1,300 jobs and career opportunities are up for grabs at the Agri Careers Expo at the RDS in Dublin today. 

The free event is open to graduates seeking jobs in IT, accounting, marketing and human resources, product management and much more. 

50 companies will attend the event including dairy processors Arrabawn, Dairygold and Aurivo as well as state departments such as the Department of Agriculture and Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Third level institutions such as Carlow IT, GMIT, University College Cork and UK based Harper Adams will also attend. 

Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager of Dawn Meats, told Morning Ireland his company is offering 30 jobs at the Expo in marketing, IT, environmental roles, engineering, data interrogation and product innovation. 

"When you go to the RDS you are looking for graduates. But, there is another world out there where for some young people university and third level education is not for them," Mr Nolan said. 

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"There are opportunities in our business for people who want to work in production areas or in trades. We embrace all of those people because we have opportunities in those areas," he added. 

The expo will also feature seminars from 65 agri-food industry leaders including Supermac's CEO Pat McDonagh. 

Other speakers include Caroline Keeling of Keelings, John Concannon of JFC and Niall Maloney of PowCow as well as former Glanbia chief executive John Maloney. 

The event also features an interview clinic where attendees can attend mock interviews and get practical feedback on how to improve their technique and cv. 

The event also features an interview clinic where attendees can attend mock interviews and get practical feedback on how to improve their technique and cv. 

Organisers say 1,300 jobs are up for grabs roles in agricultural roles IT, accounting, marketing and human resources and much more. 

"The expo is a unique opportunity for attendees to upskill and get career advice from hiring companies as well as applying for roles on the day," a spokesperson for the organisers, The Irish Farmers Journal, said. 

"The types of jobs that companies are recruiting for vary significantly from graduate programmes to roles for those experienced and qualified in the areas of IT, accounting, engineering, marketing and human resources - you don’t have to have an Ag Science degree or experience in farming to work in ag," added the spokesperson.

Job titles being recruited for include:

o   Accountants

o   Marketing Communications Manager

o   Procurement Category Manager

o   Regional Sales Manager

o   Head of Brand Marketing

o   Business Development Managers

o   Chemical Engineers

o   I.T. Systems Administrators

o   I.T. Technical Support Analyst

o   Head of HR

o   Health & Safety Managers

o   Head of Planning (EMEA)

o   Management Trainees

o   Apprentice Technicians

o   Farm Managers

o   Farm Operators

o   Lab Technicians

o   Sales Advisors

o   Software Engineer