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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

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70 New Jobs for Tramore with nearForm

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70 New Jobs for Tramore with nearForm

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 

70 New Jobs for Tramore with nearForm

Tramore-based software firm nearForm will look to add as many as 70 staff this year as it seeks to double or treble the size of its business.

Part of the expansion will involve hiring 20 engineers to work in the Waterford town, on projects the company is working on for its client base, which includes media giant Conde Nast and Saks Fifth Avenue.

nearForm currently employs around 70 people across Waterford, Europe and North America, up from 35 last March.

"We're looking for a mixture of really good grads in software engineering, and then experienced people probably from the service side."

"We grew to about €6m in revenue last year, just purely ourselves. We got the business up and running ourselves, started small and developed it. And we're on a trajectory now to at least double or triple our business this year. That's kind of where we're heading," chief executive and co-founder Cian O'Maidin told the Sunday Independent.

The company is a specialist in Node.js - a relatively new technology that enables companies to build big software systems more quickly.

O'Maidin is a native of Tramore - famous for its surfing - and said he and his co-founder Richard Rodger (from Waterford) decided to keep the business there despite the fact that "life would have been easier if we had moved to the States".

"We decided not to do that, we decided to stay local and make it work from here. What's great by doing that is that you find there's a lot of smart people in the South East of Ireland, and also people maybe who formerly lived in the South East of Ireland who want to move back here. When you get a company like ourselves who are working on interesting things and quite cutting edge stuff, when you can have the lifestyle of living in a seaside's kind of like a hidden gem down in the South East."


The CareresPortal Team