The world of work is changing. Employers are facing the challenges of the global marketplace, where competition is continuously increasing, and keeping a business economically viable requires constant manoeuvring of resources.
Tomorrows' workers need to be able to manoeuvre with equal, if not more agility, than our predecessors. We need to apply our current learning only as long as is necessary, and then move on to meet new challenges. Lifelong learning is the new mantra - the new mindset required for our nation to survive economically into the next decade.
In this section we provide information on the world of work from the Irish context. We look at the most prominent career sectors in terms of their general characteristics, the occupations that characterise them and the current employment outlook.
We also look in detail at some of Ireland's leading Organisations, the employers who operate within the various industry sectors. We look at what type of business they are involved in, what employment opportunities they offer, and how they go about recruiting people.
All organisations require the expertise and work provided by people in certain job roles, or occupations, in order to function. Many of us spend years of training to become competent in one of these occupations, as would a carpenter or accountant, for example. We have collected information on hundreds of occupations commonly found in Ireland and abroad and provide information on each in terms of their typical characteristics and the qualifications required to enter them.
Information on the broader picture of employment in Ireland is known as labour market information. In this area, we provide information on general trends of employment, including statistics on many occupations. We also provide links to information providing current research and commentaries.
Behind every occupation there are people - individuals who have made personal choices about their education, their lifestyle, their choice of jobs, and the career paths they see themselves fulfilling. We have interviewed people from all walks of life and from the length and breadth of the country to bring you their stories - about the choices they made, how and where they got their current job, the tasks they face each day, and what their plans are for developing their career.
A Career Sector is an area characterised by a collection of occupations that have something in common, for example, the type of work they do or their role in the economy. Very often people are attracted to the products or services provided by a particular sector, and seek to find employment close to the essence of that area.
Within each sector there are a wide range of opportunities. These range from unskilled work up to the professions that characterise the sector. It takes years of hard and dedicated work to reach the highest levels within any sector, but if that is where your interest lies, the effort is worth it.
Everybody has to start somewhere, so choosing a sector, and the level you wish to enter into it are important decisions. Typically, the higher up on the educational ladder you climb, the higher the level you enter the sector. That is, of course, if your training is appropriate to the sector. A qualified lawyer would have to start off at the bottom of the ladder in the construction sector if they choose to work as a carpenter.
Employers are the people and organisations that work to achieve particular goals and objectives, and require the services of workers to achieve them. Usually the goals are shaped by commercial, political or philanthropic concerns. Employer can take the form of small businesses, medium size companies, or huge corporations with divisions that cut across many career sectors.
No two employers are the same, and our job and career satisfaction can be very tied to how well we fit in with an employer. Choosing an employer that operates in a way that you are comfortable with, and with co-workers that you enjoy, are often just as important as doing the job you are qualified to work at.
The Employer Profiles section provide's information on some of Irelands leading employers. Alongside these profiles are interviews of some of their employees. Regardless of the job roles you might be interested in, if you are interested in working with one of these companies you are likely to find important information in the interviews and videos provided.