upcoming Jobs Expo

Don’t miss our upcoming Jobs Expo events in Galway, Dublin and Cork

If you are looking for a new job, considering a career change, or are just curious about employment options, don’t miss our upcoming Jobs Expo events.

Jobs Expo takes place twice a year in Galway, Dublin and Cork. Each event features Irish and multinational companies exhibiting, as well as recruiting at the events. In addition, each Jobs Expo offers free professional development advice at our Careers Clinic. You can also attend a range of exciting seminars from industry insiders. Best of all? Jobs Expo is totally free.

Here are the details for our forthcoming events.

Jobs Expo Galway

Jobs Expo Galway takes place on Saturday 16th September at the Galway Bay Hotel. The event opens at 10am and closes at 4pm.

Jobs Expo Dublin

Our next Jobs Expo Dublin takes place on Saturday 21st September at Croke Park. The event opens at 10am and closes at 5pm.

Jobs Expo Cork

Last, but certainly not least! Jobs Expo Cork takes place on Saturday 25th November at the UCC Conference Centre. The event opens at 10am and closes at 4pm.

To keep up to date with news, events and exhibitors, please see Jobs Expo.

Galway Bay Hotel

Jobs Expo Returns to Galway in September

Jobs Expo Galway is to return to the city in September, showcasing up to 40 leading employers from the region with job opportunities for skilled professionals in the West of Ireland and further afield. The event will take place on Saturday 16th September at the Galway Bay Hotel. 

Jobs Expo Galway will feature some of the West’s most highly regarded companies, including both Irish and multinational employers and will also offer a full day of seminars, talks and workshops for job-seekers as well as free career advice from qualified career counsellors.

Jobs Expo Ireland runs the jobs and careers events twice-yearly in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

“We had an overwhelming response to our first Galway event. Thousands of people attended and met some of the foremost Irish and multinational companies based in the West,” says organiser Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited.

Dedicated career zones

Jobs Expo Galway will feature a number of specialised areas so that attendees can meet the kinds of companies that most interest them, based on demand from its inaugural event last February, including:

  • The Jobs Lab – medtech and STEM jobs
  • The Digital City – opportunities for computer and IT specialists
  • The Mall – jobs in sales, retail and related areas
  • Go Global – career opportunities overseas
  • The Campus – education, training and upskilling opportunities
  • The Site – opportunities in construction, engineering and related trades

The event will also feature employers with more general jobs and opportunities.

“The West is a STEM, medical technology and ICT hub and, as a result, our dedicated areas and exhibitors reflect this, with companies like Merit Medical and LotusWorks taking part. We will also offer a range of other career opportunities. Other big names exhibiting include PhoneWatch and Peter Mark. There will also be education and upskilling information in our Campus area, which includes NUI Galway and SOLAS.  There will be something for everyone,” says Bronagh.

Free career advice and seminars

Jobs Expo Galway will also include free career advice as well as a series of industry seminars. The Career Clinic offers the chance for attendees to meet a team of professional careers coaches free of charge.  The team can help candidates with crucial issues such as interview skills and CV presentation or give advice for anyone looking to change career direction.

In addition, Jobs Expo Galway’s Agenda Stage will offer free, topical talks by industry insiders. The Agenda Stage will host talks on especially relevant job-seeking skills, such as using social media to land your dream job, interview techniques and CV writing workshops. In addition, speakers will discuss topics such as entrepreneurship, working in the USA, New Zealand and Dubai, returning to work after a career break and how professional women can break the ‘glass ceiling’ and move into senior roles.

Job-seekers can register for free admission by visiting www.jobsexpo.ie


Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Galway Bay Hotel, The Promenade, Galway
Entrance fee: FREE

Full details at: www.jobsexpo.ie


Jobs Expo Ireland
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 646 3175
Email: bronagh@jobsexpo.ie

Jobs Expo Cork

Jobs Expo Cork: Exhibitors, free seminars and career advice

Leading employers McDonald’s, Isle of Man Government, PhoneWatch, Aspira, BD and Peter Mark amongst others to recruit at Jobs Expo Cork

Ireland’s leading jobs and careers fair, Jobs Expo, is to return to Cork on Thursday 25th May. The biannual event will feature employers from a wide variety of sectors. This includes STEM, healthcare and hospitality, as well as ICT, medtech and retail, amongst others.

Exhibitors include multinationals such as BD Medical, Eurofins and McDonald’s as well as leading Irish companies such Aspira, PhoneWatch and Peter Mark. Also in attendance will be the Government of the Isle of Man showcasing the variety of career opportunities on the island. In addition, US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella returns to advise attendees on how to obtain a US Visa. More exhibitors are to be announced in the coming weeks.

