Record Number of Exhibitors Attend AIT Career and Further Study Expo

On Thursday, 17th October, Athlone Institute of Technology held its annual Career and Further Education Expo with the goal of connecting Ireland’s leading employers with its talent pipeline of students and recent graduates.

More than 70 exhibitors from a broad cross section of industry attended this year’s event, among them Abbott, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Almac Group, RBK, Johnson and Johnson Vision, Neueda Technologies, Centre Parcs Longford Forest Park, Harmac Medical Products, Ericsson, PPD, Medtronic, Sidero, Teleflex, and Boston Scientific.

“Students and recent graduates were given the opportunity to network with some of the country’s largest employers - many of whom count a significant number of AIT alumni among their ranks,” Denise Dolan, Careers Officer at Athlone Institute of Technology, said. “Over the course of the fair, they learned about the jobs of the future, graduate programmes, internships, and even further study opportunities.”

She continued: “As an institute, we pride ourselves on being finely attuned to the needs of industry and have worked tirelessly to provide our students with the best educational experience. In service of this, we have fostered close links with industry (both multinational and indigenous) to inform our programme offerings and to provide prime placement opportunities for our students.

“This relationship is symbiotic in that work placement provides our industry partners with a gateway for identifying and recruiting talent, while we feed industry a steady pipeline of highly qualified, work-ready graduates. It’s no accident that our students enjoy a 95% employability rate within six months of graduating.”

With the goal of matching students and recent graduates with employers throughout the year, Athlone Institute of Technology’s Careers Office has launched a brand new ‘AIT Careers Connect’ website which will help manage contact with students, graduates and employers more efficiently. AIT Careers Connect enhances the student experience, maximizing career readiness and improving employability outcomes.

“With our new AIT Careers Connect, students can book a 15 minute appointment with a career development adviser, book a CV or application review, book their place at an event, view graduate job vacancies, graduate programme, ask a question or sign up for email alerts,” Mrs Dolan explained. “Employers can also use it to advertise student or graduate job vacancies and book to attend our events or recruitment fairs.

For all queries relating to student and alumni employment opportunities, contact AIT Careers Officer Denise Dolan on (090) 646 8129 or email: ddolan@ait.ie.

An educational powerhouse defined by a commitment to academic excellence, Athlone Institute of Technology has enjoyed considerable successes in the academic arena, most notably being named one of U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities’ in the world for interdisciplinary research the second consecutive year. Further solidifying its reputational prowess, the institute continues to enjoy the highest ranking nationally in the Irish Survey of Student Engagement – 69% versus 29% national average. These accolades build upon the institute’s success in winning the Sunday Times Good University Guide ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ award in 2018 and Runner Up award in 2017.

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