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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.


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70 New Data and Tech Jobs with LexisNexis Risk Solutions

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70 New Data and Tech Jobs with LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Thursday, March 12, 2015 

70 New Data and Tech Jobs with LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Data and technology company LexisNexis Risk Solutions has today anmnounced 70 jobs  for its Dublin-based centre of excellence for data analytics. The jobs will be created over a three-year period.

The office will support the company’s UK and Ireland insurance operations as well as supplement US-based operations, with most of the new roles directly related to the centre.

The Dublin office for LexisNexis was formed as a result of the company’s acquisition of Mapflow, a Dublin-based geographic risk assessment technology company, in September 2013.

“We’re excited to create this hub for data analytics expertise in Dublin, and the potential it offers for us to grow the business,” said John Beal, SVP of analytics at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. It's all about the data With more than two petabytes of unique data, LexisNexis enables insurers to understand more about their risks, efficiencies, exposure and potential for fraud, thanks to the big data technology platform, HPCC Systems. “HPCC Systems combines data and linking capabilities to allow us to identify, connect and organise vast quantities of data with very high levels of reliability,” says Beal.

“This allows our clients to aggregate key risk data, such as location, personal, business and asset-related data, to make more informed decisions.” LexisNexis is a major player in the US insurance field, working with 100pc of the US general (property and casualty) insurance market – it also “delivers solutions” to most of the UK insurance market.

Welcoming the announcement, Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “IDA Ireland is targeting the data analytics sector as an area set for high-growth – we believe that Ireland has huge potential here. "The establishment of a dedicated centre of excellence for data analytics by LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Dublin will strengthen Ireland’s brand as a place where businesses can find talent to match their needs.”

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Source: siliconrepublic

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