Visit the #LoveIrishResearch zone at the postgradireland Further Study Fair this Wednesday to learn the value of postgraduate qualifications

The postgradireland Further Study Fair will take place this Wednesday 10 February in the RDS, Dublin. This event will see more than 60 higher education institutions in attendance from Ireland, the UK and abroad, making it the country’s largest gathering of further study providers.

With the Irish economy returning to growth, the graduate employment market continues to improve, raising questions for many students as to the value of investing in further study. Although this growth in graduate employment is to be welcomed, many employers emphasise that further study can play a huge part in employability skills development. Richard Irwin, Head of Student Recruitment with PwC says that, “where a student has pursued a Masters and has used it to demonstrate their passion for their subject and build relationships, it can ultimately improve their chances of securing the job they want”.

While Further Study can enhance employability, one of the biggest considerations is the cost. To address this the postgradireland Further Study Fair will feature a unique Funding Zone, where students can meet with SUSI to find out about grants available. The Irish Research Council will also be on hand to speak to students and graduates about their different research programmes. In 2015 alone, the Irish Research Council funded 293 postgraduate scholarship awards, and they will be bringing some of the awardees along on the day for potential applicants to quiz on all aspects of their research programme, including academic and financial supports.

The postgradireland Further Study Fair is the only place where students and graduates interested in finding out more about Further Study will be able to meet with course providers from Ireland and abroad, as well as institutions who offer online and distance learning course. Additional supports include an extensive range of seminars. “These seminars cover a variety of topics, including postgraduate study opportunities in continental Europe; a special focus on teaching and how to become a qualified teacher in Ireland or abroad (including TEFL); how to apply to programmes or for funding, and a whole host more,” says postgradireland Director Mark Mitchell.

So, whether it’s finding out about academic support and mentoring, discovering how your studies can be funded, or selecting where’s the best place for you to fulfil your further study ambitions, you will find the answer at the postgradireland Further Study Fair.

The postgradireland Further Study Fair is taking place on Wednesday 10 February from 12pm to 4.30pm in the Industries Hall, RDS Dublin. This event is free to attend and you can register online here