Job opportunities are on the rise
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From pharma to Facebook: Job opportunities on the rise

5 May 2017

For jobseekers, the jobs are definitely out there. For recruiters looking for top talent, the tools are there, too.

There may not have been many job announcements this week, but, with Facebook adding 3,000 people to its community operations team, it proved to be a very good week for those looking for job opportunities.

More than half of those jobs will be based in Dublin and, with news emerging that US firms in Ireland pay almost twice the average wage, they could represent the perfect opportunity.

But it’s not just Facebook that’s providing jobs. Last weekend, NIBRT hosted its Careers in Biopharma event, featuring some of the top employers from the biotech and pharma industry.

With 8,400 jobs expected to be added to the sector by 2020, it’s no wonder students, graduates and jobseekers flocked to the event to find out more about an exciting career in pharma.

For those whose career interests skew in this direction, a degree in biomedical engineering might be worth considering as the CAO change-of-mind facility opens to Leaving Certificate students today (5 May).

Now that there are so many fruitful opportunities for jobseekers, what of the recruitment professionals looking to find the talented needle in the giant haystacks?

With pushes for diversity, intense competition for top talent and myriad problems stemming from unconscious bias, recruitment can be a minefield, but fear not! Several start-ups have heard your cries for help and have developed innovative tools that will ensure you find a diverse, talented workforce that will fit well with your company’s culture.

Those looking to apply for a job would be forgiven for thinking the most important thing to work on is hard, technical skills, especially when going for a job in tech. However, recent research shows that soft skills such as communication and critical thinking are superior when it comes to job success.

Finally, if pharma isn’t for you, and you don’t fancy Facebook either, perhaps digital marketing might be your dream job. We spoke to Qualtrics’ head of digital, Jacinta Walker, to find out what it’s like to work in digital marketing.

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

1. 10 start-ups that will help you find the best person for the job

In the cutthroat world of tech recruitment, HR departments need all the advantages they can get their hands on. These start-ups aim to help.

2. Opportunities in biopharma abound at NIBRT careers event

At NIBRT’s 2017 Careers in Biopharma event, graduates and professionals met with top life sciences employers to discuss the career opportunities in the sector.

3. Working on the medicines of the future at Sanofi

As Sanofi expands its workforce and research remit, we find out why Ireland is such a great place for biopharma business.

4. What can I do with a biomedical engineering degree?

With the CAO change-of-mind facility now open, you might consider adding a biomedical engineering degree to your list.

5. Facebook to add 3,000 people to its community operations team

Facebook wants to move faster to intervene in dangerous situations and keep people safe.

6. Workers at US firms pocket nearly double the average wage in Ireland

Overpaid, overtly techie and over here: How workers at US FDI companies are doing very well for themselves in Ireland when it comes to the average wage.

7. Soft skills are critical for career success, even in tech

While many jobs in tech will require you to brush up on your technical knowledge, it’s the soft skills you need to watch out for.

8. Want to work in digital marketing? Start with your own website

When it comes to working in digital marketing, it’s all about understanding the data and communicating your results effectively.

9. Homecoming: A story of acquisitions, adventure and career growth

Ireland’s diaspora is far flung, with Irish workers cropping up in businesses around the world. But what happens when they want to come home?

10. Students want cyber safety added to school curriculum

With an eye to their futures, Irish students want cyber safety, as well as computer science, added to their curriculum.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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