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2015 Press Releases

UCC helps local businesses

25 Nov 2015
L-R Eleanor Donoghue and Patricia Finuncane, Student Development and Employability, Barry Nevin, UCC Students' Union Deputy President, and Dr Ian Pickup Head of Student Experience Image: Emmet Curtin

University College Cork has announced that it is to provide a free service to local businesses to advertise temporary and part-time work in addition to launching a jobs portal for students seeking such positions.

The new ‘one-stop’ jobs portal, is a collaborative venture between the Students’ Union and Student Development and Employability. The portal, which was launched by Dr Ian Pickup Head of UCC’s Student Experience, aims to provide UCC students with the opportunity to gain access to a wide listing of temporary, casual and part-time work; in addition to providing support for local business with a free, timely and efficient way to advertise their vacancies to UCC students.

Speaking at the launch, Paul Moriarty, Director of Student Development and Employability claimed that students can use their part-time jobs to get an introduction to a career or area of interest that they hope to transition into after university, but more importantly part-time work allows our students’ to gain transferable experience which allows them to stand out from the crowd at interview and develop the skill- set much in demand by graduate recruiters.” Commenting on the need to balance work and study, Dr Ian Pickup commented that “extra money earned from a part-time job can help students be more self-financing and less reliant on parents. However, balancing study with a part-time job means that students’ have to be ruthless about organising their time. They have to make sure that their boss knows when they have important lectures and deadlines.”

Making the job search easier for students was commented upon by Aidan Coffey, UCC Students’ Union President who congratulated the Student Development and Employability Service on the launch and indicated that the portal “broadens the range of jobs available to our students and makes the process of finding a part-time job easy and equally accessible to all students on campus.” Eleanor Donoghue, of Student Development and Employability and manager of the, remarked that “in the short time that the service has been in operation, we have had remarkable feedback from several Cork based employers who regard access to UCC students for such positions as hugely significant to their operations. Our students are bright, skilful, intelligent and adaptable. Allowing them to transfer those attributes into those companies brings about a highly advantageous situation for all parties which is mutually beneficial.”  

Student Development and Employability supports all UCC students’ in order to find graduate positions, part-time or vacation work, on campus, within the local community or further afield in large multi-national companies.  

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