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There is an age old assumption that having body art can impact your level of employability.

However, a new study has shown that having tattoos actually doesn't impact your job prospects at all. 

In fact, it showed that people with tattoos actually worked more days and hours a year than people who didn't.

The scientists behind the study asked 2,064 people about their tattoos and careers, and various other lifestyle questions. 

As well as not having an effect on the amount of time worked, researchers found that body ink also did not seem to impact wages.

'Not only are the wages and annual earnings of tattooed employees in the United States statistically indistinguishable from the wages and annual earnings of employees without tattoos, but tattooed individuals are also just as likely, and in some instances even more likely, to gain employment,' reads the study.

So, it seems despite common misconception, tattoos aren't actually a career hindrance. 

Excuse us, we have an ink appointment to make.


Research from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has presented results on the graduates who are most likely to find a job after college.

Naturally, we were curious and had to check out the scores. Unsurprisingly, creative work seems fairly sparse *sighs*.

As it turns out, teachers are the most likely to find a job after they graduate, with over 93 percent of recent education grads finding employment within nine months of finishing their course.

The HEA's research found that graduates in areas such as health and welfare (87 percent), ICT (82 percent) and engineering (82 percent) had especially high employment outcomes.

Nearly 80 percent of third-level students secured work within nine months of graduating, which is good news.

The HEA found that students who studied subjects like philosophy and literature were the LEAST likely to be employed…sorry to all those deep thinkers and bookworms out there.

Anyone who completed their arts and humanities studies were actually among the highest percentages who embarked on further study, at 24 percent.

The study involved 29,000 participants who graduated back in 2017, and found that teaching grads are one of the best paid. Their starting salaries mostly came in at €30-€35,000.

The average salary of full-time graduates in employment was €33,574. The HEA's Valerie Harvey said that those who complete further study are the most employable.

She commented on the research, saying that; "The overwhelming majority of all graduates are working and as you move through the levels of educational attainment higher numbers are in employment."

She continued, "So we found that 75 percent of honours degree, 86 percent of post-graduate taught and 91 percent of postgraduate research graduates are in employment."

78 percent of those participants surveyed are working or due to begin a job, and 14 percent of those surveyed are in training or further education.

A further five percent are searching for work, and the remainder are in "further activities", like travelling the world or saving the turtles. Apparently, 90 percent of those who graduate find a job in Ireland. That one surprised us, alright.


Ah, budget day – generally, we wait with bated breath to hear if smokes or alcohol will be slapped with extra tax.

But changes are coming to how you buy these goods – yes, we are talking about your wages.

Here's everything you need to know, as the rate of unemployment hits its lowest level in 10 years. 

To kick us off, the minimum wage will be increased to €9.80 per hour.

And for those who are earning under €35,500, you won't pay the higher rate of income tax – happy days.

This has a knock-on effect for the top marginal rate on incomes up to €70,000. – If you're pulling in those digits, your rate will be reduced to 48.5 percent. – So you're buying drinks. 

Additionally, the Universal Social Charge (USC) rate of 4.75 percent will fall to 4.5 percent for those on incomes between €19,300 and €70,000.

There's more good news if you're working full time on minimum wage, you'll fall into the second band of USC rates, as it has been raised from €19,372 to €19,874. 

And finally, employer's PRSI will rise from €376 to €386. 

Now if you're a home carer, your tax credits will increase from €300 to €1,500.

If you're self-employed, there is also a change to your earned income tax credit, as it's going up from €200 to €1,500.

Oh, and by the way, bad news for smokers – a packet of 20 cigarettes will be slapped with an extra 50c.

To cheer you up, we've compiled our favourite reactions from Twitter to budget 2019. 


Is your inner monster looking to escape?

Do you think you could be Ireland's most despicable and gruesome characters?

Do you want to earn some dollars by scaring the bejesus of the public?

Then you won't want to miss this recruitment opportunity in the RDS.

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The Nightmare Realm is on the hunt for people with a talent for terror, to be part of their live horror experience at The RDS Dublin over the month of October. 

No experience is needed for acting roles as full training will be given.

The only criteria for being considered is that you are outgoing, willing to embody the role of your character and instil hysteria on your victims.

Performance spaces include darkness, small spaces, strobe lighting, loud noises and fog effects, so if you are afraid of the dark – give this one a miss.

Photo credit: The Nightmare Realm

Calling all incredibly talented MUA and artists, you could join the family.

The Halloween attraction is holding makeup trials for artists wanting to assist The Nightmare Realm’s talented spfx team.

As part of their recruitment process, they are holding a Scare Workshop/Audition at The RDS on September 1 from 12-2 pm.

