Graduate Destinations

Each year, all universities in Ireland and the UK survey their graduates to determine their first destination after leaving university.

In Ireland, this data is used by the HEA to gather national statistics.

What do Irish Graduates do?

Results of the HEA's national survey:

Graduates of 2012   Graduates of 2013 Graduates of 2014    Graduates of 2015 Graduates of 2016 
(please click NUIG tab above for results of NUI Galway graduate survey)

What do UK Graduates do?

Results from the Higher Education Statistics Agency's Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are available at   

Latest survey results - 2017

In 2018, the Career Development Centre surveyed the class of 2017 for the new Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Most important activity PG UG Total
Working full-time 80.2% 59.3% 67.9%
Working part-time 6.8% 5.0% 5.7%
Due to start a job within 3 months 1.6% 0.6% 1.0%
Full-time further study or training 4.9% 29.9% 19.6%
Part-time further study or training 0.7% 0.8% 0.8%
Other activity 1.8% 2.5% 2.2%
Unemployed and looking for work 4.1% 1.9% 2.8%

2017 Breakdown by College - Graduate Outcomes Survey   

Results from previous surveys2016 Breakdown of Graduates

2016 Breakdown of Graduates - details by College

2015 Breakdown by College

2014 graduate survey breakdown  

2013 graduate survey breakdown

2012 graduate survey breakdown