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2020 Lookback & Galway Jobs created Issue 42

2020 Lookback & Galway Jobs created Issue 42
By Katleen Bell-Bonjean • Issue #42 • View online
Hello all,
Welcome to the 42nd Issue of Galway Job Connector, my free newsletter packed with tips, insights and opportunities to find a job in Galway! Thank you for subscribing, please give this issue a thumbs up or thumbs down at the bottom.
First I’ll give you a quick overview of the (devastating) impact Covid-19 has had on employment in Ireland, figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office)
Secondly some interesting developments worldwide on the concept of Office Space!
Thirdly I’ll list a brief overview of job announcements in Galway I have come across this year. At the very bottom, you’ll find the usual job resources. ( If you know of another resource, please reply to this Issue)
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For next year, I am hoping to repeat the series I did when I started the newsletter 2 years ago, focussing on the various employement sectors in Galway with (updated)maps, collaborate with these companies to hear what type of talent they are looking for and hopefully share some tips!
I am a big fan of upskilling/reskilling, there is a lot on offer, however there isn’t one place to find it all, so I will try to dive deeper into each, in the hope it will help someone in their career journey!

Covid-19 Effect on Job market
Oh boy .. what a year…2020 –the year of extremes–… from pretty much full employment in January to unemployment rates at 21% in November. Okay, the 21% also includes those on a PUP payment( including students, including those who were made redundant )
March 12th will be one of those days I’ll never forget, I was in the office, watching a Facebook Live broadcast when Leo Varadkar ( the then Taoiseach) announced all schools to close and office workers to work from home where possible.
Interesting developments & Where is your office?
One full lockdown, one shorter 6-week level 5 restrictions later, many people’s lives have been rocked due to being furloughed and for some redundancy ( including myself), the employment scene has changed beyond belief.
On the upside, we have all come to appreciate the outdoors much more and taken up cycling! Join a group I set up to explore safe cycle Trails called Gort Cycle Trails.
Working from home is becoming the norm, recruitment is fully remote, and interestingly enough companies in Ireland are reviewing if they really need all that office space. Equally, hotels are innovating and turning hotel rooms into office spaces.
In the USA, large corporations in Silicon Valley are upping sticks and moving to Austin, Texas. Imagine the difference an exodus to Galway would make if just one large company moved to rural Galway.. we have plenty of space for them in Athenry?
Google abandoning a new Dublin office signals change
Why your next office could be a hotel room
So what's happening in Galway
For the first time in a long time, there are cranes towering over certain parts in Galway, working hard to create - you guessed it - office space, to accommodate a number of new job announcements - some of them not in the city .Check out below video !
Bonham Quay, Galway
Plans for new tech hub in Galway City with 350 co-working spaces – Connacht Tribune – Galway City Tribune:
US software company Diligent to create over 200 jobs in Galway
Globalization Partners Establishes European Headquarters in Galway
Bia Innovator Campus – A transformational infrastructure for Food Enterprise in the West of Ireland
Fidelty Investments creating 100 new jobs in Galway and Dublin
Animation studio Triggerfish to set up in Galway
New jobs for region as location in Midlands chosen for Ireland's first plastic bottle recycling plant
Other Resources
If you made it this far, thank you for reading my 42nd Issue.
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Greetings from Galway from a (surprise, surprise) miserable, rainy Sunday evening.
May 2021 bring you joy, health, love, friendship and a new job in Galway if that’s what you are looking for!
Yours in Jobhunting!
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Katleen Bell-Bonjean

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