The world’s your oyster. Emigration is an intrinsic part of the modern work culture.

Emigration to the United States, Canada, Australia and many more countries are currently desired as new opportunities for may Irish citizens looking for work. Travel broadens your horizons, literally and mentally, and conveys the vast opportunities available to us in today’s ever shrinking world.


Find out about life in Newfoundland and Labrador at Jobs Expo Cork

Fancy a new life in Canada? Newfoundland and Labrador’s Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork. The event takes place on Saturday 25th November at UCC’s Devere Hall, Aras na Mac Leinn.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. It has two main landmasses: the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador to the northwest. Nearly all of the province’s residents speak English as their mother tongue. St. John’s is the capital as well as the seat of government.

A Very Brief History

Humans have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for about 9,000 years. The Maritime Archaic peoples were groups of sea-mammal hunters in the subarctic.

The oldest confirmed accounts of European contact date from a thousand years ago. According to the sagas, in the year 1001 Leif Ericson landed in three places to the west. Although it cannot be definitively proven, it seems that two of these were Newfoundland and Labrador. There is also archaeological evidence of a Norse settlement in the province.

Newfoundland was a colony and later a dominion of the United Kingdom. It became the tenth province to enter the Canadian Confederation on March 31, 1949, as “Newfoundland.” On December 6, 2001, the province’s official name became Newfoundland and Labrador.


Traditional industries in the province include fishing. Fishing is still an important part of the economy, employing roughly 20,000 people. However, the province had a major energy and resources boom in the 21st century. In addition service industries, especially financial services, health care and public administration, are an important part of the province’s economy. Other significant industries are mining, oil production and manufacturing. Food production and brewing also contribute to the province’s economy.

Tourism is also a significant contributor to the province’s economy. Tourism is most popular throughout the months of June–September, the warmest months of the year with the longest hours of daylight.

Prince Edward Island

Meet the Government of Prince Edward Island at Jobs Expo Dublin

We are proud to announce that the Government of Prince Edward Island will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Dublin. You will be able to find out about jobs and opportunities on PEI.

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. It is on the east coast and is regarded as an area of natural beauty.

Prince Edward Island has beautiful rolling hills, pristine forests and amazing beaches. The coastline has numerous bays, coves and small inlets as well as red sandstone cliffs.

Island Life

Because PEI is small, it offers what many larger cities cannot. These include shorter commute times and affordable housing as well as lower start-up costs for business.

PEI has a mild climate thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In summer, the temperature ranges between 20 and 34 degrees Celsius. In autumn, the leaves change colour to breathtaking shades of orange, red, and yellow. Winters are white. PEI receives an average total yearly snowfall of 290 centimetres (114 inches). Temperatures range between -3 to -11 degrees Celsius but cold winds can make it feel significantly chillier. Spring temperatures are mild – between 8 to 22 degrees Celsius.

Working on Prince Edward Island

PEI offers rewarding career opportunities as well as a business community that is supportive of entrepreneurs. Students come to PEI from more than 60 countries to experience first-rate education.

Prince Edward Island’s economy has a mix of traditional resources as well as new industries. Business acumen and entrepreneurship are at the core of PEI’s economic success. Economic sectors include:

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Tourism
  • Aerospace
  • Bioscience
  • Information Technology
  • Renewable Energy


Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia to recruit at Jobs Expo Dublin

We are happy to announce that the Government of Nova Scotia will attending Jobs Expo Dublin. They will be recruiting on behalf of companies in the province.


Nova Scotia is one of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada and home to nearly 1 million people. Set on Canada’s east coast, Nova Scotia has over 3,800 coastal islands in addition to the mainland territory. Halifax, with a population of over 400,000 people, is Nova Scotia’s largest city and its political capital. It is also one of Canada’s major seaports and a main gateway to the Atlantic Ocean.


Halifax is the capital and one of Canada’s most important ports, especially for new immigrants. Halifax’s Pier 21, which was once the main entry point for newcomers to Canada, is now an immigration museum.

As a provincial capital, government at all levels is an important employer in the Halifax area. Halifax is also home to central operations for Canada’s Department of National Defense. Another major employer in the city is the Port of Halifax, one of the most important ports in North America. Like any major modern city, Halifax is home to a thriving service industry and many private sector companies. With the growth of offshore oil and gas production, this sector is becoming an increasingly important employer in Nova Scotia.

