If you are secondary student looking for some advice as to which third level course is for you and what types of industry’s are likely to provide future jobs in Ireland, maybe this article will help you.
Based on current job creation trends within Ireland, sectors like information and communication technology (ICT), Digital Media, Medical Device, Pharma and Language-based Business courses are likely to provide strong career opportunities for students in the years ahead.
Many of the world’s leading multinational companies are choosing Ireland as a leading location for their Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Just check out our recent job announcements from Vistakon, OmniPay and China’s Huawei, and events such as “The Gathering 2013” which sees Silicon Valley coming to Cork this week, where many Irish companies in the fields of biotech, renewable energies, cloud and mobile technologies among others have been invited to pitch their business ideas to the international delegation of investors.
IDA Ireland client companies created 12,722 jobs last year, with a significant proportion of these jobs in the ICT field. In addition customer and technical support roles which require IT proficiency and multilingual capability are also in demand.
The recently published IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012 ranks Ireland 1st in the world for the availability of skilled labour.
“The analysis of the IDA is mirrored by the experience of CareerWise Recruitment for the Irish market. Demand is very strong for skilled graduates with technical and engineering degrees and a combination of technical or financial training with a foreign language makes for a marketable and mobile graduate”
Ken Murphy (Director of CareerWise Recruitment)
Ireland’s third-level institutions provide a wide variety of courses which qualify graduates to meet industry needs; these include technology programmes in computer science, software engineering and computer applications and support. Also offered are computer science courses with a foreign language, accounting and finance. International business courses with languages, supply chain/logistics programmes, science qualifications and chemical, electronic and mechanical engineering degree courses are also high on the agenda.
”It is vital for those making an education or career choice, or wishing to up skill, to focus on where current and future job opportunities exist and the key skills required by investors/employers”
Barry O’Leary (IDA Chief Executive)
So the evidence is there, and with Dublin’s own IT Cluster earning a range of nick names “Dublin’s Silicon Square Mile”, the “Silicon Dock” and the “Binary Triangle” the attraction to foreign investors can only get stronger as Ireland established track record speaks for itself.
Still not convinced? Then check out our current jobs in Dublin, Cork, Galway (Mid West) in the above sectors for yourself www.careerwise.ie.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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