Once again, the weather was absolutely amazing throughout the week. I ended up heading down to Bray and enjoyed sitting by the shore. It was neat to see the land covered in small rocks rather than sand. The sea itself was a lovely blue and because there were not many large waves, the shore was on the quieter side which was peaceful. It was also really windy and chilly but a group of young teenagers were still swimming in the sea, much to my surprise. Throughout my time in Ireland, I made it my mission to try fish and chips at every coastal town I had gone to. I have gone to Galway, Howth and Bray and Bray is my favorite so far for fish and chips! I recommend going to Henry and Rose. Overall, the atmosphere of all these towns is so tranquil and refreshing; I would never want to leave. I have yet to dislike a single place here in Ireland.
On Sunday, I had gone to a movie theatre in Dublin with a friend. Right off the bat, I noticed a few differences between the theatres in the United States versus the theatres in Ireland. The theatre was a lot smaller than any I have seen especially for a major cinema in Dublin. When you walk into the room for the movie, previews are not automatically played throughout the entire time before the movie starts. They will play advertisements or previews at a specific time before the movie. Another big thing was how awfully quiet it was before the movie. Typically, in the United States, people will be chatting before the movie begins, but no one was saying a word despite there being a large crowd. The room was absolutely silent and I had to leave the room so I could talk to my friend. It was definitely an interesting experience to be able to compare such an experience.
The work culture in Ireland is vastly different than the work culture in the United States. I would say the primary difference is how laid back everyone is in Ireland. There is carefreeness in this country that is nonexistent in the States. Time is a mere number to the Irish. It is more of an option for them to follow whereas in the States, we live by the time. We are always early or punctual. I had an instance where I was meeting up at the Spire with an Irish friend of mine, and I was ten minutes early while they had messaged me they would most likely be late. Our supervisor, as well, does not seem to mind if we are late to work. Moreover, there are always tea breaks going on throughout work in addition to lunch breaks. My supervisor will continuously tell me to go take tea breaks and to relax rather than constantly work all the time without a break.
Another notable difference would be the conversations and interactions I have with my supervisors. They are both very welcoming and friendly right from the beginning. The conversations we have are more personal, such as talking about family or the specifics of what I have done on the weekend. There is no sensitive topic that cannot be discussed. Most times, our conversations are unrelated to the work at hand because small talk seems to be more important. We can talk for an hour and no one seems to be worried about getting work done. Additionally, there is no exact guidance on what to do. Typically in the United States, your boss will have clear guidelines for you on what they want, how they want it and then when exactly they want it. In Ireland, your boss will give you something to do but never mention anything else except for “research this and email it to me.” You have to go out of your way to ask for specifics, such as a deadline or to clarify what kind of format you should use.
There is one thing I would like to integrate into my own professional career taken from the Irish work culture. As mentioned above, I want to be able to have open communication with my team or coworkers, so being able to have some small talk would be nice. Not only do you tear away a bit from the professionalism but you are able to make more of a connection with everyone in the workplace. There is a stronger sense of community because of that.