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Ireland: Career Prospects

Finding a graduate career in Ireland for Malaysians


The job market in Ireland has had its ups and downs, but with a number of rising universities, a growing economy and advancing sectors, graduates are set to see brighter employment prospects. If you’re considering studying in Ireland and hope to find out what you can do upon graduation, our post-study career options will help assuage your concerns.

Can I stay?

Malaysian students will need an Employment Permit. When completing a study programme in Ireland that is longer than three months, you will need to register with the local immigration office in the area you’re living in. When you do so, the specific conditions under which you are able to remain in Ireland, including the amount of time you have to leave the country after the completion of your studies will be attached to your visa. These conditions will depend on the length of your study programme.

Malaysian students with a Masters degree will be allowed to remain in Ireland for 6 months after completing their studies, whilst PhD and Post-Doctorate holders may stay for up to one year. In this time, you may apply for a work permit or a green card permit. Bachelors students will need to consult their specific visa conditions for an idea of how long they can stay in Ireland after graduating. You will need to have already secured employment in order to apply for a work permit.

Which work permit will I need?

There are four types of work permit: a green card permit, work permit, intra-company transfer employment permit and a spousal/dependant work permit.

Green card permits are granted to graduates with a skill set that applies to an occupation on a restricted list, or any graduate with a salary of over €60,000 (US$82,878). Work permits are for graduates who are ineligible for a green card permit. Some occupations are illegible for a work permit.

To apply for a permit, you or your employer will need to download and fill out an employment permit application form and send it to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Dublin. You can find out more about specific application procedures, relevant fees and guidelines here.

What’s the graduate market like?

The pharmaceutical, computer and electronics, mining and food industries are significant contributors to growth and this is good news to students in these areas. An increase in exports has also caused some growth in the agri-food sector, and students in ICT, Hospitality and Tourism can expect a boost in job opportunities. There’s a constant shortage for professionals in IT, Nursing, Sales, Insurance and Engineering.

How can I find a job?

It’s always more difficult trying to secure a job in a foreign country. However, there are some specifics that you can do. Check out specific job sites depending on the jobs you’re looking for. Consult Engineers Ireland if you’re hoping to work as an engineer or the Law Society of Ireland for students of law. Go through online search engines like Best Jobs Ireland, or Irishjobs. Don’t forget to check newspaper adverts or job boards.

As an international student, you’re allowed to complete internship and work placement programmes during your studies. While these programmes are not intended to lead to employment, they are a great way to expose yourself to professional networks and gain invaluable industry experience that may help you identify employment opportunities later.

Can my university help?

Your university will be able to help you in some way, whether directly through an advice service, jobs board or even a nudge in the right direction. You should take advantage of the service especially if you need help with your CV and tips on interview techniques.

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