100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidence

first_imgNews100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidenceBy John Keogh – January 29, 2015 1715 From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22LIMERICK received another welcome jobs boost this week with the announcement of 100 new jobs from international ticket-seller Viagogo who are to double their workforce over the next three years.Initially based in the city centre, the Viagogo Group has transformed part of the former Flextronics building in the Kilmurry Business Centre into a 14,000 square feet purpose-built centre that was officially opened by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton on Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Viagogo head of communications Oliver Wheeler said that when they commenced operations in Limerick last year, they were overwhelmed by the level of local talent and the level of support from organisations such as the IDA.“We already employ a hundred people in Limerick and, now that our new operations centre is ready, we plan to hire at least a hundred more over the next three years,” commented Mr Wheeler.Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting job creation in every region of the country, to ensure that the recovery is secured and felt by people right across Ireland. The announcement that Viagogo, a fast-growing, born-on-the-internet company, is expanding its operations in Limerick and creating 100 extra jobs is a great boost for the Mid West and a great example of what is possible through our regional jobs strategy.”The Viagogo Group operates www.viagogo.com, the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the new jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The roles available in Limerick include international customer services, sales, software development, finance and operations.IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that Viagogo had made great strides since establishing in Limerick just last year and confirmation that it was to more than double its workforce was evidence of that great progress.“This news further enhances Limerick’s reputation as an excellent base for technology-based businesses. The available skillbase, a deciding factor in Viagogo’s expansion plans, is a huge plus in Limerick’s favour.“Limerick’s recent success in attracting foreign investment is a great example of the results that can be achieved when the business community from across the region joins together to show what great opportunities there are to invest here in Limerick,” Mr Shanahan added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Previous articlePerkins joins Schumann and ShostakovichNext article#video CHANGING TRAINS – ‘Won’t Let You Down’ John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSemploymentIDAlimerickMartin ShanahanMinister Richard BrutonViagogo WhatsApplast_img read more

Students network at rescheduled Career Fair

first_imgEven though the snowstorm that hit campus Feb. 2 caused many headaches and forced the Winter Career Fair to be cancelled, the Career Center’s rescheduled Career Fair was a success, said Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center, said. “Students have been very supportive as they realized the crippling effects the weather would have had on the Career Fair and the safety issues involved if we pushed forward and tried to host the event in February,” he said. The Fair was postponed for more than a month until Thursday, when it ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joyce Center Heritage Hall. The Diversity Reception ran from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Monogram Room. Monahan said it was the first time in his 10 years with the Career Center that a career fair had been postponed. “As early as Monday of that week, we had received news of thousands of flight cancellations and anticipated shutdowns of major highways. Postponing the fair was the right decision as the well being of students, staff, and employers was our top concern,” he said. “Within 24 hours, we had already rebooked the Joyce Center and started communicating details to companies and students about the new date.” With the extra time the Career Center was able to keep the majority of the original firms set to attend, while bringing in a few more companies, including Land’s End, Chrysler and Frito-Lay, Monahan said. 104 firms were in attendance Friday, and firms also adjusted on-campus interview schedules during February and March. “Some firms kept their original on-campus interview dates while others pushed back until after the fair,” he said. “Overall, spring on-campus recruiting is up about 25 percent from last year.” Junior Rachel Chalich said she has been to every Career Fair while attending Notre Dame, except while she was abroad last semester. “I think that there were just as many students at the fair today as there have been in past years,” she said. “It seemed like there were fewer employers, but the event was logistically set up differently, so it is really hard to be certain.” Chalich said her biggest worry about the Career Fair being pushed back was the availability of positions.  “Of those in attendance, I am curious as to how many actually had jobs and internships available or if those positions had already been filled,” she said. “I was fortunate enough to be unaffected by the change in date. My recruiters still kept on the same schedule; they just didn’t have the Career Fair as a resource.” Monahan said this is not the first time the Career Center has held an employer fair in March. As of 10 years ago, the Career Center hosted a career fair in January and a separate internship fair in March. “Taking feedback from students and employers, we decided to move to one fair during the spring semester,” Monahan said. He said the Career Center estimates between 1,000 and 1,200 students attended, which is typical for on-campus career fairs. “I anticipate more first years and sophomores attending than in the past in order to get a head start on their career search efforts,” he said. Chalich said she began using the Career Fair as a freshman. “I think we’re spoiled by the work they do, and then you talk to friends who go to other schools where the ‘Career Center’ is one person behind a desk,” she said. “The staff at the Career Center know the industries, they know the employers, and they know the steps needed to get you where you want to be.”last_img read more