Temping is probably the most common work for someone with a working holiday visa in Ireland. Why? Because over here there are contract or permanent positions (permanent means full or part time on-going work where you don’t sign a contract) and most institutions do not look favorably on hiring a foreigner for a “permanent” position. Temping however seems to work out well for most foreigners since it doesn’t tie you down and allows you to take off or move whenever you please. The down side to temping is that the positions can range from a day to months. This means, you are constantly waiting for a phone call to let you know if there is work.
When I first arrived in Dublin I jumped on the chance to sign on with recruiters (had done my homework and made arrangements before I arrived). So I signed up with a few the first day I set foot in Dublin. From Sept 11 to Oct 16 I worked 12 out of 25 working days in offices usually as a receptionist. Not too shabby for my first month in Ireland. Also I had multiple calls for short assignments while I was already in contracts. So I thought temping was an alright solution until I found a more permanent one- which is what I was hoping for!
My life changed drastically on Oct 17. I went for an interview with a recruiting agent for a permanent position in a fashion buying & design office. The position: an Office Assistant. However, the very fact that I would be working along side the buyers, following up their paperwork and assisting within one of the largest suppliers in Europe was a dream position for my career. The interview went well and I was booked for an interview with the company, Styletex.
I am so excited to announce I got the job!! What an amazing opportunity, I actually can’t believe how privileged I am to be working in my field, permanent, in a recession, in a foreign country. I did however work really hard and spent countless hours writing cover letters and new cv’s- I have about a million different ones saved on my computer. But still, I feel really blown away that I managed to get such a great job, after only a month of active searching in town. Thankfully because I am applying for DeFacto and will then be granted an extension visa I was eligible for this position. If it wasn’t for that, I probably wouldn’t be in the running. I am so thrilled and so so thankful; I can hardly contain my excitement. Styletex supplies to some of the biggest names in high street fashion and beyond, so I really can’t express my joy to be apart of that office!! I start on November 5th so I have a wee bit to go before I dive head first into a very busy schedule. Can’t wait, it will be such a great new step in my career. Now only to get involved in some theatre and I will be a very, very happy camper!
Just trying to keep a running record of my life here in Dublin!