Ireland has had a lot of challenges to face during 2020. It all started so typically, then all of a sudden, we’re told that we have to avoid each other. We’re not used to that. Apart from the massive elephant that is Coronavirus being in the room – we also have contended with Brexit – the other elephant in the room. These major events are impacting businesses hugely, and unfortunately, this impact is negative on some. So, for those of you that need it, what career change opportunities are in Ireland right now?
What career change opportunities in Ireland?
As a result of various lockdowns and restriction, businesses have had to shut their doors, and hundreds of thousands ended up either losing their jobs completely or going onto pandemic unemployment payments. From the moment of our first lockdown, we saw a massive rush to technology.
A lot of companies that had to shut their doors turned to the internet to keep their business going. And, those who couldn’t carry on working with their physical doors closed started researching technological means to ensure that they could carry on with their business if another lockdown happens.
The pandemic hit industries like hospitality, retail and aviation among the hardest. These industries are certainly looking for digital means to ensure that if another pandemic arrives, they will never have to shut their doors again. It’s from this dependence on technology, that opportunity comes.
COVID-19 has accelerated automation. The Coronavirus has accelerated technology in general. Before the pandemic, we often spoke about a digital skills gap. Now we are talking about a digital skills crisis. Ireland and the world need new software developers. The golden opportunity is here for career changers.
New Jobs in tech – 97 million
In October 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its Future of Work 2020 Report. In it, they talk about how COVID-19 has accelerated the demand for digital skills in all businesses. Among the skills needed between now and 2025, they specifically mention software developers.
They predict that technology will displace up to 85 million jobs due to the adaptation of AI, automation, robotics, machine learning and more. This number is stark, but once again, they highlight the opportunity. In place of those 85 million jobs, they predict that 97 million new tech roles will emerge. However, they also point to the fact that the window for upskilling is getting narrower. There are not enough developers out there to fill these roles over the next five years, and companies need developers right now.
Irish career change opportunities
There are a vast number of career change opportunities in Ireland. Firstly, it is important to mention that up to 60% of new job opportunities are not advertised on job sites. These jobs are what we refer to as the hidden jobs market. However, if you were to look at Indeed at the time I write this, there are currently 4,884 software roles advertised.
These numbers will only serve to grow. A widely reported number over the last few years in Ireland is that 12,000 ICT roles would go unfilled by 2020. We faced a large digital skills gap for years, but that gap is quickly turning into a gorge.
Even before the pandemic arrived, the Irish Government launched its ‘Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitalisation on Ireland’s Workforce’, which predicted that 46,000 hypothetical jobs are at risk due to automation. These jobs, as expected by the WEF, would be replaced by more digitally-focused jobs. However, if the Government were to update that report this year, I would certainly predict that the number they would give would only be higher.
Think of the future
When someone is contemplating a career change, it’s important to think about the future – not just the here and now. When you start as a new software developer, you do benefit from fantastic job security and very attractive salaries. However, the more experience you gain, the more valuable you become as a worker.
So, we talk about the opportunities that you’ll have right now if you make a career change; however, think of how many opportunities you’ll have in the future.
Becoming a software developer in Ireland
Code Insititute teaches you full-stack software development through our university credit-rated Diploma in Software Development programme. We take complete beginners to world-class junior software developers. However, we don’t just focus on giving you the skills that you need. We aim to help you change career, and our careers team is here to help you achieve that new career. With more than a thousand global hiring partners, our focus is to find you the right job in the right company. Think of it as employment matchmaking. The benefit? You avoid job boards, vague recruiter emails, and employer ghosting. Instead, our team works with you and arrange interviews in companies where you want to work.
Learning to code has its challenges, but we have brilliant support pillars in place to help you with your journey. We offer 24/5 plus weekend Tutor support, Mentors and Student Care. Our support and your determination are why Developers trained by Code Institute work for notable companies like Google, Accenture, Mastercard, and many, many more.
The next steps
Other steps you can take include joining our next upcoming webinar to meet our team and to find out more about our programme and the vast opportunities that are available. Otherwise, feel free to contact one of our education advisors.