Saturday, January 21, 2017

Meeting the Demand for IT Jobs

Most weeks I receive a question or two from people looking to come to Ireland hoping to study, work, and live. I thought I'd post my response here hoping other folks might find it of benefit.

The questions, received this morning, are:


I am planning to take masters in ireland. I got an offer from NCI in MS cloud computing. I have also applied to Univ of cork and Trinity, waiting for them to revert with a confirmation.

Sir can you please share me the Job market in IT sector ? competition will be high ?
Even if I land up in a job in IT sector , will I be able to get a PR.

Awaiting for your response.

The Answers:
 First - congratulations to this person on your offer from NCI (National College of Ireland). It's a great school and I surely hope you'll enjoy the experience. And I must say I wish you luck with the University of Cork and Trinity. You might look at CIT (Cork Institute of Technology) which also has a fine IT programme.

Too, your choice of studying for an MS in cloud computing seems to me to be spot on. So many companies are hiring in this area. After all, cloud computing is a burgeoning area of growth, and companies simply cannot find enough qualified people to keep up with their requirements.

With regards to your questions: "Can you please share with me the job market in the IT sector in Ireland?  Answer: do a simple Google trawl. This morning I used only one key phrases: IT CLOUD COMPUTING JOBS IN IRELAND. Google came back to me with any number of pages. Here's just one: Take a look and you'll see a good few opportunities on this page alone. Take a look at the other links and you'll find any number of great prospects.

You ask if competition will be high? The answer is Yes, of course it will. But not for the reasons you might expect. Right now there is a shortage of skilled IT personnel in Ireland. Companies seem to be falling all over themselves to attract the right people. But the key phrase here is: "The right people." They're looking for smart, motivated, hard-working folks who will bring needed skills to fill a resource gap. And I'm certain that if you study hard and connect with people and companies during your studies, you'll do just fine.

Finally you ask about Permanent Residency. That's tougher but not impossible. I suggest you go to a previous post I've written to answer this question. Go to: for more information. Too, when you start your studies Career Guidance people at your college or university will be able to help.

Wishing you so much luck!


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  1. Hi Tom!
    My husband may be transferred to Cork from U.S. This summer. Our son would be a senior in high school 2017-2018. He's freaking out to learn of a 13th year. I keep reading that one needs to have their kid on a list for years ahead of time- for public schools. Son is looking at colleges in Europe. Do you know who I might contact to find out what to do? I'm so confused. Thanks! PS, I guess the question is, how can he finish as he would here-in Spring of 2018- and fulfill requirements of university admissions. We're so excited by the possibility of moving! We have Irish ancestry and are ready for a big life change. Thnx again.

  2. Good morning Susan - and these are very good questions! (In fact, and if you don't mind, I might use this as the subject for my next Post on this Blog). Okay let's look at each area you mention:

    1. The '13th' Year - some (and only some) Secondary Schools have a 'transition year'. Most schools offer this programme. However, it takes place in the MIDDLE of the Secondary School cycle - so your son will miss that. Go to for more information.

    2. "A List" - this really depends on where you live, a particular Secondary School, and the demand for places in that particular area. I suspect the best way to determine this is to contact the specific schools you are considering (a list of County Cork Secondary schools is here: So for instance, if you are considering moving to Ballincollig (a suburb of Cork City), go to Colaiste Choilm ( You'll see that you can contact them by phone (remember to use the international and country codes, so: 011 353 21 487 3308) or you can email them.

    Too, your husband's employer should be able to help with questions like this.

    3. "How can he finish as he would be here in Spring of 2018 - now that's a very good question and to be honest I don't have the answer. Best thing to do, I think, is to reach out to the schools you're interested in to ask this very important question.

    And finally - your son: as the son of an airline pilot I moved all over the place. Some of it was fun. Some of it was daunting. That said, do tell your son that Ireland is a good place to live. People here are warm and accepting. The country has excellent schools. If he enjoys sports - no, he won't be able to play baseball or American football. But he will be able to get involved in any number of sports here: from rugby to soccer to Irish Gaelic sports.

    I surely wish you all well. Do come back to me with other Qs if needed. My very best - Tom