New country, even new continent, 3975.08 Km’s of distance between Cairo and Dublin. This is the distance I had to take to move from my home country and join Ammeon.
If you are making such a transition you are asking yourself a lot of questions: there is always the usual risk of changing your work environment by accepting a new job, how will I get along with the new team, management and team leaders? But moving to a different country also adds other concerns: how much help would you get regarding the transition, will your team understand the amount of work you can do while organising a lot of things regarding accommodation and paperwork?
Usually, even small things can boost or dent your confidence when making such a big move.
There were two main stages here. Stage one was before coming to Dublin.
Even before the job offer, all the interviews that I participated in where done over Skype; no travelling by a long flight to have a 30 minutes interview (as some companies do) then you may get a rejection at the end. This wasn’t the case with Ammeon. When I received the job offer, a phone call from the HR department immediately made me more confident about the move. Of course, Ammeon informed me that the company will pay for the application, the flight and accommodation for a month while I look for a longer-term place to live.
But in the first stage, you are still thinking about the paperwork. The HR response was divided into clear stages with detailed documents needed for each. The first part of the process, acquiring the employment permit, was completely carried out by Ammeon. After this stage, the support concentrated on getting the visa. The help that I could rely on at any stage was really comforting, raising up my confidence in this decision.
Then it comes to the flight tickets; there were no direct flights from Cairo to Dublin. Ammeon didn’t pick a cheap option, or long flights with long transit, even when I suggested this (it was a good impression created by the company and this wasn’t the last time).
Then it was stage two; settling here in Dublin.
With a family of a wife and two kids, I was planning to get my family to the country as soon as possible. I expected that the HR team would rent a place for one person in the first month, but what happened instead is that they rented a house for me making sure that my family could join me anytime. Speaking of renting nightmares here in Dublin, Ammeon hired two separate relocation companies to help me find a long-term place to live.
One of the two companies helped me even before my family joined me to find a proper school to register my son. Even though we were picky, searching for an “Educate Together” school, we were successful in booking a place for our son there.
But besides all this, I had a lot of concerns regarding what will happen in the first few weeks in the office and the level of understanding that I will get from management and from my colleagues in the team.
During the first period of chasing rents, schools and the remaining paperwork, I was always able to take longer lunch breaks and leave earlier for viewing a property or acquiring legal documents. My team members and my managers understood, and I got a lot of help and support from them. The list was scary, and I couldn’t finish it without a huge amount of support. A small taste of this list would be viewing properties, legal paperwork for residency, arranging utilities for the new home, even shipping new furniture by companies that ship only during work hours, and the list goes on, and it couldn’t be managed without a good understanding at the office both from my team members and my managers.
The key points here is that such a transition can be really exhausting and full of risks and mistakes, and for sure the employee may find a problem here and there, or even make a mistake or misjudge certain steps, but the full support from the company and understanding from their staff will always be the key to successfully transitioning to a new life in Ireland.