2. Level 6 & 7 Graduates
Overview of Graduate Population
- In 2018, there were 9,681 Level 6 & 7 graduates (up from 9,602 in 2017)
- More than half (56%) were male graduates
- 2 in 3 (66%) continued to higher levels of study
2.1 Main Graduate Destination – Field of Study
Two-thirds (66.4%) of Level 6 & 7 graduates pursued further study, while 30.0% were in employment. In 2017, 73% pursued further study, while 23% went into employment. Thus, in 2018, less people pursued further study, while more went into employment 9 months after graduation.
Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics had the highest proportion of graduates in further study 9 months after graduation (77.3%).
Education graduates were most likely to be in employment 9 months after graduation (62.9%).
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”.
2.2 Employed Graduates – Occupation & Sector
Of the graduates in employment, most were working in Professional Occupations (24.3%), followed by Administrative & Secretarial Occupations (15.6%).
The most popular sector of employment was Industry, with 17.4% of employed graduates working in Industry.
2.3 Employed Graduates – County of Employment
Of those in employment, 94% were working in Ireland, while 6% were working abroad.
Of those working in Ireland, the most popular counties of employment were Dublin (25%), Kildare (13%) and Cork (11%).
Of those working abroad, Great Britain was the most popular location (18%), followed by France (17%) and the United States (14%).
2.4 Employed Graduates – Salary
Nine months after graduation, 94% of graduates were employees, and 5% were self-employed, freelance or starting up their own business. The remaining 1% were on work placements or internships.
The majority of graduates (75%) were on permanent or open-ended contracts, 14% were on fixed term contracts lasting 12 months or longer, 6% were on fixed term contracts lasting less than 12 months, while 5% were on temporary/casual contracts.
Excluding those who refused to disclose their salaries, one in five graduates earned between €35,000 – €39,999.
2.5 Employed Graduates – Placement/Work Experience
Just over half of all graduates (50.6%) completed work placements or internships. This differed by gender, with 56.1% of females completing work placements, compared to 46.1% of males.
2.6 Employed Graduates – Relevance and Need
Of the graduates who took part in work placements, one-third (32%) were more than 6 months long. A further 31% lasted more than 6 weeks but less than 4 months. One-fifth (22%) took part in internships between 4-6 months long, while only 15% were less than 6 weeks long.
More than half (56.3%) of graduates considered their course Very Relevant or Relevant to their job.
On the need for the qualification, 38.4% of graduates considered their qualification a formal requirement for their job. One-fifth (23.9%) thought that their qualification was not a formal requirement, yet gave them an advantage in attaining their job.
2.7 Employed Graduates – Source of Job
On the source of the job, 32% had already worked in their job previously (this includes work placements or internships). One-fifth (22%) found their job through personal contacts, and 14% through recruitment sites.
Two-thirds (66%) of graduates continued on to further study. Most (98%) were based in Ireland, and in their own institute (96%).
Overall, only 2% of graduates were unemployed, while 1% were engaged in other activities. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
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