Successful Kilrane graduate Ultan Quirke is one of the faces of IT Carlow's new CAO campaign

By AMy Lewis

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Ultan Quirke.
Ultan Quirke.
IT Carlow.

Kilrane native Ultan Quirke has been climbing the career ladder since he graduated from IT Carlow and owing to his success, the business graduate has become one of the stars of their CAO campaign.

Now a Senior Associate with multinational accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), Ultan credits his time spent in IT Carlow for much of his career success. As a result, he is appearing as one of the many faces of the Institute's 2016 CAO campaign, which was launched ahead of the February 1 deadline.

Ultan's face and name are now appearing in press, outdoor and digital advertising showcasing his experience at IT Carlow and how it was the gateway to current career at PwC. Speaking at the campaign launch, he praised the Institute for putting him in the position he is in today.

'At IT Carlow, talented teaching staff provided me with the skills and tools I needed to develop my career. Working for PwC stretches my capabilities every day, and the skills built up during my time at IT Carlow are hugely important in helping me to meet the challenges I encounter.'

Several other graduates in Engineering, Computing, Science and Business, who are now working in big-name companies, are fronting the IT Carlow 2016 CAO campaign. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the opportunities that an education in IT Carlow can bring. According to the Institute, over ninety per cent of graduates find employment before graduation , and some even before completing their final exams.

'In Ireland, the employment rate for graduates is currently at 80 per cent. For IT Carlow graduates, the employment rate is significantly higher - 93 per cent at graduation and rising further to 96 per cent within six months of graduation. Demand for all our graduates is very high,' commented Dr Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow.

According to Dr Mulcahy, 50 per cent of this year's final year students in Software and Computer Games Development had been offered jobs before they sat their exams.

IT Carlow has just added a new degree course in Sustainable Farming and Agribusiness to its current range of computing, law, engineering. business, humanities, science and health courses. For 2016, it has also introduced a new 'common entry' application point, which allows business students to keep their options open for two years before selecting a specialism.

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