UCD is No. 1 in Ireland for graduate employability and is unique in Ireland in having a dedicated consultant for graduate research students. UCD Careers Network can support you to explore & plan your career options beyond your studies.
The UCD Careers Network is always delighted to meet with you at any stage of your PhD journey. It is often too easy to put ‘careers’ on the long finger when pursuing a PhD as the end seems far into the future. However, in the Careers Network we would recommend a steady approach right from the beginning rather than waiting until the write-up stage when there is the pressure of a submission date.
As a general rule of thumb, the following is a suggested timeline of touchpoints:
Whatever stage a doctoral candidate decides to make contact with the Careers Network, they will always receive a warm welcome.
As a Career & Skills Consultant, Ger Lardner focuses on the mobility of Doctoral Candidates beyond the PhD. Her fundamental belief is that the world needs individuals with PhDs who have the tenacity and experience to re-frame global problems and find solutions to the serious societal challenges facing the world. She works with individuals and groups to find where to find meaningful and rewarding careers. She does so by delivering a Programme of professional skills training. 1-1 guidance and employer networking opportunities to enhance researcher competitiveness in a global environment. Ger holds an MSc in Guidance & Counselling from DCU, a Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis and a BA in Economics & Geography from NUIG. She is an accredited member of the British Psychological Society for Level A & B psychometric testing. Ger is Chair of the AHECS (Association of Higher Education Career Services) Postgraduate Research Task Force, a member of AGCAS (The Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services, (UK) and a member of the EUA-CDE TPG on Career Tracking for PhDs.
Tel: +353 1 716 7520
Ger runs periodic career workshops for graduate research students. These will be advertised to current students and you can sign up on Careers Connect (UCD students/staff only).