Take a moment to think of the most important thing to have going for you as a graduate. What is it? A job? A first-class honours degree? A debt-free bank account? All these are but glorious pipe dreams to the majority of us and their absence should, logically, clash with what truly is the most desirable attribute: POSITIVITY.
Maybe it’s an Irish thing, but the almost ghoulish recession obsession doing the media rounds is wearing thin. Yes, we are drowning in national debt, hemorrhaging emigrants and adopting new taxes as if they were Beanie Babies. But there is hope! Keep reading for a look at some of the real prospects and uplifting social events dotted around the country this week.
One of the most worrying positions to be in as a graduate is to have what is seen generally as a “common” degree, such as an Arts qualification. If you graduate with a BIS degree, you are pretty much guaranteed to walk into a job; ditto electrical engineering or computer science. If you’re looking to expand your skillset, you could do a lot worse than exploring the world of cloud computing. Even if you don’t know what it is, you have almost definitely heard the phrase, as the field is quickly redefining what a “buzz word” really is; last week’s Sunday Business Post included a 16-page supplement on the topic CNet.com hailed as the “future of data centers” as far back as 2008. In (very rough) layman’s terms, cloud computing is a means of bypassing hardware and software to store files and data in an internet “cloud”, which can be accessed anywhere. Think of GoogleDocs, and you have a pretty good template of the practical means of the technology for most people. With the Business Post’s Ian Campbell promising that “the real benefits of the cloud are still unfolding”, it might be worth jumping on the bandwagon.
If interested, Cork Institute of Technology is one of a few third-level institutions which has just launched a new graduate conversion programme, more details of which can be found here. This cloud is no mere pie in the sky, either; Big Fish Games recently announced the creation of thirty new jobs in the sector.
For anyone still in college and involved with media of any sort, the Smedias (Student Media Awards) is an excellent forum for getting exposure and recognition, as well as a means of making contacts in the field. Hosted by Kathryn Thomas and Daithi O’Shea, past judges have included Gereldine Kennedy, David Norris and Mary Wilson, so recognition could do wonders for the CV of a budding media savant. The deadline for pre-registration is March 12th, so get your thinking caps on and your portfolios packed!
Bounce Back is the brainchild of the family of Erbie Underwood, who was lost to suicide last month. The night at Cork Opera House will be a celebration of his life through jazz, hip-hop and funk music, but is also the birth of an organisation by the same name. Bounce Back has been set up with the aim of providing a social retreat for Cork youths from 12-20 years of age and. Supported by some of the city’s most popular musical acts, including Brian Deady and The Roaring Forties, it will also be MC-ed by Des Bishop and Karen Underwood.
Hopefully these will give you a bit of hope, inspiration and perspective, particularly when faced with what I know can be a bleak employment horizon for many of us. When all else fails, try laughing. CollegeHumor.com is unbeatable for pictures, articles and memes that will guarantee some giggles.
Keep calm, and carry on smiling!