You could join their monster crew as 50 positions are up for grabs. 

Photo credit: The Nightmare Realm

Leave behind the boring C.V and blood-stained cover letter; this process is a whole new level of terrifying.

Applicants will take part in a group workshop where they will be shown the fine art of how to be a scare performer. 

Those who show the most promise will be welcomed into the Realm’s dysfunctional family.

Let's get into the nitty-gritty: you must be over 16 to try out and be available for the entire month of October.

No make-up or costumes are needed for the workshop, but you should wear comfortable clothing.

Be confident and push your boundaries to unleash the inner beast. 

Good luck!

For those who would rather be scared, than do the scaring – tickets go on sale in six days.


Are you bored at work? Do you feel like you're not fulfilling your full potential? Looking for a change of pace?

Well, it might be time to ask for your P45, because this UK company is looking for a hot tub tester – or, hot tubologist, if you will. 

The successful candidate will try, test and review the new Lay-Z-Spa inflatable hot tub, which is currently on the market for around €500. 

The tester will also become an official ambassador for the brand, take control of Lay-Z-Spa's social media platforms, and get their very own hot tub to enjoy at home. 

To apply, simply make a 30-second video explaining why you're the best person for the job, and submit it by posting on Instagram and tagging the @layzspaofficial handle. Applications can also be made by visiting lay-z-spa.co.uk/ultimate-summer-job.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday June 10 and must be 18 and over. 

There's just one more catch. The successful applicant must be a resident of the UK – but we're pretty sure we'd be willing to make the move for this sweet number. 

Tom Ellyatt, Marketing Manager at Lay-Z-Spa, said: "We're looking for the UK's biggest hot tub fan to become our official Hot Tubologist and put our bestseller to the test. Whether you're an expert at relaxation, or you throw the best hot tub parties, here's your chance to become the face of the nation's number one hot tub brand."

Sign us up!


Job interviews are enough to send even the most laid-back and breezy folk into a fit of nervous sweats. 

No matter how well prepared and qualified you may be, there's always a fear that you'll say or do something that'll ultimately ruin your chances of landing the position and leave you questioning your ability to function as a fully fledged human.

Sure, on paper it all sounds pretty simple – make eye contact, be polite, shake hands, and ask questions. But what are the things we should avoid doing in order to convince our potential new employers that we're right for the role? 

Well, jobs website Simply Hired carried out a survey of 850 hiring managers to find out just that. 

Rather unsurprisingly, results showed that arriving late was the number one interview no no. 

Explain just how detrimental tardiness can be, and what to run if you find yourself running late, recruiter Jamie Hichens told Glassdoor:

“Being late to an interview with no explanation or without emailing or calling ahead to say they are running late. This one will knock out  99% of interviewees."

“At the very least, if you’re running late, call and offer an ETA, an explanation, or an offer to reschedule. And remember to apologise for the inconvenience.”

Next came on the list of interview deal-breakers came whining at 92 per cent, followed closely by lack of preparation at 89 per cent. 

Here's the full list: 

1. Arriving to an interview late (93 per cent)

2. Whining (92 per cent)

3. Showing lack of preparation (89 per cent)

4. Criticising a former boss (88 per cent)

5. Criticising a former company (87 per cent)

6. Making grammar of spelling mistakes in a covering letter (86 per cent)

7. Using poor grammar in an interview (84 per cent)

8. Having unrealistic compensation requirements (84 per cent)

9. Being underqualified (80 per cent)

10. Answering questions incorrectly (77 per cent)

So, if you're on the hunt for a new job, try to avoid doing any of the above at all costs. The most important thing is to be yourself and remember that you wouldn't have landed the interview if they didn't think you have what it takes. 


If you've ever dreamt of being a real life princess who travels the world for a living, we suggest you keep reading.

Disney is currently on the hunt for wannabe princes and princesses to work on its luxury cruise ships in a variety of exciting roles.

From character performers and DJs, to nursery counsellors and housekeeping managers, there's a position to suit every qualification.

Each role will of course require some specific skills, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that all Disney staff must go the extra mile to make the cruise experience as magical as possible.

According to the company's website, the “amazing crew members are a big part of why Disney is known as a world-renowned leader in the entertainment industry.”

“With incredible itineraries that visit exciting destinations around the world, crew and officers can chart the course for an unforgettable adventure with Disney Cruise Line.”

Sounds amazing, right?

Of course it does – travelling the world via the happiest boat on earth – what's not to love?

Well, there's just two small catches.

