Get Out There: Adventure Advice!

“I have been in Ireland now for a couple of months. During these couples last months, I have not worked, therefore I have had the opportunity to take in the country and the people, and am in a better position to offer some words of advice. Take it or leave it. Up to you, but here are some of the suggestions I would have liked to have from the very beginning.

 

1)         Book your GNIB appointment up to 8 weeks before coming to Ireland. I cannot stress this enough. If you want to work as soon as you get here, I strongly suggest you book your appointment for your  your arrival in Dublin as soon as possible.

2)         Don’t pack your umbrella. Do pack a good rain jacket. Umbrellas here are available everywhere, but, to be honest, a raincoat is much more useful. The wind in Ireland can be quite intense, so your umbrella probably won’t fair so well unless an inside-out umbrella is your kind of thing! While I’m on the subject of packing, include at least one nice outfit for interviews and evenings out, and definitely pack a great pair of walking or hiking shoes.

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3)         When you figure out where in Ireland you will be settling down for a while, I suggest you plan to live with an Irish family for a while. Living with Irish people will allow for you to ask questions, navigate the area, get some good advice, and hear some wonderful stories about Ireland. Not only that, but you’ll be making local connections, which is pretty swell.

4)         Go on adventures. This seems like a silly suggestion but I think it’s easy to lose focus of why you’re relocating to Ireland. Don’t rule out small villages and don’t be afraid to ask locals where to go.

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5)         Talk to people, but focus on listening. People here are very willing to share stories and advice. You’ll learn some wonderful stories of the history, people and culture of Ireland if you tend a listening ear over a pint or coffee.

6)         If you cross someone from your home country, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask them to have coffee with you. It’s nice to have someone to talk to from your country who has also relocated to Ireland. You can compare experiences and perhaps even share contacts.

7)         Read the newspaper once in a while. It’ll give you some insight as to what is happening around Ireland, be it politics, art, sports or classifieds. You might even find some activities happening in your area that you can attend to meet new people or learn a new skill or hobby!

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8)         Download discount website apps such as Groupon to take advantage of some deals in your area. You might find some beauty services or tourist attraction discounts that will help with your budget.

9)         Learn basic rules of rugby, or find someone willing to teach you the basic rules of the game. It makes it a lot funner to watch a game in a pub with a bunch of locals when you have a general idea of what is going on. While you’re at it, learn the basics of hurling and football. Get in the game!

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10)       Finally, get out there. Rain or shine, make it a point to get out of the house every day, even if it’s for a short walk. The days can be rainy, but if you’re dressed for the weather, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying some time outdoors!

That’s it! I’m sure I’ll uncover some more suggestions as time goes by, but those are some basics to get you started on your Irish adventure!”

Guest Blogger Geneviève Laurent is a Canadian participant on the Work in Ireland Program. Check out her personal blog: https://chasingnewmemories.wordpress.com/  

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11 Signs That Ireland May Be The Place For You in 2017

Hands up if you’ve been thinking about a change of scenery lately? It’s The world seems to be changing more rapidly than ever and it can be a little overwhelming at times. We get it, you’re not alone either.

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We understand the symptoms and we think we’ve found the remedy for you. Allow us to prescribe you a daily dose of good craic and great culture, jaw dropping landscapes, a vibrant economy full of opportunity, a welcoming, open society full of characters and a launch pad from which to explore Europe. Answer ‘yes’ to the majority of these questions and we’ll start writing up your prescription to come visit Ireland in 2017…

Are you at your happiest when surrounded by nature?

Little old Ireland is about the size of Indiana but packs in a frankly silly amount of glorious landscapes, coastlines and scenery to explore…

Prefer a friendly chat and a pint over relentlessly posting on Instagram?

Which scene sounds like more fun? A bunch of friends cracking jokes and sharing great stories in a bar or half a dozen ‘strangers’ huddled over a screen as they jam 94 hashtags into their fourth Instagram post of the hour. Thought so.

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Go weak at the knees over the world’s sexiest accent?

