“Dublin is a fast-paced city without being overwhelming”

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Yahoo’s Vincenzo Garambone shares his experience of moving from Italy and what he likes best about living and working in Dublin.

Changing jobs is always a big change. The software engineer Vincenzo Garambone first moved from his hometown of Grassano in Italy to the capital Rome, more than 400 km away.

He took this step in 2012 after graduating from high school to further his education in computer science and took part in a one-year software engineering course. He then became an instructor at a company that offered boot camp classes.

In 2019, Garambone relocated again, hoping to gain career experience abroad. He moved to Dublin to work at Yahoo, where he currently works as a software engineer on large, international projects.

“Your culture and life experiences are nothing if they are not shared with the rest of the world”
– VINCENZO GARAMBONE

What’s your hometown like?

I come from a very small town in Basilicata, southern Italy, very close to the beautiful and unique city of Matera – the third oldest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world and European Capital of Culture in 2019.

What makes this region of Italy amazing is the number of different sights within a relatively short distance. For example, you could arrive an hour from my city and relax on the beach, hike the Apennines or explore old towns full of traditions and of course enjoy amazing food!

It’s quite common for young people to move to other big cities in Italy for school and then decide whether to return home and start a career there or hop around the world – the latter being my case!

What were the biggest challenges when moving?

Having gone to Rome after high school I was already used to living far from home so the biggest challenge I faced after moving to Dublin was getting used to speaking English every day to speak.

There are also small cultural differences in communication that need to be taken into account. For example how to accurately interpret the use of the word ‘grand’ in Ireland.

What are the main differences between Rome and Dublin?

Compared to Rome, where I lived for about six years, Dublin manages to be a fast-paced city without being overwhelming. The fact that it attracts so many people from all over the world makes it an amazing place.

You can connect with people you would never have met otherwise. The pub and music scene is excellent too – there is always a concert to attend or a new hidden gem to be found.

How does your work life and other supports help you feel at home?

When I started I received a lot of support from the company for my move while in my daily life I have always had the privilege of working with great people who were there for me when I needed them and vice versa.

What do you like best about your adopted country?

I feel like I’ve found genuine, long-lasting, genuine friendships. I am certainly grateful for the welcome I received in Ireland.

What advice would you give to others who are considering a job change?

Bring something from your country, city or region while embracing the lifestyle and traditions of the place where you settle.

Your culture and life experiences are nothing if not shared with the rest of the world. Be open and enjoy the madness!

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