Clare and Mid-West best for tech and biotech job offerings

Clare and Mid-West best for tech and biotech job offerings

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Clare and the Mid-West offer tech and biotech workers careers and salaries that are at least on a par with those available in Dublin, the organisers of a forthcoming recruitment event at Thomond Park have said.

With the added bonus of a better work/life balance and more affordable housing, job seekers are now in the position to choose from hundreds of open roles in Clare and the Mid-West with some of the world’ most innovative employers.

“Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way” is a major tech, biotech and aviation recruitment event hosted by career specialists Career Zoo. It aims to pair sci-tech employers with world class STEM talent who are interested in building a new career in the Mid-West.

The organisers say they recognise that people tend to question their working and living situations when a New Year dawns.

Companies and organisations attending include Co Clare-based Jaguar Landrover and Zimmer Biomet as well as the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) and Shannon Chamber.

Also attending will be IDA Ireland, FRS Recruitment, Lero (The Irish Software Research Centre), Knime, Edwards Lifsciences, WP Engine, Fiserv, Ocuco, Python Ireland, Julia Computing, Glass Lewis and SES.

Keynote speakers will include aeronautical engineer Dr Norah Patten, member at the International Space University who hopes to become Ireland’s first astronaut, and Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO and Co-founder of ApisProtect, which is deploying technology to save the world’s bees.

The Mid-West is fast becoming a go-to location as its tech scene continues to grow with major multinationals and Irish companies setting up in Limerick and Shannon. In addition, the region boasts a booming aviation-industry sector with hundreds of career opportunities.

The Thomond Park event will have a special focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – the event was launched at the Jaguar Land Rover offices in Shannon, where the use of AI in smart driving is being developed.

Offering the enticing benefits of shorter commutes, higher take home pay, relatively low housing costs (housing is up to 52% cheaper than Dublin) and a well-established sci-tech ecosystem, the Mid-West recruitment event is expected to attract over 2,000 STEM professionals and over 50 tech, bio tech and aviation companies.

A specially commissioned private 2020 Tech Train will be delivering talent from Heuston, Dublin to Limerick for the event.

As well as featuring keynote speakers from leading tech companies in the region and a variety of presentations from 50+ employers, the event will feature two intriguing workshops – a Why R? Mini Conference and a Data Science Learnathon.

Bringing together speakers, coders, and R enthusiasts from across Ireland, for a day of talks and workshops, the Why R? Mini Conference will explore, share and inspire ideas about the use of R, the programming language for statistical computing and graphics. The Data Science Learnathon will blend a workshop about the data science cycle with a hackathon where people will work in groups to hack a workflow-based solution to guided exercises.

This recruitment event will be building on the success of recent Career Zoo events in Sligo, Athlone and Waterford. Commenting, Career Zoo Director Brian Ó hOisín said: “This is a time of year when people consider what they want to do with their lives.  Do they want to continue living and working in Dublin, which is becoming less and less human friendly, or are they willing to embrace something entirely new? There has been a perception in the past that moving out of Dublin entails sacrifice – that your salary or quality of work might not be as high – but that is no longer the case.

“The Mid-West now offers a better alternative to Dublin. It offers the best companies, the best technology and the most exciting work in STEM-related sectors with the added benefit of affordable housing and a better work/life balance. This high-energy event will showcase the best sci-tech and aviation opportunities in the Mid-West and surrounding regions.”

Shannon-based Jaguar Land Rover Ireland General Manager John Cormican said: “There are so many opportunities for STEM talent in this region, Career Zoo’s ‘Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way’ is set to be an exciting event, and we look forward to taking part.”

Commenting, Will Corcoran, Mid-West Development Manager, IDA Ireland, said: “The Mid-West is a vibrant and dynamic region and with substantial Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in recent year. There are great opportunities here for local, national and international talent. There is a great ecosystem here working together with a high level of collaboration across academia, government, industry, and research institutes.”

Career Zoo is also excited to announce a partnership with the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC), a Shannon Group brand developed to promote the growing aviation cluster at Shannon  John Drysdale, Business Development Manager, IASC, said the region was home to more than 80 aviation related businesses operating in the fields of aircraft leasing and finance, maintenance and repair, airworthiness and fleet management. He added: “We see significant opportunities within aerospace engineering-related activities like R&D, aero-manufacturing and innovative technology.”

At the event, employers will be able to brief job seekers face-to-face on a string of vacancies across a range of roles including IoT, AI, Aviation, R&D, Pharma, Medtech, Fintech, Data, Back-end, Front-end, Cyber, VR, AR and DevOps. There will also be workshops featuring sci-tech leaders, as well as panel discussions and lightning talks from participating employers. This will be followed by an after party featuring rugby and refreshments.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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