Thursday 22 March 2018

Attending a career show helped Colm to emigrate -- and he's not coming back

Edel O'Connell

COLM Sharkey left Ireland three years ago after attending a jobs fair here -- and he does not plan to return home.

"I had been working as a project manager with a construction company and was about to be laid off, which was a frightening prospect," he told the Irish Independent yesterday.

"I decided to attend a jobs expo in Dublin which started me seriously thinking about Canada."

The Dublin man, right, and avid hurler emigrated in 2009 and soon found a job with a Canadian architectural firm.

"I have been here three years now and it is going very well. I got a lot of advice at the expo about who to contact, what to do about visas, how to approach companies and I ended up getting a job as a project manager," he said.

Last year Colm (31) managed to secure a permanent residency visa which means he can stay on in Canada indefinitely.

"I can hang on to the visa as long as I don't leave the country for two years during the next five," he said.

The Dubliner says Toronto is beginning to feel more like home every day as more and more Irish arrive looking for work.

"Hundreds of Irish are arriving out here all of the time," he said.

Colm says the Irish in Canada are growing increasingly despondent about the situation back home.

"What we are hearing from the people coming out here is pretty depressing. I can't see myself going back to Ireland. I can't see things being all that different there in ten years' time, so what would I be coming home to?

"People out here don't plan on returning," he added.

Irish Independent

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