With people from all over the world choosing Ireland as a place to live and work, we speak to those that have put down roots in the country. This time, we talk to Tamas G Tamas, a senior consultant at Deloitte.
Where are you from?
I’m from Budapest, the capital of Hungary, though I grew up in a small village in the east of Hungary. After my graduation, Budapest had become my new home. The city is beautiful and it’s a really historic city. It has 1,000 years of history and all the streets downtown have a special magical mood.
How long have you been in Ireland?
I moved to Ireland in the beginning of 2013, so I have been here over a year now.
Why did you move here?
I looked for an international career opportunity in Western Europe. I was interviewing in Switzerland, England and Belgium, as well. However, after my first visit to Ireland I didn’t need too much time to decide to live here. Sometimes it’s better to choose a place to live based on the people, not the weather!
What work do you do?
I’m a senior consultant on the Technology Integration team at Deloitte Ireland. We deliver cutting-edge technical solutions for a wide range of business segments in Dublin. For as long as I’ve been working in Ireland, I have been a member of a small team that delivers cloud-based digital solutions to the telecommunications industry.
How would you describe your working environment?
Most of the time, I’m on the client’s site so my working environment can change weekly or monthly depending on which client I am assigned to. Therefore, in the head office, most of the people are new and the fluctuation is continuous. Apart from this, people in the Deloitte office are very friendly and easy going. I love working with people who are solution-oriented.
What do you like most about your job?
Because of I am a technical consultant, I have a lot of technical or coding challenges, which I love. I probably wouldn’t be that happy with my role if I couldn’t sit down and write some code on a regular basis! Managing people and sharing knowledge are my other favourite things in the consulting profession.
Was it difficult to adjust to living and working in Ireland?
It wasn’t difficult at all. Even though I had a strong Hungarian accent when I arrived, still everybody was very polite and helpful. A lot of different nations live in Ireland in a strong symbiotic relationship, so maybe this is the reason why the Irish people are so tolerant and open-minded.
What surprised you about moving to Ireland?
The weather. I was afraid of the notorious Irish weather but in the end it wasn’t as bad as I expected. What’s more, from spring to autumn there are a lot of opportunities for running in good, sunny weather outside. I love running in the Phoenix Park, for example.
How does your working life help to make you feel at home here?
My colleagues and bosses at Deloitte all look after me very thoroughly and help me a lot in the work and in the integration, too. Sometimes I’m still surprised how people are knowledgeable and still extremely helpful, even if I need help from a person on director or partner level.
What do you like most about your adopted home?
Dublin is a very friendly city and I don’t see as much indifference as I did in Budapest, for example. This makes it easy to live here. I am glad to see how people are confident to communicate with strangers on the street. Everybody is very polite on the buses and I feel valuable in all of these improvised small talks with the Irish people.