Mike Mcdonagh

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“Candidates care about the culture of an organisation, the development opportunities and if they will be offered mentoring and flexible working arrangements.” Photograph: iStock

There’s a sense of deja vu about the current jobs market and not in a good way. Skills shortages are driving wages and benefit packages up again – by (...)

Remote working, better holidays, continuous professional development are more important to graduates today than gimmicks such as foosball tables. Photograph: iStock.

With Ireland currently the fastest-growing economy in the eurozone – a trend that is expected to continue, graduates are in prime position to snap up (...)

Millennials entering today’s workplaces want to work for diverse firms with a mix of ethnicities, social backgrounds, gender and sexuality. Photograph: iStock

The days of grateful serfs thanking the all-powerful boss for a lump of coal at Christmas are long gone. With the economy continuing to grow, graduate(...)

Soft skills such as communication skills, understanding, initiative and enterprise are capabilities that artificial intelligence will have trouble replicating. Photograph: iStock

Why do companies choose one job applicant over another? Ask any number of experienced interviewers that question and you will most likely get a differ(...)

Before you even have a hope of getting an interview, it’s important to have standout CV that sets you apart from all the other applicants. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Many students have part-time jobs in the local pub or shop, but taking a step up the career ladder can be daunting. It’s no longer enough to fire out (...)

There has been an 18 per cent increase in the size of graduate intakes over the past 12 months. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images
The jobs market: jungle or cruise?

Graduates who finished their Leaving Cert four or five years ago had reason to be glum. Ireland was in the throes of a recession and there were far mo(...)

Fionn Rogan working at Java Republic on Molesworth Street. He sparked a debate this week when he wrote about how his generation was being increasingly infantilised, due to soaring rents and a loss of financial independence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Young people are living at home for longer, staying in full-time education in ever-greater numbers, and avoiding adult commitments. We are in the mids(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)