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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


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Hundreds of new jobs on the way with Facebook

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Hundreds of new jobs on the way with Facebook

Friday, November 03, 2017 

Hundreds of new jobs on the way with Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that an expansion of the company's base in Ireland will take place next year, bringing several hundred jobs across a number of teams at the social media company.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met Mr Zuckerberg in Silicon Valley as part of his current trade mission to the west coast of the United States.

Ireland has the largest Facebook base outside of California. The social media giant has confirmed plans to hire hundreds of new workers in Ireland as part of the expansion of its operations here. Reports indicate that the company may employ as many as 800 new people, an increase of more than a third to its 2,200 strong Irish workforce.

Speaking after his meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s Menlo Park  HQ in Silicon Valley, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the jobs news as “very positive” and showed that Facebook was “very committed to Ireland”.

Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook in Ireland, said the company was delighted to be expanding its operations, noting that Ireland was “an important part of Facebook’s story and one of the most vibrant tech communities in the world”.

If working at Facebook interests you, explore current vacancies and career opportunities here.

The CareersPortal Team