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As the robots rise up, career development may be key

30 Sep 2016

We all know there are a lot of jobs going in the science and tech sectors. Getting one of those jobs, though, might take a little career development.

This week saw Ireland graced with the by now usual bevy of jobs announcements. Big announcements came from WordPress platform WP Engine, fintech company YapStone and medtech player SMT.

Fintech firm eComm, medtech companies Fort Wayne Metals and BD, and oil and gas company Wood Group brought a further 80 on stream.

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But the real news this week came on the career development side.

A big portion of that came from Career Zoo, the recruitment and networking event returning to The Convention Centre Dublin on 15 October.

This week has been a big one for Career Zoo. The organisation revealed its sponsors and highlighted the roles that those sponsors are hoping to fill at the event.

We also heard this week about the latest survey results from Career Zoo, which show that 80pc of tech employees are planning to seek new employment this year.

Some of those are likely grads, looking for their first real role in the sector. Hays Recruitment this week offered us some tips to help guide graduates as they try to find the perfect programme for them.

We also went even further back into career development and spoke to Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA) representatives about their ACIA CEO Challenge – a project that asks interns to design and develop a real-life software product.

And, at the other end of the career development spectrum, we got some advice about working in management.

All of this career development can only be a good thing as, this week, we also got our hands on Hays’ Global Skills Index 2016.

Faced with Ireland’s growing ‘chasm’ of a skills gap, workers doing more to further their careers should provide a salve, potentially closing that gap just a little.

But it’s not all good news, and the outlook is bleak for humankind. According to Hays’ report, the best solution for the global skills gap may be to let robots enter the fray. If you were wondering why career development is so important, there’s your answer. Fight on, humans!

Finally, we have a jobs announcement of our own and a career opportunity for you. If you’d like to work in tech, look no further than Silicon Republic, where we’re now hiring for a business development executive.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. WordPress platform player WP Engine brings 100 jobs to Limerick

WP Engine, a managed services platform for premium WordPress websites, is to create 100 jobs in Limerick over the next three years.

2. YapStone bringing 50 jobs to Drogheda

US company YapStone has announced plans to hire up to 50 people in Drogheda over the next 12 months, as it has officially opened its international HQ.

3. Medtech player SMT to create 50 jobs at Galway HQ

50 new roles at SMT in Galway headquarters will include state-of-the-art R&D and innovation centre.

4. Career Zoo companies reveal roles they’re looking to fill

Some of the companies attending Career Zoo have revealed the various positions they’re seeking applications for at the organisers’ final event of the year.

5. Survey finds 80pc of tech employees plan to change jobs in next 12 months

If a new survey is anything to go by, the turnover rate for tech staff in Ireland is going to be substantial in 2017. A survey has found that 80pc of the tech industry are looking to change job over the next year.

6. How to snag the graduate job of your dreams

It’s graduate job season, with tech companies around the world opening their doors to recent graduates of IT fields. Hays offers up some tips for finding the graduate programme that’s right for you.

7. ACIA CEO Challenge: Teaching interns how to juggle

Internships get a bad rap. There is a perception that interns just fetch coffee and do busy work. At the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics, that’s far from the case.

8. Words of wisdom from 4 leaders in management

Ahead of its National Management Conference, IMI asked some keynote speakers what their key leadership insights are for 2016.

9. Ireland’s skills gap shows no sign of easing – Hays

Ireland joins Spain, Portugal and the US to boast one of the highest levels of talent mismatch around, with wage pressures making it extremely hard for companies to source talent in the country.

10. Will the rise of robots help fix the global skills gap?

As the gap between skilled jobs and suitable workers grows for the fifth year running, recruiter Hays says robots are the answer to a global problem.

11. We’re hiring: Business development executive

Do you love technology? Would you like to work directly with the biggest brands in technology, science, communications and innovation? Could you help our existing and new clients effectively spread their message? Then this may be the role for you.

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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