The First Destinations survey investigates where NCI graduates go after finishing their full-time qualification.

Female graduate in her robes


The First Destinations Survey is an annual survey of all graduates from full time National College of Ireland programmes. The survey is conducted nine months after graduation and gives an invaluable insight into employment opportunities for National College of Ireland graduates.

NCI 'Best For Jobs'

NCI is consistently ranked as 'Best for Jobs' in the annual Sunday Times Good University Guide 

Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 – “The National College of Ireland has developed one of the closest relationships with industry in the third level sector…has resulted in one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 2%.

Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 'National College of Ireland (NCI) has one of the most effective pedagogic formulas in Irish higher education: with a 2% unemployment rate, the lowest in the country, its focus on business-related courses and training students for work is winning.

Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015: The 2013 Guide states: “The best for employment was the National College of Ireland at 96%, followed by Trinity. It goes on to say, “As all Ireland focuses on jobs as the driver of economic recovery, the National College of Ireland is sitting pretty with 96% graduate employment. The key is in its solid links with industry…”.