Courses & Training Survey 2017

Two thirds feel the Government should do more to encourage further education

Two thirds of people feel the Government should do more to encourage the Irish public to engage in courses and further education, feeling that grants, subsidies or tax credits should be given. That’s one of the key findings of Careers Unlimited’s January 2017 ‘Courses & Training’ survey. The survey was completed by over 1200 users of our leading course finder website,, between 15th & 23rd January and gives a snapshot of the opinions of Irish course seekers about courses, training, courses providers in Ireland and the attitudes of their employers and Government towards further education. 

Other key findings were:
* 35% have been put off enrolling on a course in recent years by recession
* 28% enrol in a course once per year, with 10% enrolling in more than one course per year. 
* Nearly half – 46 percent – have already done an online course, while 63% would consider it in future.

Meanwhile, less than half (40%) felt their employers were sufficiently supportive of further education and training.

32% of respondents were 35-44, 26% were 25-34 and 20% 45-54. Women made up 67% of respondents in our survey. Two third were in the Dublin commuter belt. 50% of those who completed the survey enrolled on a course during 201, with 67% of those planning to enrol on a course in 2017.

Our survey asked a range of questions to assess the propensity of users to enrol in courses in 2017, what were the key influencers in engaging with course providers and what their experiences of training and courses has been in recent years.  

Only 12.5% found course information by visiting a college website, with 3% using a newspaper and 65% using online searches such as and Google.

Reasons for enrolling in a course

  • To enhance my knowledge: 40 %
  • Career enhancement: 376%
  • Social reasons: 7%
  • For the craic: 2%

 What’s important when choosing a course?

We wanted to know what factors people took into consideration when choosing a course. 

  • Course content: 75%
  • Price: 65%
  • Certification of course: 63%
  • Distance from home and/or work: 63%
  • Reputation of course provider: 59%
  • Payment options: 30%
  • Information you read online: 24%
  • Parking: 24%
  • Information you obtained during an open day/evening: 12%
  • Course campus facilities: 7%

Experience of course providers

Course seekers in Ireland have a generally positive experience of course providers. A massive 80 percent of respondents said their experience of Irish course providers has been good, very good or excellent.

Support from employers

Nearly 40% feel their employers are supportive of courses and further training, suggesting increased interest on the part of the business community in improving training in the workplace. 2% said they were actively discouraged from taking a part-time or evening course by their employer. 

Support from the government

Two thirds feel the government could do more to encourage people to upskill or retrain. Another two thirds felt that more grants, subsidies or tax credits are necessary.

Many respondents noted there is not much support for those who are employed but wish to study further. Here is a selection of their responses:

  • Provide a grant for people already in employment but wishing to further their education in a different field.
  • There are training supports if unemployed but not if you’re employed and want to further yourself.
  • There should be tax relief on fees if related to your job and not refunded by employer.
  • Provide tax relief incentives and paid leave.
  • More options for people who are employed, working long hours but for little pay.

Other issues that were raised as being not sufficiently supported by Government include supports for childcare, access for disabled people, relaxing rigid application rules and better internet coverage in rural areas.

Interest in education and enrolment figures

28% enrol in a course once per year. Interestingly, 10% take on more than one course every year. Overall, two thirds of people are keen on further education and courses.

Reasons for not enrolling

We also wanted to know why people decided not to take a course. Here are the most important reasons:

  • The course was too expensive: 33%
  • Did not have the time: 20%
  • Could not find the right course: 19%
  • Course provider was too far away and/or transport issues: 12%
  • Course content was unsuitable: 5%
  • Did not apply in time: 3%

Researching course options

Most people – 58 percent – spend two or more weeks researching course options before making a decision. A snappy 14% of those surveyed chose a course in less than a week.

Careers Unlimited’s Kevin Branigan said, “The Courses & Training Survey 2017″ is an interesting cross-section of opinions from a large sample of active course seekers, featuring, in particular, many people who intend to enrol in a course in 2017 and are actively seeking for options. It’s notable that people’s general view of course providers is positive and interesting that factors such as price, certification, distance from home/work and reputation of course provider are so high up the decision tree. It’s also interesting that the level of support from employers is strong. On the other scale, it’s clear people do not feel the Government is stepping up to the mark in providing incentives and support to those wishing to upskill“. 

