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Working in Technology

There are so many different careers within the technology sector, from software development, to cybersecurity, medical devices to gaming and robotics. A world of opportunity awaits for people with creativity and problem-solving skills, who love to travel and work with great people. 

A huge range of roles that require technical skills also exist within non-technology sectors from marketing and sales, education, entertainment, to banking and even retail. 

In the past five years, 25,000 new jobs have been announced by the tech sector in Ireland. With almost two thousand additional graduates required by the sector every year from 2018, there are massive opportunities for students who pursue relevant third level courses.

- Paul Sweetman, Director of ICT Ireland and the ISA

 

 

Check out our brand new video series, carried out in collaboration with the Ada Lovelace Initiative, to give students a look behind the scenes of technology companiesin Ireland - find out more about the peope that make the tech you use everyday, what inspires them about their job and much more. See full video playlist here.

Over the past decade, Ireland has grown into a global technology hub. We are now home to 9 of the top 10 global software companies, 9 of the top 10 US technology companies and all of the top 10 born on the internet companies.  

Did you know that employment in the technology sector has increased by 30% over the last ten years in Ireland and salaries are on average 29% higher than in other sectors? Read more on the Tech/Life Ireland website.

Check out a cool infographic from IDA Ireland about software engineering and companies in Ireland in the tech sector. 

Ireland is rapidly becoming a global leader in technology and the HEA has incentivised the state Higher Education Institutions to provide additional places in their computing courses across the country, to help increase the number of full-time undergraduate places on ICT courses at Level 8. You can view information on these courses here - all of which have direct relevance to current and future jobs in Ireland, and will provide graduates with the skills needed to develop their careers. 

Higher Education Institutions all over Ireland are enrolling for Level 8 courses in the areas of Computing, Science, Information Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students not applying through the CAO process, can consider an offer through Springboard+ which offers over 2,700 free ICT course places, with part-time and full-time options available. 

 

 

 

 

Explore our STEM career pathsways section here.

Check out a great series of resources on programming on the Facebook Prep page which looks at the different types of programming jobs and future advances in this area.

You'll also find some useful information on apprenticeships here.

What is ICT?

ICT stands for Information Communications Technology. It refers to communication technologies such as the Internet, wireless networks, mobile phones etc.

A major part of ICT is computer coding/programming. Coding is like a computer language, which tells the computer what you want it to do. Apps, websites and software are created by coding. 

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about coding why not try out one of the free Coder Dojo clubs all over the country? 

Tech Week takes place from 23rd - 29th April 2017 all over Ireland, giveing students, parents and teachers lots of opportunities to learn more about working in technology. 

 

 

 

Check out the full YouTube series on careers in Technology here.