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From the bright lights of Australia to the street lights of Cork

By: Tina Dorgan | Posted on: 08 Mar 2019

From the bright lights of Australia to the street lights of Cork

We all experience that dreaded thought when we decide to make the move home from another country that has been our home for a few years…. will I find a job that I love?  Is the market in Cork buoyant?  Will I have to move away from Cork to Dublin to find work?


It has been 9 months now since I took that very exciting flight home and haven’t regretted a moment since.  Having spent two years living and traveling around Australia, for me it was time to get back to family and friends and start searching for that ‘dream job’.


My career was always in digital design, this was the career path I planned to be on long term.  It wasn’t until I moved to Australia, when I thought… hey! Why not try something new? Great time to explore different opportunities!  Visa restrictions meant I had to leave a company every 6 months so if I didn’t like the job, it was easy to move on. My first thought was Recruitment.  It was very successful and popular industry in Australia, with plenty of work in this field worldwide and several of my friends were recruiters, so I decided to give it a go!


Being thrown in to the deep end is an understatement for my first recruitment position but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Throughout the two years, I was heavily exposed to both internal and external recruitment, covering the Sydney and Melbourne markets.  Very varied roles, but all extremely faced paced, with a huge candidate market readily available.  Positions were plentiful and work was busy all of the time.  Plenty of ups and downs, but the one common struggle I had over there, was my ‘Cork’ accent, especially when I pronounced my ‘R’s’ - I gave my team plenty of laughs every time this letter was mentioned, but the Irish accent was positively welcomed on every call!


Upon moving home, I wondered how different it would be compared to Australia.  Would the candidate pool be as strong?  Were there many jobs on the market and what were the salary scales in comparison to Australia?


I decided I wanted to get more exposure to agency recruitment, more exposure to account management with different clients and build my knowledge in sectors I had not worked in before.


I happily secured a job with PE Global and have been working on the Irish Permanent team since.  I was introduced to a wide variety of roles at the beginning but quickly started specialising in Engineering and Science.  My clients include domestic and international multinational Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Food and Engineering companies throughout Ireland.


Recruitment in Ireland was certainly a change with regards the market scale, however, the fast paced environment, client interaction and candidate care is very much the same.  Ireland is booming at the moment, it was a great time to come back, and I can happily say that I am glad I made the move and my accent is somewhat more understandable now being home in Cork!


If you are considering coming back home to Ireland or perhaps you are back home and looking for a move from your current role, feel free to get in touch for a confidential chat at


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