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What Can Italian Graduates Offer Employers?

A degree in italian provides much more than the knowledge of an important european language and its rich cultural contributions. Your degree will prepare you in a wide range of skills that enhance graduates’ written and verbal communication. In addition, those who spend their third year abroad, are able to demonstrate to employers that they have adjusted to a different culture and system, and as a result have flexibility, adaptability and openness to other cultures.

Read more about careers for Italian graduates here

Graduate Outcomes For Italian

Over the last 4 years 90%+ of Bachelor of Arts graduates progress to employment or further study. We also offer Italian in the BComm International (CK207). The five-year trend for those graduates surveyed indicates that in the years 2013-2017, over 95% of graduates were either employed or engaged in further study or training.

Employment Opportunities

The following are just a few of the schemes that our graduates are involved in at the beginning of their careers.

UCC Italian Graduates might also like to join the LinkedIn group of that name, where we post details of the relevant openings that come to our attention.

IBEC Export Orientation Programme


Many of our graduates have applied successfully for IBEC's Export Orientation Programme.

Applications for EOP will be accepted from January of Final Year at www.ibec.ie/eop.

At her presentation on 27 February 2009 to students at UCC, Nicola Horgan Rogers, Director of the EOP, provided the following statistics for EOP Placements in 2006 (the most recent available), given by destination as percentages of the total:

Benelux        4%
France   13%
Germany   13%
Italy     11%
Poland                1%
Scandinavia        7%
Spain   9%
UK   20%
USA/SAM    22%


Obviously, patterns are constantly changing as new economies emerge, but the figures are indicative of the opportunities which exist for the relatively small numbers of graduates in Italian.

E2 Export Development Programme


During the current academic year, we were contacted by the management consultancy company which delivers Invest NI's E2 Export Development Programme. They had an urgent need for a fluent Italian speaker to fill what was described as 'an amazing opportunity'.

We are now in contact with the company and are happy to provide a link to the E2 webpage.

As there is currently a technical problem with the undergraduate application link on the home page of the site, undergraduates should follow the links to the 'Undergraduate' page via 'Who can apply?'. 

Enterprise Ireland Graduates 4 International Growth


Graduates in all disciplines are eligible to apply for G4IG. Note the earlier 2011 deadline of 12 August .

'Enterprise Ireland will match graduates seeking entry level positions with hiring Enterprise Ireland client companies.

'Graduates 4 International Growth (G4IG) is 18 months in duration, with participants based a minimum of 12 months in an overseas market. Potential overseas markets include the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas (including Brazil), Russia and The Gulf.

'As well as securing an entry level job with an internationally focused Irish company successful applicants will also undertake a Diploma in International Growth in conjunction with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. The diploma will have a strong focus on action learning and project work, coupled with skills modules on relevant topics. The focus on action learning will be emphasised by the provision of a detailed training plan for each participant which clearly links participant learning objectives and your company’s market development goals.' (from the G4IG information for graduates webpage)

UCC/MPS Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd Graduate Work Placement


Recent graduates and Final-Year students of the BComm (European/International) with Italian (CK207) and of Italian and Economics in the BA (CK101) are invited to apply for the Graduate Work Placement Scheme established by the Department in 2007 with MPS Asset Management (Ireland) Ltd. The company is an company devoted to portfolio management and part of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Group, the oldest bank in the world.

Stagisti spend three months working in the company's Dublin offices. A high standard of Italian is required.

Interested students and graduates should submit their CV by email to Dr Mark Chu, MChu@italian.ucc.ie.

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