National College of Ireland to offer a Master’s Edge Scholarship

Covid-19 has destabilised the employment market. While some areas quickly recovered and even experienced growth after an initial freeze in recruitment – for example, technology and financial services - many sectors have seen job losses, especially hospitality and travel.

Employers hire new degree-holders for long-term leadership pipelines, so experience tells us that graduate-recruitment will continue. It is likely, however that there will be a fall in the number and range of opportunities available, which means increased competition for available places.

Equally, for those who find themselves unemployed from the industries most damaged by Covid-19, this is a time to strategise for the future. Covid-19 has not precipitated a total economic meltdown, so one option is to repackage your work experience to carry you into another sector that is thriving. Alternatively, you may choose to invest in and deepen your core expertise, to best position yourself to take advantage of your industry’s recovery post-covid.

To support these cohorts, National College of Ireland is extending its Master’s Edge scholarship. All this year’s graduates, and alumni since 2011, who completed a level 8 honours degree or higher diploma at NCI, may avail of a 50% fee discount for a full-time master’s degree or postgraduate diploma programme, delivered by day, at National College of Ireland for the academic year 2021/22.

Graduates from other colleges, who earned a first in their level 8 qualification, may apply for a similar offering under the First Class Honours scholarship.

A postgraduate course provides a chance to further your qualifications or reskill, and then re-enter the jobs market a year from now, when the re-opening of the country (and, indeed, the world) will lead to a greater number of opportunities.

NCI’s Careers Service quickly adapted to the mechanics of ‘living with covid’ and has continued to support NCI students to success. NCI students are encouraged to actively engage with the Careers Service to maximise their job prospects.

National College of Ireland incorporates enterprise as a key element of the curriculum across all its third-level educational programme and its Business Incubation Centre is home to knowledge-intensive start-up companies, working in the areas of finance, education and learning technology industries.

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National College of Ireland is one of Ireland’s most innovative third-level institutions with 6,000 students across its key areas of business, computing, education, and psychology. Courses are delivered in its IFSC (Irish Financial Services Centre) campus and online. NCI has a reputation for producing entrepreneurs and graduates much sought after by employers.
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Article Published: 21/04/2021