The luck of the Irish, Annie, Ireland


A story by Annie

Country of Origin:Ireland

Country of destination: Whales


After graduating from University in Ireland, I thought to myself, it’s time to start climbing the career ladder at least. I was no longer a student, no more assignment, no more late nights before an exam trying to cram my brain with everything I had done in a whole semester in one night, let the good times roll, or so, I thought.

I applied for all the graduate roles under the sun, until I was blue in the face. I didn’t get it, I did Computer Science in University and everyone kept saying it will be so easy for you to get a job after University. Well it wasn’t as easy without any experience.

One day I decided, I was tired of sitting around doing nothing. I enrolled myself in an Open University Course, “gatta keep the brain fresh you know… lol”, but I didn’t give up on my job search. As Open University is distant learning, my Uni goes with me whereever I go.

Then one day, I saw an advertisement for a six month internship in Bath for a software developer role. The thought of looking outside Ireland never once crossed my mind. I thought to myself: “why not?” I can get some work experience and I’ve got to live home, new city, new people…

From September until February, I completed my internship. The whole process was rewarding, exciting and full of opportunities. I learned so much about myself professionally and personally. I was determined to get the most out of this mobility. I welcomed every challenge and I overcame many obstacles in my path. At the end of my placement, I felt more confident in my abilities and skills and I felt better prepared to handle the big world.

My internship ended just as quickly as it began. The six months went by so fast. I was soon looking at the possibility of going back to Ireland. But I was not ready to leave the beautiful city of Bath. I looked for a job right here in Bath, and thanks to the experience I got out of my placement, I was able to secure myself a full time position as a Support Engineer.

I am just so grateful for this amazing opportunity that was given to me, if asked to do it all over again – in a heart beat. I would highly recommend and encourage anyone to go abroad, whether it is, to work or study. You never know what’s at the end of the rainbow until you follow it. I definitely found my pot of gold!

Madeline Blackburn - Intern Europe

Having taught all over the world, Madeline is passionate helping young people to find work opportunities overseas. She is a co-director of Intern Europe and ESPA which are dedicated to helping young adults find great work experience and internships across Europe.

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