We are experiencing a global pandemic that has had an immediate effect on the lives of people across the world, and it may be many months or even years before all of the effects of this crisis are known. However, we are already seeing signs that indicate that it is not all doom and gloom, and there may be positives for us to embrace even at this difficult time.
There has been a big impact across the world of business, and warnings about financial crashes loom large, but we are already seeing a shift in the employment market and it may be helpful to consider the opportunities that are looking promising right now.
Some Employment Sectors Flourish in Pandemic
The current climate has had a dramatic effect on the employment landscape in Ireland and across the globe. We have never experienced such an immediate decline in employment numbers prompted by the restrictions to prevent the spread of disease.
“Sectors such as childcare, hospitality, retail, construction, services and many areas of manufacturing have been hit badly,” said Ken Murphy, Director of CareerWise Recruitment. “However, in these challenging times there is still a level of activity across several sectors and adversity presents opportunity for those entrepreneurs who are creative and brave enough to embrace the situation. Several areas of business continue to flourish in addition to the healthcare related recruitment drive that is in train. Many of our clients across the pharmaceutical (Ventilator manufacturers, vaccine research and production), medical device (hospital supplies, equipment manufacturers, PPE suppliers), Food & agri (Retail food suppliers & growers, agri support), Logistics providers, Technology (Phone, Laptop, Internet, Software) and Banking & Financial Services have seen large increases in demand for qualified staff.”
While this will not make up for the overall decline in the workforce numbers, it does help to offset the dip in the interim period until the recovery begins. It will be a long slog towards a new normal, and many of the changes that we have experienced as a society will have long lasting effects, but it is clear that industries which have been classified as essential during lockdown periods are actively recruiting and will continue to be in growth for the foreseeable future.
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The world looks very different at the moment, and many people are reconsidering the way they usually live and work. Moving forward, it will be important to take the positive lessons we have learned, both as individuals and as a society, to build a future that is more sustainable and better connected than we have experienced before.
If you are considering a career change or a move in a different direction, talk to us at CareerWise to find out how we can help. We work closely with businesses that are contributing essential services across Ireland and the world, and we are in a great position to help you make the most of your talents today.
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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