By Eimear Rabbitt, intern

In an ideal world Graduation is the holy grail of the third level process, an event that should rank highly among the best occasions of your life. It is one that you should approach with mingled feelings of triumph, pride and satisfaction as you realise that the all-nighters, extra classes and extra strong mugs of coffee have finally paid off.

However these days we are living in a far from ideal world and as people hold onto their jobs for dear life, the majority of students approach Graduation with fear and uncertainty. Our third level institute of choice now seems like a warm, safe haven in comparison to the unforgiving working world in which no one's job is safe.

This aside, you will always find a helping hand if you ask for it and many organisations have come on stream in the last few years to help advise students on their options. GradIreland is one such organisation.

They are running the Annual Graduate Careers Fair, which takes this Wednesday, 13 October at the RDS, Dublin, on behalf of eleven colleges Nationwide. The Careers Fair is now in its ninth year and the organisation is expecting to have approximately 6,500 students in attendance this Wednesday.

{module Island Banners|xhtml} The daylong event will be open in the main hall, RDS from 11am untill 5pm and will feature over 115 exhibitors and have a series of thirty seminars on offer for students to sink their teeth into.

With companies from a broad spectrum of areas participating, students will get an insight into various different careers as well as learning to hone their interview skills and CV building techniques. The fair will also include an exhibition on working and travelling abroad, a topic that is very appealing to the youth of Ireland at the moment.

"It is a very successful event", Aisling from Gradireland told "Exhibitors are constantly busy which is great for them and students get a lot of experience from the CV clinic and learning what employers are looking for".

Students can register online for free entry to the fair at the gradireland website or alternatively pay ten-euro entry fee at the door.

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