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December 14, 2016
Preparing for life in Accenture, Dublin.
By: Christopher Kwong

Coming to live in Dublin for the first time? Never been exposed to big city living whilst working for a Multi-National? Graduating from Ulster University and coming from a sleepy town near the North Coast, to live and work in a major capital like Dublin was a complete change. It's hard to know what to expect if you are in the position of moving to a big city for the first time and this quite frankly isn't really something you'll understand until you have experienced it, first hand.

Support
One of the great things about Accenture is that they will make sure that you have the support you need, not only from the company itself but with the people that start with you (or your 'start group'). Having other people there who are moving into Dublin and in the same shoes brings a lot of comfort particularly if you are lucky to have people who were previously interns in Accenture and are able to show you the ropes and offer their 'pearls of wisdom'. One of the first things we did as a group was to create a Whatsapp which kept us all in the loop whilst we arranged meet ups and it also gave us a platform to ask all the silly questions we had from the beginning.

Dublin Life
As a 'Nordie', coming to live in Dublin can be summed up in 2 words- FANTASTIC and EXPENSIVE. Living in such an amazing city gives you so much to do and this will soon empty your pockets if you are feeling lavish. Once you begin earning your own money and the college-living mentality fog lifts you will find it's a 'big bad world' out there and being savy when spending on food/clothes/entertainment can make a big difference to your bank account.

Some quick tips before moving:

  • Housing- everyone knows that finding a place to live in Dublin is a nightmare, however if you are in a rush to find somewhere, don't know anyone else to buy with, using Daft's Roommate database can be a great help. The database allows you to include your own profile so people can ask you if you would like to join their house or you can search what is available already.

  • Transport- having a car isn't always an advantage when moving to a city like Dublin particularly if you have nowhere to park it so this is something to bear in mind. Getting a Leap card will be your first port of call! Thinking of being close to bus stops/luas lines is perhaps something to prioritise #hindsightinaction. The Dublin bus app is also a great way to keep on track of the buses and when they are expected to arrive.

To conclude, working for a company of Accenture's scale is a brilliant way to start and develop your professional career and for all it's flaws Dublin is one of the best places to start out. Good Luck!

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