  1. The roles are based in the US, which means you'll have to be willing to move.

  2. You need to commit to a seven-day working week with limited time off.

But if the idea of being ferociously happy seven-days a week hasn't scared you off, you can apply for a role at disneycareers.com.


Whether you want to find your first job, or just need a change from your current one, we all know it can be hard to keep motivated when looking for employment.

Between the hours that go into searching, to the nerve-wrecking interviews, getting a job is no easy feat, and sometimes it can feel like it's going nowhere.

But if you have a LinkedIn profile, this one thing might be holding you back from getting a job.

And that one thing? Your selfie.

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Yep, a recent survey by Envirofone revealed that having a selfie as your profile picture on LinkedIn could seriously harm your potential to be hired.

In fact, a massive 88 per cent of hiring managers surveyed said they felt having a selfie on your profile is very "unprofessional."

To further that, out of the 2,186 people interviewed, 58 per cent said that they would not hire a person solely based on them having a selfie on the professional networking site.

Richard Mavers, the online strategist for Envirofone said: "First impressions count, and it’s easy to assume that showcasing your best self(ie) on LinkedIn will impress potential bosses.

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"However, recent research revealed that job candidates who use selfies on professional networking sites don’t go down well with employers."

However, Richard noted that there may be one exception (because we can't all afford professional headshots).

"While a professional head shot is always advisable where possible, a selfie where you are dressed professionally is a good alternative, with 66 per cent of respondents rating this as an acceptable option for a LinkedIn profile."

So there you have it, stay profesh ladies.


Digital health care company, HealthBeacon, has announced the creation of 20 new jobs.

The 20 new positions will support the launch of the company's technology expansion into North America.

Among the roles are IT jobs, client services, software developers and project managers.

“We are delighted that the growth of HealthBeacon in Ireland will enable our expansion into North America, creating a hub that delivers key Irish technology to the healthcare market,” Jim Joyce, CEO of HealthBeacon, said.

The program connects real life data about a patient's behaviour, and documents it over time, which can give doctors a powerful insight into what treatment the person needs.

It has been hailed as one of the most medically-advanced interventions in modern times.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, commented on the expansion, saying it “underlines Ireland’s position as a hub for high-end technology.”

Think you have the right skills? Check out this website.


When we saw this job listing, we had to look twice because cuddling cats as your job? Sorry, but that is possibly the best line of work you could ever get into.

Just Cats, Dublin's first cat-only clinic, is looking for a crazy cat person to hug the felines all day, and we can't think of anything better.

The vet is located in Clonsilla, Dublin 15 and the job description is as follows:

''Are you a crazy cat person and loves cats?
"Does cattitude come naturally to you?
"Have you counted kittens before you go asleep?
"Do you feed the stray cats in your locality?
"Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?

"If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, how about working with cats as a full time job at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic?"

Do you know someone who would just love and adore this job? Let them know all about it in the comments!


Working at Disneyland Paris sounds like a dream, and if you prefer things to be more on the spooky side, then this career opportunity could be right up your alley. 

If you're feeling particularly villainous, then get your applications in to Disneyland Paris, because the happiest place in the world is looking for some villians to poison apples and steal candy from babies.

Hypothetically speaking, of course. 

Auditions to become a professional villian are happening in Ireland this June, and here are the character parts available, which all have height restrictions: 

  • Cruella de Vil, height between 5’7’’and 5’9’’ (170cm-175cm)
  • Maleficent, height between 5’9’’and 6’1’’ (175cm-185cm)
  • Gaston, height between 6’0’’ and 6’3’’ (183cm-191cm)
  • Dr Facilier, height between 5’11 and 6’5’’ (180cm-196cm)

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There will be open call auditions held at Dance Ireland Liberty Corner, DanceHouse, Foley Street Dublin at 1.30am on June 5. 

So if you have a penchant for dramatic robes and a cackle that instils fear in the heart of men, we say go for it. 


Software company Globoforce just unveiled its new 45,000 sq ft Dublin headquarters this morning, and with that will come 100 new jobs.

The developers said that over the next three years it aims to hire 100 new employees, with 50 of the positions expected to be filled by the end of this year.

The roles will be in the fields of software development, software engineering, user experience, analysts, finance and customer service.

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And there's some serious perks in the new Park West facility. The offices have wellness rooms, a yoga studio and amenities for new mothers.

There will also be a cafe filled with healthy snacks, a coffee bar, and diner-style seating.

Eric Mosley, co-founder and CEO of Globoforce said: “These are very exciting times for Globoforce. 

"When I co-founded the company in 1999 we started out with 5 employees in Dublin, we now employ more than 400 people in Dublin and Boston, and the company is growing year on year.”