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Why Your Next Career Move Should be to Ireland

26th October 2016

Living and working in a foreign country is a fantastic way to expand your horizons, both personally and professionally. It can be an exciting, sometimes daunting experience, but moving to another country is often one of the best career moves you can make.

Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery or looking for your dream job, making the decision to move countries opens up the whole world to you – literally. But before you start looking for jobs and apartments, you first need to decide which country you want to live in. With over 200 to choose from, this can be a tough decision, so here are a few reasons we think Ireland could be the right place for you.

More Opportunities, Less Competition

Our most recent Employment Monitor found that 60% of Irish employers are less likely to hire UK nationals since they voted to leave the EU. While this doesn’t bode too well for the British, it does make things a little bit easier for other people looking to move to Ireland. The UK has been Ireland’s biggest source of immigrantion since records began, so any changes to their right to work here could fundamentally alter the competitiveness of the Irish jobs market, at least in the short-term.

The Brexit result also means that Ireland is now the only English speaking country in the EU, making it a very attractive location for businesses and jobseekers alike. With UK access to the single market an extremely unlikely scenario, many businesses are now looking to Ireland as a possible location for establishing their European bases. Article 50 has yet to be triggered, but Ireland could be set for an influx of foreign investment in the near future.

The Best Country in the World

Ireland is officially the best country in the world, at least according to the Good Countries Index. This index rates countries on a number of issues, such as equality, health, and security, and determines which country is the “best” overall. This alone may not be enough to call Ireland the best country in the world, but there is other evidence to back up that claim.

Last year, Ireland ranked as the 4th most friendly country worldwide. Earlier this year, we were deemed the 9th most reputable country in the world, and just yesterday we came in 12th for safety. Ireland also places among the top 20 countries for both wealth and happiness, which don’t always go hand in hand. So if a safe, happy, friendly, rich life sounds appealing, Ireland may be the place for you.

Employers Love the Experience

International experience of any kind, be it work or study, is a trait that’s always in high demand among employers. A study published by the Erasmus programme found that 64% of employers think that international experience is an important factor for any potential new hires. Another study by the University of California found that 97% of students who studied abroad were employed within 12 months of leaving school, compared to 49% of those who did not travel. So even if you don’t plan to relocate forever, working abroad can open up doors for you back home.

Making the decision to uproot your life and move to another country isn’t always an easy one, but there are some pretty good reasons to do so. Whatever your motivation for moving is, working in another country is a great way to take the next step in your career and as we have seen here, Ireland has a lot to offer. 

Find out more about Irish employers

See our Q3 2016 Employment Monitor to learn more about how Irish employers think: 

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Simon Griffin

Marketing Executive

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I have worked as a writer since I began attending university, and have been working in marketing ever since I graduated. I aim to provide well-researched, fact based, original work that people will find useful and interesting. I have written hundreds of articles as both a freelancer and a marketing executive, and look forward to writing for Cpl. 

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Kelly Gillis says:

Hello Simon,
I am a Canadian interested in relocating to Ireland. I would appreciat any information you are able to provide as to obtaining employment without a visa. Are you aware you of any companies that assist in obtaining work visas for non-EU national. My experience is in the legal field. As well, what are the restrictions on working as a freelancer and living in the country?
I realize that you are not affiliated with the government but I found your site to be very informative.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you,

19th December 2016

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