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Interview Training Seminar in Dublin for Jobseekers

“Feel the fear, and sail through the interview anyway” is the title of the seminar which will take place in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, on Thursday, October 11th, from 6.30-7.30pm.

Although the event is free of charge, pre-registration is necessary as places are limited. The speakers will be Liam Horan and Elizabeth Hutcheson, Career Consultants, Sli Nua Careers, who have offices in Dublin, Galway and Mayo. “The purpose of the seminar is to help people give the best possible account of themselves in job interviews.

A great many people fail to ‘sell’ themselves in interviews, and that’s a great pity,” said Liam, who is published nationally on career matters. “We feel this seminar will prove invaluable at a time when it’s so important to give yourself the edge in what is an extremely competitive jobs market.” All participants will receive a free e-Book outlining creative job-searching strategies, along with CV preparation and interview tips.

To book your place, email or telephone 01 677 63189.

Drugs firm to create 44 Dublin jobs

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton announced plans for Aspen to set up a regulatory, quality assurance and supply projects centre of excellence in Citywest. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire" width="600" height="388" border="0" />Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton announced plans for Aspen to set up a regulatory, quality assurance and supply projects centre of excellence in Citywest. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Generic drugs company Aspen is to expand its Dublin operation with the creation of 44 jobs.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton announced plans for Aspen to set up a regulatory, quality assurance and supply projects centre of excellence in Citywest.

“Pharmaceuticals is a major sector of strength for Ireland, with nine out of the top 10 global companies located here,” said Mr Bruton.

“However a key part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is targeting the areas of growth within what is a changing sector — in particular, generics.”

Aspen set up shop in Ireland in 2010, which has since become its European marketing and supply chain headquarters. The new jobs, supported by IDA Ireland, will bring the company’s total workforce in Ireland to 58.

The firm is the world’s largest producer of HIV drugs in South Africa.

Aspen group chief executive Stephen Saad said Ireland has a workforce with the specialised skills the company requires.

He said it also boasts a strong regulatory and business environment. “I am delighted to see the continued growth of Aspen here in Ireland,” he added.

Meanwhile, IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary said Aspen’s decision to expand in Ireland adds to the country’s cluster of life sciences operations.

He said a key member of that cluster is GlaxoSmithKline, which owns a 20 per cent share in Aspen here.

“Ireland offers South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical company a strategic location from which to support its ongoing expansion and grow its sales across Europe,” said Mr O’Leary.

“I wish Aspen every success with this expansion and look forward to continue to work closely with the company as it further embeds its operations here.”

CAO online application costs fall as English course fees rise

Making the transition from second-level education to further or third-level courses is a daunting task for most school leavers. Faced with an almost dizzying array of choices in the CAO colleges alone, many applicants have great difficulty in even knowing where to start.

There are plenty of sources of information available to college applicants nowadays. Information technology, computers, the internet, have transformed access to information. But information comes fast and furious, so there is a lot to keep up with.

As prospective applicants start to consider their college options next year, they will be pleased to know that the CAO online application fees for 2013 have been reduced from €30 to €25, (or from €60 to €50 for late online applicants).

This year, the Central Applications Office (CAO) handled 76,716 applications centrally for 43 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Ireland. Online activity accounted for over 98pc of applications. So a reduction in the online application fee benefits the vast majority.

Meanwhile, in the context of any discussion about college costs, people will recall that tuition fees in universities in England were increased from September this year, from £3,290 (€4,118) per annum up to £6,000 (€7,511) or in some cases, £9,000 (€11,266) per year, and it was expected that this might affect the number of Irish applicants accepting places in English universities this autumn.

It’s interesting to note that by mid September, UCAS reported that 1,957 applicants from the Republic of Ireland were accepted into universities and colleges in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This compares to 2,390 at the same stage last year, a drop of around 20pc. So the increase in fees may have contributed to that drop.

The top subjects for Irish applicants are medicine and subjects related to medicine. Those courses have an early application deadline of 15 October each year, so UCAS advises that many people will want to start work on their applications right away.

Meanwhile, the cycle of college open days for prospective applicants gets into swing as the autumn term advances, with a particular emphasis this week on agricultural and horticulture colleges.