 A wide range of employers and opportunities

“Jobs Expo Cork offers something for everyone. It is our firm belief that all our events should have a wide range of employers and career opportunities. There will be vacancies whether you are highly skilled, a recent graduate, returning to work, or a school leaver,” says organiser Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited and BCS Sales Recruitment.

“Companies need staff of all types, from highly trained professionals to experienced administrators as well as enthusiastic sales people and trainees. Jobs Expo gives attendees the chance to see what’s on offer in a variety of companies and industries, including ones they may not have considered previously,” explains Bronagh.

Free seminars and career advice

As well as companies recruiting at the event, there will also be a series of talks from industry insiders at Jobs Expo’s Seminar Zone and Agenda Stage. Talks include opportunities with Aspira, upskilling with Innopharma College of Applied Sciences in the as well as working in the USA. The Seminar Zone is free-of-charge to all attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Finally, the very popular Career Clinic returns. Over the course of the day, jobseekers will be able to meet one-on-one with career development coaches. The coaches will offer expert professional development advice as well as help jobseekers land their dream job.

Event Details


Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Time: 12pm – 7pm

Location: Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork

Entrance fee: FREE

Full details at: http://www.jobsexpo.ie/

More information

Bronagh Cotter

Jobs Expo Cork

Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 6453175

Email: bronagh@careers.ie

Web: www.jobsexpo.ie


Survey: Nearly half of Dublin jobseekers are looking for better salaries

Nearly half of Dublin jobseekers are in work but actively looking for a new role, with a desire to increase salary being the largest motivating factor. Meanwhile, 74% of people believe that employers took advantage of the recession to keep salaries low. Meanwhile, more than half of people (53%) believe the gender pay gap continues to be a significant issue in Ireland, according to a survey carried out this month.

The survey, carried out by Jobs Expo Dublin, found that 42% were looking for a better salary and perks; 39% complained about lack of opportunity for growth in their current position; and 23% were generally unhappy in their work environment. Dublin is the desired place to work by a large majority of people (70%).

The Jobs Expo survey also found that 37% have applied for jobs abroad in recent years, with the UK being the most popular work destination.

In addition, 73% believed that employers took advantage of the recession to keep salaries and conditions low for employees. In addition, over the last twelve months, 40% of people have applied for between one and five jobs, while 16% have applied for up to ten.

The survey explored a range of other issues and concerns relating to employment and covered people employed in a multitude of sectors such as financial, medical, legal, IT, science, engineering, media, digital, education, hospitality, retail and traders.

Jobs Expo takes place this coming Saturday 22nd April at Croke Park.

“The survey makes it clear that many employees are unhappy with their current roles and salaries,” says Jobs Expo’s Bronagh Cotter. “Given the time and expense to hire qualified staff, this is a significant factor that employers should take onboard. A great deal of the time, salaries don’t appear to be open to negotiation. If employees feel underpaid, they feel undervalued in other ways too”.


The majority of respondents (70%) were Dublin-based, with 26% from elsewhere in Ireland. 70% were looking for work in the capital. However, 15% were happy to work anywhere in Ireland.

The Jobs Expo survey also found that 37% have applied for j+obs abroad in recent years. The most common reasons for applying abroad was to gain career experience (32%) and to gain cultural experience (19%). The UK was the most popular overseas destination for jobseekers. Nearly half (46%) of those looking for work outside Ireland applied for positions here. Other popular locations included Europe (32%), Canada (22%), the USA (20%) and Australia (15%).


Salary was the primary reason most respondents were looking for a new job. Over half (53%) said that their last salary offer was unfair. Many had good reason to be unhappy with the remuneration offered by employers, with 70% saying their salary was not open to negotiation.

73% believed that employers took advantage of this to keep salaries and conditions low. Just over two-thirds (64%) of respondents have been paid less than a colleague with the same education and experience. 64% say they have been paid a lower salary than a colleague with either less education or experience. On the tricky subject of the gender pay gap, 53% believe that women in Ireland earn less than equally skilled colleagues; Only 14% feel that the gender pay gap doesn’t exist, while 33% are unsure.


Respondents were very pro-active finding work: 65% having used a recruitment agency; 61% use jobs boards and 60% have looked for work on LinkedIn. The traditional media is still popular – 31% have looked for work through newspaper and radio jobs listings. In the last twelve months, 40% of people have applied for between one and five jobs, while 16% have applied for up to ten.


