Weekend in Westport

Another week finished up here in Ireland, and let me tell you, it’s very bittersweet. Sweet because I’ve had another wonderful week of work and exploration, and of course bitter because this marks just one more week for me before returning home. As usual, I’ll start with my adventures outside of the workplace and then close up my post with some professional reflections. Let’s begin!

This weekend, I took a trip to Westport, a small town in County Mayo, and visited my Father’s long time colleague and close family friends. I took a 4 hour train ride from Dublin directly across to the west coast to Westport, and got some brilliant views along the way. Getting to explore the beautiful, humble town of Westport was an absolute amazing time and I really got a feel for the culture in the West. A lot less bustling compared to Dublin, there are hills of green as far as the eye can see, as well as beautiful mountains, coasts, and beaches. I even got to swim in the Atlantic with everyone, and even though they may not agree, let me tell you the water was absolutely freezing! But it was amazing and it’ll be a memory I will hold onto forever…

Aside from this, we spent the day on Saturday exploring the town and even drove into Galway and so I got a chance to see all the beautiful views that came with it. And on Sunday morning before hopping back on the train, I explored the town in Westport a little more and got to see the Allergan corporate building where my dad used to take trips to work at for a couple weeks at a time. It was great to see it, and really put the building into perspective for me knowing my dad had been here plenty of times before!

This weekend was unforgettable, and I think the perfect way to close out my weekend trips while here in Ireland. It’s definitely a place that I plan to visit once again, and if you haven’t been, I highly recommend you visit.

Now we will move over the work side of my week. I had another fantastic week at Wallace Myers International getting more chances to prove my worth and I was even given more responsibility. This week I continued sourcing jobs for my colleague Nicole who is away on holiday. On top of that I also continued up keeping social media accounts for two of my co workers as well as other smaller tasks throughout the week, such as writing client letters and editing and formatting CVs.

On Tuesday, however, I was given more work to do. There were two new job opportunities that no one was working on. The positions are Business Analyst and Quality Assurance Analyst. Since nobody claimed them, my co worker asked me if I would like to take over the jobs on my own, and of course, I said yes! I was able to post up the job advertisements on a few websites in my own name and am completely in command of the sourcing and searching for the job. This internship has given me so many excellent opportunities to learn, and so this is just another way for me to make actual meaningful contributions and give back to the company.

Throughout my time working at Wallace Myers and surrounding myself with other workers in Ireland, I have been able to get a sense for what success really is. Now of course success is industry specific, but in general, success in the Irish workplace means that you can complete all your tasks and projects on time without becoming overly stressed or overwhelmed. In addition, success in the Irish workplace definitely requires you to have close relationships with your co workers. I have noticed this very much in the office that I work in; everybody is super close. Success in Irish work also means that if you do fail, you learn from where you went wrong instead of letting it get to you.

More specific to the industry that I am in, recruitment, success revolves around relationships with candidates and clients. For a recruiter in an agency setting to be successful, he or she has to be able to make deals with different candidates and different candidates within different job roles. For this to happen, the recruiter has to act as a “middle man” between the candidates and clients and be able to communicate properly and professionally. If the recruiter can build and maintain good relationships with the candidates and clients, matching the candidates with the clients and their roles becomes a whole lot easier.

In regards to my internship, success still follows similar guidelines. Though I am not dealing with clients because I am not dealing with the “closing” side of the recruitment process, it is still my job to speak with candidates. When speaking with candidates and getting information about their interests and situation, I need to build a good relationship with them as well and build their trust. Having a good relationship in the early stages with a candidate can make the rest of the placement process a lot easier.

In America, success in the workplace generally involves reaching your goals and deadlines no matter what the cost is. It is not uncommon for people in the US to spend countless hours focusing on work and stressing over their projects, but this is not healthy. Professional success in Ireland differs because though you do need to reach goals and deadlines just as back in the states, nobody is ever overly stressed out about their work. Thus Ireland professional success is all about being able to carry out your job while maintaining a healthy and stress free lifestyle and keeping a close connection with your co workers.

Having a place in the workplace of Ireland has been absolutely amazing and I had a fantastic time this weekend in Westport as well. Though of course I miss my family and friends, I am really not happy to be leaving Ireland in one week. That being said, I will be back next week for my last post. Until then…