on graduate employment, participating in Open Days, and contact with guidance personnel in schools.
  • Support for the University's research mission by promoting postgraduate study opportunities though the annual Postgraduate Study Fair and related events.
  • Support for the University's Access initiative through the provision of customised services to meet the needs of students with disabilities, and the delivery of careers workshops for other under-represented groups.
  • Support for Departments in reviewing existing courses or designing new courses, by providing accurate and timely information about the employment record of UL graduates and intelligence on labour market trends and requirements.
  • Collection, analysis and dissemination of the annual First Destination statistics for use by the HEA and the production of reports for University departments. This information is used in reviewing existing courses, designing new courses, and as a marketing tool for prospective students.
  • Contribution to the academic planning process of the University through participation in Faculty Boards and representation on a range of other committees.
  • Provision of a comprehensive information resource relating to career choice, graduate occupations, further study and training opportunities, employers, current vacancies, graduate selection procedures, etc.
  • Contribution to internal and external University publications.
  • Design and development of an online Career Development module in accordance with the Strategic Plan.
  • Delivery of Career Development module and other career education seminars, in partnership with academic departments and the Teaching & Learning Unit.
  • Enhancement of Cooperative Education programme through the provision of appropriate career education resources and tutorials.
  • Participate in campus itineraries for visiting groups of employers, development agencies and international groups.

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How to contact us

  • Address: Careers Service, Cooperative Education & Careers Division, University of Limerick
  • Website: www.ul.ie/careers (for e-mail addresses of members of staff)
  • Telephone: (061) 202476
  • Fax: (061) 233657
  • Hours of business: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m, Monday to Friday

What you can expect from us

The Cooperative Education & Careers Division is an integral part of the University, and plays a key role in ensuring the employability of UL graduates. The University is entitled to expect:

  • Well-informed and professional members of staff who provide important linkages between the University and external employer organisations;
  • Labour market intelligence relating to employer requirements, skills gaps, graduate recruitment trends, etc;
  • Accurate and up to date information on the employment record of UL graduates;
  • A comprehensive programme of careers services which enhance the employment prospects of UL graduates;
  • Willingness to design and deliver customised career development programmes in partnership with academic departments.

What we can expect from you

The Cooperative Education & Careers Division is an integral part of the University, and plays a key role in ensuring the employability of UL graduates. The University is entitled to expect:

  • Well-informed and professional members of staff who provide important linkages between the University and external employer organisations;
  • Labour market intelligence relating to employer requirements, skills gaps, graduate recruitment trends, etc;
  • Accurate and up to date information on the employment record of UL graduates;
  • A comprehensive programme of careers services which enhance the employment prospects of UL graduates;
  • Willingness to design and deliver customised career development programmes in partnership with academic departments.

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How we can act on your behalf

The Careers Service has an extensive range of external contacts which can be of considerable benefit to the University. This allows us to:

  • Represent the University in national and international fora such as HEA Committees, National Skills Awareness Campaign, AHECS, AGCAS, FEDORA, EAIE;
  • Promote the university facilities, expertise and programmes to a range of external constituencies such as IDA, SFADCO, and other development agencies;
  • Raise the profile of the University by providing articles, interviews and graduate employment data to the media;
  • Support fund-raising initiatives by providing information on potential employer contacts and responding to employer interest in sponsoring University initiatives.

How you can help us improve the service

We welcome your opinion on ways in which the Careers Service can support the mission of the University.

Any comments should be sent to the Head of Careers at gavin.connell@ul.ie or by telephone at 061 202114.

Codes of practice and standards

The Careers Service is committed to promoting equality of access and treatment in education, employment, training and guidance in accordance with the Employment Equality Act, 1998. The Service also observes the following University of Limerick policies:

  • Access Policy for People with Disabilities
  • Access Policy for the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged
  • Equal Opportunities Policy

As a member of AGCAS (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and AHECS (Association of Graduate Careers Services in Ireland), the Service adheres to the following standards:

  • AGCAS Code of Practice
  • Graduate Recruitment Code of Practice agreed by AHECS, IPD, IBEC, and USI.

The limitations of our service

The Careers Service is committed to working in partnership with other departments within the University in order to support students and graduates in their career development. The scope of our activities is determined by the level of resources committed by the University.

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