Approximately 76% of students are anxious about securing employment after they graduate, according to the results of a new pilot study released today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).
The study, which surveyed third level students nationwide, also showed that students are more successful in securing employment as they get closer to completing their degree.

However they have not been successful overall, with only 23% of those surveyed having jobs lined up for when they graduate. 
 
Female students seem to be more successful in securing employment after graduation with 27% of females saying they had found employment, compared to 21% of male respondents.
 
Only 26% of students feel their course has adequately prepared them for seeking employment when they graduate. 
 
To tackle concerns and assist students in securing graduate employment, the USI is partnering with Jobbio and launching the first Irish ‘After Grad’ fair in Dublin Castle on the 13th April from 11am – 5:30pm. 
 
Over 800 students are expected at the event, with 35 exhibitors and 36 colleges also set to be in attendance. 
 
Louise Phelan from Paypal will be the keynote speaker, with Voxpro and Ryanair delivering the keynote address. Exhibitors will include Ernst &Young, Glanbia and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
 
“The Union of Students in Ireland is delighted to be launching the 2016 gradfair in Dublin castle,” USI President Kevin Donoghue said. 
 
“In a time of economic recovery, employers are hiring again. USI believes in sustainable, long-term employment, not exploitative JobBridge schemes, and the After Grad will teach young graduates and soon-to-be graduates the best ways to build a career that harnesses their talents and abilities while building their experiencing and potential,” he added.
 
“The purpose of Jobbio is to make missed career opportunities a thing of the past,” said Chief Marketing Officer at Jobbio, Grace Looney. 
 
“We are very excited to partner with USI at the After Grad event and to bring the proposition of Jobbio to the class of 2016.”