Sahara Vasquez Magee, Corporate Audit, talks about her move to Ireland
My life has changed dramatically since arriving in Ireland six years ago. It all started as a short-term adventure to explore and learn about a different culture and language. I wanted to live in a cosmopolitan city and meet people from around the world, which I did, though almost without me realising it has changed into a longer-term proposition and I am now starting to put down roots here.
Living and working in Ireland has turned out to be a little different than I expected – although I’m in the city, there is beautiful countryside not far away and the warmth and friendliness of the people has made me feel that in some ways I haven’t travelled too far from my native Panama.
Once I realised I might be here for a while, I decided it was time to get my professional career back on track – Accounting. Through some hard work and a bit of luck I’m now working in one of Grant Thornton’s Dublin offices as a trainee accountant in the Outsourced Accounting Services team with a bunch of smart, fun, open-minded and good-hearted individuals.
I received great support from colleagues and management from day one. This has helped in my day-to-day activities as well as on my professional exams and to learn more about what it means to be an accountant in a growing firm.
The social aspect of life at Grant Thornton is very important to everyone in the company from the top down. Nearly every week there is some kind of extra-curricular activity. I’ve thrown myself into this aspect of work life from the GT5k run series to pub quizzes and nights out. I’ve found that it has really helped me integrate with my colleagues and also given me a better knowledge of Dublin and Ireland in general.
I believe diversity helps society and the economy to grow by gathering different thinking, ideas and attitudes together and I feel that by encouraging multiculturalism that the firm believes it too.