Should I stay or should I go?

Elaine Kennedy 19.03.2013

'If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double'. Anyone who knows anything about music should now be singing that familiar tune - 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?' by The Clash. Also, anyone who knows anything about the band who wrote this hit record will probably feel aggrieved with the lyrics of the song being used to describe issues in the Irish jobs market. To compensate for any potential inconvenience, please play the link attached as a reward for reading through my latest blog! 

This week I travelled to Galway to meet with one of our blue chip clients. They’re also one of Ireland’s largest employers. The nature of the meeting centred on how to attract top candidates to the West of Ireland and to this hugely successful organisation. In particular we discussed one of their current immediate requirements in their procurement function. Even though the role offers a great package, career progression and global exposure, one of their biggest challenges has been to attract the country’s top procurement candidates to the Galway location.

Figures taken from the Irish Independent show that in 2012 more than 200 people a day left Ireland. The majority of these people emigrated as they were left with no other option. What I’d like to know is: are people who are lucky enough to have careers in Ireland doing enough to nurture and protect this privileged position? More specifically, how much of a bearing does location have? I’m sure of two things: Firstly, the island we live on is very small; secondly, if a role offers a great package, career progression and global exposure within an excellent organisation, then location within this small country should not be the key factor in ruling out a job offer.

The next time you see a company or position and rule it out purely based on location, I advise you to probe further into the idea. Analyse all options starting with: can this role advance my career? If the answer is yes, ask yourself is the location possible to access by public transport? Then ask is it commutable? How much would it cost to rent or cut a deal with a local B&B? Could I see myself settling in this location in two years time? Does the company offer a relocation contribution? Are there people in the company with a similar commuting issue? Only when you have answered these questions should you make a decision.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that over 72,000 people emigrated in 2012. Career stability should never be taken for granted or overlooked. Dublin to Galway represents a 210 KM journey. Dublin to Sydney represents over 15,000 KM. If the right role comes your way, should you stay or should you go? My advice is to take more time to consider all your options before ruling out a role.

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Operations Director
ekennedy@morganmckinley.ie