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General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


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330 Jobs announced for Donegal with Pramerica

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330 Jobs announced for Donegal with Pramerica

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 

330 Jobs announced for Donegal with Pramerica

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD today announced plans by Pramerica Systems Ireland to expand its operation in Donegal creating 330 new jobs over the next three years, with potential for further growth in the longer term.

The new job opportunities will include:

  • Senior IT managers
  • Project managers
  • Business analysts
  • Data scientists
  • Actuaries
  • Accountants and
  • A wide range of technology support and professional services roles.

The company will build a new, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly office campus near its current location in Letterkenny, County Donegal to accommodate the expansion.

Pramerica is a professional shared services and technology subsidiary of U.S.-based Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI).

Further details of New Opportunities at Pramerica, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal can be found here.

"Pramerica is delighted that we have reached this historic milestone just 15 short years since we launched our business in Letterkenny with eight employees,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica Systems Ireland.

“With Ireland’s rich pipeline of talent and favourable work environment, now is the ideal time for us to make an investment in a new campus facility.”

The new site is approximately one kilometre from Pramerica’s existing facility in Windy Hall, within the same business park. The first of two construction phases will begin during Q4 of 2015 and will be completed by summer 2017. Occupancy of the 135,000-square-foot facility, which could eventually accommodate up to 1,800 staff members, is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-2016.

“We currently employ more than 1,200 people who are dispersed in four buildings. The new facility will bring them together in a single location,” Faulkner said. “In addition, it will give us the space we need to bring on approximately 330 new staff members over the next three years.

Mulroy College students taste Corporate Workplace at Pramerica

Source: IDA Ireland Press Release

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