As many of the world’s leading multinational companies continue to select Ireland as a leading location for their Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, has called on Irish students filling out their CAO forms to consider where the best job opportunities for the future will lie.

Based on current job creation trends within Ireland, sectors like information and communication technology (ICT), digital media and language-based business courses are likely to provide strong career opportunities for students in the years ahead.

IDA Ireland client companies created 12,722 jobs last year, with a significant proportion of these jobs in the ICT field.

In addition customer and technical support roles which require IT proficiency and multilingual capability are also in demand.

IDA Ireland Ireland’s availability of skilled labour is one of the primary reasons cited by IDA clients for establishing their operations in Ireland. The recently published IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012 ranks Ireland 1st in the world for the availability of skilled labour.

Ireland’s third-level institutions provide a wide variety of courses which qualify graduates to meet industry needs; these include technology programmes in computer science, software engineering and computer applications and support. Also offered are computer science courses with a foreign language, accounting, finance and international business courses with languages, supply chain/logistics programmes, science qualifications and chemical, electronic and mechanical engineering degree courses.

Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said, ``There is a continuous flow of FDI into Ireland with jobs announcements from Vistakon, OmniPay and China’s Huawei in the first month of 2013 alone; this is something students should keep in mind when filling out their CAO applications. Ireland’s availability of skilled labour is frequently cited by company CEOs as one of the primary reasons for locating in Ireland’’.

For further information contact
Kevin Sammon | IDA Corporate Communications
+ 353 87 6188564/+ 353 1 6034017

CAO Ireland Website