Getting Around

Today, we had a few guest speakers during class time. They both emphasized the point of bettering ourselves and standing out to employers. Our first speaker, Derek Reilly, works with Junior Chamber International (JCI). The JCI is a non-profit international organization that encourages young people, between 18 and 40 years old, to become active citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, and international cooperation, goodwill and understanding. I find it inspiring that the organization believes that age does not concern the timing of wanting to better yourself. Our second speaker today was Ellie Doyle, who works at Talent Hub to help people develop an organized skill set and match with an employer. Her perspective was that professional potential and attitude are valued before experience when employers are looking to hire. Both of the presentations today got me thinking about improving my own skill set and creating a wealthy social currency.

After class, I went around the city, exploring, and investing in traditional tourist gifts. While walking around, I started contemplating about Ireland’s global economy and globalization in general. More on that topic: according to Investopedia, globalization “represents the global integration of international trade, investment, information technology and cultures.” By creating that global economy, there can be a better utilization of resources between nations. By strengthening these bonds, international partners can work together to solve the world’s problems. However, some disadvantages of globalization could include the possible lack of control over the markets and multinational enterprises; it could also cause concentration of richness and increased social inequality. Ireland shows signs of globalization in the sense that Dublin, especially, is an international city, with different nationalities all over the streets. For the most part, though, globalization is shown in the Docklands of Dublin where international companies decide to place headquarters. Globalization increases the attraction of the city for more industries, including tech and tourism, which will consequently bring more money into the economy.