This weekend came around very quickly, and after Alexander’s Soccer training in Oranmore, we jumped on the train in Oranmore to call over to the Radisson Hotel in Galway to have a look at the jobexpo. I have been experimenting with Facebook Live( ie live broadcasting) and tried to start a Facebook Live session on our way to the Radisson but the reception wasn’t strong enough. So the first video was recorded off line.
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Just to give you a very brief background to Galway jobs & myself. When I arrived in Galway late 1990’s, there were a few American multi-nationals in the hardware/PC industry manufacturing business and related accessories such as American Power Conversion, Digital, Nortel and a few medical device companies, Boston Scientific being the biggest player in that market. Galway was rocked when in 1993, the Digital plant that employed 700 peoples ceased production. More info on this website. Many of the highly educated, creative individuals started their own businesses in the Galway area ( and many more becoming taxi drivers 🙂 , but also lead to many people emigrating in search of a job. Fast forward 20 years, and Galway is home to a large amount of Medical device companies as pictured in below map, more info here.
In one of my previous posts about the start-up scene in Galway, there are a number of recent arrivals of software companies in the City Centre. Companies like SmartBear, Heat Software, Metlife, Ipswich, Altocloud, Siteminder and Mathworks but to name a few. Most of them were present at the recruitment fare.. Metlife particularly has ambitious recruitment plans. They currently have about 45 people in a temporary office space, but are due to move into a completely renovated, state of the art new office space right beside the Library on Augustine’s street in the City Centre. Galway is becoming the new Silicon Valley and there are opportunities to make Galway your home (again).
This is the second video I took using Facebook live, and visited the SmartBear stand. If you are interested in any of the positions, drop me an email with your CV.
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I didn’t get to go to each stand as it was very packed, but managed to take a few pictures of the vacancies that were advertised on their stands.
Check out their blog for more info on the event, or view/listen to a few interviews that were done on the day. Also check out Lookwest– The online guide to Business, Work and Life in the West of Ireland and Obair, a local Employment Service Network (LESN) provides a free information, guidance and support service to people who are unemployed in Galway City and in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection (DSP).
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Hope you have found the above to be helpful!