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Hear from Andrew Kerr, Director in Consulting

I am really enjoying the connected nature of Dublin as a hub connecting America with Europe and beyond. The 'new' vibe in the city with all the US techs setting up is palpable...but the cosy traditional pubs with open fires are still doing a fair trade too.

I first left my home town of Coleraine in the early '90s to study Technology and Business in Glasgow. From the memorable student days in Scotland I steered my career in a variety of directions - Automotive in England, Telecoms in Holland, Consumer Business in Switzerland, an MBA in Spain and a 12 month sabbatical to travel in South America and Asia.

I joined Deloitte in London in 2006 when my soon-to-be wife Lydia suggested it was time I "got a sensible job." Four years and 2 children later, with recession biting hard and, to be honest, not wanting to raise our children in London we opted to transfer down under to Melbourne. We arrived in spring, with son Max just 9-weeks old.

Australia was everything we expected and much, much more. Melbourne's reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities is well deserved. Climate, sport, food, wine, festivals and an obsession with healthy living made for a truly memorable 5 years. My career benefited too, with some wonderful transformation projects in Mining, Telecoms and Retail and some interesting opportunities crossing into Asia as well. With the arrival of our little Aussie, Mabel completing our brood we were now a family of 5, a long way away and starting to feel the strain of that distance. With aging parents back in Ireland and the prohibitive cost of schooling, property and childcare in Oz playing on our minds we started planning our return.

Lydia and I both did solo whistlestop reckie missions to see if it felt right. On our short trips home we were both blown away by the vibrancy, newfound optimism, growing multiculturalism and youthful feel of our home country. The Ireland we left some 25 years ago, the Ireland of our parents and our fellow emigrant peers was long gone. We were unanimous in our agreement that it was time for home.

And that is where Deloitte is such a wonderful place to work. My first daughter Celia learned to crawl in an apartment in Geneva whilst we lived for a few months in Switzerland, spending our weekends hiking in the Alps. Max spent his entire life to date in Australia and now, again thanks to the flexible, truly global nature of Deloitte, Mabel's childhood memories will be in Ireland.

My career hasn't suffered in the slightest either. I am really enjoying the connected nature of Dublin as a hub connecting America with Europe and beyond. The 'new' vibe in the city with all the US techs setting up is palpable...but the cosy traditional pubs and open fires are still doing a fair trade too.

As well as spending time in Dublin, I've made use of my international network and experience to provide consulting advice to some of Ireland's largest multinational companies as well as a few of those fast growing technology firms. There is a huge desire from Irish firms to work with experienced international people. In the 11 months I have been home I've done projects in Saudi Arabia, California, England and most recently Amsterdam - not forgetting my first ever visits to Cork as well. It is about as far as you can get in Ireland from Coleraine so I think that's a fair excuse for not having been there before.

Would I give any advice to people in a similar situation, considering such a move? I'd say, from a career perspective you can definitely find what you are looking for in Ireland. And from a lifestyle perspective my 8 year old daughter Celia can say it much better than me.
As she runs and jokes on a Northern beach with my smiling, and suddenly younger looking, father, she shouts in her Aussie accent.
"We,re home now Grandpa. It's awesome. I want to stay here forever"
 

Hear from Mickael Meleo, Senior Consultant in Consulting

 

I chose Deloitte because I immediately liked the company values and the very interesting mission they offered. Deloitte is a big company though you can really feel that you are not just a number

I moved to Ireland with my girlfriend because we both wanted to have a professional and personal experience abroad and discover a new way of life. We thought Dublin was a perfect city regarding job opportunities, and a good place for me to improve my english.

We visited Ireland two years before we decided to move and we loved it. It is a beautiful country with a strong culture and history. Unlike general thinking the wet weather does not alter the fact that you have many things to do.

If you consider to move in Ireland even for a short period do not miss the amazing landscapes such as cliff of Moher and ring of Kerry! Contrarily to what one might think (especially for French people) I really like the food in Ireland and I find it easier to find a good place to eat. The atmosphere is even better with a good band playing in one of the many music live restaurants in all over the city. Dublin is a very pleasant city, it has all the advantages of a capital: culture, night life, plenty of things to do. Though it doesn’t have the negative side of big cities like Paris or London, it’s for example much less stressful.

Irish people are lovely and so friendly, you will feel at home very quickly and they will make you comfortable if at the beginning your english is not perfect.

I chose Deloitte because I immediately liked the company values and the very interesting mission they offered. Deloitte is a big company though you can really feel that you are not just a number: the management is fair, everyone helps each other and the atmosphere is great. Besides you can really have an impact that matters in your everyday job! My job in Deloitte has a great impact on my career: I have now an experience abroad and speak fluently English, I have discovered a new culture and a new management style. Deloitte rewards hard work and many opportunities are offered if you show you want to grow.


What I love in Deloitte: you work with great people, in a good atmosphere and with fair management. Besides you get to work with people from all over the world My advice for moving to Deloitte in Ireland: be yourself, stick to your values and be ready to drink Guinness! :)
Mickael
 

Hear from Laura Finnan, Director in Tax & Legal

 

While never having worked in the Deloitte Dublin office, I was happy to see that so many of the things that I had loved about the Deloitte Vancouver office – the openness, the teamwork, the progression opportunities, and the general camaraderie, were all just as present in the Deloitte Dublin office too.

I left Ireland in May 2010 for Vancouver, Canada and joined the tax team in the Deloitte Vancouver office.

I loved Vancouver from first sight; the coastal and mountain views, the great outdoor lifestyle with water-sports in the summer and skiing in the winter! There wasn’t much not to love!

I spent 3 and a half great years on the international tax team with Deloitte Vancouver. This was a hugely enjoyable time and through hard work I quickly progressed through the ranks.

