Google takes first place in survey of job-seeking students

According to GradIreland’s latest Graduate Employers Survey, multinational technology and pharmaceutical companies remain the top employers of choice for Irish graduates starting their careers.

For the sixth consecutive year, Google has been recognized as the most attractive place to work for Irish graduates.

The survey of over 19,000 university students across Ireland also saw Apple and Amazon in third and fourth place.

However, Facebook, which ranked 21st this year, remained outside of the top 20 companies for the second year in a row.

Pharmaceutical companies also saw demand surge in the wake of the pandemic, with Pfizer being the second most desirable employer for graduates.

Jobs at Boston Scientific were also in high demand, with the medtech company taking sixth place. Johnson & Johnson finished eighth, up nine places from last year.

Accounting and management consulting firms fell slightly in the rankings this year, with only two making the top ten. Deloitte was the most popular “Big Four” professional services company among Irish students, but fell two places to seventh place.

That was ahead of KPMG, which also fell three positions that year to ninth place. PwC dropped from the top ten to 15th, EY to 19th.

According to the survey, students welcomed the opportunity to relocate after graduation, with 18pc planning to work abroad immediately.

Almost half said they would be willing to relocate for a job anywhere in Ireland.

Employers also recognized the demand for remote and hybrid work early in a graduate’s career. More than half of the employers who took part in the survey said that remote or hybrid work was implemented to retain talent.

In 2020, only a quarter of employees had such plans.

Employers, too, see remote work as more than just a passing trend, with 46pc aiming to increase the availability of hybrid work in the future.

“[The survey] confirms once again the importance of employer reputation and brand awareness among university students when choosing the companies to work for,” said Gavan O’Brien, Managing Director of GradIreland. Google takes first place in survey of job-seeking students

Fry Electronics Team

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