MY MOBILE VIEW of the world (one sample in the photo) tells me the Irish tech community is robust and hiring. The same mobile view alerts me to the continued use of blind references.
I continually get requests for background checks from people who sit two or three degrees of separation from me. The requests normally cut to the quick, asking me to vouch for the creative skills of a job candidate. Sometimes the requests come from people who are headhunting a specialist. I get the requests because it is easy to tell that I work where students have earned their degrees. Before long, I believe the requests will target students on our main campus, a place I don't see much.
Blind reference requests haven't actually diminished during the downturn in the Irish economy, suggesting the tech side of Ireland continued ticking away even while the construction sector collapsed. That is good news for the 78 new students currently applying to start our BSc in creative multimedia at LIT-Clonmel.