Those interested in obtaining a copy of the survey should contact:

Kevin Branigan
Managing Director
Careers Unlimited
2nd Floor, Castleforbes House
Castleforbes Road
Dublin 1
t: (01) 5311 280
 launches Nightcourses TV! has launched Nightcourses TV – a new way for the website to communicate with course providers and course seekers alike.’s team will now regularly go out and about, behind the scenes at colleges, chatting to students, lecturers and college principals and bring the story back to its 100,000 monthly vsitors in video.

Nightcourses TV videos can be watched on, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

Over the coming months, plans to be out and about at college open days and events, busily recording, interviewing and reporting back.

Nightcourses TV’s first excursion saw the team popping into Pitman Training Dublin to say hi and chat to everyone.

For more information about Pitman Training Dublin, visit their college page on

If you’re a course provider holding an open day or event, and would like Nightcourses TV to pop by and say hi, let us know –!

Jobs Expo Galway

Jobs Expo heads to Galway in February 2017

Exciting news for Galway! Jobs Expo, Ireland’s largest careers and recruitment event, will take place for the first time in the City of the Tribes on Saturday 11 February 2017.

The hugely successful Jobs Expo has run in Dublin, Cork and Belfast since 2012 and has introduced thousands of jobseekers to hundreds of companies in a variety of sectors. Jobs Expo gives attendees the chance to meet companies in an informal setting, find out about them, and discover career opportunities in sectors they may not have previously considered. For companies, Jobs Expo streamlines the recruitment process, introducing them to a huge number of potential employees.

“We are asked regularly by employers and members of the public alike to bring Jobs Expo to Galway and now we are doing so,” explains organiser Kevin Branigan of Careers Unlimited.

“Jobs growth in the West of Ireland is a priority for the government and there’s a lot happening already. The West is a globally recognised medical technology hub and the ICT sector is booming too. Mayo and Roscommon have a growing number of life sciences companies and Galway is a major tech centre. Many of these companies are in recruitment mode and as they grow they need all kinds of talent.”

Companies recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway will cover a number of industries. These include growth sectors such as science, technology, engineering and construction as well as long established sectors such as education, hospitality, retail sales, healthcare and more.

“It’s really important to us that each Jobs Expo features companies recruiting for a variety of roles. We want there to be something for everyone, whether they are looking for an entry-level or a senior position. Whether you are a graduate or a school leaver, highly skilled, unemployed or looking for new opportunities, there’ll be something for you,” says Kevin.

Like the events in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, Jobs Expo Galway will also include Jobs Expo’s very popular Career Clinic. Over the course of the event, jobseekers will be able to meet one-on-one with career coaches. The coaches will offer expert professional development advice and help jobseekers land their dream job. The Career Clinic is free to all attendees.

“The Career Clinic is one of the most popular aspects of Jobs Expo. The coaches help jobseekers with practical advice, such as CV preparation and interview skills. Even highly qualified people can need assistance with this. Being great at your job and being great at job interviews are very different skills!” says Kevin.

Jobs Expo Galway will also include a Seminar Zone featuring free, topical talks by industry insiders.

“The Seminar Zone is always packed. We’ve had some fantastic speakers over the years. At our last Cork event the National Ambulance Service gave a fascinating seminar on the work they do, US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella talked about getting a working visa to the States, and Leonard Donnelly of innovative tech company ArtofUs discussed the concept of human operating systems. That’s just to name a few,” explains Kevin.

To keep up to date with Jobs Expo, and companies recruiting their events, log on to


Dates: Saturday 11 February 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway

Entrance fee: FREE

Full details at:

Kevin Branigan
Jobs Expo 2016
 (01) 5311 280 / 0872679047

Careers Unlimited Acquires

Careers Unlimited has acquired The company now intends to develop into a national portal, listing courses of all description, to complement its network of courses and training websites. has been in existence for more than ten years and provided listings of classes and courses run by colleges nationwide.

