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?

The HEA have all their publications available from or direct links below to their annual publication

2020 (published 2022) - only available as an interactive report. 

2017 & 2018 - interactive dashboard 

Higher Education Outcomes Graduation Years 2010-2014 

(please click NUIG tab above for results of NUI Galway graduate survey)



Latest survey results - 2020

In 2021 the Career Development Centre surveyed the class of 2020 for the new Graduate Outcomes Survey.

S‌ee full breakdown of 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey by College

Most important activity PG UG Total
Working full-time 73.9% 51.8% 61%
Working part-time 4.7% 2.2% 3%
Due to start a job within 3 months 1.4% 0.7% 1%
Full-time further study or training 5.6% 36.7% 24%
Part-time further study or training 3.3% 1.3% 2%
Other activity 1.7% 2.2% 2%
Unemployed and looking for work 9.3% 4.8% 7%

Results from previous surveys

2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey by College   

2017 Breakdown by College - Graduate Outcomes Survey  

2016 Breakdown of Graduates

2015 Breakdown by College