Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Val Gabriel from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Val Gabriel

Product Manager

Hewlett-Packard

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  Val Gabriel

Good analytical skills. Be able to hear 200 individual pieces of information. Discard the 175 that have no bearing, and then tie the 25 pieces together into a compiling decision/path forward.

Patience: Not everything happens at the speed you would like. Push hard, don’t be afraid to voice your position, but know when to be patient. For this job you have to have an honest and real feel for customers. Who they are, what they want, where they buy, how much they spend, this allows you to target their needs better. The classic win/win, customer gets their needs fulfilled better and your company has a winning product.

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The Labour Market

The labour market is a term used to describe the relationship between the workplace (available employment) and the workforce (people, aged 16 and over, who are working or are available to work). A labour market is said to be healthy if there is enough work available for all those who seek it. Most countries in the world have some difficulty achieving or maintaining a healthy labour market.

In Ireland, as in other countries, the health of our labour market changes over time. In recent years our economy was under stress, so there were less employment opportunities, and an imbalance in the number of jobs available to workers with the necessary skills, in some instances too few (e.g. engineers) and in others too many (e.g. builders). Improvements are now showing in the Irish labour market and as economic recovery is strengthening, skills shortages are intensifying in areas such as ICT, engineering, sales/customer care, logistic, health, business and finance.

The following links provide access to the main sources of information from which we determine the state of our labour market. It is worth noting that the predictions and commentries made by economists, researchers and journalists provide information to be considered carefully, but we recommend that any predictions as to the future state of the labour market (2+ years) should be just one factor of many to be considered to guide your choice of career.

View a list of those occupations which are causing difficulties in our labour market from here:

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Labour Market Research 22

These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 
July 2015 report on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills 2013 - 2020 
May 2014 EGFSN report identifying measures to build up the Big Data and analytics talent pool in Ireland over the period up to 2020 in line with enterprise demand.
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2014 
Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market
Research Unit in SOLAS aimed at providing an analysis of the key labour market indicators for each of Ireland’s eight administrative
regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-
Action Plan for Jobs 2015 
An Action Plan for Jobs is published every year, setting out clear actions and targets to help create positive conditions for job creation. The current plan was released Feb 2015.
Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015 – 2020 
February 2015 EGFSN report assessing the skills and competency requirements for the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland up to 2020
A Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine/ Maritime Economy to 2020 
April 2015 Report from EGFSN assessing profile and diversity of occupations and skills requirements in the Marine/Maritime Economy - aims to ensure the right skills base will be available to meet the needs of the Marine Economy to 2020.
Vacancy Overview 2014 - EFGSN 
The Vacancy Overview 2014 produced May 2015 by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the EGFSN, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and IrishJobs.ie. The analysis focuses
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.
Addressing Future Demand for High-level ICT Skills (EGFSN) 
Study forecasting the demand for high-level ICT skills to 2018, across all sectors of the economy in Ireland.
The Green Economy in Ireland (EGFSN) 
This study identifies the future skills needs of enterprise engaged within the green economy in Ireland and proposes a range of measures to ensure that their future skills base will drive business and employment growth. The study informs education and tra
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.
Labour Market Information by occupation 
Labour Market Information by occupation produced jointly by SOLAS (formerly FAS) and the EGFSN
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) is a body appointed by the Irish Government to advise it on aspects of education and training related to the future skills requirements of the enterprise sector of the Irish economy.
HEA - Higher Education Authority 
This link points to some of the Statistical data created by the HEA relating to our Higher Education system.
Employment Outlook Survey (Manpower) 
Measures employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. It is the only forward-looking survey of its kind, unparalleled in its size, scope, longevity and area of focus, based on interviews
EU Skills Panorama Website 
The EUSP provides National, European and International research findings on labour market, skills shortages and jobs.
ESRI - Economic and Social Research Institute 
The ESRI is one of Europe's leading research centres in the social sciences. Their main focus is research on economic and social change in Ireland in the new global context.
Dept of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation - Labour Force Development 
The Labour Force Development Division works to ensure that the skills required for competitive businesses are available in the work force.

Current Labour Market related info  5

These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Shortage of craft/entry level staff in the Hotel Sector 
Hotels and guesthouses are experiencing serious difficulties recruiting suitably qualified craft/entry level staff - IHF Annual Conference 24/2/14
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b

Labour Market Commentries 8

These links are to sites web pages that contain commentries and views about aspects of our labour market.

Future Skills Requirements of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector 
The biopharma pharmachem sector has a high economic impact in the Irish economy, providing significant high skilled employment. This report examines trends and drivers of change and potential impact on employment and skills over 2010-2015
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs 
July 2013 report which gathers all available data on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the NationalFramework of Qualifications (NFQ
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2014 
Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market
Research Unit in SOLAS aimed at providing an analysis of the key labour market indicators for each of Ireland’s eight administrative
regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-
Action Plan for Jobs 2015 
An Action Plan for Jobs is published every year, setting out clear actions and targets to help create positive conditions for job creation. The current plan was released Feb 2015.
A Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine/ Maritime Economy to 2020 
April 2015 Report from EGFSN assessing profile and diversity of occupations and skills requirements in the Marine/Maritime Economy - aims to ensure the right skills base will be available to meet the needs of the Marine Economy to 2020.
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.
OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development 
Economic Survey of Ireland
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
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