Now that Ireland has reclaimed its status as the EU’s fastest-growing economy, another generation of young, mobile, overseas workers is finding that once again, all roads lead to Dublin. Fluent German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish and French speakers are in high demand. But what to expect when you get there?
A booming jobs market, for one thing. Ireland’s unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since the country emerged from recession, and currently sits at just 6.4%. There are lots of opportunities, especially in the tech sector where the presence of the world’s leading players – Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and many more – ensures that demand for skilled IT workers remains high.
Tech, tourism job opportunities
The hospitality industry is also growing strongly, and with 2017 expected to be another record-breaking year for tourism in Ireland, both skilled and casual (seasonal) workers are needed. Meanwhile, with Brexit taking place soon, we expect plenty of opportunities in other sectors including business, finance and pharmaceuticals.
So far, so good! Dublin is packed full of job opportunities right now, and the streets of the capital are filled with young workers from France, Germany, Italy, Poland and elsewhere. Even if you don’t land your dream job straight away, generally speaking there is enough employment to pick up an interim job while you work towards your Plan A.
Of course, there’s more to life than just work. If you are thinking of moving to Ireland, you’ll need to prepare – here are our top 5 things you’ll need to consider.
Finding somewhere to live
With lots of people flocking to Dublin, you need to be smart here. Start searching on www.rent.ie, www.myhome.ie and www.daft.ie and you’ll get a sense of what’s out there, and how far your budget will stretch. Many young workers are happy to stay in hostels until they find their feet or build up a circle of friends with whom they can look for a place. In this respect, your work colleagues or even the company you work for can be a good place to start the apartment hunt.
Registering for public health care
If you are from one of the 31 countries that make up the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland then you are entitled to the same level of health care as Irish citizens. For more about the Irish healthcare system, make sure to check out http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/introduction_to_the_irish_system/health_care_in_ireland.html
Getting around Dublin
For a capital city, Dublin is relatively small and the city centre is compact enough to get around on foot – weather permitting! To get around more quickly, there’s the popular Dublinbikes bicycle hire scheme that has been a huge hit since it was launched. Otherwise, there are plenty of transport options including a comprehensive bus (Dublin Bus) service that connects all parts of the city, an excellent light rail system (LUAS) and a train line (DART) that runs along the coastline. Commuters can pick up a ‘Leap Card’ for discounts on bus and rail journeys.
Coping with the weather
Forget Bordeaux, Berlin or Barcelona – when the sun shines in Dublin, it’s the most beautiful and enjoyable city in the world. Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t always shine! If you’ve done your research you’ll know that Irish weather is notoriously unpredictable so our best advice is to be ready for anything, and make sure you have plenty of warm clothes all year round. Don’t worry though – like the rest of us, you’ll get used to it!
This is one area where you won’t have any trouble. Irish people are famously friendly and Dublin is one of the warmest, most welcoming cities in Europe. Chances are you will quickly develop a lively social life with a circle of friends that includes Irish people as well as your own compatriots and colleagues. This can be a great help, not only as you adjust to living away from home but as you settle in and explore new living and working opportunities.
Dublin: a city to fall in love with
“We’re a band from Dublin city, Ireland,” announced U2’s Bono during the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985. “Like all cities, Dublin has its good… and it has its bad.”
32 years later, those words are as true as ever. Dublin is not perfect – far from it – but it’s a pretty great city all the same. Ask anyone who’s ever lived here, and watch their eyes as they remember the ‘craic’ – making friends, learning the language, exploring the city, after-work drinks by the canal, great festivals like Body & Soul, Forbidden Fruit and Longitude (check them out at http://entertainment.ie/festivals/) …there’s so much to enjoy!
With its open, friendly people and young, tech-savvy workforce, not to mention plentiful employment opportunities plus a vibrant social life – cafés, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs – Dublin is a truly city to fall in love with. The only question is, are you ready for a new adventure in your life?
We’d love to hear from you!
Daniel Michalewicz (who came to Dublin 10 years ago) is Multilingual & Customer Service Division Manager with Eden Recruitment