Career Zoo is returning to the Convention Centre Dublin this weekend. Taking place this Saturday, 20th February, the event is expected to attract over 8,000 attendees.

The final line-up for the event was unveiled today, featuring almost 100 employers from the tech, biopharma and financial services sectors, alongside a packed schedule of panel discussions and workshops with leading industry figures.

Exhibiting companies include Bank of Ireland, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Etsy, IT’s Happening Here (Enterprise Ireland), MSD, New Relic, Pramerica, AOL, DAQRI, EY and PayPal.

Jackie Slattery, Director of Career Zoo said: “The current war for talent has created a situation where the power is now in the hands of the candidates. They have far more flexibility in choosing a role and organisation that is right for them and it’s up to the companies to prove their worthiness and interest.

“In a recent survey that we published, we found that 70% of people expect to change jobs in 2016. This means that, with more and more candidates moving, companies are going above and beyond by offering increased benefits, better workplaces, and perks ranging from unlimited leave to year-round free food. However, what we found was that it’s the old chestnuts of pay, promotion and a positive work / life balance that continue to determine people’s career choices.”

Jobs

Pharmaceutical company MSD recently announced 200 jobs for their sites in Carlow, Tipperary and Cork. The new roles span quality, engineering, supply chain and commercial operations and MSD aims to fill the positions by the end of 2016.

Professional services firm PwC has plans to recruit more than 500 people this year.

Asavie, a connectivity services company, is also in a rapid growth phase. In December 2015, the company announced over 100 jobs for their Dublin office and will be looking to fill a variety of roles from engineering to marketing.

Also in recent months, management consulting firm Accenture announced the creation of 200 jobs over the coming year. Meanwhile, global biologics company Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is also hiring for 400 new positions between now and 2018.

Speakers

Throughout the day there will be a wide-ranging focus on the entire world of work, with panel discussions, workshops, and guest speakers addressing topics such as cyber security, big data, company culture, workplace trends and employee satisfaction. They include:

· Gaia Dempsey, Co-Founder and VP, DAQRI International talking about technology of the future.

· Lauren Sperber, Senior Software Engineer, Etsy discussing employer culture and how to make work better.

· Dr. Karen Denning, Scientific Advisor, Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb speaking about the company’s work on groundbreaking cancer treatments.

· Brett Myers, CEO and Founder, CurrencyFair and Louise Phelan, CEO, PayPal looking at the rise of the Fintech sector.

· Hugh Callaghan, Chief Cyber Security Scientist, EY talking about cyber security in business today and how companies can prepare and protect themselves; and

· Ger Carmody, Associate Vice-President and Site Lead, MSD and Enda O Riordan, Head of HR Group Technology & Change, Bank of Ireland sharing insights and tips on career progression.

As well as the activities on the main stage, virtual reality specialists DAQRI will be hosting a ‘Wearables Picnic’ with coding meet-up group, Coding Grace. Throughout the day they will take part in a wearables hack, where attendees will be welcome to join in and showcase their coding skills; the perfect platform to attract a prospective employer.

The event will also see the return of the popular BioCluster (housing leading biopharma companies), Tech Town (showcasing exciting career opportunities with Irish tech employers), Coding Workshops, and a continued focus on Women in Tech and Finance 2.0.

Admission is free. To register to attend the event, go to www.careerzoo.ie.

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