Halifax is a center for learning and culture. The city is home to a large number of post-secondary institutions, most notably Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University. The community enjoys a bustling artistic scene, one which produces some of Canada’s top musicians. Halifax has also grown recent years as a center for film production.

Economy and Employment

Nova Scotia has a very diverse economy. It includes key industries in the service, manufacturing and mining sectors.

Nova Scotia has a highly developed forestry sector as well as a highly specialized commercial agriculture sector. The mining sector is dominated by coal production. The province of Nova Scotia has recently begun to benefit from the extensive exploration of offshore oil and gas has been undertaken in the past decade.

Since the first commercial production of oil began near Sable Island in 1991, oil and gas revenues have increased significantly, helping to fuel the transformation of Nova Scotia’s economy.

Tourism is also an important sector in the provincial economy. Almost two million visitors come to Nova Scotia each year, many of which come from outside Canada.

New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick, Canada joins Jobs Expo Dublin

We are proud to announce that the Government of New Brunswick will be taking part in Jobs Expo Dublin. The Government will be recruiting on behalf of companies and industries in this region of Canada.

Location and Geography

New Brunswick is the largest of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces. On the map, you’ll find it under Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula and beside the State of Maine. Its northern border also includes the Restigouche River and the Baie des Chaleurs.

The eastern boundary is entirely coastal. It has warm, sandy beaches, and also has the warmest salt water north of Virginia.

Chignecto Bay and the 24-kilometre wide Isthmus of Chignecto, connects New Brunswick to Nova Scotia. This forms part of New Brunswick’s southern border.

An eastern seaside province, New Brunswick has beautiful sandy beaches in the summer, spectacular autumn foliage, wildflowers in the spring and pure, white snow in the winter. The province is marked by its rolling hills and spectacular valleys, as well as its historic and modern architecture located in many of its cities, towns and villages.

Its rivers, such as the mighty St. John, the magnificent Restigouche or the majestic Miramichi, all possess unique characteristics unlike anywhere else you can find. From rolling farmlands to picturesque forests, river valleys to rocky pinnacles, the beauty and variety New Brunswick offers is unique in the world.


New Brunswick’s communities vary from its eight major cities. These are Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, the provincial capital of Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton and Saint John. In addition, there are many attractive towns and villages located throughout the province.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

NBPNP is a provincial immigration program. NBPNP selects, as well as nominates, qualified business people and skilled workers from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and contribute to the local economy.

Like many other Canadian provinces and territories, New Brunswick has its own immigration program streams, targeting certain groups, and eligibility criteria.

Some streams target entrepreneurs, graduates, skilled workers with employer support, skilled workers with family support and so forth.


Canadian Government

O Canada! Canadian Government and companies exhibiting at Jobs Expo

We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Government and a number of Canadian companies will be recruiting at Jobs Expo Dublin.

There are a number of reasons Irish people are keen on working in Canada. These include the chance to gain international experience, to live in a truly multicultural society, the breathtaking scenery and cool, contemporary cities. Canada also gets properly warm summers and crisp, white winters; basic healthcare is free; the educational system is excellent; and Canadians are friendly and polite.

The Canadian Government will be showcasing jobs and opportunities across Canada. They are also bringing a number of different companies to the event. Let’s have a look at a few of them.

Armour Transportation Systems

Established in the 1940s by Gordon Armour, Armour Transportation Systems is one of Canada’s prime transportation and trucking experts. They have also extended their presence across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Armour Transportation Systems has nearly 2,000 employees in Atlantic Canada. Armour Transportation Systems offers employees and extensive benefits programme. They are also a THRSC Atlantic as an Employer of Choice.

Bulk Carriers

Based on Prince Edward Island, Bulk Carriers are looking for dynamic individuals who enjoy long haul truck driving. They are a family owned and operated long haul refrigerated transport company that operates throughout North America. Successful candidates will be responsible for the pickup and delivery of their customer’s products to, from and within Canada. Bulk Carriers offer assigned equipment as well as an excellent benefits package.

Franchise Management Inc.

Franchise Management Inc. is the biggest operator of the Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell franchises in Canada. They also operate Panera Bread cafes in Canada. FMI operates over 250 locations throughout Canada and the United States. If you’re looking for a career in food and beverage or eager for a career and location change, FMI is currently recruiting for their many locations across North America. They are in search of team members as well as supervisors for their branches.

