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Celebrating women and engineering in big week for careers

10 Mar 2017

This week, we got handed a twofer, of sorts: International Women’s Day and Engineers Week. Naturally enough, we combined both celebrations and made something even better.

As Engineers Week and International Women’s Day coincided this week, we brought you, our lovely readers, a deep look at engineering and diversity in the sci-tech world.

Marrying engineering and the celebration of women, we gathered 10 fantastic career tips from women working in engineering.

We also heard from Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe, University of Limerick (UL), and Aoife Lyons, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) – both of whom work in engineering-related roles – who gave us some insight into the work they do.

In honour of International Women’s Day, we also visited the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA), Dublin, where we spoke to some of the many women on the staff about why they love working at the tech company. We also took a deep dive into diversity practices at ACIA and the broader Aon.

This week also saw Intel announcing its annual Women in Technology scholarships. This year, the company will award 20 scholarships to female students entering specific four-year degree courses in science, technology and engineering.

We were always going to find a way to help you get into an engineering career, so we spoke to Hays, who talked us through the 10 hottest jobs in engineering, from site engineers to Java developers. We also listed 12 top companies that are currently recruiting for engineering roles in Ireland.

But, of course, engineering roles were not the only ones on offer this week. Big announcements came from Blueface, Ulster University and Axonista, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) announced plans to introduce its returning talent programme to Ireland.

This weekend will see Career Zoo take to the Convention Centre Dublin (on Saturday, 11 March) for its first event of 2017. During the week, we got an in-depth look at what to expect, and rounded things off with a list of 10 things you’ll want to add to your Career Zoo schedule.

We also heard from three BMS employees, each of whom was recruited at Career Zoo’s October 2016 event.

Finally, we heard from Stephen Killilea, a recruitment specialist at Liberty IT, who told us about returning to Ireland for work.

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

1. 10 career tips from incredible women in engineering

This International Women’s Day fell during Engineers Week, so we brought you some expert advice from women at the forefront of engineering.

2. Careers in research: A ticket to see the world

Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe, a research fellow at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, UL, talks us through her work with optical fibre sensors.

3. How can we get more women into STEM? Expose students to it

Engineering roles are typically filled by men. Aoife Lyons, an engineer at BMS, says that needs to change.

4. At the Aon Centre, diversity isn’t just a buzzword

On International Women’s Day, companies around the world celebrate the women on their teams. At the ACIA, those women are celebrated every day.

5. Intel to award 20 students with Women in Technology scholarships

Intel Ireland is looking to support and mentor 20 female school leavers who will be entering third level in 2017.

6. The 10 hottest jobs in engineering right now

Have you ever wanted to be an engineer? Have you decided what branch of engineering you want to pursue? This guide from Hays could help.

7. 12 top companies hiring engineers in Ireland

This Engineers Week, we took a look at some of the top tech and pharma companies currently hiring engineers in Ireland.

8. BofAML brings return-to-work programme to Dublin for first time

A growing number of programmes are being designed to help professionals return to work after several years away. BofAML is bringing its version to Dublin.

9. 10 things you won’t want to miss at Career Zoo

Are you heading down to Career Zoo tomorrow (11 March)? Make sure you don’t miss a thing with this handy guide from director Brian Ó hOisín.

10. For BMS, Career Zoo is a matchmaker made in heaven

At Career Zoo, the number of jobseekers is so huge that it can feel impossible for any job offer to actually come from it. That’s far from true. At last year’s Career Zoo, BMS hired three scientists. These are their stories.

11. ‘The time I spent working outside Ireland was always going to be limited’

Stephen Killilea – a recruitment specialist at Liberty IT – returned to Ireland four years after he left, hoping to build his career in the country he would always call home.

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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