This was the biggest conference for recruiters in Ireland, entitled “Navigating the Future” and attracted 350+ delegates from all over Ireland and overseas.
Key note speaker this year was Ireland’s Rugby coach Joe Schmidt. Joe, having coached Ireland to back to back Six Nation’s Championship wins since taking the Head Coach position in 2013, discussed his experience and insights regarding the management of the players in a highly pressure environment. This was very informative and very relevant to industry discussing motivational and leadership tips along with the emotional intelligence needed when dealing with players and how the strategies he uses can be transferred to the business world.
The conference was opened by Joan Burton (Tanaiste & Minster for Social Protection). Joan provided a very positive outlook with unemployment reduced to below 7.8% reported within the last CSO figures in March. The Irish economy is the fastest growing economy in Europe and it is projected to grow 4.9% in 2016. The unemployment figure is expected to be dramatically reduced over the next number of years with this forecasted growth.
Chairing the conference was Kevin Green CEO of the Recruitment Employment Confederation UK. Kevin did an excellent job in chairing the event. Well organised and the message from all whom attended the event the Irish recruitment market is growing; so a lot of opportunity exists to expand business and create more employment in Ireland. May the positive story continue …….
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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