FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Help and FAQs

FAQs for Graduates

Can I apply with my cv?

No, we have developed a comprehensive on-line application form in order to capture the information that is required to shortlist applicants.

Can I be sent to the country of my choice?

We do not recommend that candidates limit themselves to a particular country or function. We encourage all candidates to utilise the experience to broaden their horizons by being open to a variety of placements across the globe.

Do I need to hold a qualification in marketing to participate in the programme?

No. As long as you have a minimum Level 8, undergraduate 2.2 qualification you can apply to the programme.

Is it necessary for me to possess a full drivers licence?

No. However all candidates are encouraged to obtain their full licence. The majority of our placements require a full clean licence.

I have a technical issue with my application?

If you are unable to submit your application please review the following:

1. Complete all mandatory fields - please review your application carefully

2. Candidates must apply to the Ibec Talent Pool first and only after that they can apply to the specific programmes.

3. Please do not complete your profile on a mobile device. This is not fully supported yet by the system and is being worked on. All candidates should complete applications on a desktop if possible.

4. Candidates need to select if they are eligible to work in Ireland. Many people miss this question and your application will not be submitted if this question is not answered.

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If you have checked all of the above suggestions and you need further help, please contact the Wizzki Technical Support team at: https://wizzki.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new - you can submit your query and the team will contact you within 24 hours.

Please do not use the Contact Us form on this website for technical queries.

I graduated from college a few years ago - can I still apply?

Yes! You do not need to have graduated this year to apply to the programme. We accept applications from anyone that meets the minimum criteria.

What is the minimum criteria?

The minimum criteria is:

1. A minimum of 2.2 result in an undergraduate degree
2. A valid work permit for Ireland
3. Availability to start a placement on the given start date

I already have a Masters do I need to complete the Postgraduate qualification?

Yes. The Postgraduate qualification is an integral part of all of our placements. All selected candidates on the programme must complete it and there are no exceptions.

FAQs for Placed Candidates

When can I expect to receive my first payment and on what date will I be paid on?

Your bursary will be paid monthly by bank transfer. Monies leave our account on 25th of each month and usually takes up to 5 working days to reach your account. If your start date is before 15th of the month, you will be paid that month. If your start date is after 15th of that month, you will be paid the following month. Graduates are paid in euro into their Irish bank account.

Who pays the bursary payment?

The graduate bursary payment is paid directly by the Ibec Global Graduates offices on the 25th of every month.

Who pays the accommodation allowance

The accommodation allowance is paid directly by your company every month.

Quarterly report submission

All graduates are expected to complete quarterly reports during their placement. These reports are confidential in nature and provide us with a benchmark of your development as an graduate and allow us to monitor your progress.

Insurance

If based in Europe, please apply to your local health Board for a European Health Insurance Card or apply online at www.EHIC.ie. This will assist you with medical expenses whilst abroad. Please check the details on line on the use of the insurance card in the EU country in which you will be living.

For non-EU placements, arrangements for medical insurance must be made by the individual graduate. For graduates based in the US, basic insurance is provided as part of the visa application process.

What do I do if I have any issues?

Contact the Ibec Global Graduates office via email/phone between 9.30 and 17.30 Monday to Friday.

If I have no P45 how can I ensure that I don't pay 'Emergency Tax' for my next placement?

Individual circumstances can differ however, in general, you should complete an application form for a certificate of tax credits (Form 12A) and submit it to the Revenue Commissioners to obtain a tax credit certificate and avoid paying emergency tax in your next job. We advise all candidates to familiarise themselves with the Revenue website: www.revenue.ie as many of the forms you will need to fill in are available to download from that site.

Is the bursary received tax-free?

As a participant on the programme you must declare to the Revenue Commissioners the income that you have received during the 12 months of your placement. This should be done after the end of each tax year. The Irish tax year runs from the 1st of January until the 31st of December.

For example:
·You start a placement in September 2010 and will finish that placement in August 2011.

·The income you receive through the EOP between September and December 2010 must be declared to Revenue on or before 31 October 2011, together with any other income which has arisen to you in the year.

·The income you receive between January 2011 and August 2011 must be declared to Revenue in 2012.

You can declare your income by completing a Form 11. You can download this form from the Revenue website (www.revenue.ie). Questions on how to fill in this, or any other tax form, should be directed to Revenue.

Once you declare any income you may be liable to be taxed on it. The following examples illustrate how this works:

EXAMPLE 1 - EUROPE

A student joins the EOP programme in January 2010 and finishes in December 2010.

The calculation for tax purposes is as follows:

To be declared to Revenue in 2011

Annual

EUR

Total Annual Bursary Income (i.e. €1,400 * 12 months)

€16,800

Revenue agreed flat rate deduction

€3,810

Taxable Income

€12,990

(i) Irish Tax Payable

€12,990 @ 20%

€2,598

Less: Tax Credits

Personal credit

€1,830

Rent credit (assumed qualifies)

€400

Irish Tax Payable

€368

(ii) Income Levy Payable

As assessable income is less than €15,028 in 2010, Income levy will not apply

(iii) PRSI

Self employed PRSI must be paid on a participants annual bursary income.

€12,990 @ 3%

€390

(iv) Health Levy

As assessable income is less than €26,000 in 2010, Health levy will not apply

Net income from annual bursary

€16,042

On, or before 31 October 2011, the student will submit a Form 11 to Revenue showing income from all sources and claim appropriate credits/deductions

Individual circumstances can differ however, in general, you should complete an application form for a certificate of tax credits (Form 12A) and submit it to the Revenue Commissioners to obtain a tax credit certificate and avoid paying emergency tax in your next job.

Ibec advises all candidates to familiarise themselves with the Revenue website: www.revenue.ie as many of the forms you will need to fill in are available to download from that site.

Do I get holiday pay?

Whilst on the Ibec Global Graduates programme you are paid for holidays but as the bursary is paid in either 12/18/24 equal monthly instalments, the holiday pay as such is covered in this amount. Therefore you should ensure that you take all days holiday due according to your sponsor company allowance before completing the programme as there is no provision for 'cash in lieu' of these allocated days leave.