Today, there is an open day in the College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 11 from 2pm-4pm. Tomorrow, there is an open day in Gurteen Agricultural College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary from 10.30am-2pm On Friday, there are open days in both Ballyhaise College, Co Cavan, and Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny; and on Tuesday October 9, Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co Galway One of the bigger events in the open day calendar takes place this coming weekend, when NUI Galway host two open days, Friday, from 9am-3pm, and Saturday from 10am-3pm. Saturday is European Job Day (EJD). The event takes place in Brussels and is an opportunity for jobseekers and employers from across Europe to meet and make contact. This year’s event is also taking place online, so people may register and participate wherever they are in Europe. There will be a particular focus on jobs in the green economy, healthcare, and ICT sectors, which are perceived key areas of growth potential. On Monday next NUI Galway hosts a Graduate Jobs Fair from 12.30pm-4pm in the Bailey Allen Hall, which will feature major organisations from business and industry. Meanwhile, next week, October 7 -13, is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness Week, with a number of events planned for parents or carers of children with the disorder, as well as for adults with ADHD. See details

Irish Independent

RCSI Open Day

The RCSI Open Day will be take place on Thursday 3rd January from 10.00am – 14.15 (times are subject to change). School leavers, mature students and Guidance Counsellors are all welcome to attend.
The RCSI Student Experience and the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotheraphy, will be delivered in the O’Flanagan Lecture Theatre which has limited seating capacity, so please ensure you register here to receive your booking confirmation. Please ensure you print a copy of your booking confirmation as you will be required to present this on the day. The Open Day will take place in the main college, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Cork start-up In Hand Guides secures €400,000 investment

Cork start-up In Hand Guides secures €400,000 investment

Cork start-up In Hand Guides secures €400,000 investment

(From left) Donal Duffy, head of Enterprise Ireland relations, Bank of Ireland; Trevor Winckworth, In Hand Guides CEO; Dawn Guiney, Kernel Capital; Michael Moriarty, manager of financial and enterprise software high-potential start-ups, Enterprise Ireland

In Hand Guides, the Cork start-up that is developing handheld embedded audio devices, has secured a €400,000 syndicated investment to help focus on its expansion into new markets.

Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, led the €400,000 investment in In Hand Guides, with the remainder of funds being provided by Enterprise Ireland.

In Hand Guides is pioneering branded embedded audio players to deliver personalised multilingual content to customers in the tourism and health and lifestyle sectors.

The company’s technology has been built upon R&D that was carried out in the Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology over the past three years as part of a five-year research programme.

To date, the start-up has sold more than 140,000 of these audio devices, including souvenir audio products for Irish attractions, such as for Glasnevin Cemetery, the Botanic Gardens and Kilkenny Castle.

In Hand Guides is now planning to expand its portfolio into the UK tourism and heritage market. It recently designed its audio product for the Blackpool Tower.

As well as this, In Hand Guides has also forged a partnership with AudioConexus, a Canadian company that produces GPS and audio tours for the tourism sector.

In Hand Guides is also working on audio products for the health services and for the area of public advocacy.

Trevor Winckworth, CEO at In Hand Guides, said the funding was a “vote of confidence” and an important revenue stream to fund both employment and growth.

“We are now turning our attention to a major export drive backed by constant research at Nimbus to develop our offering, which has huge potential internationally,” he said.

Carmel Doyle

Aspen to expand

Aspen to expand its mandate making Dublin its centre of excellence for a variety of Global and EMEA activities

I am delighted to see the continued growth of Aspen here in Ireland. Ireland provides for us a workforce with the specialised skills we require and a strong regulatory and business environment.

Stephen Saad, group Chief Executive of Aspen

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that Aspen, one of the leading generic pharmaceutical companies in the world, is to create 44 new high quality jobs. The company first established an operation in Ireland in 2010 which has now become Aspen’s European Marketing and Supply Chain Headquarters; in addition the company is now establishing a global regulatory, pharmacovigilance, quality assurance and supply projects centre of excellence in Citywest. The announcement is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

In addition to being one of the largest generic global pharmaceutical companies Aspen is also the largest producer of anti-retroviral (HIV) drugs in South Africa. The new jobs will bring Aspen’s total workforce in Ireland to 58.

Making the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said:
“Pharmaceuticals is a major sector of strength for Ireland, with nine out of the top ten global companies located here. However a key part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is targeting the areas of growth within what is a changing sector – in particular, generics. Today’s announcement that Aspen, one of the world’s leading generic pharmaecutical companies is expanding its operations here is very welcome news. I am determined to ensure that we build on this to target further generics investments to create the jobs and growth we need”.

One third of Engineering Employers to grow and hire over coming 18 months

New findings, published today by Engineers Ireland, show that over one-third (37%) of engineering organisations surveyed said they hope to grow and hire in the coming 12 to 18 months.

The research was highlighted at the launch of the Engineers Ireland revised CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer Standard by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D.

Today’s survey shows that 56% of Chief Executives of Irish engineering-led organisations consider cost competitiveness as the most critical challenge faced at present, followed by the competition for talent (14%) and globalisation (12%).

When asked what capability engineering employees needed most to cope with these challenges, just under one-in-three (31%) cited adaptability while 29% said the ability to manage knowledge effectively. Those surveyed employ over 25,000 people in Ireland.