Amazing friends, a great lifestyle and excellent career prospects had me wondering if Vancouver could become my forever home. However like many of us Irish, the desire to be nearer my family drew me home. I wanted to be there for the weddings, the christenings and everything else to come.

Having made the decision to come home, I returned in December 2013 and joined the Deloitte Dublin office.

While never having worked in the Deloitte Dublin office, I was happy to see that so many of the things that I had loved about the Deloitte Vancouver office – the openness, the teamwork, the progression opportunities, and the general camaraderie, were all just as present in the Deloitte Dublin office too. I was instantly immersed in the team and I couldn’t believe how quickly I came to know not alone the tax group, but also the wider Audit, Consulting, and Corporate Finance teams. It’s simply the Deloitte way!

Joining Deloitte allowed me to leverage my international tax experience and previously developed networks, and to retain my connection with Canada.

As a director in the corporate and international tax group in the Dublin office, my clients now are primarily US and Canadian multinational corporations. Since returning home, my international experience has allowed me the opportunity to lead a number of different Ireland/Canada initiatives and client projects.

The decision to move is not an easy one; all of the different aspects need to be weighed up and considered and it is a different decision for everyone.

While there can be challenges when making the return home, joining a firm such as Deloitte undoubtedly allows you to leverage the skills and experiences gained abroad. For me, from both a personal and professional perspective, this made the transition home a really great experience.

Being back in Ireland 3 years this Christmas, I can say that coming home has been nearly as much of an adventure as starting out in Vancouver was!
 

Hear from Daryl Hanberry, Tax Partner

I suppose the biggest challenge is always ensuring you settle in to the work environment as quickly as possible and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience of living and working in another city.

 I completed a Bachelor of Commerce (International - German) undergraduate degree in UCD and then completed a Master of Accounting in the UCD Smurfit School of Business.

My undergraduate degree had plenty of team projects, presentations and other continuous assessment work. While I may not have appreciated many of the benefits at the time, the skills I learned, such as project management, teamwork and presentation skills, are ones which are really helpful in my current career in tax.

I always had an interest in business in general throughout secondary school and accounting was a particular favourite subject of mine. I had some exposure to law as a subject in both secondary school and university and I saw tax as the perfect combination of both disciplines.

Landing my job in Deloitte was an intersting one!. Back in the day before Deloitte had formal tax internships, I just walked into their offices in Dublin and asked to speak to someone in HR. Given that I was 19 at the time, it’s quite surprising in hindsight that someone came down to talk with me, let alone offer me an internship! After the internship, I was offered a training contract which I accepted.

Once you join the tax department in Deloitte, you are encouraged to complete your professional qualifications in both tax and accounting. IDeloitte provides excellent study leave in the weeks leading up the exams, and this period allowed me to recap the topics covered.

The great thing about a career in tax is that there is no typical day. I might be identifying tax technical solutions for a client problem. I could be speaking at a client conference discussing the tax benefits of Ireland. I could be providing training to my colleagues or even at an Irish Tax Institute course! The variety of the work is one of the most attractive things to me about a career in tax.

You have had great experience working abroad – can you tell us more?
I have had great experience working abroad for Deloitte twice as part of their global network – 18 months in our Belfast office and 2 years in our New York office leading our Irish international desk. Both were great experiences in their own respective ways – using your qualification to explore different cultures, meet new friends and expand your global Deloitte network.

I suppose the biggest challenge is always ensuring you settle in to the work environment as quickly as possible and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience of living and working in another city. The fact that I had studied in Germany as part of my college degree assisted greatly in knowing what to expect from working abroad.

The career opportunities are typically excellent and varied in nature. I have former colleagues who are working across the globe and in a variety of industries. Remember that taxes are one of the two certainties in life, and where there is tax; there is a need for a tax adviser!
 

Hear from Ennio Bolondi, Solutions Developer In Consulting

When I think that I had to take a decision between Deloitte and the other company, now I can definitely say that I took the best decision and that I'm very lucky.

My name is Ennio, I'm a computer engineer with 6 years of experience. While I was working for a couple of IT companies in Italy, I begun to feel the strong desire to move abroad for meet some new cultures and speak a new language. Well, I think there were many other reasons that convinced me to relocate: for example spend more time with my European citizens, learn and improve new ways of working and manage the projects.

So I decided to relocate here to Ireland in February 2016 and in August I started my journey. In september I received a job offer from a company located in Dublin with the availability to start ASAP but, at the same time, I received positive feedback from Deloitte and because I was very interested to work for them, I rejected the other offer and the rest is history.

On the 5th of September I started to work in their team. Actually I'm a Solution Developer and I have the opportunity to develop Web Applications using the Microsoft technologies. I really like coding, but during my working day I have also to interact with the others developers and the business architects.

So here I most definitely realise that nowdays a good software developer must improve and use his comunication skills.

Exchange information with the team is important (and also a pleasure). I think my co-workers are special because we are a multiethnical squad: four Indians, one Turkis, one Polish, one French, one Argentine, one Italian (me), some English and, of course, Irish :-)

I never been a part of a team composed by 13 people before and with the use of scrum and agile, all those developers can work collectively on the same project, using the last web technology like naked object.

Here, day by day, I constantly grow up and learn new skills. Here, after few weeks, you receive a lot of responsability and the managers are very supportive. As soon as you demonstrate that you like doing something and do it well, you automatically became the expert of that task and everybody will contact you for your expertise.

I feel safe because I know that I'm not alone. I'm supported by my colleagues, senior manager and your appraiser along the way. And also with the help of the PDP I can realise and achieve my passion and objectives.

When I think that I had to take a decision between Deloitte and the other company (three months ago), now I can definitely say that I took the best decision and that I'm very lucky.