This is compared to five years ago when graduates were forced with a decision to continue with further education (Masters, PhD etc …) or to leave for a distant shore. This in turn put significant strain on many Irish families.
These vacancies have arisen across multiple sectors. The Medical, Pharma, Biotech, Generics, Agri, ICT, Shared Services and also in Irish indigenous companies, many of whom are competing on the world stage such as Dairygold, Kerry, CRH, DCC, Glen Dimplex, Greencore, Kingspan, NTR and Paddy Power. It is expected that this trend will continue.
Why is Ireland attracting these graduate jobs?
This is backed up by some interesting facts on International companies already here in Ireland.
What can graduates do to be ready?
The future looks bright for our graduates with plenty of career prospects. However, we do face some obstacles.
Attracting and retaining the best graduate talent can be challenging for companies as millennial graduates are looking to get as much out of an organisation in terms of development and career prospects. Competition between employers is significant with regard to overall benefit packages and future committed opportunities on offer, however, graduates are constantly seeking development opportunities and require a lot of investment and time in the workplace.
All these factors are escalating hidden costs and putting pressure on companies hiring budgets.
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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