It was Grad Week at The Irish Times this week. We examined topics ranging from the jump from academia to the working world to what it is that graduate(...)

In addition to the traditional soft skills and competencies that employers seek – such as communication, leadership, and teamwork skills – there is an increasing emphasis on newer intangible skills, such as ‘design thinking’. Photograph: iStock

For a recent graduate, the move from academic to professional life can be daunting. A nine-to-five lifestyle is a far cry from college days, and can b(...)

Competency-based interviews involve giving examples of past experience to illustrate how suitable you are for a particular position. Photograph: iStock

Over the past decade or so, a pattern has emerged in the world of interviewing, whereby competency-based interviews have become the norm. Competency-b(...)

 Polling station signage in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

While thousands of young people have been deeply involved on both sides of the abortion referendum campaign over the last month, large numbers of youn(...)

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On my graduation day last November, I was ushered into the exam hall of Trinity College Dublin, and pointed towards a seat with my name on it. On that(...)

Ruth Monahan of Appassionata Flowers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The phrase “Christmas tree” conjures images of a lush, green tree, decorated with bountiful tinsel, baubles and twinkling lights. However, for Ruth (...)

Unlike other visas, such as Canadian or Australian visas, an applicant cannot apply directly to the American embassy as they must apply through a designated agency.

Travelling to the US on a working holiday has been a rite of passage for Irish third-level students for generations but an absence of both choice and (...)

Students of Trinity College Dublin: a nationwide study  found that one in eight students had had an unwanted sexual experience during their third level years. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rules of the dating game are changing. For Trinity College students in Dublin nightclubs, it can help to have a flyer with advice on sexual consen(...)

 The Irish Travel Agents Association has urged Irish tourists to exercise caution when travelling in Catalonia. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has urged Irish tourists to exercise caution when travelling in Catalonia, following Spanish prime minister(...)

Maureen O’Hara, from Kilkenny, who is living with dementia and Paddy Butler			from Kilkenny, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, pictured at the launch by the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together initiative. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Sitting on a prop sofa surrounded by autumn leaves in Dublin’s Merrion Square, Paddy Butler and Maureen O’Hara hold up their cups of tea and smile for(...)