However, overall the numbers of graduates entering the workforce remains robust proving once again the importance of higher education qualifications. The following report is a result of the efforts of all partners in the Irish higher education sector and was compiled by the HEA Statistics Section based on the findings of the First Destination of Awards recipients in Higher Education Survey (FDR) 2008. This survey was carried out by the careers officers at the seven universities, and colleges of education and HETAC, on behalf of the Institutes of Technology.