We hear a lot about the outflow of young Irish talent. Sometimes, it’s important to remind ourselves that talent isn’t just moving in one direction.
As a well-known global tech hub, Ireland can be attractive to talent from around the world. Francesco Ferazzoli, a software engineer at Liberty IT, moved here for that very reason.
Where are you from?
I’m from Italy, from a small village near Rome. I lived in Rome for eight years. It’s an absolutely beautiful city, but along with the size, it’s extremely busy and the infrastructure can’t really support the numbers of people working and commuting to and from there every day.
How long have you been in Ireland?
I arrived in Ireland at the end of July 2016.
What prompted your decision to move here?
I chose Ireland for two reasons.
First, it’s the European Silicon Valley. For a software engineer, this country is the best place to ‘grow up’ or develop.
Second, and more importantly, I love Ireland. I love its nature and its people – they are really friendly and really like Italians. Dublin is a smaller city than Rome and people are very open.
What’s your role within Liberty IT?
I’m a software engineer and I work for the US consumer markets.
How would you describe your working environment?
One of the best things about Liberty IT is that I can decide on the direction my career goes in, which is a little different to Italy.
Also, the work-life balance in Ireland is great, with time for work and time for leisure.
What do you like most about your job?
Liberty IT really takes care of employees and gives you the opportunity to do your best and to develop your skills.
I have learned a lot about the Agile methodology since working at Liberty IT, which has given a whole new dimension to my career.
Was it difficult to adjust to living and working in Ireland?
The language has been the biggest challenge. It can be difficult for a non-native English speaker to understand the accent and the speed people talk at, at times.
What surprised you about moving to Ireland?
The tax system actually surprised me. The tax amount is lower than in Italy, so it was a pleasant surprise!
How does your working life help to make you feel at home here?
I feel comfortable at work. People are really friendly and Liberty IT really supports my professional development.
What do you like most about your adopted home?
I live near Phoenix Park. It is amazing to live in a city, yet to be so close to one of the biggest parks in the world.
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