The economy of Ireland is dependent upon trade, services and high-tech industries. Growth can be seen in the IT sector, food processing, textiles, engineering pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Agriculture products like barley, hay, wheat, cattle, and dairy products also give the economy a boost.
Students completing diplomas and fresh graduates completing level 7 degree can stay in Ireland for up to six months. Students completing degrees at level 8-10 can stay for one year. This gives the students time to look for a job and get a work permit. Seasonal employers like supermarkets, hotels and department stores are the largest recruiters of graduate students.
Irish recruiters are looking for employees who have a mix of academic achievements and suitable skills which will help them to fit into their jobs. The minimum criteria most recruiters are looking for includes a 2.1 degree, relevant and specific degree courses, work experience related to the field, and certain competencies like good communications, team player or writing skills.
Job discrimination based on age is not legal in Ireland. But reality can be very different. Regardless of the experience age may represent, whenever possible, employers give preference to the younger lot. This makes for more competition.
Dress code is definitely more formal in Ireland than North America, and for women it is even more so. You would think that in the rural areas of the country you could get away with a shirt and trousers, but that is not so. Even in smaller places suits are the norm. So dress up!