The survey asked respondents what was most important to them when looking for a new job. The factors, in order of preference, were:

  1. Salary
  2. Good working environment
  3. Opportunity for career advancement
  4. Company stability and reputation
  5. Proximity to home


Just under a quarter of respondents (23%) were unhappy with their current company environment. For 11%, their manager or colleagues were a major problem. Quite a few claim to have experienced what they describe as ‘illegal’ behaviour at work. Nearly a third (31%) claim to have endured inappropriate comments about their clothes or body. Approximately 10% claim to have experienced inappropriate touching or physical sexual harassment. 16% claimed to have been asked about their plans to have children or the number of children they had by interviewers during job interviews.


Nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents would like to change sectors. In addition, 13% are considering a change because of lack of opportunities in their current sector. Given this, it is perhaps unsurprising that 51% of respondents will be upskilling or entering part-time education on their own initiative this year. A further 9% will do so as part of workplace training. Furthermore, 52% don’t think employers are doing enough to encourage upskilling.


The Jobs & Employment in Dublin 2017 survey was conducted in April 2017 by Jobs Expo Dublin. The next Jobs Expo event takes place in Cork on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Nightcourses.com launches Nightcourses TV!

Nightcourses.com has launched Nightcourses TV – a new way for the website to communicate with course providers and course seekers alike.  Nightcourses.com’s team will now regularly go out and about, behind the scenes at colleges, chatting to students, lecturers and college principals and bring the story back to its 100,000 monthly vsitors in video.

Nightcourses TV videos can be watched on Nightcourses.com, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

Over the coming months, Nightcourses.com plans to be out and about at college open days and events, busily recording, interviewing and reporting back.

Nightcourses TV’s first excursion saw the team popping into Pitman Training Dublin to say hi and chat to everyone.

For more information about Pitman Training Dublin, visit their college page on Nightcourses.com.

If you’re a course provider holding an open day or event, and would like Nightcourses TV to pop by and say hi, let us know – nightcoursestv@nightcourses.com!

Jobs Expo Cork

Meet leading employers at Jobs Expo Cork on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Ireland’s leading employment and careers fair, Jobs Expo, returns to Cork on 16 November. Taking place at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Jobs Expo Cork features a fantastic range of job opportunities. Exhibitors recruiting at the event come from a variety of sectors including technology, pharmaceutical, customer service, education, emergency services, healthcare, investment and retail.

“Whether you’re looking for your first job, returning to work, or keen on a new challenge, there will be something for you at Jobs Expo Cork,” says organiser Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited.

Both Irish and multinational companies are taking part in Jobs Expo Cork. Exhibitors include the National Ambulance Service, PhoneWatch, Laya Healthcare, Aspira, Sanofi and BNY Mellon. The Government of the Isle of Man will also be there, highlighting the variety of career opportunities on the island.

Jobs Expo Cork also has a specialist area dedicated to STEM jobs. The STEM Sector hosts some of the most prestigious international as well as national employers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Exhibitors taking part include pharmaceutical giants Alkermes and Sanofi, cutting edge tech firm ArtofUs and international IT specialists Aspira in addition to the innovative start-up HiUp.

“At Jobs Expo Cork there are opportunities for graduates, school leavers, highly skilled and unemployed people, as well as anyone thinking of changing careers or upskilling,” says Bronagh.

In addition to companies recruiting at the event, there will be a series of talks from industry insiders at Jobs Expo’s Seminar Zone. Speakers include the National Ambulance Service, who will give a seminar on careers opportunities in the emergency services. Geoff Brown of Hourglass Education will discuss common misconception about teaching in the UK. US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella also returns to Jobs Expo and will explain how getting a working visa to the States is not as hard as you might think.

Finally, the very popular Career Clinic returns. Over the course of the day, jobseekers will be able to meet one-on-one with career development coaches. The coaches will offer expert professional development advice and help jobseekers land their dream job. The Career Clinic is free of charge to all attendees.



Companies recruiting at Jobs Expo Cork November 2016 represent a diverse number of industries such as teaching, IT, wealth management, healthcare, sales and customer services as well as specialist recruitment firms. Exhibitors taking part in Jobs Expo Cork include:

Alkermes; ArtofUs; Aspira; BCS Sales Recruitment; BNY Mellon; CareBright; Cope Foundation; Cork Chamber of Commerce; Department of Social Protection; Fluirse Education Solutions; FIT; HiUp; Hourglass Education; Innopharma College of Applied Sciences; Isle of Man Government; Laya Healthcare; McGee Pharma International; National Ambulance Services; Nightcourses; Oriel High School; PE Global; PhoneWatch; Sanofi; SOLAS; US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella; Virtual Expos; Zevas and more…

Career Clinic

Expert career advice will be on offer at Job Expo’s Career Clinic. Attendees can avail of free one-on-one advice on issues such as interview skills and CV preparation, as well as career guidance from some of Ireland’s best-known career and personal development coaches.

