Record number of exhibitors attend Athlone IT expo

Denise Dolan, Careers Officer, and Sarah La Cumbre, Student Resource Centre Manager, are pictured at the Athlone IT Careers and Future Study expo

Denise Dolan, Careers Officer, and Sarah La Cumbre, Student Resource Centre Manager, are pictured at the Athlone IT Careers and Future Study expo

On Thursday last, Athlone Institute of Technology held its annual Career and Further Education Expo will the goal of connecting some of 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. Over the course of the fair, they learned about the jobs of the future, graduate programmes, internships, and even further study opportunities.

“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 percent employability rate within six months of graduating,” Denise Dolan, Careers Officer at Athlone Institute of Technology, remarked

With the goal of matching students and recent graduates with employers throughout the year, Athlone Institute of Technology’s Careers Office also launched a brand new ‘AIT Careers Connect’ website which will help manage contact with students, graduates and employers more efficiently. The AIT Careers Connect student experience software puts the tools in place to boost the efficiency of busy student services to enhance the student experience, maximise career readiness and improve employability outcomes.

“With our new AIT Careers Connect software, students can book a fifteen 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. Employers can also use it to advertise student or graduate job vacancies and book to attend our events or recruitment fairs,” Denise commented.

For all queries relating to student and alumni employment opportunities, contact AIT Careers Officer Denise Dolan on (090 ) 646 8129 or email: [email protected].

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