Hi there, my name is Ryan O’Leary and I’m going to tell you a bit about the incredible time I had in America last year.
I spent two months of the summer of 2015 on a J1 visa in Hyannis, the main town in Cape Cod which is under two hours from Boston. Six of us lived in one house for most of the summer and then a second house for a few weeks before leaving Cape Cod. Where can I even begin when trying to put into words just how great America was?
I arrived a little bit later than the rest of my gang because I had been studying in Spain as part of my university degree from September 2014 until June 2015. However, I arrived in America on the 4th of July, an absolutely perfect day to arrive. I may have been incredibly jetlagged but it didn’t stop me joining the rest of the crew in watching the fireworks from a local beach and celebrating Independence Day as if we were locals.
Cape Cod was the perfect place to call home for nearly two months. Beautiful beaches, tourists from all over the country, it was a great place to be in summertime.
Five of us worked with a moving company, helping American folks move houses, while one of my friends worked with Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a great time working with local Americans, meeting different families every day and immersing ourselves in the culture. It was tough work but our nights were free to go and enjoy ourselves, whether that was a few drinks with the lads from work, a game of soccer in the park on Main Street, or a big house party to celebrate Conor McGregor’s UFC victory!
Our time in Cape Cod absolutely flew by and, before we knew it, we were leaving to do some travelling. I actually visited Boston twice, once to visit cousins and once with some friends. It’s such a nice city; pretty big but surprisingly laidback with plenty of parks in which to relax and soak up the fine summer weather. There’s a lot to see and do; if you’re a fan of museums or sport then it’s perfect.
One other destination I made sure not to miss out on was good ol’ New York City. It has been said many times, but the city really does never sleep. It’s a melting pot filled with culture, history, and some of the absolute best food that money can buy. I spent three nights and two days there, visiting sights such as Central Park, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Top of the Rockefeller Centre (a bit of advice, definitely go to the Mean Fiddler Irish Bar near Times Square, it’s unbelievable!). However, I know that there’s at least one thousand other things I could do if I went back there. It’s amazing, and it was a fitting final weekend in America before flying back to Cork in late August.
Honestly, everybody should go to America sometime. Since I left last summer, I’ve almost constantly thought about my next opportunity to go there. Each state is so different from the other, there is never a shortage of things to see and do. My two months flew by and, although I did do some travelling, there is so much more I want to experience there. Going to America was one of the very best decisions I ever made, and I know that going there will also be one of the very best decisions you ever make. Go for it.
After three years of studying Early Childhood Care and Education, my college days at UCC had finally come to an end and it was time to enter the real world. Where to start? Where to go? What to do?
It was the beginning of summer and although I knew it was time to put my degree to use and start planning a career, I couldn’t shake the idea that I needed to broaden my horizons and explore the world. I felt grown up but I also felt young and knew I had a lot to learn yet.
The saying, ‘The world is a book, and those that do not travel read only one page’, rang clear in my mind and I knew I wanted to read the entire book! My mind was made up and within a few weeks, I had my J1 visa and was on a flight to Miami to begin my American adventure.
Arriving in Miami was certainly a culture shock. Everything was so different and new to me. Although it was daunting at the start, when I finally got the hang of the bus route, ordering my coffee in Spanish like a local at the Cuban café or going to gigs with people I had only met that day, I began to feel an over whelming sense of independence and a love and acceptance for everything that was different.
Although traveling won’t change you overnight or make you into an entirely different person, it does help you grow and has many benefits. The skills that are acquired and improved while abroad, whether it is a six-month backpacking trip or a J1 work experience, are just as important as any past jobs you may have had and here’s why:
From catching trains and planes, trying to see all the sites in a big city, or exploring a country in a few weeks, traveling, like work, involves prioritizing, setting goals and calculation. Just as it is true for any job, time used wisely when traveling can improve your trip experience and make you a better planner.
Social and communication skills
Perhaps one of the most crucial and valued skills on the job market are “people” skills, which include the ability to relate to others, to negotiate well, and to work with people of different backgrounds. Interacting with people from different corners of the world will undoubtedly make you a better listener, more compassionate, more willing to understand others, and better at communicating.
Being able to manoeuvre another language doesn’t only mean you are able to communicate more easily with its speakers, it may also mean that you learn faster, listen better, and connect well with others.
It seems logical that the ability to think outside the box would be increased by actually putting yourself physically outside the box of your comfort zone. The more you see and experience, and the more people and places you encounter, the more ideas you will have to fuel your creativity.
Being able to think on your feet and adapt to change is probably one of the most crucial abilities in our modern, constantly on-the-go world. A person who adapts well to different situations and can react accordingly already has the qualities of a leader. Travel teaches you to be constantly aware of your surroundings, to be observant of the sights and sounds around you, and to be ready for any changes.