Careers Unlimited’s Beth Rees, said “We’re very pleased to have acquired We have an exciting development plan in place for our website brands; will now form the umbrella group of the Careers Unlimited network of courses websites and will help position our brands as the leading source of students inquiries in Ireland for 2017”.

Careers Unlimited operates the following websites:

The courses and training websites are free to the public and aim to connect prospective students with course providers.

“We launched the original courses websites in Ireland, with the launch of back in 2000. While it seems a long time ago, we’re now more committed than ever to providing quality student inquiries to colleges and course providers. Our expansion plans for the first quarter of 2017 will place Careers Unlimited, and as the most cost-effective way to recruit students in Ireland”, said Rees.

Careers Unlimited is based at Castleforbes House, Dublin 1.

More information:

Beth Rees
T: (01) 5311 280

Jobs Expo Cork

Meet leading employers at Jobs Expo Cork on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Ireland’s leading employment and careers fair, Jobs Expo, returns to Cork on 16 November. Taking place at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Jobs Expo Cork features a fantastic range of job opportunities. Exhibitors recruiting at the event come from a variety of sectors including technology, pharmaceutical, customer service, education, emergency services, healthcare, investment and retail.

“Whether you’re looking for your first job, returning to work, or keen on a new challenge, there will be something for you at Jobs Expo Cork,” says organiser Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited.

Both Irish and multinational companies are taking part in Jobs Expo Cork. Exhibitors include the National Ambulance Service, PhoneWatch, Laya Healthcare, Aspira, Sanofi and BNY Mellon. The Government of the Isle of Man will also be there, highlighting the variety of career opportunities on the island.

Jobs Expo Cork also has a specialist area dedicated to STEM jobs. The STEM Sector hosts some of the most prestigious international as well as national employers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Exhibitors taking part include pharmaceutical giants Alkermes and Sanofi, cutting edge tech firm ArtofUs and international IT specialists Aspira in addition to the innovative start-up HiUp.

“At Jobs Expo Cork there are opportunities for graduates, school leavers, highly skilled and unemployed people, as well as anyone thinking of changing careers or upskilling,” says Bronagh.

In addition to companies recruiting at the event, there will be a series of talks from industry insiders at Jobs Expo’s Seminar Zone. Speakers include the National Ambulance Service, who will give a seminar on careers opportunities in the emergency services. Geoff Brown of Hourglass Education will discuss common misconception about teaching in the UK. US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella also returns to Jobs Expo and will explain how getting a working visa to the States is not as hard as you might think.

Finally, the very popular Career Clinic returns. Over the course of the day, jobseekers will be able to meet one-on-one with career development coaches. The coaches will offer expert professional development advice and help jobseekers land their dream job. The Career Clinic is free of charge to all attendees.



Companies recruiting at Jobs Expo Cork November 2016 represent a diverse number of industries such as teaching, IT, wealth management, healthcare, sales and customer services as well as specialist recruitment firms. Exhibitors taking part in Jobs Expo Cork include:

Alkermes; ArtofUs; Aspira; BCS Sales Recruitment; BNY Mellon; CareBright; Cope Foundation; Cork Chamber of Commerce; Department of Social Protection; Fluirse Education Solutions; FIT; HiUp; Hourglass Education; Innopharma College of Applied Sciences; Isle of Man Government; Laya Healthcare; McGee Pharma International; National Ambulance Services; Nightcourses; Oriel High School; PE Global; PhoneWatch; Sanofi; SOLAS; US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella; Virtual Expos; Zevas and more…

Career Clinic

Expert career advice will be on offer at Job Expo’s Career Clinic. Attendees can avail of free one-on-one advice on issues such as interview skills and CV preparation, as well as career guidance from some of Ireland’s best-known career and personal development coaches.

