How to work effectively in Ireland as a young, early career 'mananger'?
June 1, 2011 6:59 PM Subscribe
I'm an American moving to Ireland for a temporary, six-month assignment. How do I fit in and understand the work culture to ensure I'm successful?
I'll be moving to Ireland this August for a temporary, six-month assignment. My office is located in Shannon, but I will likely live in Limerick, the closest city.
Basic info about me: early 20's, male, no SO, American.
What is it like to live in Ireland as an American? I have lived in (or around) some major US cities and have been to Europe several times on family vacations, but I've never been there alone--or--to live.
I believe my work will help find me housing and offer me a car/transportation stipend. I've heard (and read) Ireland isn't too populous, so a car may be necessary to even have friends. Any opinion on this?
How does the general work culture differ in Ireland (and Europe) from the US? The stereotype is that Europeans work fewer hours and take longer 'holidays'--how do I fit in to cultural norms while I'm there?
My assignment requires managing/overseeing some contractors and employees. Not only am I pretty young, I'm also a foreigner--how do I avoid becoming the outcast? I can assert some level of 'rank' (based on expertise and being assigned there, not age, of course), but would prefer to take a more friendly approach, if possible.
Any other ideas on things to do, see, etc in Ireland (and Europe) are more than welcome!