Jobs and Employment
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The careers service in UCC (pictured above)should be your first port of call for all things relating to your employment. You can make a 30 minute appointment up to 48 hours in advance here. You can meet a careers advisor to talk about the next step in your working life, to create a professional CV and to have practice interviews.

The UCC careers service also organise most work placements, give advice on internships and you can even search for graduate employment on their site. Remember you can use the careers service up to a year after you’ve graduated so it’s important to tie in with them if you’re leaving UCC! You can find their website here, alternatively you can contact them by email, careers@ucc.ie.

UCC Works
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UCC works is a programme whereby students engage in a period of unpaid work placement in a UCC campus department or organisation. The programme is intended to give students work experience and to develop students skills and employment prospects. Upon completion of their placement, students are required to make a formal application for the award and update their CV. Students are then issued with formal recognition of their participation in the programme. For more information on this initiative click here.

Employment Rights
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Whether you are working full time, part time, an International Student, Apprentice or EU Student, you are entitled to the same employment rights. For comprehensive information on your Employment Rights please visit the NERA website which you can find here. This website provides information on all manner of employment topics, from the minimum wage to unfair dismissal. Click here for more.

National Minimum Wage Employment & Payslips
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The National Minimum Wage (from 1st July 2011) is €8.65 per hour. There are some exceptions however and you should check the NERA website for more details.

The Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 provides that an employer must issue their employees with a written statement of terms and conditions relating to their employment within two months of commencing employment.

All employees are entitled to receive a pay slip with every payment of wages. This pay slip should show gross wage (wage before deductions) and the nature and amount of each deduction.

Part-Time Work
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Even if you are working less hours than a fully employed worker, you should be afforded the same rights as other workers by your employer.

Working hours & Breaks
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The maximum 48 hour week is based on an average calculated over a four, six, or twelve- month period depending on the industry. Your employer must keep a record of how many hours you work. You have the right to a 15-minute break if working four and a half hours of work and a 30-minute break if working six hours of work.

Equality Rights
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The Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 aim to protect workers against certain types of discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment that could occur in the course of their working life. The Employment Equality Acts promote equality in the workplace and ban discrimination across nine different grounds (categories).

For more information on equality go to www.equality.ie

Infringement of Employment Rights
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In the event that you believe you are not receiving one or more of your employment rights, as a first step you should always bring the issue to the attention of your employer. They may not be aware that they are required to provide you with a particular entitlement. By bringing the matter to their attention you may find that the issue can be resolved. If that yields no results there are other methods beyond this which you can take- please see the NERA website for more details.

Making a job application
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You have a lot to say and such little space on a CV. Your potential employer has limited time, bare that in mind. You need to give a clear snapshot of your skills, education and experience. Be sensible what you include, what impression are you giving your perspective employer? Do they really need to know about your childhood hobbies?

Get someone external to critique before your share it. Cross check your timelines, being honest with your dates of course! And triple check your spelling, grammar and syntax. Be sure to use professional language at all times. You can apply for jobs and get further information at the following links:

Social Media, networking and your career
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More and more companies are using social media as a way of recruiting new staff. Social media, including sites like Twitter, Linked In and Facebook, can help you find a job and connect with people who can assist you with growing your career. So get connected and make it work for you. Here are some top tips for applying to jobs through Social Media. LinkedIn:

LinkedIn really is the main tool when it comes to your career online. It is important to keep your linkedin up to date however. Remember don’t be afraid to ask for endorsements either from friends and colleagues. It requires work and consistency so regular and appropriate update is required.

But remember- employers are more than ever spot checking people’s Social media activity so think before you post. Ask yourself if a comment or mail is business-appropriate and remember nothing online is truly private; a quick copy and paste or screenshot could leave you in a lot of hot water!