Industry Corner: Bryan Murphy, Senior Director, Industry Relations at Optum, and alumnus of the Executive MBA at DCU Business School talks about the future of tech roles in Ireland:
“The recent high profile Tech job cuts at Meta, Twitter, Stripe and other technology companies were shocking news for staff based in Ireland, especially coming into the festive season and what was meant to be a prosperous New Year.
As reported by Jude Webber of The Financial Times on Nov. 17th 2022, Tech job cuts a wake-up call to Ireland’s economy; “With Meta sacking 13% of its global workforce, Elon Musk cutting Twitter’s headcount by half and Stripe, the payments company founded by two Irish brothers, letting go of 14% of workers, the tech bubble of the past decade may have burst as companies that expanded fast now face a rising cost of credit. The short-term hit will mean hundreds of jobs are lost in Ireland”.
So where to for those hundreds of highly qualified Tech professionals, let go by these organizations. Enter Optum into the equation; https://www.optum.ie/careers.html! Optum who, you say! Yes, that is exactly what I and many of my colleagues sourced from the Irish market said, when we were first introduced to the idea of joining Optum.
At Optum, we leverage leading edge technology and innovation to create a healthcare system that serves everyone more fairly, efficiently and consistently. We work to build a healthier world, one idea at a time. As a Fortune 5 business, we’re one of the world’s leading healthcare companies. There are no limits here on the resources you will have or the challenges you will encounter. With our hands at work across all aspects of health, we use the most advanced development tools, AI, data science and innovative approaches to make the healthcare system work better for everyone.
Optum in Ireland
We are proud to be a long-standing contributor to the Irish economy and community. We have been supporting global healthcare systems from Ireland for more than 20 years, building a dynamic and diverse team of over 1,700+ talented individuals. From our offices in Letterkenny and Dublin, we discover new ways to make a difference in people’s health around the world. If you’re looking for a career where you can make a positive impact every day, this is truly the opportunity to do your life’s best work.℠
Our 2023 graduate and internship opportunities
By joining one of our Early Careers programmes, you’ll be playing a key role in our mission of making the healthcare system work better for everyone. We will provide you with all the tools, support and guidance to take your career to the next level. You’ll have a clear roadmap for growth, with the opportunity to expand your horizons across new skills and varied career path options, in an environment that empowers you to achieve your best. We believe that the best way to learn is by doing. That is why our programmes combine a mixture of curriculum-based training with hands-on responsibility. You will participate in educational sessions that will accelerate your career, as you collaborate with experienced mentors and leaders. Each role has different requirements, which will be listed on their individual job listings, but here are our general guidelines:
- Full-time intern positions for a duration of 10-12 weeks with start dates in July 2023. Must be currently pursuing a relevant degree. The internship is designed for individuals in their 2nd or penultimate year of study, who will be returning to school after the internship.
- Full-time graduate roles, with a range of start dates including January and July (refer to job advert for more info). For Master’s students, a September start could be available for certain roles.
- Must in the final year of obtaining a relevant degree, or have graduated within the last few years.
- Coursework to obtain degree must be completed prior to start of employment
We are currently hiring across a range of disciplines, including:
- Software engineering / Data science
- Analytics engineering / Data engineering
- Business intelligence / Data analytics
- Consulting (Analytics) / Security ops and engineering
- Product Management
- Actuarial / Business / Finance / Legal
We believe that the unique experiences and perspectives each person brings to the table, increase our effectiveness in identifying solutions that move healthcare forward. We’re dedicated to building inclusive teams where we celebrate our identities as we reward your contributions. Optum is an inclusive employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates and employees with disabilities. Should you require a reasonable accommodation please email the contact listed on the job description.
For more information, feel free to connect with me and / or visit the Optum careers page at; https://www.optum.ie/careers.html.
Bryan Murphy, MBA, BSc. (DCU EMBA Class 2016-2018)
Senior Director, Industry Relations | Emisar
Block C, One Spencer Dock, Dublin, D01 X9R7, Ireland