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LINKED UP Your BA & Your Career

Many BA degree students struggle with understanding how they might apply their degree once they graduate. What can a student in geography or philosophy do? What career can you pursue?

Whether you are a first, second or third year student the UCD Career Development Centre host a range of workshops and events for those of you interested in your career choices and developing your career plan. Log onto their website for more details. 


Focus for first years:

Get Involved! Join clubs and societies, or do sports of volunteering, a great way to enhance your CV and contribute to the community. Employers recruit students who make a difference and who have drive and determination, with a variety of options to choose from there is something for everyone. See 

Focus for second years:

Explore career options and decide what you want to do. Search for an internship in that area, part-time work or study abroad opportunities….

Focus for third years:

Apply. Prepare your CV, covering letters and applications, prepare for interviews, apply for jobs or further study…

There are also career workshops and events specifically designed for Arts students:


Semester 2:

Non-Credit Bearing Certificate in Skills for Working Life

This programme is intended to provide students with an insight into some key skills employers tell UCD Career Development Centre they need students to recognise, develop and relate effectively to the graduate workplace.

Students will gain an appreciation of how to manage, effectively, the graduate recruitment process, how to be effective in the workplace and how to be active in future career development. Topics include interactive sessions on areas such as teamwork and leadership, emotional intelligence in the workplace, projecting a positive image - in person and online - and making effective job applications and advice on how to succeed at job interviews for internship or graduate positions.

The course comprises eight weekly informal and interactive sessions each lasting up to two hours (usually around 1hr 40min). During these sessions, students are able to ask questions and interact with recruiters and learn from their experience.

Students who attend a minimum of six sessions will be awarded the Career Development Centre non-credit bearing Certificate in Skills for Working Life at a presentation of certificates in late April/early May.

More information here - Skills for Working Life 2013 . If you are interested in this course then you can book on-line at Places are limited and it is first come first served. 

Short lunchtime seminar - Tuesday February 5th from 1.10-1.50pm

Suitable for Arts students particularly interested in internships 

Arts & Internships - making effective applications for internship and graduate jobs 

Room C108 Newman, delivered by Dr. David Foster Director of the UCD Careers Development Centre

No booking necessary – first come, first served (this classroom seats 70)

Further information contact

For those of you who missed the seminar you might find the presentation notes useful - Arts & Internships - powerpoint presentation 

Arts and Internships  

Semester 1:

Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright Commission will be delivering an information session on Tuesday 16th October at 2pm in room A105 of the Newman Building. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards scholarships to Irish and EU postgraduate students and scholars, to study, research, and lecture across all disciplines in the US. They also have particular awards for graduates to teach the Irish language in US colleges. 

More information here: 

Fulbright Awards 2013-14

Fulbright Irish Language Awards 2013-14  

Careers Fairs 

There are two career fairs taking place this week which may be of interest to students of Arts seeking internships and graduate jobs

1. Law Careers, 3 October from 1-4pm at Rendezvous - Careers Fair - October 3, 2012 

2. Business, Finance & Management, 4 October from 12-4pm at Rendezvous - Careers Fair - October 4, 2012 

Please note that many of the employers present at both events recruit students from all degree disciplines, so these careers are as applicable to students of the Arts as they are to students of law and business.  

Careers Fair - October 3, 2012 Careers Fair - October 4, 2012 

Short lunchtime seminar - Tuesday September 25th from 1.10-1.50pm

Exploring Your Options? Find out why Employers Hire Arts Graduates 

Room A105 Newman, delivered by UCD Careers Development Centre

No booking necessary – first come, first served. 

Further information contact

Exploring Your Options? Find out why Employers Hire Arts Graduates 



Semester 2:

BA Career Management Workshops:

Click here for more information

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