Relocating to Ireland? Congratulations. Ireland is genuinely a great country not alone to do business in, but to live and socialise.
Having said that, relocating to another country is a challenge – logistically and emotionally it can be a roller coaster, so to help you on the way, here are
The Seven Deadly Sins of Relocating
1. You have to focus on your new role
No – be fair to yourself – You need to prioritise: – work, home, partner or family, hobbies and social life. All of these are different in another country and all of them are important.
2. You want to replicatewhat you had back home
Don’t start with a fixed idea – this is an opportunity for change. If you’ve never lived by the sea – here’s your chance to move out of the city. If you’ve always lived in the hills, here’s a chance to live in the city. If you have a relocation agent, take an orientation trip with him or her. Keep your commute and your must-haves in mind, but at least be open to change.
3. The company allows me two weeks in a hotel, that’s plenty of time to find a home
Not in Dublin it’s not – the market is oversubscribed and there’s heavy competition for every letting that comes up. Local knowledge and support is critical – use Linkedin and Facebook If you don’t have a relocation agent, lean on your colleagues for help and advice.
4. There are certain things I must have in my apartment
The size, style and décor of properties here will probably differ greatly from back home, you have to see a cross section of properties to know what suits you best.
In this market you also need to know what you want when you see it and go for it.
5. Get your documentation in order.
Make an appointment for your PPSN (social services card). For non EU citizens make an appointment with the GNIB for your re-entry visa – that can take up to 6 weeks.
And opening a bank account is critical, you’ll need fast access to cash and of course for your salary.
7. And finally, Ireland is generally an open and friendly society, so enjoy it.
And it offers cheap and frequent flights to all of the major European cities too, so get ready to explore.