Seminar Zone

The Seminar Zone offers talks from industry professionals. Topics covered at this Jobs Expo Cork includes teaching in the UK and working in frontline services as well as immigrating to the USA. The Seminar Zone is free-of-charge to all attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Attending Jobs Expo 2016

Jobs Expo is the leading jobs and careers event in Ireland and is free-of-charge to the public. Jobs Expo is run by Careers Unlimited, a Dublin-based online and events company and organised by BCS Sales Recruitment. Due to the event’s popularity, places are limited. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to register to ensure admission and avoid queues. Register now at


Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016

Time: 11am – 4pm

Location: Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork

Entrance fee: FREE

Full details at:

Bronagh Cotter
Jobs Expo 2016
 (01) 5311 280 / 0872679047

Jobs Expo Dublin October 2016

Jobs Expo Dublin Announces Line-up for Saturday’s Jobs & Employment Fair

Ireland’s leading jobs and employment fair, Jobs Expo Dublin, returns to Dublin’s Croke Park on Saturday 22 October and is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

Event organisers, Careers Unlimited, have released their exhibitor and speaker lists for the event, which is expected to attract thousands of professional job-seekers.. A wide range of Irish and multinational companies, covering a variety of industries, are recruiting at the event. These include education, financial services, marketing, pharmaceutical, construction, engineering, retail sales, healthcare, tourism and hospitality.

In a new development for Jobs Expo Dublin, Saturday’s event will have two new, dedicated areas – the Education Village and the STEM Sector. The Education Village will host a number of education recruitment agencies looking to fill teacher posts around the world. Exhibitors will include UK teacher specialists, Hourglass Education, New Zealand’s Education Personnel, and international recruiters World Teachers and SeekTeachers.

Meanwhile, career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine are the focus of Jobs Expo’s new STEM Sector. Here, attendees will find some of the most prestigious international and national STEM employers. Employers taking part include Boston Scientific, B/E Aerospace, Alkermes, VWR International, Suir Engineering and Adaptive HVM.

In addition at Jobs Expo Dublin, there are opportunities in the emergency services, wealth management, tourism, hospitality, retail sales and more. Exhibitors include the National Ambulance Services, BNY Mellon, Citywest Hotel, Dixons Carphone, Seabourn Cruise Lines and Volkswagen Group Ireland. The Government of the Isle of Man will also be there, highlighting the variety of career opportunities on the island.

“We are really delighted with the mix of companies taking part in this October’s Jobs Expo. There is a huge range of industries and opportunities. If you are a recent graduate or a school leaver, highly skilled, unemployed, returning to the workforce or looking for your next challenge, there’ll be something for you,” says organiser Bronagh of Careers Unlimited.

In addition to employers recruiting at Jobs Expo Dublin, there will be a series of talks from industry insiders on the Expo’s Agenda Stage, with all seminars and talks being sponsored by the National Ambulance Service. The NAS’ Education and Competency Department and Management from the National Emergency Operations Centre will join together to give a presentation on the National Ambulance Service. Others giving talks on the Agenda Stage include popular US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella, speaking about how to obtain a US Visa, Education Personnel’s Kristina Appleby, speaking about teaching jobs in New Zealand and Boston Scientific.

In addition, the ever-popular Career Clinic returns. Over the course of the day, job-seekers can meet one-on-one with professional development coaches for advice on their career and life choices. The Career Clinic will be staffed by professional career coaches, offering expert career advice to help jobs-seekers land their dream job.


Employers taking part in Jobs Expo Dublin October 2016 represent a diverse number of industries such as teaching, IT, investment and wealth management, engineering, medical devices, construction, sales and marketing, tourism and hospitality, as well as specialist recruitment firms. Those taking part in Jobs Expo Dublin this October include:

