6. International Graduates
International Graduates: Graduates are considered to be “International Graduates” if they are non-Irish domiciled graduates of programmes at Honours Degree level and above.
Overview of Graduate Population
- In 2018, there were 7,394 international graduates (up from 6,361 in 2017)
- The majority graduated from universities (80%)
- There were more male graduates (55%)
- Most graduates studied Business, Administration & Law, followed by Health & Welfare
Main Graduate Destination
6.1 Main Graduate Destination – Programme Type
Nine months after graduation, 80.5% were in employment, while 10.7% were in further study.
Postgraduate Research graduates had the highest rates of employment (86.2%) nine months after graduation, while Honours Degree graduates had the lowest rate (63.6%). Nonetheless, Honours Degrees saw the highest proportion of graduates in further study (27.1%).
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”.
In Employment: Graduates are considered to be employed 9 months after graduation if they are working full-time, working part-time or due to start a job in the next 3 months.
6.2 Employed Graduates – Salary
Two-thirds (66%) of international graduates in employment were working in Ireland. More than half (59%) had permanent or open-ended contracts, while 35% were on fixed-term contracts, and 6% were temporary employees.
The most common occupation was Professional Occupations (64%). The largest sector of employment was Professional, Scientific & Technical (19%).
Excluding refused responses, 16.7% earned between €30,000 – €34,999.
Further Study Outcomes
In Further Study: Graduates are considered to be in further study 9 months after graduation if they are enrolled in either full-time or part-time further study or training.
Overall, only 11% of International Graduates pursued further study. Two-fifths (43%) pursued further study overseas, while 57% pursued further study in Ireland. One-fifth (23%) stated the reason for further study was to change or improve career options. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
Unemployment & Other Activities
Unemployed: Unemployed graduates consist of graduates who are unemployed and looking for a job 9 months after graduation.
Engaged in Other Activities: Other activities include caring for family members or others, travelling, volunteering, illness, retirement, unemployed yet not seeking employment, and other.
Overall, only 7.1% of international graduates were Unemployed, with another 1.7% 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 course, with 63.6% being Very Likely or Likely to study the same course again.
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