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Everything you missed this week in the world of work

11 Aug 2017

Have you taken the week off from careers-related news and advice? We’re here to help you catch up.

The week after a bank holiday is somehow always a bit of a shock to the system, so we’ll forgive you if you haven’t been glued to our Careers pages over the last few days. And, if you’re worried you missed anything important, we’ve got you covered.

This week, we took an honest look at the pitfalls of a tech-obsessed world.

The most striking of these is the effect that an influx of tech companies can have on rent prices in a city. What happened to San Francisco has not happened in a vacuum, and the combination of high-tech salaries and a shortage of accommodation has hit Dublin almost as hard. This week, Prosperity Recruitment released a salary survey indicating that this is having a knock-on effect not only on those already living in the city, or in Ireland, but on the highly skilled talent that Dublin is hoping to attract from other countries. If we are to succeed in the global tech sector, much of this impact may need to be reversed.

With the help of author and Inspirefest 2017 speaker Kelly Hoey, we looked at one of the greatest ironies of our tech-infused lives: communication is, in many ways, actually becoming harder. Hoey advocates for the development of relationships rather than contacts, reminding us that everyone – even corporate entities – can be better, simply by being more human.

And then, to the working world. In an often digital-first environment, we are glued to our smartphones, our tablets, our laptops, our emails and our social media in some misguided attempt to make ourselves more connected, more informed and more productive. Productivity, however, is far from the reality. Being ‘always on’ can become monstrously exhausting, mentally. A digital detox can go a long way towards reversing that, and towards crafting more productive and more successful careers.

If, after all of that, careers in the tech industry still appeal to you, we have good news: it’s hiring!

This week, we found 13 tech companies hiring top talent right now across Ireland. We also got more specific insight into working in tech, looking at Deloitte’s culture and what it’s like to work at the professional services firm, which is also currently hiring.

If you’re a little too senior-level to lower yourself to job hunting, you may be interested to learn how to get headhunted. Hays’ Lynne Roeder had some tips, from beefing up your social profiles to recognising overtures.

And finally, just to sweeten the pot a little, we heard about some success stories in tech: Kemp Technologies’ Alan O’Grady, and Sean O’Callaghan, a UI/UX designer who completed the graduate programme at the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics.

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

1. Ireland’s digital crown tarnished by out-of-control accommodation crisis

Dublin’s ongoing accommodation crisis is forcing highly paid overseas workers to leave Ireland for lower-rent economies.

2. In a world of robots, human connection is more important than ever

How can you be a master communicator? Kelly Hoey has some tips for better human interaction in an increasingly automated world.

3. 10 reasons a digital detox will help you be more successful

When is the last time you had a digital detox? If the answer is ‘never’ or ‘I can’t remember’, you need to read on.

4. 13 top companies hiring in Ireland right now

Looking for a job? Check out the companies that are on the hunt for top talent.

5. At Deloitte, all levels are approachable and willing to help

Many know Deloitte to be a multinational professional services firm, but do you know what it’s like to work there?

6. The ultimate guide on how to get headhunted for your next job

The higher up you go, the less likely you’ll be trawling job sites looking for your next move. But how exactly does one get headhunted? Hays’ Lynne Roeder is here to help.

7. ‘I knew my family would have a better life in Ireland’

While people often leave Ireland to gain experience elsewhere, many choose to return home. Kemp’s Alan O’Grady did just that.

8. ACIA gives graduates a great platform to start their careers

For those coming out of third-level education, graduate programmes can be vital to get into the industry. Find out what Sean O’Callaghan learned at the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics.

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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