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National award for DIT Careers Service

Posted: 8 May, 2015

Last week some 600 graduate recruiters, educational institutions and influencers gathered in the Round Room of the Mansion House to celebrate achievement and innovation in graduate recruitment

Dave Kilmartin, Christiane Brennan and Peter Lewis, accepting the AHECS Award on behalf of DIT Careers Development Centre

Last week some 600 graduate recruiters, educational institutions and influencers gathered in the Round Room of the Mansion House to celebrate achievement and innovation in graduate recruitment.  A greatly improved economic environment contributed to the largest ever gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony, conducted in partnership with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Hosted by RTE’s Brian Dobson, the guest speaker at the event was Minister Ged Nash, who congratulated both the employers and the universities and Institutes of Technology on the range of innovation that was contributing to greater employability and opportunities for graduates.

The DIT Careers Service was presented with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services Gold Medal in the Employability category.  The accolade was awarded for  a first year 'transition to higher education' initiative, entitled "Connect, Commit, Communicate: Transition into First Year ".  This highly successful workshop programme was developed by the Careers advisers and over 700 first year student participated.

The workshop was developed in response to key DIT objectives including Student Engagement, Employability and Retention.  The Careers Service aim to ensure that every first year student has the opportunity to participate in the workshop within the first six weeks of starting college, and supports first year tutors and campus life colleagues to deliver the workshop.

View further details and feedback on the workshop