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As the year draws to a close, what does the future hold?

7 Dec 2018

We’re looking ahead in the Careers section these week and examining the unique challenges that business leaders will need to overcome to ensure they keep pace with trends in the workplace.

To ring out 2018, this week we’ve been taking a closer look at emerging tech trends for 2019. To do this, we drew upon the wisdom of high-level professionals in STEM fields and found out what they envision the next year will look like in terms of science and technology careers.

Sinead Grant, the senior people operations generalist in Kemp Technologies, detailed the various tools – such as Yammer, Namely and Workable – that help to make HR more efficient without totally eclipsing the importance of drawing on human skills to keep employees engaged and happy.

Our Careers editor Jenny Darmody spoke to Fergal Collins, the CEO of the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA), about the skills one needs to advance in a career in data analytics, a career area that is only set to become more important in the coming years.

EY financial services advisory lead Colin Ryan discussed how business will need to be able to manage the differing expectations of a multigenerational workforce. The demographics of the working world, Ryan said, are at a crucial inflection point as baby boomers retire and Gen Z employees enter the workforce.

Accenture’s Ryan Shanks outlined the various ways that AR and VR are going to transform the workplace while also highlighting the challenges that may come from human-machine collaboration.

It has been a pretty active week for the Irish cybersecurity sectors as two different multinational players in this space made large jobs announcements. In Belfast, cybersecurity firm Imperva revealed plans to set up shop and create 220 jobs over the next three to five years. Meanwhile, ReliaQuest will be recruiting for 100 new roles in Dublin at its Leopardstown office. It will primarily be hiring at its security operations centre for roles such as security engineers, analysts and content developers.

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Eva Short
By Eva Short

Eva Short was a journalist at Silicon Republic, specialising in the areas of tech, data privacy, business, cybersecurity, AI, automation and future of work, among others.

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