Pictured at Career Zoo launch: Jackie Slattery, Career Zoo; Paul O’Sullivan, Supply Chain; and Brian Ó hOisín, Career Zoo
Pictured at Career Zoo launch, l-r: Jackie Slattery, Director, Career Zoo; Paul O’Sullivan, Director of Supply Chain, Amgen; and Brian Ó hOisín, Director, Career Zoo. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

Career Zoo 10 launches, expected to attract 10,000 jobseekers

1 Sep 2015

Career Zoo, Ireland’s leading technology recruitment event, will return to Dublin’s Convention Centre on 12 September, and is expected to draw crowds of more than 10,000. The event was launched earlier today (1 September).

Companies participating in Career Zoo 10, the 10th since Career Zoo began in 2011, will be aiming to fill opportunities across multiple sectors, including big data, fintech, finance, pharmaceuticals, science and technology.

Present at the launch were some of those who found employment at the last Career Zoo event. Some of the organisations that participated in February were able to hire more than 20 candidates as a direct result of Career Zoo.

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This September, many companies taking part are announcing massive recruitment drives to centre on the event.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, highlighted the importance of tech recruitment events like Career Zoo to Ireland’s job landscape: “Technology is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our action plan for jobs and, over the past four years, we have seen an impressive jobs performance in this area.

“Career Zoo is a brilliant initiative which helps to connect tech employers with vacancies with the people who might fill those jobs,” he continued. “I am delighted to be involved, I commend Brian Ó hOisín and his team – but, more importantly, I hope that the employers and jobseekers involved will have a successful event with many jobs filled.”

The face of Career Zoo has changed significantly since its early days, moving from the Mansion House to the Convention Centre.

The jobseekers themselves have changed, too.

“It’s really interesting to look at how the profile of attendees has changed over the past few years,” Brian Ó hOisín, director of Career Zoo, said. “The big shift is that it’s not a candidate’s market, rather than an employer’s market: candidates with the right skill-sets have all the power, and employers have to pull out all the stops to attract and retain the talent they need.”

Furthermore, said Ó hOisín, the attendees are now more globalised. “Ireland has become a magnet for international talent… Our last Career Zoo event saw attendees from over 35 different countries, and we expect this trend to continue at Career Zoo 10.”

Career Zoo 10 will emphasise opportunities in big data and fintech. It will also include a Women in Tech space, which will facilitate mentoring workshops for women in tech.

Returning this year will be popular elements of previous Career Zoos, including the Speaker Series and Tech Box, Tech Town, BioCluster and the Python Coder Hack Space.

Employers recruiting at Career Zoo 10 will include Twitter, Zalando, Pramerica, Amgen, Citi, Uber, Ericsson, Accenture, Fidelity Investments, Bank of Ireland, ICON and Fenergo.

Science Foundation Ireland, the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Open University will also be participating.

Admission to Career Zoo 10 is free. The event will run from 10am to 5pm on 12 September in Dublin’s Convention Centre. For further information, and to register for the events, visit the Career Zoo website.

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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