ICS Graduate Development Programme

Are you a computing graduate and finished full time education?

Making the transition from college into your computing career can be a challenging and exciting time.

  • How will you keep up to date with industry developments?
  • Deliver high impact presentations to senior managers?
  • Manage large IT projects?

Introducing the ICS Graduate Development Programme. Delivered by industry experts and senior IT professionals, this is the ideal add-on qualification for computing graduates early in your career.

You will gain skills demanded by industry, expand your professional network and gain a respected add-on qualification.

The first day of the programme will be held on December 3rd 2014. The second day in June 2015.
The Programme will take place in the Irish Computer Society, at 87-89 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

3 x years

2 x days per year

1 x great programme

How you will benefit

  • Gain highly-demanded skills across four disciplines.
  • Begin a structured approach to your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
  • Build your professional network with other graduates and IT leaders.
  • Show employers that you are committed to your own professional development.
  • Gain control and confidence about your future career.
  • Achieve the ICS Certificate in Professional Development upon completion.

Course Content

Module 1:
Professional computing

Participants will act within legal & ethical boundaries. Participants will learn core skills related to themselves and their work.

  • ICT Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • IT law, Security, Privacy
  • Software testing and QA
  • Data Protection

Module 2:
Personal Development

Participants will learn personal development skills to improve themselves, their communication and relationships with colleagues, managers and clients.

  • Time management
  • Presentation skills
  • Career management
  • Stress management

Module 3:
Management skills

Participants will learn managerial skills to work better with their team and manage their projects and situations effectively.

  • Commercial & Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Problem solving and Decision-making techniques
  • Negotiation skills

Module 4:
Strategic IT

Participants will understand the strategic role that they and IT play in organisations.

  • IT Strategy
  • Becoming a digital leader
  • Business Analysis
  • IT Architecture
  • Process Engineering

Course delivery and timeline

The ICS Graduate Development Programme is designed to fit into your working schedules with minimal impact.

The Programme is spread over three years, with one full-day block release every six months in December and June.

This first day of the programme will be in December 3rd 2014. The second day will be in June 2015.

Day 1

Dec 2014

Morning: Professional Computing

Afternoon: Personal Development

Day 2

Jun 2015

Morning: Professional Computing

Afternoon: Personal Development

Day 3

Dec 2015

Morning: Personal Development

Afternoon: Management Skills

Day 4

Jun 2016

Morning: Management Skills

Afternoon: Strategic Computing

Day 5

Dec 2016

Morning: Management Skills

Afternoon: Strategic Computing

Day 6

June 2016

Morning: Management Skills

Afternoon: Strategic Computing

Jun 2015: Presenters

Lanre Oluwatona
DP Consultant,
Association of Data Protection Officers
Topic: An Introduction to Data Protection

Dermot Greene
Professional speaker and
Business Analyst
Topic: Communication Skills

Anna Rowan
Business trainer
and Coach
Anna Rowan Training
Topic: Business

Speakers from
SQS Software Quality Systems
Topic: Career Pathways
in IT

Michael Nicell
Griffith College Dublin
Topic: Teamwork and

Padraig Farrell
IT Service Manager
Aer Lingus
Topic: ITIL

Dec 2014: Presenters

Ronan Dalton
Software Development Manager, IBM
Fellow, Irish Computer Society
Topic: ICT Professionalism

Kevin Thomas
CTO, Minds + Machines
Fellow, Irish Computer Society
Topic: IT Security, Law & Privacy

Andrew Power
Head of Faculty of Film
Arts and Creative Technology, IADT
Topic: IT Ethics

Olivia Colgan
Manager, Learning & Development, PwC
Topic: Time Management

Michael O'Duffy
CEO, Centre for Software Engineering
Topic: Transition into employment

Robert Farrell
Project Executive
Irish Computer Society
Topic: Professional Networking

Industry and academic partners

  • IBM
  • PwC
  • Bearing Point Ireland
  • Accenture
  • Salamanca Solutions International
  • Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
  • Morgan McKinley
  • Sigmar recruitment
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • SQS
  • Dublin Institute of Technology

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a NFQ Level 6 qualification in Computing (or related discipline), and must not be in full-time study.

Ideally, participants will be in employment, on internship or seeking employment/internship and have the opportunity to implement their learning into an employment scenario.

How to apply

To register, click here.

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A number of free scholarships are available to graduates from our ICS Education Partners and corporate members, and to individuals who have attended our ICT Professionalism workshops in higher education institutions.

For applicants who do not qualify for the scholarship, fees apply of €200 per day or €650 for the full 6 day programme.