Seminar Zone

The Seminar Zone offers talks from industry professionals. Topics covered at this Jobs Expo Cork includes teaching in the UK and working in frontline services as well as immigrating to the USA. The Seminar Zone is free-of-charge to all attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Attending Jobs Expo 2016

Jobs Expo is the leading jobs and careers event in Ireland and is free-of-charge to the public. Jobs Expo is run by Careers Unlimited, a Dublin-based online and events company and organised by BCS Sales Recruitment. Due to the event’s popularity, places are limited. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to register to ensure admission and avoid queues. Register now at www.jobsexpo.ie/visitors/register


Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016

Time: 11am – 4pm

Location: Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork

Entrance fee: FREE

Full details at: http://www.jobsexpo.ie/

Bronagh Cotter
Jobs Expo 2016
 (01) 5311 280 / 0872679047
Email: bronagh@careers.ie

lifelong learning

Dubliners, women, young adults and graduates more likely to pursue lifelong learning

One in ten Dubliners have engaged in lifelong learning. That’s more than twice as many people in Ireland’s south-east, mid-east and border regions.

Lifelong learning and upskilling have been promoted across Europe and beyond to help adults achieve their career ambitions, stay relevant to the jobs market and learn skills that will become increasingly important to the economy.

A total of 177,330 Irish adults were engaged in some form of ongoing study at the end of 2015. That is just over 7 percent of adult population of 2.5 million. The majority of these were taking part in formal learning activities at schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions. However, Ireland falls short of the European average of 11 percent. The EU hopes to increase this to 15 percent by 2020.

While Dubliners are more likely to enter ongoing education, this is also true of women. Female participation in lifelong learning or upskilling is around 8 percent compared to 6.3 percent of men. Continuous education is more popular with younger adults – 13 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 have participated in ongoing education compared to 3 percent of 55 to 64 year olds. Adults with postgraduate degrees are also more likely to pursue ongoing studies as well – 12 percent versus 3 percent of early school leavers.

Lifelong learning enhances skills and personal development

The figures come from a study by an Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Una Halligan, EGFSN chairwoman, said that continuous education was a necessity for Ireland.

“We have a well-educated and highly skilled labour force but it is important that people of all ages and at all educational levels participate in learning and upskilling on an ongoing basis in order to sustain their employability. All forms of learning, whether formal of non-formal, contribute to the skills enhancement and personal development of individuals,” she remarked.

Halligan also noted that lifelong learning helped Ireland’s businesses to maintain their competitiveness. In addition, companies who supported the ongoing training had higher employees reporting higher levels of job satisfaction which lead to greater staff retention.

The EGFSN called on the government and industry to invest more in such ongoing learning. The expert group believes this is necessary to meet the predicted skills shortages.

Want to learn something?

If you are thinking of going to college, doing a postgraduate degree, returning to education, upskilling, changing career direction, taking professional, holistic or hobbyist courses or looking for information on courses, classes and educational options generally, sign up for Which Course Virtual Week, which takes place between 5 – 10 September 2016.



Virtual Expos

Virtual Expos for the IT sector to take place on 28 July

Online Recruitment Fair to take place on Thursday, July 28th from 4pm-8pm

Virtual Expos Ireland runs targeted online recruitment fairs to particular industries. Our upcoming event is for jobseekers and employers working in the IT sector, where there is a real and pressing need for qualified staff.

“ICT professionals are in high demand across Ireland. This has been the case for a number of years and staffing shortages have grown more acute as Ireland’s computer and IT sector continues to grow,” says Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited, organiser of Virtual Expos.

Ireland is home to a number of international tech companies, many of whom have their European headquarters in Dublin. These include Google, Facebook, Amazon, Etsy, IBM and Groupon. In addition, there are a number of home-grown startup successes as well as traditional industries looking to file IT roles. As such, there are significant career opportunities in Ireland for ICT professionals.

“Companies need great staff to thrive, and the shortfall is troubling to many industry experts.  This is one of the reasons our initial Virtual Expos event for the ICT sector was such a success. Because Virtual Expos are run as online, specialised recruitment fairs, companies across Ireland can meet candidates whether they are in Athlone, Athens or Atlanta. This is a hassle-free and cost-effective way for companies to recruit staff, and for employees to find the perfect job.”

