I had an interesting conversation with a Big 4 partner when we met unexpectedly on a late train from Dublin.
He mentioned the frustration of losing seniors once their contracts expire, normally to the warm climate of the sunshine coast or the sophistication of Sydney, and who can blame them? He didn't.
The months spent away from Ireland post contract are formative, and often set the individual apart from their peers when they return home. However, as a rule, financial recruitment consultants (including myself) have been blinkered to the options they have upon returning and have generally promoted the route into industry positions as the only sensible consideration.