Career Planning

Top Class Career Planning Support

Top Class Career Planning Support

 

NO1 Graduate Employability

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 Provides

  • 1-1 individual (60 minute) coaching and guidance sessions
  • Group and Individual Career Planning to find a ‘best fit’ in terms of future roles
  • Bespoke class delivery of workshops and seminars to increase the employability of Graduate Researchers
  • Up-to-date labour market trends and employer networking opportunities
  • Applications, CVs and mock interview support
  • Regular news bulletins focusing on job vacancies  

When & how to engage with the Careers Network as a Graduate Research Student

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:

  •  At Orientation: You will be introduced to a Careers Professional who will advise on the dedicated supports that are available to the form of skills development and 1-1 guidance
  • Throughout your studies: We would encourage you to stay tuned in to world trends and developments in both academia, research and the labour market – especially in relation to your specialisation.  The UCD Careers Network can help here
  • Before the Stage Transfer (between 12-18 months) we would encourage you  to reflect on your career and evaluate any skills gaps which may need to be addressed. This gives ample opportunity, while you are still at UCD, to fill that gap either through credit bearing modules, transferable skills training or specific experience which would support your employability. The Careers Network has a dedicated Career & Skills Consultant who can support you either directly or through signposting
  • Towards the end of the penultimate year: we would encourage you to touch base with the Careers Network as it is the optimum time to look at job applications (the recruitment process can be quite slow).  We can help with the application and interview process
  • After submission while waiting for your viva is another great opportunity to focus on your career transition
  • Graduate Researchers are welcome to avail of our supports and services for up to two years after graduation

 

 Whatever stage a doctoral candidate decides to make contact with the Careers Network, they will always receive a warm welcome.

Career & Skills Consultant

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

Email: ger.lardner@ucd.ie

Careers Workshops

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). 

UCD Careers Connect

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Fireside Fridays

A new series of short 20mins interview-style talks about topics that matter for graduate research students, based on their feedback to date.

Fireside Fridays

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