6. International Graduates
Overview of Graduate Population
- In 2017, there were 6,361 International Graduates
- The majority graduated from universities (83%)
- More than half (56%) were female graduates
- Most graduates studied Business, Administration & Law, followed by Health & Welfare
6.1 Main Graduate Destination – Programme Type
Nine months after graduation, 76% were in employment, while one-tenth were in further study.
Postgraduate Research graduates had the highest rates of employment (94%) nine months after graduation, while Honours Degree graduates had the lowest rate (69%). Nonetheless, Honours Degrees saw the highest proportion of graduates in further study (25%).
This section relates only to graduates who are considered “In Employment”, as defined below. Thus, all figures reflect only the cohort of graduates defined as “In Employment”.
6.2 Employed Graduates – Salary
Less than two-thirds (62%) of international graduates in employment were working in Ireland. More than half (58%) had permanent or open-ended contracts, while 36% were on fixed-term contracts.
The most common occupation was Professional Occupations (66%). The largest sectors of employment were Financial, Insurance & Real Estate (16%), Information & Communication (15%), and Education (15%).
Excluding refused responses, 27% earned between €30,000 – €34,999.
Overall, only 11% of International Graduates pursued further study. Two-fifths (43%) pursued further study overseas, while 57% pursued further study in Ireland. On the reasons for pursuing further study, 24% of graduates considered it a requirement for progressing and finding future employment, while 21% pursued further study to develop more skills or knowledge. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
Overall, only 7% of international graduates were Unemployed, with another 7% Engaged in Other Activities. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
This section relates to ALL International Graduates surveyed.
Most international graduates were satisfied with their area of study and qualification, with 83% being Very Likely or Likely to study the same area of study again. Similarly, 82% considered it Very Likely or Likely that they would study the same qualification again. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
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