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CHANGING & CHALLENGING TIMES

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 17, 2011

Surviving a recession is not all gloom and doom; there are some rays of hope.
Minister of Education Mr. Ruairi Quinn is working on the following; Fas – reforming the agency, reviewing the CAO points system, looking at the language requirement for university, going to reform our state exams beginning with the Junior Cert…..etc….etc….keep watching this space.
Reflecting on the figures banded about for the financial bailout due to the Irish banks’ reckless banking activity are scary. But the economy is already bouncing back, exports are growing and it is expected that by 2012 they will have exceeded their pre-recession levels. The IT sector with companies such as Facebook, Linkedin and Gilt are recruiting skilled people. Agriculture to Pharmaceuticals to Medical devices are showing great export-led growth. Ireland is the second largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world. We are ahead of Germany, the USA and the UK and just behind India in this area.
In the agricultural area we are the fifth largest exported of beef in the world. Don’t forget this is a great achievement knowing this beef is grass fed in a natural way unlike the grain-fed indoor-reared products of most of the rest of the world. In the last three years, there has been a huge increase in those going into agricultural courses.
We are the largest exporter of pharmaceuticals in the world. Like the IT sector all the big names in this sector are represented here and many jobs are of high quality with our graduated being recruited for research and Development.
If you are considering the public sector for employment remember that there are cutbacks in all sectors with expectations of increased flexibility and productivity and the possibility of further pay cuts…..look at Health & Education for lots of examples.
There is no doubt that the big casualties of this recession is in the construction areas. Employment in this area has dried up and apprenticeships are difficult to find. This area has really hit the male population.
Ireland despite the gloom and doom has great people with great ideas who are willing to work hard. We have a very high number of business start-ups and a strong entrepreneurial culture. Recessions are part of the natural rise and fall of economies. We must not give up but develop a vision and mission for the future. We have a young and ambitious population who are full of ideas for their future. Let us set new challenge – Dream it, Believe it and achieve it.

Related websites: Agriculture – http://www.agriculture.ie
Computers – http://www.ictireland.ie
Education – http://www.education.ie
Science – http://www.pharmaceuticalireland.ie

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