Health PEI

Health PEI manage hospitals as well as healthcare centres and health services on Prince Edward Island. The organisation is responsible for the delivery of publicly funded health services throughout the island. Health PEI are recruiting for full-time permanent as well as locum specialty physician roles in Psychiatry, Anesthesia, Radiology and more. Incentives for physicians include Irish physician credential recognition, travel expenses as well as a competitive remuneration and benefits packages.

Bulk Carriers

Work in Canada: Bulk Carriers recruiting at Jobs Expo Dublin

Calling all long-haul truck drivers! Canadian company Bulk Carriers is exhibiting as well as recruiting at Jobs Expo Dublin on Saturday 21st October at Croke Park.

Want to know the best part? The company’s home is the absolutely gorgeous Prince Edward Island.

Bulk Carriers careers

Bulk Carriers are looking for dynamic individuals who enjoy long haul truck driving. They are a family owned and operated long haul refrigerated transport company that operates throughout North America.

Successful candidates will be responsible for the pickup and delivery of their customer’s products to, from and within Canada. Bulk Carriers offer assigned equipment as well as an excellent benefits package.

Successful applicants should:

  • Be bondable
  • Have 4 years equivalent articulated driving experience, or
  • A minimum of 2 years equivalent articulated experience with a Driving School Certificate
  • Have an acceptable driving record

A brief history of Bulk Carriers

Bulk Carriers (P.E.I.) Limited is a family owned and operated business, started in 1973 by Jack Kelly and his wife Carlotta. Jack is still actively involved in the operations as are his two sons. Currently, they have approximately 120 employees and operate 90 trucks throughout North America. They are in Prince Edward Island and this is the location of the company’s home and only terminal. From there, Bulk Carriers dispatch trucks and loads throughout North America offering their customers superior logistics as well as friendly service.

In the beginning, Bulk Carriers was a one truck operation. They hauled of bulk petroleum throughout Prince Edward Island for Gulf Canada. From there, the company expanded into the hauling of liquid asphalt.

By the late 1990s, the company diversified into long haul refrigerated transport. They have concentrated on this market ever since. Furthermore, operations have expanded steadily since 2000. Currently, the company has a large number of trucks and trailers. As a result, their staff is continually growing.

The safety of their staff, fleet as well as their client’s cargo is a priority for Bulk Carriers. Therefore, they focus on maintaining a high level of certification and safety training, and continue to find ways to improve all levels of their operation. In 2013, Northbridge Insurance awarded Bulk Carriers with platinum status. The award is for superior safety management systems, and consequently, Northbridge only gives this award to the top 5% of the transportation companies they insure.

A little bit about Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The island is pastoral with rich farm land, rolling hills, woods, reddish white sand beaches and ocean coves as well as its famous red soil. As a result, the island has a reputation as a place of outstanding natural beauty and is popular with tourists.

According to the 2016 census, the province of Prince Edward Island has 142,907 residents. However, it’s most famous “resident” is Anne Shirley – the spirited redheaded orphan made famous by L.M. Montgomery’s much loved Anne of Green Gables books.


Australian jobs

Looking for Australian jobs? CMV Truck & Bus joins Jobs Expo Dublin

Looking for Australian jobs? We are proud to announce that Australian company, CMV Truck & Bus, will be exhibiting as well as recruiting at Jobs Expo Dublin. Our Dublin event takes place on Saturday 21st October at Croke Park.

About CMV Truck & Bus

CMV Truck & Bus has five dealerships located in Victoria. They specialise in selling new and used Mack, UD Trucks and Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses. In addition, they run CMV Finance, CMV Fleet Leasing, CMV Fleet Management, CMV AdBlue®, service, repair, warranty, parts and VicRoads services for new and used trucks and buses.

CMV Truck & Bus is a division of the CMV Group, a privately owned South Australian-based company established in 1934. Since then, the CMV Group has grown from a staff of five to employing over 1,260 people. The company has substantial operations in South Australia as well as Victoria and Tasmania. Furthermore, they have an annual turnover in excess of one billion dollars. CMV has over 80 years’ experience in a variety of markets including Australia’s automotive, commercial and agricultural industries.

Community Support

The CMV Group actively supports the community through the CMV Foundation and CMV Staff Foundation. Since its formation in 1953 by the late Sidney Crawford, the founder of the company, the Foundations have channelled substantial funds into the community. Their primary aim is to assist less fortunate members of the community.

