YOUNG management consultant Eoin Hayes feels America really has proved to be the land of opportunity for him.
Mr Hayes (25), from Limerick, has been working in Stamford, Connecticut, as a management consultant for a company specialising in sales strategy since he returned to the US following President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2013.
"I was trying to look for work in London and closer to home," he said. "I came back to the US for the inauguration and the opportunity was palpable here. And, in terms of the job I ended up in here now and the level of pay is not what I could have attained in London or in Ireland.
"For all of America's problems in my case at least it is the land of opportunity."
Mr Hayes – who spent much of his childhood in the US and also has American citizenship – said the level of austerity was proving suffocating in Ireland.
"It is a lot more positive here. People feel the economy is growing. Things are not perfect but they are not bad either, the atmosphere in the UK and Ireland is very upsetting," he said.
The daily working hours may be longer in the US but he says his work is also appreciated.
"I really miss my friends a lot, and the craic as well."