Top Irish companies, multinationals and colleges will gather for Career Zoo on 11 and 12 February to showcase jobs and courses to help people boost their careers.
The event is aimed at graduates and professionals and will see major companies showcase jobs in IT, sales, accounting and finance, engineering, customer services and more.
“This is our third event. We had two last year, one in January and September. Both went extremely well and were really popular. We had thousands of visitors and the companies that were exhibiting got the hires that they were looking for,” said Brian Ó hOisín, director of Career Zoo.
So far, employers such as Amazon, PayPal, Bioware, Ericsson, Valeo, Vision Systems, EMC Ireland, Fidelity and Salesforce.com have confirmed they will attend in the hopes of adding to their workforce in Ireland.
“There has been so much unbelievable doom and gloom out there and it’s very easy to just give up but there are some amazing opportunities out there,” said Ó hOisín.
“There’s going to be in and around 3,000 jobs at Career Zoo in all different fields, everything from high-end IT managerial roles to customer support and finance. We do have very talented people getting on a plane right now going to the far-flung corners of the world and certainly for a lot of people that isn’t by choice,” he said.
Hays Recruitment will also be offering career advice with one-to-one appointments. These appointments can be booked on Career Zoo’s website. The event will also have advice for start-ups who want information on how to get funding and support for their business.
As well as job opportunities, education providers such as DIT, Trinity College Dublin and UCD Smurfit School will be there to talk to those looking to upskill and conversion course providers such as Skillnets and Innopharma Labs will be on hand to show how people can train in a different career path from their original degree.
“There are some amazing conversion courses out there that people simply haven’t heard about – some of which lead to full-time, well-paid jobs in top companies here in Ireland,” said Ó hOisín.
“I would advise anyone who is thinking of changing career direction to come to the event and check out these conversion courses. In particular, Skillnets have some very exciting and practical courses in growth areas, such as cloud computing and biomedical,” he said.
Career Zoo will take place in The Mansion House, Dublin, and admission is free.