You’re coming to study in Dublin? Great! But what are your plans when you graduate? It’s worth keeping in mind that Dublin offers new graduates a lot of exciting opportunities. The world’s largest and most dynamic companies have made a home here, thanks to the city’s business-friendly environment, proximity to Europe, and rich cultural heritage. Meanwhile, home-grown corporations are finding success abroad.

Morgan McKinley, a recruitment consultancy, publishes a monthly employment monitor that tracks the number of professional job vacancies against the number of potential applicants. According to these figures, demand has consistently outstripped supply in the Irish jobs market over the year 2017-2018.

So, where are these opportunities? A great place to start looking is gradireland, a website dedicated to launching the careers of new graduates. Individual companies will also advertise roles on their own websites.

Special visas for non-EU graduates

If you are a non-EU/EEA graduate of one of these Dublin universities and colleges: TCD, TUD, UCD, DCU, Maynooth or RCS – or you are accredited by the QQI, you may be eligible for a special visa which will enable you to stay on and work or pursue further studies in Ireland after you graduate. Information about this facility is here.

Dublin’s most significant employers, sector-by-sector


Dublin’s burgeoning finance sector offers plenty of opportunities for the new graduate. Bank of Ireland, AIB and Citibank all offer exciting graduate programmes in banking. Zurich Insurance and Irish Life have a range of opportunities in insurance. PayPal and Elavon can help to induct you into the fast-moving world of fintech.


Google’s move to Dublin in 2003 catalysed the city’s transformation into a global tech hub. While giants such as Google, Facebook, and AirBnB dominate the news, a rich ecosystem of tech start-ups have sprung up in their wake. Make sure you keep an eye on them – Silicon Republic and Dublin Startup Jobs are good places to start.


Three of the Big Four accounting firms – PwC, KPMG, and Deloitte – have a major presence in Dublin. They lead a host of firms that serve our thriving business community. Taken together, they offer plenty of opportunities to cut your teeth in the professional services sector.


Dublin’s unique position as an English-speaking, EU country, with strong links across the Atlantic and the world, allows its businesses to work across many jurisdictions. That presents rich opportunities for law firms to help interpret contrasting commercial law regimes. A career in these practices promises a rich variety of professional opportunities.

Science & Engineering

Ireland’s economy is growing strongly and is forecast to continue to do so. That robust growth is fuelled by innovation, which means that scientists and engineers are in high demand. Dublin’s science and engineering sector serves a range of different industries, but is united in a commitment to breaking new ground and building the future. There’s a wealth of opportunities in this exciting sector.

Scottish Power Renewables

Smurfit Kappa

Health & Pharma

Dublin plays host to the European headquarters of some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and healthcare firms, including Pfizer, Shire and Allergan. These global giants are joined by a host of home-grown firms, bringing Ireland’s medical breakthroughs to the world.

UDG Healthcare

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