Yes, Irish grads are hungry for success

Morgan McKinley 03.04.2013

I was recently interviewed by a local radio station, Spin South West, on my opinion on Louise Phelan’s of Paypal comments about the quality of Irish graduates. I was very quick to tell the interviewer how confident I was that the quality of Irish graduates was of a very high level.

I have been in recruitment for about two decades, in a variety of different cities in Ireland.  My experience has been that the graduates coming out of our Irish universities is what attracts companies into Ireland. It also retains the companies we currently have here.

When a company is deciding where it should set up, cost is a huge consideration and plays an important factor in that decision but recruiting talent is equally as important. People drive companies, they make things happen, and they determine whether a company is successful or not. In my recruitment experience, hiring a graduate or the CEO are both very important roles in the organisation and should be taken very seriously.

At Morgan McKinley we recruit graduates for a huge amount of our client companies across all the disciplines we recruit in. Typically the graduates who have done well and achieved a 1.1 or a 2.1 in their degrees are the graduates that are the most sought after.  Applicants that have done particularly well could have a choice of roles.

My advice to undergraduates:

Don’t waste the opportunity you have been given

From the first exam you sit to the final exam, give it everything you have, it will be worth it in the end.

If you get a chance to do a co-op placement, use it wisely

Make an impression while you are there. Engage in the tasks you have been given, turn up on time and be well presented.


You will meet many contacts during your time in college and in your co-op placement. Keep in touch with them, and ensure they remember who you are; it might be a useful way of getting a role once you are finished.

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