As the economy continues to recover and more jobs are being created we in Careerwise continue to see increased activity with a reported 38% of SME’S surveyed expecting to increase staff during 2016.
While the focus in the media is understandably on the big ticket multinational announcements it should be remembered that 68% of private sector employees work within the SME sector.
The size and presence of a company has an immense bearing on its culture as well as on the opportunities available for employees. It is a crucial factor to consider when deciding which job offer to take. Deciding whether to work for a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) or a larger Multi-National Company (MNC) depends a lot on your personal career goals and preferences.
By definition – SME’s employ 200 people or less – majority would be between 10 -50 employees. While the prestige of working for an instantly recognisable house hold name and the benefits package associated with employment within the multinational sector can often be very attractive- working for an SME organisation can also offer many benefits and development opportunities:
So while considering your next career move it is worth while taking time to understand what is important for you in a role.
While working for a large multinational organisation can offer fantastic opportunities in terms of training and development/ opportunities to work overseas etc. we would also encourage candidates – particularly those who have recently graduated or looking to return from overseas not to pass over SME sectors potential to deliver that dream job.
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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