The survey was undertaken as part of a major year-long research and consultation period by Engineers Ireland to revise its CPD Accredited standard in line with international best practice. First launched by Engineers Ireland in 1999 the national standard has now been achieved by 144 leading engineering employers in Ireland and is backed by the Department of Education and Skills.

Speaking at today’s launch, the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, T.D, said: “The engineering sector will play a central role in Ireland’s economic recovery. It is important to ensure our engineering talent already in the workforce continues to upskill and progress. The CPD process and accreditation is leading the way in this respect and will ensure our engineers are able to compete with the best talent globally.

”Also commenting, John Power, Director General, Engineers Ireland said: “Over the last 12 months at Engineers Ireland we have undertaken a rigorous process to revise the CPD accreditation process to ensure we are setting a global standard, a standard which our evidence shows is creating and sustaining over 5,000 plus jobs in Ireland, all as a result of the strategic use of CPD practices by employers in the Engineers Ireland programme. Up to 144 leading engineering organisations in Ireland have now achieved CPD accreditation, underpinning their ability to adapt and develop to cope with real business challenges including economic fluctuation, the rapid rate of technological change, cost competitiveness and globalisation. Given the invaluable business benefits which CPD is proven to deliver we would urge all engineering-led organisations to take action now and engage with us.”

The new national CPD Employer standard will come into effect from January 1st 2013. Organisations who are interested in learning more about CPD Accreditation can visit

110 Jobs in IT

Having hired 140 people last year, technology integration specialist Kainos is on track to create 110 new positions this year, the company said, adding that total recent orders have exceeded €20m in value and revenues generated by the business in Ireland alone increased more than 30pc.

The company said it now has 60 openings for skilled software engineers and other IT professionals. The company, which has offices in Belfast, Dublin and London, has added 40 new customers and 12 major new contracts of which eight are export agreements. Kainos announced plans to create more than 60 new software engineering and consultancy jobs across its offices in Dublin, Belfast and Derry.

Kainos has won contracts for transformational projects with Bank of Ireland, AIB, Aviva and New Ireland Assurance. Public-sector business includes a large engagement for the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The company is also an approved supplier of specialist cloud services on the UK government’s CloudStore, which allows the UK public sector to obtain cloud computing services on a pay-as-you-go basis. “Despite tough market conditions, Kainos has clearly struck a chord with customers who need to cut through the hype about the latest technology, and solve real business problems today,” Kainos’ CEO Brendan Mooney explained.

Accountancy giant PwC creates 280 graduate jobs

The country’s largest accountancy firm is to create 280 graduate jobs as part of its annual recruitment drive.

PwC is seeking to recruit staff for its assurance, tax and advisory divisions nationwide.


Carmel O’Connor, human resources partner with the company, said the firm would take on graduates with financial background and others.


“The majority of our graduates come from various forms of accounting and business degrees, but we also encourage excellent graduates from other disciplines who desire a progressive career in business to apply.”


PwC, which employs about 2,500 people in Ireland, is taking on the new staff with opportunities for graduates from arts, economics, engineering, IT, law and science.


The jobs will be available in all its offices, including the head office at Spencer Dock, Dublin and in Cork, the mid-west and the south east.

Trinity College Careers

Following on from the success of previous years Career Fairs, the Trinity College Careers Week will be held from 1st October to the 5th October this year. The programme offers students an opportunity to get an insight into a range of sectors and most importantly to meet with graduates and employers. Making contacts within organisations is crucial to finding work in these challenging times. The programme includes an Industry Insights Day, an Employer Skills Day and a Postgraduate Study Day & CV Clinic. Careers Week is followed the following week by employer fairs and more CV Clinics on campus and at the RDS. Topics that will be covered at the Industry Insights Day that might be of interest to your students include entrepreneurship, journalism, NGO & development, museums, marketing, translation, ICT and pharmaceutical and bio-industry related areas. At the Employer Skills Day students have an opportunity to get a full overview of the applications process, through employer led workshops on CVs and online profiles, application forms, interview skills and leveraging social media. The Postgraduate Study Day will cover entry into medicine, accountancy and teaching professions and postgraduate research. Students can get feedback on their CV at the Drop-In CV Clinic on Monday 1st October. The TCD Law Fair will take place on campus in the Atrium on Tuesday 9th October and a range of organisations will also participate in the Graduate Careers Fair held in the RDS on Wednesday 10th October including marketing, consultancy, retail, technology, FMCG, etc and course providers. A full list of Careers Week events can be found at It is also on Facebook and your department will also receive hard-copy posters for your notice boards. We would really appreciate it if you could publicise the programme to your students by email and at lectures, and also to your colleagues. The programme is targeted mainly at Sophister and Postgraduate students, but all students and recent graduates are welcome. Careers Week is run by the Careers Advisory Service with the active support of the Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Union and sponsored by Deloitte.

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