Self-management is probably the most valuable and far-reaching skill and is indispensable in anything you do, whether traveling, working, studying, or playing. Knowing yourself involves assessing your knowledge and your skills accurately, setting specific, realistic personal goals, and monitoring your own progress towards these goals. When you know yourself, you can more easily take initiative and act on those goals. When you know yourself, all of the skills mentioned above become much easier to practice.
Those 6 months living and working in Miami taught me so much and travel is certainly an experience that enhances your understanding of yourself and the world around you. Travel is also one of the best things you can do to boost your career skills and to develop as a professional and a person.
Do you need any more reasons to just book it and go? :)
Ref: BootsnAll, 12 Career Skills That Travel Will Improve, 2014. http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/11-09/12-career-skills-that-travel-will-improve.html
Bernadette tells us how she loved her working abroad experience in Boston.
Hi my name is Bernadette O'Connor and I went to Boston last summer for 4 months. It was the best 4 months of my life & I miss it everyday.
I lived in Ashmont which wasn't the nicest of areas but once I got familiar with the place & got to know the lovely people in the well known Greenhills, I felt like I was at home.
I worked in Quincy at a busy cafe called Mckays, I was a waitress on weekends & loved every bit of it especially the tips as it kept me going when money was short. I decided to get another job on the side I then met a lovely old lady who was looking for a dog walker. I jumped at the offer as I love dogs and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to earn an extra bit of money.
I loved everything about Boston & I loved the way it was so easy to get around & how friendly everyone was. I got to go to New York aswell to see my friend Stephanie who I hadn't seen in 3 years so I think that was one of the highlights of my trip to America. Boston will always have a place in my heart & I hope someday I can go back again.
"Hi my name is Kristin.
I went on a J1 last summer to San Francisco. I lived in Berkeley for most of the summer and loved the area! I worked in a travel agency in the city where I made some amazing friends. I loved every second of my summer spent on the west coast and couldn't recommend it highly enough for a J1. It is hard to explain the experience and is without doubt something you need to explore for yourself!"
'My travel and work abroad experience was in San Diego, I lived in Pacific beach but traveled a bit also. Ocean beach is one of the hippy-ist places you can go. Must see! I wish I could move back to San Diego.
I worked in a smoothie and juice bar called the mad beet, look it up! They name all there stuff after singers eg the Wiz kalelafa, Katie berry, Lemionem, etc.
I enjoyed living and working in America so much that I extended my flights. The weather, the people, bonfires, snorkeling, boat trips and living with a gang of people. Such a great experience and I met so many people (not just Irish or American) I miss the place I worked and living with everyone. I’m delighted that I'm still in touch with them all 2 years on.
I think everyone should experience America at least once. Just book it and go, it's something you would regret not doing.'
The international origin of our clients has always been one of the main features and strengths of our Company.
During 2015 we noted an increase in the number of people we welcomed in our cities.
When we analyzed the records to better understand the figures, we observed a data that surprised us: in 2015 we welcomed people from over 50 countries all around the world!
That’s great news for us! We have always worked with international clients, but this year we have been more international than ever!
Here’s the infographic we prepared to show all our numbers!
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is motivated, highly organised, resilient and loves working with people. This position is similar to running your own small business as you will be responsible for many aspects of the branch management.
EazyCity is a local point of reference to welcome people arriving to a new city; our friendly and professional team provide a comprehensive range of flexible solutions for accommodation, employment services, study and social activities.
Founded in 2004 by Enrico Zoppi & Julia Lynes, EazyCity now has welcome branches in Cork, Dublin & London with further international developments in 2016.
At EazyCity our team works as a family! We fully support the development of our team members offering educational & training courses to improve skills as well as ongoing in-house training to ensure our team are the best they can be. We support & respect each other and we all work hard to ensure EazyCity is a great environment to work in.
The tasks included in this position are as follows:
- Working as leader of the Welcome team
- Working under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
- Organising the weekly tasks for the team including staff rotas, client check-ins/check-outs, welcome packs and weekly plans
- Working side by side with the Assistant Manager
- Reporting directly to Operations Co-Ordinator and senior management team
- Liaising with Sales Manager re weekly sales
- Keeping important files relating to room availability and arrivals, rent and cashflow updated regularly with a strong focus on attention to detail
- Liaising with Property Co-Ordinator in relation to tasks including inspections, reports, tracking utility bills and organising maintenance issues
- Submitting weekly reports to Operations Co-Ordinator regarding the performance of the branch
- Meeting and greeting new clients and performing check in / out (often during the evenings and weekends)
- Answering the telephone and taking messages
- Taking rent payments (cash / credit card)
- Dealing with customer issues/complaints
- Liaising with management and other branch teams
- Assisting in organisation of events, parties and social activities
The ideal candidate will possess the following traits and skills:
- Highly driven and motivated with mountains of energy.
- Super-organised with an ability to multi-task, prioritise and work in a very fast paced environment under pressure.
