Purpose of Position:

The Career Development & Employability team is an innovative, impact driven and pro-active unit within National College of Ireland focused on developing student employability.

The Career Development & Employability team is an innovative, impact driven and pro-active unit within National College of Ireland focused on developing student employability. 

The team within Careers are highly motivated and results driven and Careers and Work Placement Advisors come from a diverse range of backgrounds including Higher Education Careers Services, Recruitment Consultancy, Graduate Recruitment Roles, Science, Youth Work and Teaching bound by a commitment to student career development. 

So if you are an experienced recruiter or guidance professional who enjoys working to targets and under pressure, who likes to innovate, is great at working in a high energy collaborative team environment, has a track record of achieving and exceeding expectations and a genuine passion for helping students to achieve their career goals then we would love to hear from you. 

This role will have a specific focus on securing work placements for a caseload of undergraduate and postgraduate students.  

Reporting to:

Career Development & Employability Manager 

Key Relationships:

  • Head of Career Development & Employability
  • Career Development & Employability Manager
  • Career Development & Employability Team
  • Director of Student Services
  • Registrar
  • Students
  • Deans & Faculty
  • School Co-ordinators and administrators
  • Employers and professional associations

Key Responsibilities:

 Work Placement Responsibilities:

  • Promoting the work placement programme to employers and ensuring work placement targets are met for the different caseloads.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with employers and professional organisations to maximise the work placement opportunities available to NCI students.
  • Developing strong links with the schools and faculty in order to meet with their current and future work placement requirements.
  • Providing assistance to students with a disability and devise tailored solutions for them.
  • Delivering a programme of high impact employer led workshops and events.
  • Secure a range of opportunities that are well matched to the caseload of students. 
  • Driving student engagement and managing the recruitment process from start to finish including advertising opportunities to students, shortlisting candidates, screening applicants, briefing candidates face to face and over the phone, arranging interviews, providing feedback and making offers.
  • Ensuring that all contractual paperwork is completed by students, employers and academics.
  • Delivering placement preparation classes and organising a suite of employer and placement alumni networking events to drive placement success.
  • Promoting and developing Erasmus placements. 
  • Conducting check ins with students and employers. Surveying all participants annually and acting on feedback. 
  • To take a flexible approach to work (attendance at early morning and evening meetings will be required on occasion).
Careers Advisory Responsibilities:  

  • Designing and delivering careers classes, providing expert advice (individually, in group sessions and via webinars and other online means) in areas including career development, employability, job applications and job search strategies.  
  • Working with students in groups and individually to achieve their career goals – implementing the necessary interventions to make this possible and then tracking progress and reporting on same. 
  • Pro-actively developing strategic employer and alumni relationships.
  • Researching, writing, updating and editing career information and labour market intelligence materials.
  • Support project work undertaken by the Career Development & Employability team in areas including but not confined to quality improvement, the development of online resources and IT systems to enhance the student placement experience.
  • Develop innovations in delivery and service in line with international best practice.
  • Represent NCI on relevant professional associations.
 Core Requirements:
  • Target driven graduate with 3-5 years’ experience within careers advisory work / agency recruitment.
  • Career guidance
  • Work placement
  • Agency Recruitment
  • Outplacement
  • Targeted in house recruitment. 
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification in Guidance, Counselling, Careers /Career Coaching or a commitment to securing same once in role. 


Approach to work:
  • Positive, enthusiastic, solution focused approach to work with the ability to self-manage and contribute positively to a team environment that is focused on continuous self-improvement.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, operate flexibly and shift focus with changing priorities and demands and to deliver the outputs required within NCI Careers Team. 
  • Track record of meeting and exceeding targets. 
Service Delivery:
  • Ability to use translate stakeholder requirements into engaging and impactful career interventions (e.g. Modules, resources, events.).  
Relationship Management
  • Commitment to delivering best in class service to students.
  • Excellent ability to build and maintain strong mutually beneficial working relationships with staff, faculty, employers, industry bodies and peers in other institutions. 
Guidance and Advice: 
  • Understanding of employability and the ability to support, guide and advise students, graduates, NCI staff, employers innovatively and flexibly whilst making effective use of high impact initiatives. 
Communication Skills: 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills together with the ability to deliver presentations, seminars and workshops to a high standard. 
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Reporting, Data & IT Skills: 
  • Strong reporting abilities – the role holder will be required to report regularly on progress of all projects and activities. 
  • A keen interest in using data and impact measures to continually develop the service.
  • Excellent IT skills and a strong understanding of social media and experience of using it in recruitment.




€36,540 - €52,783 (Specialist/Senior Administrator Band)

Annual Leave: 

24 Days per annum pro rata


Hours of work will be generally 9.00am to 5.00 pm. A willingness to work flexibly to cover some events and activities outside of usual working hours is required. 

To Apply:

Please apply with a CV and cover letter both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 1032 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 7th June 2024. In the cover letter (max 1 page) please highlight briefly how you meet the criteria in relation to work ethic, initiative, attention to detail, customer service and social media skills. 

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to Careers and Work Placement Advisor are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the College.

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

The Importance of Confidentiality

We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.

Candidates' Obligations

In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College. #

Candidates should note that they may be required to submit documentary evidence in support of any particulars given by them in their application for the post.

Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2014 as amended

Data collected for the purposes of recruitment activities

NCI conducts recruitment processes to fill vacancies within the college. When applying for these competitions applicants are asked to submit a range of documents, e.g., a completed application form, CV and/or a personal statement or cover letter. For the purposes of recruitment activities, we will not collect any personal data that we do not need to assess your candidature for a role with us.

Legal Basis for Processing

NCI ’s legal basis for the processing of this data is a combination of individual consent, contractual necessity and legal obligations.

Withdrawal of Consent

Applicants can withdraw their consent for the processing of their personal data at any time by notifying the College. It is important to note that withdrawal of consent prior to the completion of the process will be considered as a withdrawal of the application.

What we do with your data

People who are directly employed by NCI and are based in Ireland process all the personal data collected for both recruitment and HR purposes.


HR draft up the shortlisting documents and provide the initial screening to determine if a person meets the essential criteria of the competition. A shortlisting panel is generally made up of two senior grade staff members from the relevant department for which the role is being recruited.

Sharing of your data

Where you have been successfully shortlisted for a post, each interview panel member will be furnished with a copy of the relevant information of those who will be attending interview in order that they can review applications in advance of the interview process. All such information will be returned to NCI and shredded following the competition process. Some of the interview panel will be external interviewers, who are not employees of NCI but are engaged for the purpose and are strictly subject to the rules and policies of the College.


Applicants can request and receive access to their data at any time and can request and receive a copy of this data, in electronic/transferable format.


Applicants can request the data held be erased. In this case, the application for a position is considered withdrawn.


Applicants can have any incorrect information corrected.

Objection / Withdraw

Applications can object to this information being processed and/or can request to withdraw from the application process


Applicants can make a complaint to our internal Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

NCI Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1

Tel (Direct): + 353 1 4498 523 ; Tel (Reception): + 353 1 4498 500

And/or make a complaint to the relevant authority

Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28

Tel: +353 (0) 761 104 800

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is a Member of the Athena SWAN Charter. NCI is committed to serving our diverse community and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

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