IE Network is a Dublin-based initiative of the Dublin Regional Authority. It was born out of the post-Celtic Tiger era which saw the emergence of the non-traditional unemployed grouping of high-skilled / professionals. It was launched recently on 18th November 2010, during the Innovation Dublin festival.
The purpose of the IE Network is threefold:
1. To facilitate professional and social networking amongst the peer group of unemployed high-skilled/ professionals and to consolidate the existing services available to them;
2. To target these to our Members, so that they can either go about setting up their own business, or simply brush up on their job-seeking skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques; and
3. To supplement public services with tailored professional social training and events to the specific needs of our Members
We endeavour to provide a platform of mutual support (Member / Member and Member / IE Network) coupled with the consolidation and targeting of existing and State and local services for out-of-work High-skilled / Professionals.
We want to assist our Members to identify a route back to the workplace, either by getting a new employer, or, if you simply cannot get a suitable job, to assist you with starting out on your own.
The IE Network is the next stage development from the pilot scheme, IEZ, which was founded in September 2009 by South Dublin County Council for the benefit of its unemployed high-skilled/ professionals which it recognised had limited assistance from existing State and local employment and welfare resources, most of which catered to the traditional low-skilled worker.
While we are a professional Network working for the benefit of currently unemployed high-skilled/ professionals, we are grateful to the Dublin Regional Authority for instigating this initative and for providing us with the financial support.
Benefits of Membership
Easily identifiable and accessible customer journey through existing public services for IE Network Members;
Professional and Social Peer support group encompassing skilled professionals from across industry spectra;
Information relevant to high-skilled / professionals contained within one structured online source;
Options: information on how to go out on one’s with simultaneous information on how to get back on the career ladder.
A true sense of belo;ging with one’s peers;
A shared ambition of fellow unemployed high-skilled / professionals to help each other to navigate successfully back to work; and
The pooled commitment of existing State and local agencies to help unemployed high-skilled / professionals
Rules of Membership
This is a mutual self-help group, not a therapy group or a jobs club. Hopefully, this group will provide emotional, psychological, and moral support for its members who are trying to get back into the workforce or set up a business. Members are encouraged to participate to whatever extent they feel comfortable.
The following ground rules facilitate the development of trust in the IE Network and enable us to share our thoughts, feelings and ideas with each other.
1. Confidentiality is vital to the success of certain talks/workshops which the IE Network will provide. But in general what is discussed in the public domain.
2. We are here to share our own knowledge and experiences; our advice may be offered but not forced upon other members.
3. We each share the responsibility for making the IE Network sessions work.
4. Members respect all who are involved with the IE Network, including facilitators and guest speakers. Accept people, just as they are, and avoid making judgments.
5. Members are to give everyone an opportunity to share.
6. Members have the right to speak and the right to remain silent.
7. Members have the right to not engage in role play in workshops or if suggested by a speaker.
8. Members are required to give supportive attention to the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations.
9. Members avoid interrupting. If they do break in, they return the conversation to the person who was speaking.
10. Representation/Hard selling is not allowed in the IE Network. Members may leave brochures at the coffee station.
11. Members will not use abusive language or engage in any actions that may be misconstrued as aggressive or threatening behaviour.
12. We begin and end our meetings on time.
13. None observance of these rules could lead to expulsion form the IE Network. The final decision in this regard, lies with the IE Network Manager.
This is your network and it is up to you to make it work. Your input, participation and contribution can make the difference to a fellow member.