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Young Irish graduates still moving abroad to find better job opportunities despite signs of economic boom returning

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Young Irish graduates still moving abroad to find better job opportunities despite signs of economic boom returning

According to career consultation and interview coach Orla Donagher, young professionals are lured abroad by attractive packages

THE boom may be back but Irish professionals are still moving abroad to find better job opportunities.

According to career consultation and interview coach Orla Donagher, young professionals are lured abroad by attractive packages. Ms Donagher, from Interview Tutor, said: “Some small to medium companies (in Ireland) can only offer basic salary packages.

“On the other side of the coin some people abroad looking to come home are shocked to discover it’s not so easy.”

Here people discuss their decisions to work at home and abroad.

ANN-Marie Somers decided to move to Dubai in 2016 to broaden her horizons and to travel.

The 28-year-old from Co Wexford studied teaching in St Patrick’s College in Dublin for three years.

She told the Irish Sun: “After securing a permanent position in Ireland, I worked for six years as a classroom teacher.

“I felt like teaching in Ireland was a one-way street. I had the option to stay working as a classroom teacher or work towards a principal position.

“Therefore I decided to move abroad in order to broaden my horizons.”

She added: “The starting salary offered in Dubai exceeded the salary that I was receiving in Ireland and also included accommodation, annual flights home and medical insurance, as well as guaranteed sunshine all year round.”

But while Ann-Marie enjoys living in Dubai she misses home and events like weddings and other special occasions.

She said: “I’m still enjoying the novelties of Dubai. Where else in the world could you fly to the Maldives for a long weekend?

“However, I do miss Ireland, especially the people.

“Dubai is not as accessible as Europe, for example, where I can just decide to fly home for a weekend.

“That being said, there’s a huge Irish expat community here. I never really feel like I’m away from home, thanks to Skype and Facebook.

“There are plenty of Irish events hosted in Irish venues, especially around St Patrick’s Day.

“I’ve seen more of The Coranas and Kodaline in Dubai than I’d ever see at home and I’ve attended plenty of “Pop Up Gaeltacht” sessions.”

Ann-Marie plans to spend at least another year in Dubai as she feels the country has so much to offer.

She said: “As a teacher who’s lucky enough to have a permanent position in Ireland, I feel like I have the best of both worlds.

“There are very few countries in the world which offer teachers the opportunity to travel while also guaranteeing employment upon returning home.”

MICKEY Quinn spent three years living and working in Australia before returning home after his contract wasn’t renewed.
The Longford GAA star subsequently did a degree in maths teaching in Dublin City University.

He got married in March to his wife Niamh and the two of them are in the process of moving into a house in their native Co Longford.

Mickey said the couple had considered moving away again but buying a house put those plans on hold.

He has been working for a year as a teacher in St Mel’s college in Longford and says teaching offers him flexibility to do different things, including travel.

The 28–year-old said: “I spent a year working as a coaching officer with Longford GAA and then went back to college and did my degree in maths teaching in DCU.

“I was lucky, a lot of people do struggle. I spent a year doing my placement in Castleknock College and when I finished my degree I stayed on.

“An opportunity came up for a job back home in Longford in St Mel’s College. I finished my first year in Longford now. It’s great to be back and around home and family and friends and settling back in.”

Mickey enjoyed his time in Australia, and played for the Australia Football League.

However, living so far from home was difficult. He said: “I spent three years out there and once they were up I came home and I haven’t looked back since.

“I probably would have stayed a good bit longer, but I had a craving to get home. I was getting homesick being that far away.

“Different things happen and when you’re so far away it can be difficult. I did learn lots from it.”

He said he was lucky enough to get a job soon after graduating.

He added: “I’m two years out now from my degree, two years full-time teaching.

“You’re definitely in the thick of things — especially in a small county such as Longford.”

And he explained: “That’s one thing with teaching, there is an opportunity to do something over the summer.”

Seanan O Coistin

SEANAN O Coistin left Ireland in June 2012 when the economy was still in dire straits.

Seanan first travelled to Luxembourg, where he worked in the European Commission.

Then it was on to Germany, where he taught an Irish Cultural Studies course at the University of Trier.

Returning to Ireland in 2015, he worked for a time in Galway before embarking on a course at the Innovation Academy in Trinity College.

However, when he saw a competition for Irish translators at the European Parliament he applied, and was successful, moving back to Luxembourg in 2016.

The 37-year-old has been there since, and like any job he says it has its positives and negatives.

He said: “There are pluses and minuses, the pay is very good, you have 24 or 25 different languages, you’re meeting people from different places.

“But we have very long days and I’m sitting down all day, which is very unhealthy. You can be sitting in front of a computer from about 8.30am until 6pm so it’s not the best.”

While based at the European Parliament, Stephen actually lives across the border in Germany.

The cost of living in Luxembourg is very expensive, so many people opt to travel over from Germany where costs are lower.

He explained: “I have an hour-long commute each way because I live in Germany and it’s cheaper, so I’m back and forth every day.”

Seanan, who is originally from Co Kildare, said he would like to return to Ireland at some stage.

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