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Life in Dublin

My Story of working abroad

The story of how I went to become an inexperienced 19-year-old fresh out of School to become a Team Leader for a world-renowned company. This is part of the reason why I now work as an International recruiter, because of the journey I have taken myself. Let me start from the beginning (Don’t worry, I’ll keep it somewhat short):

Getting the Job

When I graduated Gymnasium/High School in Sweden, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I just knew that I didn’t want to continue studying, at least not right away. I was pretty good at English and wanted to live on my own and see more of the world. Therefore, I applied to some jobs abroad online. The recruitment agency was very quick in contacting me, and the timeline was something like this:

Unfortunately, at the time, the company didn’t offer a relocation package; which meant I needed to move to Dublin on my own. I went to a lot of viewings but finally found a good single room to rent only 15 minutes away from work by bus. To be honest, I hadn’t done a lot of research before I went, I simply went without allowing time to second-guess myself.

My time in Dublin, Ireland

I ended up staying in Dublin for about 4 years, working in 3 different roles with the company. I started working as a 1st line Customer Support Agent for the Swedish and English market, then became the Deputy Team Leader of 1 out of 4 teams on the floor. There were some structure changes in the company which allowed me to take over and help set up the Norwegian and Swedish Technical Support Team as the Technical Analyst Team Leader.

One of the benefits of working abroad is meeting all kinds of people from different corners of the world. I got to learn about a lot of different cultures, not just the Irish, since I had colleagues from all over Europe. Another benefit is getting experience and career opportunities. I had recently turned 22 when I got to manage my own team, and I learned so much.

You never know where life takes you

I ended up meeting a Norwegian man in 2016, and we ended up leaving Ireland together in 2018 to start a life and a new adventure in his home town Oslo, Norway. With the experience that I had gained, with Internal recruitment, call centre, Customer Service and HR; I managed to get the job as International Recruiter with Nordic Jobs Worldwide.

My advice to you

As I said in the beginning of this article, this is part of the reason why I now work as an International recruiter, because of the journey I have taken myself. Therefore, my advice to you is that; Life is short, and the world is big. There is so much out there to see and experience. I advise everyone to move abroad for at least a year. You will get friends form all over the world, valuable experience, career opportunities, learn about different cultures and experience living in another country. Do you long for the sun and a warmer climate? How about living in walking distance to the beach in Malta, Greece, Spain or Portugal? Do you want to improve your English and live in an English-speaking country? We have roles in Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK and Malta. What are you waiting for? The timing will never be 100% right and I truly believe that in the end, when you look back at your life; You will regret more the things that you didn’t do rather than the things that you did do.

Alva Ingelström - International Recruiter
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