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Graduate programmes offer a clear route into industry

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Graduate programmes offer a clear route into industry

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 

Graduate programmes offer a clear route into industry

The 2018 gradireland recruitment awards ceremony had a record number of submissions – the growth in the number of companies starting graduate programmes, or re-introducing schemes that folded during the recession, could be seen as a sign of an improving economic climate.

Training and development graduate programmes may be resource-intensive ventures, but by immersing graduates in a company’s culture, they are more likely to stay on. The following is a selection of Ireland’s leading graduate recruitment firms.



With 300 places available in its award-winning graduate programme, the firm is looking for applications from the best and brightest third-level talent. The firm welcomes applications from business students but also from a variety of disciplines – from engineering to science, law to arts.

When graduates join KPMG, they go straight into a three-month training programme which introduces the trainees to the firm and brings them all to a similar level of expertise.

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The Civil Service is one of the biggest graduate recruiters in Ireland, with more than 200 graduates joining the organisation each year.

A huge diversity of roles is on offer, and graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.


This year, PwC has more than 330 graduates joining across all business areas in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.

The firm, which has more than 223,000 people working in 157 countries, offers graduates the opportunity to grow professionally and personally.


Winner of the award for best training and development programme for professional services at the gradireland awards, EY offers graduates an array of benefits such as a dedicated in-house exam support team and significant study leave.



Winner of the graduate employer of the year at the gradireland awards, Deloitte has opportunities for students from all academic disciplines, including accounting, arts, business, law, science, technology, engineering and maths.

The company is a significant recruiter of graduates, and over the last year has recruited for more than 300 graduate and undergraduate opportunities.

Roles range across a number of service areas including audit and assurance, risk advisory, corporate finance, tax services and consulting services. Deloitte technology programmes also include a number of graduate positions in cyber risk, Deloitte Digital, information management and analytics, and systems integration.


One of the most successful graduate programmes in Ireland, the Jameson International Graduate Programme has been producing significant results for both the participants and the company for 26 years.

The three-year programme has a typical intake of between 25 and 30 graduates, and recruits are dispersed across the globe to help augment the foothold of the group’s flagship product in both emerging and existing markets.

In 2017, the Jameson International Graduate Programme welcomed 40 new graduates – a record in the long history of the prestigious programme. Today, there are 94 brand ambassadors based in 47 markets across the world.


At Musgrave, the graduate programme has a proven track record in providing a strong pipeline of people who have gone on to be future leaders, holding roles from director to marketing manager to head of Musgrave Business Services. A common thread from the graduate employers is that your degree type is not the be all and end all, something Musgrave echoes.

The company welcomes all degree backgrounds with a 2:1 honours degree as the minimum criteria.

Musgrave are looking for graduates with a digital mindset to encourage transformation in the business and graduates who want contribute to a culture of development and innovation.

Coaching of graduates is also provided on an informal basis – graduate managers are provided with coaching tools and mentoring skills through purpose-driven workshops.

Article adapted from, 8th May 2018, Áine McMahon

Careersportal offers lots of advice to graduates to help them launch their career. To access this information click here.

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