Amazon and ‘IT’s Happening Here’ join Career Zoo line-up
Previous Career Zoos have attracted large crowds

Amazon and ‘IT’s Happening Here’ join Career Zoo line-up

7 Aug 2012

E-commerce giant Amazon and Irish software initiative ‘IT’s Happening Here’ have joined the line-up of employers at Career Zoo, Ireland’s career event for graduates and professionals, at The Convention Centre Dublin on Saturday, 22 September.

Amazon will be looking to hire staff for its Dublin and UK technical offices.

‘IT’s Happening Here’, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland, promotes career opportunities in Irish-owned software companies.

Acting as an umbrella brand for the industry that comprises more than 600 companies, it aims to attract software professionals at Career Zoo (both in Ireland and from overseas) to work in the sector.

“We are strongly supportive of this initiative which puts the spotlight on our indigenous software industry,” said Anne Lanigan, Software Division, Enterprise Ireland.

“The innovation and capability of this industry is second to none. To paraphrase (playwright) George Bernard Shaw – ‘they see things that never were and ask why not?’ For a software programmer, this is one of the most exciting places in the world. These vacancies need to be filled by the best and brightest to ensure the growth and future of this industry.”

The Irish-owned software industry is thriving. Predominantly export driven, it has delivered double-digit growth in exports in the last two years and is crying out for skilled workers.

The industry is looking for 1,500 highly skilled professionals who want to work in a fast-paced, challenging environment where they will see their software technologies used in major cities around the world.

The IT’s Happening Here video gives a taste of what it’s like to work for an Irish-owned software company:


Previously, Microsoft, the Irish Research Council and Hays Recruitment were announced as sponsors of Career Zoo.

“Having Microsoft, ‘IT’s Happening Here’ and Amazon on board as sponsors for this event reaffirms Career Zoo as an important hiring tool for companies in Ireland looking for top tech talent,” said director at Career Zoo Jackie Slattery.

“There will also be employers from other sectors, such as pharma, biomedical, finance, agri-food and more. It’s going to be a national showcase of career opportunities in Ireland today.”

Career Zoo grows over four years

This is the fourth Career Zoo event with the previous events taking place in the Mansion House in Dublin and attracting more than 10,000 visitors with many jobs being filled across various sectors. This September’s event will be building on this success with a move to The Convention Centre Dublin.

“Moving Career Zoo to The Convention Centre has allowed us more space and scope for exciting new developments, such as an interactive area, a games zone and a ‘Tech Box’, where tech activities will be taking place over the day, so as well as the serious business of career development there will also be an interactive and a fun element to the day,” said Slattery.

Major multinational and Irish companies, educators, recruiters and enterprise organisations will be in attendance, with top employers hiring at the event for thousands of jobs in Ireland. The event runs from 10am-6pm. Admission is free for all visitors, who may register online their interest in attending Career Zoo.

Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic. She came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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