ICT Sector in Ireland

Job opportunities a plenty! Music to my ears as I am one of the careers advisers who works with students in the School of Computer Science! Despite all the doom and gloom in Ireland the ICT sector is booming and there are lots of opportunities for computer scientists but also for those who have an aptitude for computing and who are interested in moving into this sector. The employer body, ICTIreland, tells us that 9 of the 10 top ICT companies in the world are located in Ireland and 5 of our top exporting companies are from the sector. Many of these companies are household names, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter but Irish owned companies are also thriving in this exciting environment.

There are over 3,500 vacancies in the sector and the Gaming sector which has also expanded at a rapid pace is expected to double its employee numbers from 2000 to 4500 by 2014. Remember not everyone who works in computing is a programmer so  it’s worth noting that many companies also recruit staff into areas such as marketing, finance, human resources, legal etc Graduates with languages  are also much in demand so brush up on those leaving cert languages or better still think about learning a new language.  Dell for example has 60 different nationalities on its campus in Loughlinstown.

So what’s happening to make sure graduates can take advantage of these opportunities? Well a major joint industry and Irish Government action plan was announced recently with the aim of bridging the skills gap by launching a one-year, full-time, level 8 HDip conversion programme in core computing and programme skills. Cloud Computing which has become a bit of a buzz word at present is one of the many areas on offer. 768 places are available across the country in different universities, ITs and private colleges. There are seventeen programmes on offer for job seekers with “cognate/numerical skills and an underlying aptitude for programming.”  The good news is that the Higher Education Authority and Department of Education and Skills are supporting all courses, and unemployed participants won’t have to pay fees. The programmes have close industry involvement and include industry-relevant projects and placements, aiming to leave graduates ready to work in the industry upon graduation. You can find out about these courses at http://www.bluebrick.ie/ictskills/  Of course you can also do one year postgraduate conversion diploma programmes which are available in a range of colleges, for example Maynooth and DCU.

If you think you might be suited to working in this area but are unsure of what the work involves why not have a look at the description of the sector and the variety of jobs on the websites below or make an appointment to meet with your careers adviser to have a chat about your options.

Mary O’Donnell, Careers Adviser

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