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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.

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As we try to come to terms with how on earth it's Monday again, Aoife O'Sullivan is getting to the grips with her win.

Last night, the 23-year-old was crowned Miss Ireland 2018. 

And as you can bet, she's utterly wholesome and absolutely stunning.

Pic: Brian McEvoy

In the Dublin's Helix Theatre, 31 finalists went head to head.

But it was Cork's beauty who came out on top.

Aoife is a primary school teacher and teaches senior infants in St Maries of the Isle in Cork. – Cute, right?

Well, if that wasn't enough, this stunner also balances a modelling career. – Aoife is signed with Andrea Roche’s agency in Dublin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This isn't the 23-year-old's first go at Miss Ireland.

Three years ago she came in at third place, which launched her modelling career.

This time around, Aoife's chosen charity to support was Jigsaw in Cork, which aids young people with their mental health.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Of course, we can't forget her fella, Colm. 

The sportsman plays for the Cork hurling team and is also a teacher.

The couple both share a passion for GAA. – N'awh!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taking to Instagram, Aoife penned how surreal the win was.

"I have woken up this morning in total disbelief of what has happened last night. I am so so GRATEFUL for this once in a lifetime opportunity," she said.

Aoife being the good soul she is, shouted out some love to the other woman who took part.

"To all of the beautiful and kind-hearted contestants, you have made this journey to Miss Ireland all the more special and I will always cherish the friendships I have made."

"It is truly a dream come true to take on this prestigious role and I am so honoured to follow in the footsteps of the previous Miss Ireland’s who I have always admired."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I look forward to the year to come and take great pride in representing Ireland in the @missworld final in China later this year,"  she concluded. 

Gwan Aoife! 

No better woman for the job, we'll be backing you every step of the way. 

 

Feature image credit: Brian McEvoy.

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