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Some of the big crowds of job seekers that attended the CIT Careers & Employability Fair 2014. Picture: Pascal Ungerer

Some of the big crowds of job seekers that attended the CIT Careers & Employability Fair 2014. Picture: Pascal Ungerer

Some of the big crowds of job seekers that attended the CIT Careers & Employability Fair 2014. Picture: Pascal Ungerer

The public service, a semi-state company and a major bank are among the employers queuing up again to recruit graduates.

In scenes not witnessed since 2007, employers are out in force competing with each other for talent emerging from third-level colleges.

As the economy continues its steady recovery, demand for graduates is moving well outside the technology sectors that held the limelight in recent years.

Across the board opportunities include jobs in retail, marketing, construction, the public service and the financial services.

The remarkable turnaround in employment prospects for graduates, of all disciplines, is evident as the graduate careers fairs season gets into full swing.

Employers use the fairs to target recent graduates and final year students and, this year, there is a big rise in the number and variety of recruitment stands.

Among the notable trends is the return of the Public Appointments Service, the centralised provider of recruitment services for the civil and public service, as well as the ESB, and the Bank of Ireland.

Treasa Morgan, Careers Officer at Cork Institute of Technology (Cork IT), which held its fair yesterday, said: "The ESB is back and to have a semi-state company in is a very good indicator of an upswing in the economy".

The same buzz is expected next Wednesday, at Ireland's biggest careers fair, run by gradireland, publishing partner of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS), representing all third-level colleges in Ireland, North and South.

Gradireland publisher Mark Mitchell said: "This is the 10th year and it will be the biggest event we have ever held, with more than 3,000 jobs,

"It's looking like the first real indicator for young people of a bounce back in the job market. It is not just IT sector jobs, we have jobs for students and graduates from all disciplines".

Mr Mitchell noted that, along with the ESB and the Public Appointments Service, the Bank of Ireland was returning.

In another example of the bounce back, Galway Mayo IT will have a record 80 stands at its careers fair next Monday.


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