Virtual Careers Facility

A new virtual careers facility has been launched at IT Sligo that will make it easier for graduates and employers to connect in relation to recruitment and selection.

IT Sligo is the first higher education institution in Ireland to commission the Prospects.net software, which is a sophisticated one-stop-shop for graduate career and recruitment solutions.

Careers Officer Deborah Seddon said the software will enhance extend and streamline services offered by the Institute’s Careers Office, essentially making it easier for employers to reach the types of graduates they require; “The Prospects.net software provides a digital platform for organisations to publicise their vacancies and for students to keep up to date with graduate opportunities,” she said.

The portal can also facilitate live virtual careers fairs, she said, which will be advantageous to both employers and graduates; “Resources are in demand across all sectors at the moment and we have found that companies are finding it more and more difficult to send representatives to day-long graduate fairs and recruitment events,” she said. “The virtual fair eliminates this logistical challenge and cuts cost for companies.  We have a wide range of companies signed up now advertising positions.”

Having the facility online also means that it’s easier for graduates located overseas and around the country to access, she said; “This platform streamlines our activities and enables us to target students and graduates of specific disciplines in a very strategic way. Whether they’re in Cork or Canada, they can sign up to the same alerts and we’re very encouraged by the level of opportunities currently being advertised by companies.”

The Careers Office advises IT Sligo students and graduates to use the Prospects.Net software in conjunction with www.gradireland.com. To find out more see http://itsligo.prospects.ac.uk  or contact the Careers Office at careers@itsligo.ie

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