Adaptive HVM : Alkermes : ArtofUs : BCS Sales Recruitment : B/E Aerospace : Boston Scientific : BNY Mellon : Building Staff Solutions : US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella : Control Equipment Ltd : Citywest Hotel : Dixons Carphone : Education Personnel : Enterprise Ireland : EURES : IE Network : Excel Recruitment : FALCOL : HiUp : Hourglass Education : Isle of Man Government : Lake Region Medical : Market Resource Partners : National Ambulance Service : Oriel High School : Peter McVerry Trust : PhoneWatch : Reed Global : Seabourn Cruise Line : Seek Teachers : SOLAS : South Dublin Chamber : Suir Engineering : The Swilly Group : Virtual Expos Ireland : World Teachers : Volkswagen Group Ireland : VWR International and more…


Expert career advice will be on offer at Job Expo’s Career Clinic. Attendees can avail of free one-on-one advice on issues such as interview skills and CV preparation, as well as career guidance from some of Ireland’s best-known career and personal development coaches.


The National Ambulance Service sponsors the Agenda Stage at Jobs Expo. The Agenda Stage will feature talks from top industry professionals. This year the topics covered will include job opportunities in Europe, teaching and living in New Zealand,  jobs in frontline services in Ireland, immigrating to the USA, careers in the medical device sector, interview skills, developing work-life balance and more.

The Agenda Stage at the Seminar Zone is free-of-charge to all attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Jobs Expo is the leading jobs and careers event in Ireland and is free-of-charge to the public. Jobs Expo is run by Careers Unlimited, a Dublin-based online and events company and organised by BCS Recruitment. Due to the event’s popularity, places are limited. Those wishing to attend are advised to register to ensure admission and avoid queues. Register now at

Dates: Saturday 22 October 2016
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Cusack Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 1
Entrance fee: FREE
Full details:

More information
Bronagh Cotter
Jobs Expo 2016
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 0872679047

Photo (from left):

Michael Romonti, Phonewatch
Niamh X , Building Staff Solutions
Ciaran Dyer, Dixons
Laura Clarke, Phonewatch
Ian Doyle, Building Staff Solutions
Karl O’ Connell, Building Staff Solutions
Lyndsay Donnelly, Jobs Expo Ireland
Abigail Woods, Jobs Expo Ireland
Aoife Brown, Dixons
Dave Phelan, Suir Engineering (front)

lifelong learning

Dubliners, women, young adults and graduates more likely to pursue lifelong learning

One in ten Dubliners have engaged in lifelong learning. That’s more than twice as many people in Ireland’s south-east, mid-east and border regions.

Lifelong learning and upskilling have been promoted across Europe and beyond to help adults achieve their career ambitions, stay relevant to the jobs market and learn skills that will become increasingly important to the economy.

A total of 177,330 Irish adults were engaged in some form of ongoing study at the end of 2015. That is just over 7 percent of adult population of 2.5 million. The majority of these were taking part in formal learning activities at schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions. However, Ireland falls short of the European average of 11 percent. The EU hopes to increase this to 15 percent by 2020.

While Dubliners are more likely to enter ongoing education, this is also true of women. Female participation in lifelong learning or upskilling is around 8 percent compared to 6.3 percent of men. Continuous education is more popular with younger adults – 13 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 have participated in ongoing education compared to 3 percent of 55 to 64 year olds. Adults with postgraduate degrees are also more likely to pursue ongoing studies as well – 12 percent versus 3 percent of early school leavers.

Lifelong learning enhances skills and personal development

The figures come from a study by an Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Una Halligan, EGFSN chairwoman, said that continuous education was a necessity for Ireland.

“We have a well-educated and highly skilled labour force but it is important that people of all ages and at all educational levels participate in learning and upskilling on an ongoing basis in order to sustain their employability. All forms of learning, whether formal of non-formal, contribute to the skills enhancement and personal development of individuals,” she remarked.

Halligan also noted that lifelong learning helped Ireland’s businesses to maintain their competitiveness. In addition, companies who supported the ongoing training had higher employees reporting higher levels of job satisfaction which lead to greater staff retention.

The EGFSN called on the government and industry to invest more in such ongoing learning. The expert group believes this is necessary to meet the predicted skills shortages.

