THE last time the Working Abroad Expo came to the RDS, it looked as if the whole country was gearing up to leave Ireland, such were the numbers clambering to get into the Simmonscourt Pavilion.
Yesterday, the jobs fair returned to the RDS with increased numbers of international employers looking to lure our brightest and our best to destinations as far afield as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
And while thousands of prospective candidates turned up again to see what was on offer, thankfully there were none of the chaotic scenes seen last March.
Canada's interest in attracting Irish people to its shores was clearly evident with the presence of the country's Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, at the expo.
A 40-strong delegation comprising a dozen companies from Calgary attended as part of the city's drive to recruit staff for sectors including the oil and gas industry, healthcare, IT, natural and applied sciences and general business and finance.
Engineers, geologists, architects, surveyors, labourers, truck drivers, carpenters, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, business managers and hotel managers were just some of the jobs to be filled.
Upwards of 30 Canadian construction companies were at the event in the RDS Industries Hall looking to fill thousands of positions.