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

Statement of Service for Employers

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 supports employers in meeting their graduate manpower needs by introducing them to the Cooperative Education programme and by providing them with opportunities to contact and recruit potential graduate employees.

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What we offer employers

General Services for employers

Services to support graduate recruitment

  • Advice on matters relating to graduate recruitment, such as: relevant qualifications; timing of recruitment; graduate starting salaries; graduate employment trends;
  • Opportunities to promote their organisations and publicise vacancies to students and recent graduates through CareersConnect, Careers by Degrees, the careers website, noticeboard advertisements, and targeted email circulations;
  • Facilities for making formal presentations on campus and free publicity for such events;
  • Facilities for conducting selection interviewing and testing on campus and assistance in scheduling interviews;
  • Opportunities to participate in the annual UL Careers Fair which is widely promoted throughout the student and graduate population;
  • Careers Information Area, freely accessible to students, with facilities for displaying employer reference material, graduate recruitment literature, and application forms.
  • Opportunities to raise the profile of the organisation by participating in the career education activities, such as interview skills workshops and other events relating to the development of transferable skills;
  • Company visits by members of Careers Service to discuss graduate recruitment, also attendance at employer open days or briefing sessions;
  • Information and advice in relation to disability issues in the workplace.

Cooperative Education Programme

The University offers Cooperative Education, Teaching Practice and other experiential placement programmes. Participation in these programme is considered by many to be the most effective means of identifying and evaluating potential graduate employees. This also raises the employer's profile on campus in advance of presentations and other graduate recruitment activities. We offer employers an opportunity to use this programme as part of their overall graduate recruitment strategy. This includes:

  • Information on availability of students, covering timing, disciplines and skills sets;
  • Preselection of students for specific assignments, based on employer requirements;
  • Monitoring of students' performance during the placement period;
  • Advisory service in relation to issues with students during placement;
  • Opportunity to nominate students for annual CoOp Award.

Information on UL programmes and facilities

  • Introductions to relevant academic departments and faculty members to discuss final-year projects, collaborative research, or opportunities to sponsor postgraduate students;
  • Information on the employment record of UL graduates as recorded in the annual First Destinations survey of graduates;
  • Access to information on course details, research activities, and graduate output in disciplines of interest to employers.
  • Access to opportunities for continuing professional development.

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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)
  • Head of Careers, Gavin Connell, gavin.connell@ul.ie tel +.353 61 202114
  • Main Office:  Telephone: +353 61 202476
  • Fax: +353 61 233657
  • Hours of business: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m, Monday to Friday

What you can expect from us

You are entitled to expect friendly and competent staff who will:

  • Provide you with relevant information on the services we provide, also University programmes and facilities;
  • Advise you on the most effective means of promoting your graduate opportunities amongst students and recent graduates:
  • Facilitate you in identifying and meeting candidates who have the appropriate academic, personal and work-related skills;
  • Introduce you to faculty members with relevant expertise in research or professional areas.

What we can expect from you

You can help us provide the most effective service by:

  • Providing us with clear job descriptions for graduate vacancies;
  • Giving adequate notice for us to advertise your vacancies;
  • Notifying us of the appropriate point of contact within your organisation;
  • Ensuring equal opportunities to all candidates, without discrimination.

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How you can help us improve the service

We invite you to notify us of your opinions about the services provided so that we can continue to adapt and improve them to meet your needs. If you are satisfied with our service, please let us know. If you ever have any cause for complaint, please tell a member of staff. If you remain dissatisfied with the action taken or the explanation given, then please speak or write to the Head of Careers, Gavin Connell gavin.connell@ul.ie.  All complaints will be responded to within a week of our receipt of the complaint.

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
  • Grduate Recruitment Code of Practice agreed by AGCSI, IPD, IBEC, and USI.

The limitations of our service

We cannot target individual students or provide lists of students or graduates for employers to contact. We can, however, guarantee that graduate opportunities will be advertised to appropriately qualified students and graduates. The Careers Service is aimed primarily at current full-time students and recent graduates. If you wish to identify other graduates with significant professional experience, you should contact the office of the UL Alumni Association

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