Monthly Archives: August 2009

Life Science launches its Web 2.0 Periodic Table

Life Science Recruitment launches its Web 2.0 Periodic Table

Life Science Recruitment is a specialist scientific and healthcare recruitment company based in Dublin and is the first Irish recruitment company to develop a portfolio of industry-specific recruitment websites. Presented in an innovative periodic table format (Life Science Periodic Table), the aim is to make job-seeking in specific vertical markets more relevant, targeted and efficient for candidates.

The company’s market research into recruitment trends in Ireland began in late 2007 and results from a recent online survey conducted on the lifescience.ie website indicated that 67% of respondents said they wanted to see less duplicated jobs online, while 73% of respondents said they wanted to see more niche websites dealing in their specific professional fields. The culmination of this research has been the development of the “strategic online presence” comprising 15 industry-specific websites and a Web 2.0 footprint made up of a number of blogs, combined with a presence on Facebook, twitter and other social media resources.

Each industry-specific website is tailored to the jobseeker; pharmaceutical.ie for jobseekers in the pharmaceutical sector, medicaldevice.ie for the jobseekers in the medical device sector and so on. Each website contains latest jobs from Life Science Recruitment, academic institutes and featured industry partners only, as well as industry sector overviews and career advice targeted to the specific end-user. These websites have an unrivalled presence in the search engines, compared to competitors.

According to Seth Godin, author of numerous best-selling marketing books and internet marketing guru, “Big companies, non-profits and even candidates will discover hyperlocal, hyperspecialized, hyperrelevant… this is where we are going, and it turns out that this time, the media is way ahead of the marketers.” Life Science Recruitment’s strategic online presence aims to encapsulate these three maxims as it moves forward with the changing face of the recruitment industry in Ireland.

The management team at Life Science Recruitment brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to the table, combined with an academic grounding in life science and technology.

Contact Information:
For further information please contact:
Eamonn O’Raghallaigh, Life Science Recruitment Ltd, 4th Floor, Newmarket House, Newmarket, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 6854545 / Fax: 01 443 0524

Websites:lifescience.ie/pharmaceutical.ie/medicaldevice.ie/alliedhealth.ie/clinicalresearch.ie/biopharmaceutical.ie/diagnostics.ie/scientificjobs.ie/salesandmarketing.ie/qualityassurance.ie/regulatoryaffairs.ie/qualitycontrol.ie/microbiology.ie/chemistryjobs.ie

Social Media:ScienceBlog.ie/Life Science Company Blog/Sales and Marketing Blog/Life Science FaceBook Page/Life Science Twitter Page

The Leaving Cert results don’t lie

Data out summising the Lc results supports the drop out rate we just blogged on. Some of the most stand out figures:

-only 16% do higher level maths (many Science / Tech courses require this for entry)

-4,600 do higher level physics / 6,ooo take higher level Chemistry (out of 57,000 students)

-7,000 apply to do Science courses (vs. 17,000 doing Arts). This actuyally represents a 21% increase in Science applications ove rlast year, but when average points down for courses across the board, the standard of student seems to be waning (70 less A1’s than 2008). It will be interesting to see the trend in drop out figures over the next number of years….

Brian – brian dot c at lifescience dot ie

Crisis as University Science Drop-Out Rates hit 40%

Recent reports have indicated that a very high percentage of university students are dropping out of science and technology courses after their first year in college. In DCU, heralded as the cutting-edge technology campus, drop-out rates of 39% have been reported, while in UCD a drop-out rate of 26% was reported and countrywide, the seven universities averaged 20%.

SO what has brought on this rise in the drop-out rates in science…?

One camp says the increase in due to the “dumbing-down” of the leaving cert exam combined with significant drop in points for science subjects especially. The points for science in UCD in 2008 were 300, compared to 440 the year I started my science degree there… Quite a drop.

Reading in the Irish Times, Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, recently voiced fears of declining standards, with what he called “spoon-fed” second-level students struggling to cope at third level.

The other side of the argument is that maybe student life is too easy, too much of a party and that those who perform badly in first year, due to the excitement of genuine party-time, do not have the funds to go back and repeat the year.

The reality is that there is a massive over supply of science graduates on the market – I think the govt have forgot that “quality” is better than quantity… Raise the points for university to what they were 10 years ago and make the leaving cert harder, then we will get a real marker of how smart of economy is.

-       Eamonn

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