- Has an understanding of the importance of providing excellent customer service and a warm, friendly environment for new clients
- An excellent communicator with 1-2 years team management experience
- ‘Can-do’ attitude with a focus always on the solution never on the problem
- Flexible, committed and passionate – we expect all our team members to be fully committed to their work and to always go the extra mile for the customer even if that means working late in the evening or on weekends or last-minute changes to the work schedule – that is the nature of our business
- Fluent English along with another language which should be either Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese
- Additional languages are an advantage
- Full clean driving licence
The general working hours of this position are 5 days per week from 9.00 – 18.00. The office closes at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
As the branch manager of a very busy branch full commitment and flexibility will be expected and if necessary extra hours may be required. The ideal candidate will instinctively know when it’s necessary for them to work extra hours as the branch should be treated like it is your own business. At EazyCity our customers are our prime focus and they always come first!
Salary is negotiable depending on experience, motivation and leadership potential. A package including accommodation can also be considered for the initial period. Benefits include management training workshops & team-building activities, sales incentives, health insurance after a period of time with the company and more.
This position is open for an immediate start so if you think you have what it takes to take up this exciting and demanding role, contact us today!
The closing date for applications is the 4th of March 2016.
Please send your CV and motivation letter in English to email@example.com
From May 2016, travelling from Cork to Barcelona will be easier throughout the year: the Scandinavian company Norwegian Airline will link Barcelona and Cork from May 2016. The flights will have an expected frequency from four to five weekly rotations. Cork airport will be the second Irish airport from which the airline will offer their services.
At the moment, different airline companies are providing flights from Cork to Barcelona, but during the autumn and winter it is difficult to find a cheap flight, and sometimes even just a flight.
In addition to this route, the company will also offer weekly flights between Cork and Boston from the spring of this year 2016 and routes to New York planned for 2017.
The new routes between Cork and North America will be operated with Boeing 737-800 and with the Boeing Dreamliner as 737Max.People from Cork have some flights for going to Barcelona but there are few and expensive between autumn and spring. With this airline company people will have more opportunities to go to Barcelona and it will be cheaper and easier.
This is a great opportunity for motivated people who want to be part of a dynamic young company which is currently expanding operations in Ireland, the UK and New York!
The ideal candidate should be friendly, mature, imaginative, flexible and a problem-solver. Creativity, writing and content-creating skills are an added advantage. The suitable candidate should also have a good knowledge and confidence about the world of social media and blogging. Good communication and selling skills would also be beneficial for this role.
It is important for the candidate to be a quick-thinker who is able to take initiative and propose new ideas.
Duties will include:
- Blogging: The daily tasks will include posting new articles, creating interesting and original content, finding people to interview
- Social media marketing development: administration of several groups and page
- Translating documents and articles from native language into English and vice versa
- Helping to organise social events, designing posters, banners, flyers…
- Web promotion and selling (ads, services, products…)
- Knowledge of and familiarity with graphic-design and photo/video-editing software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, iMovie…) will be a significant advantage.
- An Intermediate level of English as well as fluency in French is required.
Additional languages would be an advantage.
- Excellent writing skills, familiarity with WordPress and understanding of SEO
- Passion and curiosity for the digital and the social media marketing
- Willingness to learn
This is an unpaid internship position from January 2016 for a period of 4 - 6 months.
Shared room accommodation will be provided and paid for by the Company for the duration of the internship.
Candidates must be available to start not later than 5th of January and will be required to work generally from Monday to Friday, 09.30 – 17.30.
Please send your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Win a week for 2 people in London, Dublin or Cork!
Recall the best Christmas memories of your life: guess the present and tag a friend to help Pixel Santa with his list. For whom is this present from your childhood?
Terms and Conditions
- The competition is open to entrants aged 18 and over, both to EazyCity clients and non EazyCity clients.
- Entrants shall be deemed to have accepted all terms and conditions.
- Employees of EazyCity and/or their families are not eligible to enter
- To enter the competition, the entrant should write a comment below the picture, trying to guess the Christmas present that is broken up in pixel. Additionally, the entrant has to tag a friend.
- Correct answers with no tag will not be considered valid entries.
- EazyCity will consider valid all the entries on EazyCity Facebook page and EazyCity Instagram profile.
- The competition will run from the 01.12.2015 to the 28.12.2015. All comments submitted after that date will not be taken into consideration.
- The winner will be announced on our social media pages on the 29th of December 2015.
- The winner of the competition will be picked at random by EazyCity from all of the entrants who entered one correct answer. The decision of EazyCity is final.
- The prize of the competition is 1 Week EazyCity Flatshare Accommodation for Two People in a twin or double room. The prize must be redeemed before the 31st of December 2016.
- The winner can decide the destination between Cork, Dublin and London.
- Any expenses for the travelling are not included in the prize.
- Accommodation is subject to availability and 4 weeks advance notice of redeeming the prize is required.
- Prizes cannot be exchanged wholly or in part for their monetary value.