At the end of 2014, we decided to establish Start Monday. It was a bit of a leap into the unknown as the automotive industry in Ireland was slowly emerging after a difficult six years. 18 months on and 12,000 cups of coffee later, we have decided to move Start Monday to new premises.
We grew tired of our previous, cramped environment and have moved to Number 9 Upper Pembroke Street. A larger premises with beautiful views across the city, along with a really nice meeting space, means we can now meet with our clients and candidates in a confidential and relaxed environment.
You can now find us at 9 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2
As the industry continues to grow, with car sales expected to reach 160,000 in 2016, it's incredibly exciting to find ourselves working in such a dynamic and fast-paced sector. With each passing week, the demand for talented automotive professionals continues to grow. Start Monday is now working alongside several of the country's top manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, helping them identify and hire experienced people to help drive profit within their organisations.
The last 18 months has given us a real insight into what makes the industry tick. Fundamentally, it's people. We are now in a lucky position to connect experienced jobseekers, whether currently in a role here in Ireland or looking to move home from abroad, with organisations and brands who are operating at the very pinnacle of the sector.
The last 18 months has given us a real insight into what makes the industry tick. Fundamentally, it's people.
It is incredibly gratifying to see the changes introduced within the industry, as most businesses now recognise, that in order to attract and retain talent, they must offer a compelling career path, along with an opportunity for people to achieve financial success.
Hopefully, we have put the cyclical nature of motor industry careers behind us and with the introduction of twice yearly registrations, employees can look forward to a far more satisfying and stable working environment.
Perhaps the most notable change within the last year has been the willingness of motor businesses to build a long-term vision for their organisations. Central to this vision has been a focus on future required skills mix, long-term training and developmental opportunities for key staff and a more holistic view in respect of work-life balance issues, particularly for employees with families.
We've not quite reached the promised land… but the industry is changing and it's changing for the better.
Feel free to drop in for a coffee if you're in the area!