It’s not just Colin Farrell, that’s how we all sound. We may not win every global accolade but having the world’s sexiest accent is in the bag.

Just two of Ireland's many Hollywood stars. These two are less likely to find you and kill you than others...eh Liam?
Just two of Ireland’s many Hollywood stars. These two are less likely to find you and kill you than others…eh Liam?

Careful not to fall too hard for our charm, although you are allowed fall a little bit.

Find a smaller quaint town more appealing than a sprawling, soulless city?

Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick don’t do overbearing skyscrapers, overcrowded metros, toxic air pollution or a disregard for manners and politeness.

Instead, you’ll find that we’re all in this life thing together and there are more than enough laughs to be shared and ears to be lent in a town where strangers are just people you haven’t had ‘the craic’ with yet.

Inspired to experience European Culture?

Who wouldn’t want to explore Europe? Comparatively to other continents, you cannot find so many diverse cultures in such a small area and it’s a crime to settle in Ireland while not taking a trip to Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and beyond. Even getting over to Greece is just a short 4 hour flight away.

Want to become the funniest person in most rooms?

The Irish sense of humour is downright legendary and based on never, EVER taking life too seriously. For every brilliantly successful comedian like David O’Doherty there’s a similarly funny character in most bars and clubs dotted around the country.

Looking for a new favourite sport?

Ever heard of Gaelic games? You’re about to. During the summer months, Ireland’s 32 counties battle each other in gaelic football and hurling with games attracting crowds of 80,000. The sport is completely amateur, something that is pretty mind boggling when you see the fervent support and passion of both players and fans. It’s a way of life in Ireland and you’ll fall in love with it.

Gaelic football is not dissimilar to Aussies Rules but it’s Hurling, which is basically hockey on a lot steroids and the fastest field sport in the world, that’ll really capture your imagination. Again an amateur sport, the skill levels are outrageous.

These Americans watching it for the first time have their minds blown…

Top Tip: Don’t support Kilkenny. Sure, they’re the best hurling county but everyone else hates that fact!

Want to see where Luke Skywalker and Jon Snow really live?

It turns out the Jedi has been hiding down in Co.Kerry this whole time. Skellig Michael has always been held in the highest regard within Ireland and now, thanks to The Force Awakens, it’s gained global recognition as a top tier Bucket List item.

Not only does Ireland boast the hideaway of a Jedi, it’s also where the Stark’s call home at Winterfell (Co.Antrim).

Want to experience the world’s biggest bands in the best country to play live music?

It’s difficult to remember a year where so many incredible bands are coming to Dublin. Allow us take a breath while we reel off a who’s who of global icons, all playing in Dublin between April – September 2017.

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Coldplay, U2, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Alt-J, Bon Iver, Phil Collins, Ed Sheeran, Two Door Cinema Club, Hans Zimmer, The 1975, Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon and Justin Bieber.

Ireland is a legendary place for bands to end their European tours and have a last big show, with an unforgettable crowd in some of the world’s most revered music venues.

The Olympia Theatre is hands down one of the best music venues in the world
The Olympia Theatre in Dublin is hands down one of the best music venues in the world

Looking for a shop window into some of the world’s biggest and best tech companies?

Ireland isn’t just about having a great time, there’s also massive opportunities for international students to get experience with some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Thanks to low tax rates, a skilled English speaking workforce and prime location for entry into continental Europe, the likes of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, PayPal, eBay, Microsoft, AirBnB and Dropbox have all based their Euro operations out of Ireland.

Got the balls to do something bigger and better in 2017?

We’ve been helping hundreds of international students relocate to Ireland over the years and they all had something in common, a willingness to experience something new and the balls to do something about it.

Our international community in Dublin and across Ireland continues to grow with students arriving from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe. Once you’re enrolled in a third level institution, you can get over here and begin an eye opening adventure with the support of ourselves and our community.

Interested? Find out more about the Work in Ireland program or drop Martha, Stephen and Emma a line wii@usit.ie.

 

 

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