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gradireland Graduate Careers Fair Provides A Range Of Accessibility Facilities For Students With Disabilities

This Wednesday, gradireland are set to host the largest ever Graduate Careers Fair at the RDS Simmonscourt (11am-5pm), with over 100 Irish and international employers eager to meet over 8,000 students, graduates and jobseekers.

Students and graduates will get the chance to talk to employers and discuss what opportunities they might have for them. Last year's event had live graduate jobs on offer from the employers on the day, both in Ireland and overseas, as well as internships, graduate training programmes and the chance to explore your further study options. 

In line with established policy, gradireland has invested significant resources in making sure the fair is accessible to all, and students with disabilities will be able to avail of a range of resources, such as:

  • A fully wheelchair accessible venue, with support staff where necessary to ensure that students in wheelchairs can have the best experience possible at the event
  • Dedicated ISL resource will be on site on the day to ensure that deaf students, or students with a profound hearing disability, can interact with companies and recruiters and make the most of the graduate careers fair experience.
  • For blind or vision impaired students, we have dedicated student helpers on hand to guide these students around the venue and help them interact with recruiters and exhibitors.

“ The gradireland Graduate Careers Fair represents a massive range of opportunities for students and graduates, with the graduate jobs market currently experiencing massive growth. Through working with our partners at AHEAD, we have worked hard to make sure that we can provide the best possible experience for students with disabilities and this year’s event,” says Ruairi Kavanagh, gradireland Editor.

The graduate careers fair has grown strongly over recent years and Wednesday’s event will be by far the biggest yet, with employers investing in creative and elaborate stands and displays in the face of an increasingly competitive market for recruiters.

Employers such as Aldi, Intel, Salesforce, Intel, Deloitte, Three, Workday, Jameson Irish Distillers, Aer Lingus, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of Ireland, First Derivatives and dozens more have pushed the boat out this year with inventive and original displays, such as super-sized shopping areas, bespoke smoothie machines, walk-in aircraft and interactive assessments and tests so attendees can see what career sectors would suit them. It’s not just large employers either, there are also a range of smaller graduate employers attending and a range of further study providers.

“This year has really seen the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair move to a different level,” says gradireland Director Mark Mitchell. “Never before have we had so many employers eager to attend, which reflects well on the booming graduate jobs market. It’s the biggest, most ambitious event we have ever undertaken and we’re looking forward to the opportunities that Wednesday’s event will bring for Ireland’s talented students and graduates.”

For free admissions into the fair register here.

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