Offaly graduates buck unemployment trend

Three in four graduates of new ‘recession friendly’ qualification in employment

Three in four graduates of new ‘recession friendly’ qualification in employment

Figures released by Career Decisions Ireland at the recent graduation of Ireland’s first Diploma in Career Coaching, showed that three in four graduates, including those from Offaly, had secured jobs or started their own businesses, within weeks of obtaining their qualification.

With the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) recently claiming over 90,000 Irish graduates are currently unemployed or considering emigration, Ireland’s first Career Coaching graduates are bucking the trend.

Of the graduates who were conferred with a Diploma in Career Coaching (NFQ Level 7) in DIT, 75% have secured new employment. Of this figure, 30% have moved into new jobs with 45% having started their own Career Coaching businesses.

Career Coaches provide professional career services including helping individuals make informed career decisions and market themselves to secure new employment and promotion.

With nervous employees wanting to increase their employability, the newly unemployed seeking CV and Interview Coaching and organisations using the services of Career Coaches to assist employees facing redundancy, the opportunities for professionally qualified Career Coaches have multiplied in the global recession.

“The Diploma in Career Coaching has been an outstanding success with over 75% of the 2010 graduates having progressed into employment” said Miriam Magner-Flynn, Managing Director, Career Decisions Ireland and President of Institute of Career Coaching Ireland (ICCI). The ICCI is a specialist division of Career Decisions Ireland dedicated to training and developing Career Coaches and equipping them with a professional qualification of international repute.

The Diploma in Career Coaching (NFQ Level 7) awarded by DIT, is Ireland’s first professionally accredited, internationally recognised qualification in Career Coaching.

The Diploma is delivered by expert Career Professionals part time over a 7 month period. Enrollment is taking place now for the 2011 Diploma in Career Coaching which starts in November 2011 at centres in Dublin and Limerick. For further information log onto

Founded by Miriam Magner-Flynn in 1994, Career Decisions Ireland is a premium provider of Career Coaching & Career Management services to clients in both the public and private sectors. It is the only Coaching company in Ireland to be approved as a FETAC Training Centre and has offices in Dublin and Limerick and a nationwide team of 48 highly experienced and accredited Career Coaches, Retirement Coaches and Psychologists.