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Virtual Expos

Virtual Expos for the IT sector to take place on 28 July

Online Recruitment Fair to take place on Thursday, July 28th from 4pm-8pm

Virtual Expos Ireland runs targeted online recruitment fairs to particular industries. Our upcoming event is for jobseekers and employers working in the IT sector, where there is a real and pressing need for qualified staff.

“ICT professionals are in high demand across Ireland. This has been the case for a number of years and staffing shortages have grown more acute as Ireland’s computer and IT sector continues to grow,” says Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited, organiser of Virtual Expos.

Ireland is home to a number of international tech companies, many of whom have their European headquarters in Dublin. These include Google, Facebook, Amazon, Etsy, IBM and Groupon. In addition, there are a number of home-grown startup successes as well as traditional industries looking to file IT roles. As such, there are significant career opportunities in Ireland for ICT professionals.

“Companies need great staff to thrive, and the shortfall is troubling to many industry experts.  This is one of the reasons our initial Virtual Expos event for the ICT sector was such a success. Because Virtual Expos are run as online, specialised recruitment fairs, companies across Ireland can meet candidates whether they are in Athlone, Athens or Atlanta. This is a hassle-free and cost-effective way for companies to recruit staff, and for employees to find the perfect job.”

Virtual Expos’ online events are free for jobseekers. Attendees register for the event and upload their CVs. Candidates can then make an appointment to chat to employers at a time that suits them during the event. All appointments are conducted via our private portal . Virtual Expos works on a mobile-friendly platform and it requires no downloads or heavy software installations. All candidates need is an internet connection and a browser.

The companies participating in the first Virtual Expos event are actively recruiting. Registered candidates will include the following: Windows & Network Administrators; Project Managers; Infrastructure Consultants; Business Analysts; Technical Architects; Software Testers; IT Support Technicians; Games Industry Professionals; DevOps Engineers; Linux System Engineers; 3D Designers; Network+; CCNA; Senior Software Developers; Data Scientists; Web Developers; IT Project Managers; IT Trainers; Network Managers; CRM Support Consultants; PHP Developers and many more.

Date: Thursday 28 July 2016
Time: 4pm-8pm
Attendee fee: FREE
Full details at:

If you’re an employee or graduate in the IT sphere, you can register to attend the fair free-of-charge by visiting our sign up page by clicking here.

Bronagh Cotter
Virtual Expos
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 654 3175

Jobs in Cork

Jobs Expo returns to Clayton Hotel Silver Springs for largest event to date

Jobs Expo Cork to return to Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork on Thursday 23rd June, with hundreds of jobs from leading employers, exciting seminars and free career advice for all. 

This June’s event will be Cork’s largest Jobs Expo to date, with international, Irish and local companies across a range of industries recruiting at the event. Since 2012, Jobs Expo has been connecting candidates and employers.  Jobs Expo offers jobseekers the chance to find exciting career opportunities at home and abroad, and streamlines the recruitment process for employers by introducing them to quality candidates.

Jobs Expo 2016, Ireland’s leading employment and recruitment fair, returns to Cork on 23 June at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork.

“Thursday’s event will be our largest exhibition in Cork to date”, says exhibition organiser, Bronagh Cotter. “Jobs Expo Cork will offer some very exciting opportunities for people looking for work or hoping to change careers, There are more than forty exhibitors at this Thursday events, including a diverse mix of blue-chips, start-ups and some of Ireland’s most innovative companies, and all of them are actively seeking candidates. Our popular Career Clinic is back, giving free professional development advice and we have an exciting and packed Seminar Zone with talks by industry professionals.”

