Soon-to-be US grad in niche field
Dia daoibh go léir (Hello, all),
I have a BA in Foreign Languages (German, Italian, and Spanish), and I graduate this May with a BSc in Food Science from the US (my only citizenship; I don't qualify for any other). I chose food science two years ago because "scientists qualified in food" was on the critical-needs skills list. I was told by an Irish STEM recruiter that food sci was a viable path for immigration to Ireland. Unfortunately, he thought I should begin searching for grad training programmes at Irish food companies in February. Turns out that the deadlines were almost all in the latter months of last year. He recommended I get a job in the US, get experience, and then try again next year. He also said it would be worth it to appeal directly to food companies in Ireland and see if HR likes me. Before I start cold-emailing HR depts., I'd like to ask the good people of the Ireland Move Club if anyone has any links to Irish companies that would be interested in a multilingual food scientist. I appreciate any help this forum can offer. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank y'all!
Dia is muire duit, Christian,
I'm not in that line of work, so I don't have a good contact to give you, however I do have one really good recommendation for searching for companies if you don't already know about it.
The IDA company listing at the link below is a great resource for finding company info throughout Ireland. You should find a lot of places there that might be worth contacting. Have you thought about the option of working in the US for a year, with the intent of transferring within that company to a role in Ireland. It's not easy to come by such roles, but they are out there. You'll see a lot of companies on the listing that are in both the US and Ireland, so it's worth thinking about if you end up applying in the US.
Have a look into PepsiCo, they have a massive facility in Little Island in Cork where they produce a lot of ingredients for their products.
I would also look into Kerry Foods. They have a big new facility in Naas and I know they are usually recruiting recent grads for varying positions there.
Best of Luck!
Also, I found a link to a list of Biotech Pharma & Life Science career pages. It may yield some good results