Virtual Expos’ online events are free for jobseekers. Attendees register for the event and upload their CVs. Candidates can then make an appointment to chat to employers at a time that suits them during the event. All appointments are conducted via our private portal . Virtual Expos works on a mobile-friendly platform and it requires no downloads or heavy software installations. All candidates need is an internet connection and a browser.

The companies participating in the first Virtual Expos event are actively recruiting. Registered candidates will include the following: Windows & Network Administrators; Project Managers; Infrastructure Consultants; Business Analysts; Technical Architects; Software Testers; IT Support Technicians; Games Industry Professionals; DevOps Engineers; Linux System Engineers; 3D Designers; Network+; CCNA; Senior Software Developers; Data Scientists; Web Developers; IT Project Managers; IT Trainers; Network Managers; CRM Support Consultants; PHP Developers and many more.

Date: Thursday 28 July 2016
Time: 4pm-8pm
Attendee fee: FREE
Full details at:  www.virtualexpos.ie

If you’re an employee or graduate in the IT sphere, you can register to attend the fair free-of-charge by visiting our sign up page by clicking here.

Bronagh Cotter
Virtual Expos
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 654 3175
Email: info@virtualexpos.ie
Web: www.virtualexpos.ie

online education event

Which Course Virtual Expo, Ireland’s first online education fair, takes place this September

Which Course Virtual Expo, Ireland’s first online educational event, is taking place over three days this September. Which Course Virtual Expo has grown out of the successful Which Course Expo, which has run at the RDS in Dublin since 2007. For the first time, the educational fair will take place as an online event. This is an innovative new way of connecting students with colleges and course providers. Like a traditional educational fair, students can collect prospectuses and course details, and they have the opportunity to meet with educational institutions, talk through their study options, and enrol in a course.

Which Course Virtual Expo takes place on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, and Saturday 10 September. Over the event there will be a series of talks by educational experts, career coaches and industry insiders at the virtual Seminar Zone. In addition, prospective students will also be able to make an appointment with a professional development coach and avail of free expert career advice at our Career Clinic. Which Course Virtual Expo, the Seminar Zone and the Career Clinic are absolutely free of charge for all prospective students.

Anyone registering to attend Which Course Virtual Expo will automatically be entered into the draw to win an iPad Air. The draw takes place on 18 September 2016.


Exhibitors taking part in the September 2016 event include:

  • Third-level colleges
  • Private colleges
  • Educational institutions
  • Business schools
  • Specialist colleges
  • Professional institutes
  • Part-time, evening and adult education course providers
  • Distance-learning course providers from around the world
  • Health and hobbyist course providers
  • Accreditation bodies

Attendees registering for Which Course Virtual Expo include:

  • Secondary school students
  • Graduate students
  • Post-graduate students
  • Foreign students
  • Mature students looking to up-skill or change careers
  • Adults returning to education
  • Adults looking for part-time and/or evening courses
  • Hobbyists looking to improve skills, or learn new ones


Wednesday 7 September, Thursday 8 September, and Saturday 10 September 2016.



Which Course Virtual Expo is run by Careers Unlimited. Careers Unlimited is an Irish company which specialises in education, recruitment and career enhancement. We operate career and education websites, as well as run public events about careers, recruitment and educational courses in Ireland.


Beth Rees
Which Course Virtual Expo
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 654 3175
Email: info@careers.ie
Web: www.whichcoursevirtualexpo.ie


Jobs Expo Belfast

Jobs Expo Belfast to take place at Stormont Hotel on February 20th 2016

Jobs Expo is to return to Belfast on February 20th, 2016. The leading jobs and employment fair will take place at the Stormont Hotel on 20th February 2016. The event will showcase jobs and employment opportunities within Northern Ireland and abroad.

Jobs Expo is run by Careers Unlimited and operates twice-yearly in Dublin’s and Cork and attracts tens of thousands of job-seekers through its doors each year.

Those wishing to register to attend Jobs Expo Belfast may avail of FREE admission by visiting this page: www.eventbrite.ie/e/jobs-expo-belfast-2016-saturday-20th-february-tickets-19718372182

Those interested in attending are encouraged to follow Jobs Expo Belfast on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jobsexpobelfast.

For more information about exhibiting at Jobs Expo Belfast, call Careers Unlimited on 048 9099 8604 or +353 1 5311 280 or email: info@jobsexpo.co.uk