'I will get a job, but I want a good wage too'
FINDING a job won't be a problem for Rachael Crawley when she graduates next year. The issue will be picking the right company.
After spending a year interning in New York, the ambitious student is determined to perfect her employability during her final year at Dublin City University (DCU).
"I definitely feel confident that I could get a marketing-specific job straight after college," said Rachael, (21), from Carrickmacross, Monaghan.
"IT is on the rise so there will be more jobs, especially in social media and website design advertising," said the marketing, innovation and technology student.
Rachael, who was selected from 300 candidates to intern with the American Ireland Fund in New York, believes the variety of her course will help her secure a spot on a graduate programme in Dublin.
When asked about salary prospects in her first year out she said: "I'd expect to make between €20,000 and €30,000, but I hope to work my way up fairly quickly.
"I would be motivated by money, so I'd hope in my second year to get a bit of a pay rise.
"Employers are not just looking for a cold hard degree. You have to prove yourself and show you want to work.
"I'm excited to be in an environment with lots of young people who are a few more steps up the ladder. It will give me hope that I can be successful here too."