FAQ

Please note that this page is currently being updated to answer queries related to the Government directive to close schools, colleges and universities from 6pm 12th March until 29th March. The safety and welfare of our students and staff is paramount.

UCC Career Services staff will work remotely to the maximum extent possible during this period, in line with the Government advice issued yesterday. On behalf of our team, we appreciate your patience at this time and we thank you for your continued co-operation and support. Information on UCC's response to COVID 19 can be found here.

Do you have a query for our team? Please leave your question here and we will be in touch to direct you to the relevant resources you need.

We are very mindful of the importance of your professional development at this time and the support you may need in preparing your applications. We would encourage you to explore the resources available on our website where you will find valuable information on: 

 

Are our services available at this time? 

Reconfigured Consultancy Service

Please note that our Careers Advisor are currently offering a limited consultancy service via Google Meet. Please log onto Connect with your student details to find availability Please be advised that we are offering a limited and reconfigured consultancy service and consultations will be limited. On behalf of our team, we appreciate your patience at this time and we thank you for your continued co-operation and support.

 

I am an employer with a query regarding work placement? 

More information on work placement is available on the official UCC Covid 19 webpage which features a Placement and Studying Abroad FAQ. Our team is working hard to reply to your queries and we appreciate your patience at this time and we thank you for your continued co-operation and support. 

 

I am a student currently on or about to start my work placement. What do I do? 

More information on work placement is available on the official UCC Covid 19 webpage which features a Placement and Studying Abroad FAQ. Our team is working hard to reply to your queries and we appreciate your patience at this time and we thank you for your continued co-operation and support. 

 

I was due to receive my UCC Works Award on Monday 16th March. What now? 

Arising from the closure of the campus, all events scheduled to take place between 13th March and 29th March inclusive will be postponed. As a result, the UCC Works Award ceremony will not take place on Monday 16th March and Awardees will be contacted regarding the distribution of Digital Badges as soon as is possible in light of the universities closure. On behalf of our team, We appreciate your patience at this time and we thank you for your continued co-operation and support. 

 

I have scheduled a one to one appointment with a Careers Advisor, will this go ahead? 

Please note that our Careers Advisor are currently offering a limited consultancy service via Google Meet. Please log onto Connect with your student details to find availability Please be advised that we are offering a limited and reconfigured consultancy service and consultations will be limited. On behalf of our team, we appreciate your patience at this time and we thank you for your continued co-operation and support. We will endeavour to reschedule appointments as soon as possible. For information on career planning, graduate outcomes, CV writing and interview tips, please review this section of our website. 

 

I am worried about my future when I graduate. What can do in the coming weeks that will benefit me? 

There are lots of things you can do to ensure that you are work ready. 

  1. Work on your CV  A good CV is edited and drafted several times…now is the time! 
  2. Be inspired by graduates who have gone before you: Network with past graduates of your degree, find out where they are employed and how they got there. Using UCC’s LinkedIn network of Alumni you can connect with graduates who completed your degree and employers who hire candidates with your degree. Here is a step by step guide.
  3. Review our annual  survey of graduates 6- 9 months after they graduate. 
  4. Enhance your self-awareness to plan your career and help you make good career decisions- identify your career-relevant interests, values, personality, learning styles and more  
  5. Get informed on the employers in Ireland  Ireland is home to over 700 multinational companies and over 780 indigenous Enterprise Ireland supported companies.  
    1. Multinational companies in Ireland  
    2. Indigenous companies 

Engage in additional online learning  

Enhance your CV with some additional short courses:  

https://www.coursera.org/coronavirus      

https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=free  

 

Be pro active  

An interview question employer often ask is: 

Tell us about a time when you dealt with a challenge  

This is a challenging time and also an opportunity to think creatively, act on initiative and be innovative.  

Can you think of a way that you can be helpful in your local community – Is there one thing you can do? while complying with all COVID 19 safe practices to protect yourself and others  

Can you identify ways to enhance your learning and collaborate with classmates and peers remotely? 

 

What voluntary experience might be available? 

Over these coming weeks and months we are living through extraordinary times – extraordinary in terms of challenge and also possibly transformative in a positive wayCommunities are being called to collaborate and strive to protect ourselves and others and work to support the most vulnerable people in our society. This is a time where you are offered opportunities and invitations to contribute, where collaboration, community engagement and a willingness to offer your help, ability and skills is precedent. In addition to helping, you will have an opportunity to develop new skills and experiences. Remember, all skills are transferable, employers know this more than anyone.  

It is quite likely when this pandemic pass, a new Interview question will be presented to you  

How did you deal with the challenge of Covid 19- What did you do ? 

Read on and find out about some of the initiatives that are happening locally and nationally:  

Cork Covid-19 Volunteers for the Elderly is the brainchild of musician Benny Bickerdike  (28) from Glanmire who came up with the idea last week while talking to his mother about the impact the pandemic could have. 

“That got me thinking and I put a posting on Facebook asking people for ideas how we might help elderly people and those at risk and save them having to go shopping because I was seeing all these posts about them being scared.” 

More than 800 people have signed up with a new voluntary group in Cork to help deliver groceries and other essentials to elderly and at-risk people unable to leave their homes over fears of contracting coronavirus. 

 

Covid Community Response volunteer opportunities  

How to volunteer to help with Covid 19? 

Across the country ,Covid Community Response brings communities together, collaborating and supporting those most in need during the Covid-19 outbreak in Ireland. For those involved and wishing to register, or for those who would like to become involved with Covid Community Response, they can do so by visiting CovidCommunityResponse.ie Register or contact info@covidcommunityresponse.ie 

 

Cork Beo  

If you have an idea and plan to organise a group - get in contact with : news@corkbeo.ie – They will be happy to share details and aid the call for volunteers. Individuals and campaigns that might benefit from Covid Community Response initiative can also get in touch there:https://www.thecork.ie/2020/03/19/how-to-volunteer-to-help-with-covid-19/ 

 

The HSE  

Be on call for Ireland 

COVID-19 or coronavirus is here and every one of us is taking action to reduce the impact it has on our families and communities. We’re washing our hands, we’re staying at home, we’re thinking of those who are most vulnerable. Maybe you aren’t a healthcare professional, maybe you’re studying to be one, or maybe you have other skills to offer or just want to volunteer to do your bit if needed. Hopefully we won’t need to call, and if we do, we may not need every one of you. But knowing you are there if we do will make all the difference. 

To get more information about being on call for Ireland, go to our sign-up page. 
You can read more about the people we need, how this will work, and fill in the enquiry form. They ask you to give them details of your registration, experience or skills. 

 

How do I advertise a part time job vacancy?

Please contact us with the job specification at graduaterecruitment@ucc.ie 

 

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