ABEC; Alcon Ireland; Bausch + Lomb; BCS Sales Recruitment; Carre Migration Australia; Chartered Institute of Management Accountants CIMA;, Cheshire Ireland; Collins McNicholas; Concentrix;Cork Chamber of Commerce; CPL Resources; Cregg Recruitment; Dalmac; Department of Social Protection; ESB International; Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Ireland; FDM Group; FMI; Fluirse; GE Healthcare; Innopharma College of Applied Sciences; Johnson & Johnson DePuy Synthes; Keltia Ireland Ltd.; Kerry Group; Life Sciences Consultants; Lidl; Oxford Global Resources; PE Global; Sanmina; South Western; Starwood Hotels & Resorts; St. Joseph’s Hospital; Virtual Expos; Voxpro; Wayfair; West Pharmaceutical; Wiseteck; Yelp; Zevas

Career Clinic
Expert career advice will be on offer at Job Expo’s Career Clinic. Attendees can avail of free one-on-one advice on issues such as interview skills and CV preparation, as well as career guidance from some of Ireland’s best-know career and personal development coaches including Miriam Durack; Charlie Mernagh; Lynda Murphy; Mary McDonagh; Angela Brophy; Michael Heffernan; Phil Jackson; Sile Walsh; Valerie Parkes and more…

Seminar Zone
The Seminar Zone will be open from 11:00am to 4pm offering talks from industry professionals. This year the topics covered will include job opportunities with Concentrix, CPL Resources, Johnson & Johnson, Kerry Group and Wayfair; USA Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella will explain how to get a visa for to USA; Finbarr Sheehy of Innopharma College of Applied Sciences will discuss succeeding in the pharma, medtech or food sectors; and there’ll be career advice from Miriam Durack of Munster HR Associates, Michael Heffernan of the Chapter Coach Consultancy, and from personal development coaches Sile Walsh and Valerie Parkes.

All seminars are free, but attendees are advised to arrive early as places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Attending Jobs Expo 2016
Jobs Expo is the leading jobs and careers event in Ireland and is free-of-charge to the public. Jobs Expo is run by Careers Unlimited, a Dublin-based online and events company. While admission is free, places are limited, due to the popularity of the event. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to register in advance to ensure admission and avoid queues. Those wishing to attend can register at

Date: Thursday, 23 June 2016
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Clayton Hotel Silver Springs
Entrance fee: FREE
Full details:

More information: 
Bronagh Cotter
Jobs Expo 2016
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 646 3175

online education event

Which Course Virtual Expo, Ireland’s first online education fair, takes place this September

Which Course Virtual Expo, Ireland’s first online educational event, is taking place over three days this September. Which Course Virtual Expo has grown out of the successful Which Course Expo, which has run at the RDS in Dublin since 2007. For the first time, the educational fair will take place as an online event. This is an innovative new way of connecting students with colleges and course providers. Like a traditional educational fair, students can collect prospectuses and course details, and they have the opportunity to meet with educational institutions, talk through their study options, and enrol in a course.

Which Course Virtual Expo takes place on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, and Saturday 10 September. Over the event there will be a series of talks by educational experts, career coaches and industry insiders at the virtual Seminar Zone. In addition, prospective students will also be able to make an appointment with a professional development coach and avail of free expert career advice at our Career Clinic. Which Course Virtual Expo, the Seminar Zone and the Career Clinic are absolutely free of charge for all prospective students.

Anyone registering to attend Which Course Virtual Expo will automatically be entered into the draw to win an iPad Air. The draw takes place on 18 September 2016.


Exhibitors taking part in the September 2016 event include:

  • Third-level colleges
  • Private colleges
  • Educational institutions
  • Business schools
  • Specialist colleges
  • Professional institutes
  • Part-time, evening and adult education course providers
  • Distance-learning course providers from around the world
  • Health and hobbyist course providers
  • Accreditation bodies

Attendees registering for Which Course Virtual Expo include:

  • Secondary school students
  • Graduate students
  • Post-graduate students
  • Foreign students
  • Mature students looking to up-skill or change careers
  • Adults returning to education
  • Adults looking for part-time and/or evening courses
  • Hobbyists looking to improve skills, or learn new ones


Wednesday 7 September, Thursday 8 September, and Saturday 10 September 2016.



Which Course Virtual Expo is run by Careers Unlimited. Careers Unlimited is an Irish company which specialises in education, recruitment and career enhancement. We operate career and education websites, as well as run public events about careers, recruitment and educational courses in Ireland.


Beth Rees
Which Course Virtual Expo
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 654 3175