Skip to main content »

Trinity College Dublin

What Employers Want

Employers want to see your:

Academic qualifications

Not all employers are interested in the specific subjects in your degree. It is possible to become a banker or accountant without a degree in business studies. Some graduates, who have not studied for a degree in computer science, are working as information technology professionals.

Many employers will look for evidence of basic numerical ability - from school exam results if there is no evidence elsewhere. They like to see evidence of language and computing competency too.

Employers' over-riding interest is to find people who are:

  • Willing to learn
  • Able to update knowledge and skills quickly
  • Capable of applying knowledge to "real world" situations

These are abilities that you will be able to demonstrate as the outcome of your course.

Employers will certainly look at your academic ability and the consistency of your academic record.

Major multinational companies place great emphasis on your grades.  In the gradireland Graduate Salary and Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey for 2013, 55% of companies surveyed specified a 2.1 degree or above.  Your grades in first and second year are as important as those in your final year.

Many other employers will place less emphasis on your grades and have a greater interest in you as a person and the use you have made of the opportunities you have been afforded in College.


Other Qualities and Skills

Skills and qualities that employers value highly and look for (without necessarily asking direct questions about them) during the selection process, are some of the following:

  • Drive/Energy - the desire to get things done.
  • Motivation - enthusiasm, a willingness to ask questions, keen to do that little bit extra on each job.
  • Communication skills - the ability to explain things clearly, through speech and in writing, in our own and, increasingly, another's language.
  • Determination - someone who will not back off when a problem or situation gets tough.
  • Confidence - able to relate to people at all levels, friendly, open and honest in their communications.
  • Reliability - follows up and doesn't rely on others to ensure that a job is done.
  • Analytical ability - doesn't jump to the first solution that presents itself.
  • Honesty/Integrity - a willingness to take responsibility for your actions.
  • Pride in a job well done - someone who is attentive to detail.
  • Dedication - does whatever it takes in time and effort to ensure a successful result.
  • Listening skills - to understand and take account of alternative points of view.
  • Commercial awareness - knows what makes money and saves money.

Survey of Graduate Employers in Ireland - Check out what they're looking for.

Find out exactly what employers want:


Becoming Irresistible

Possession of some or all of the qualities and skills above will make you a very effective employee. You will make a difference in an organisation as well as someone who is pleasant to work with.

All of these "softer" skills can be developed during your time in College. Being aware of your abilities and how they relate to an employer's requirements means that you won't be tongue tied when asked at interview "what kind of person are you?"

Employers will expect you to give examples of these abilities. These examples may be taken from your academic work, or your involvement in:



Contact Us

What’s On?

... Got a paid internship in communications with Hermès for 6months. Start on Monday. Thanks for your help during the year. The phone interview went great.

Senior Sophister 2013TSM
gradireland TARGETjobs TARGETpostgrad