Who do Ireland's graduates want to work for in 2016?

Google is no longer the most desirable place to start your career...

Irish students dream of being accountants when they grow up - according to a new study of the most desirable companies to work for after leaving college.

'Big Four' accounting firms come in first and second - with KPMG edging out PwC at the top. Deloitte is in joint-six spot while EY is 17th.

Google - last year's poll topper - falls to third while attractive graduate salaries and a growing presence in Ireland land Lidl in fourth.

Teaching and working with the Department of Foreign Affairs are rated as the most desirable public service roles - both make the top 20.

Meanwhile, employers surveyed report that they value academics over experience when it comes to graduate roles.

Some 52.8% consider a 2.1 degree a minimum requirement - while 27% require students to have previous relevant work experience.

Almost 86% of employers say that they take on interns or staff on work experience and 93.5% report that these roles are paid.