Careers at CMV Truck & Bus

CMV Truck & Bus is growing, and as a result, they are recruiting for a number of roles. In addition, they are always on the look out for experienced people for the following roles:

  • Diesel technicians
  • Trades assistants
  • Parts interpreters
  • Sales and aftersales professionals
  • Administration staff

Considering living and working in Canada? Read on…

Considering living and working in Canada or North America? Jobs Expo will have a major announcement over the next few days. Watch this space….

In the meantime, there’s great news – recent changes mean it is now easier and quicker to get Canadian citizenship.

Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, made the announcement on 4th October.

“We want all Permanent Residents in Canada to become citizens. That’s our wish, because we value Canadian citizenship, we understand we are a community that continues to welcome people from all over the world. And we understand the importance and the positive role that immigrants play in our economy, in our society, and in our cultural life,” Minister Hussen said.

The new laws come into effect from 11th October.

Reduced wait time

Firstly, there has been reduction in wait times to apply for citizenship.

Previously, permanent residents had to be in Canada for 1,460 days out of six years before applying for citizenship. Permanent residents now only have to spend only 1,095 days within a five-year period to become eligible for citizenship.

In addition, anyone who has in Canada as a student may count up to 365 days of this time as a temporary resident towards their residency days.

Furthermore, the language requirement now only applies to applicants aged between 18 and 54, inclusive. In the past, the age range was 14 and 64 years.

Ruairi Spillane of Moving2Canada called this a proud moment. Spillane, originally from Ireland, became a Canadian citizen in 2015.

“Canada has a long, proud history as a peaceful, prosperous country, and becoming a Canadian can be an immensely proud moment,” he said.


Go Global

International opportunities at Jobs Expo’s Go Global zone

Do you want your career to go global? Our Jobs Expo Go Global zone will showcase a range of international job opportunities as well as information on visas and immigration.

Two of our most popular exhibitors will head the Go Global zone up – the Government of the Isle of Man and US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella. Go Global will also include a number of recruitment agencies looking to fill international vacancies in a variety of industries.

Why work internationally?

There are plenty of great reasons to get international work experience. Let’s have a brief look at these

Career Opportunities

Working overseas gives you the chance to gain valuable experience, as well as develop and enhance your skills.

Experience Different Cultures

Working outside of Ireland is an opportunity to live and work in a different culture. You will immerse yourself in a new culture and become a part of the community. This means you will gain a greater and deeper understanding of it than you would through visiting for a few weeks.

Work with a Diverse Team

Irish workplaces have become increasingly diverse. In addition, Irish companies and multinational employers work across the world. That means that your experience working with people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and cultures will be valuable if, and when, you come home.

Learn a New Language

If you have ever considered learning a new language, working overseas is the best way to do it. You will be in an environment where plenty of opportunities to perfect your vocabulary, grammar, accent, and even your slang.



New Zealand

Teaching in New Zealand. We have the low down…

New Zealand teacher recruitment agency Education Personnel will be joining us at Jobs Expo Dublin. If you’re a teacher, you may be wondering what opportunities are available, how tricky it would be to move and, perhaps most importantly, what living in New Zealand is like.

We spoke to Education Personnel’s Clinton Meneses to find out more.

What kinds of teachers are you looking for?

In New Zealand’s current education market there is high demand for teachers. Mathematics, technology, engineering, business studies, physics, chemistry, English and modern foreign language teachers who teach to senior level in secondary schools are highly sought after in New Zealand.

Roles for Early Childhood and Primary Teachers are also in high demand in New Zealand. If you are Catholic, this also creates job opportunities.

Demand is highest in the North Island and particularly in Auckland and Wellington. In addition, secondary shortage subjects are in high demand throughout the country. Demand for teachers in all sectors is growing and building across New Zealand.

What subjects are most in demand?

Secondary STEM subjects are in highest demand, and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) are in demand in Secondary Schools.

Do you recruit newly qualified teachers?

A Working Holiday Visa permits you to find employment as a casual relief supply teacher. In New Zealand that’s known as a  supply teacher. This can be a good starting point for a primary NQT. Term 2 and 3 is the busiest time for this type of work. Relief teaching and contracting provides a great entry point for teachers recently arrived in New Zealand, especially those on working holiday visas.You still need to have an NZQA assessment and gain NZ teacher registration with the Education Council.

What support do you offer to teachers looking to work in New Zealand?

There is a specific process you need to go through. This involves a New Zealand qualifications assessment, New Zealand teacher registration, salary assessment and work visa. Since Education Personnel have supported hundreds of teachers through this process we can advise you on the best way to go, and ensure you are well prepared to begin your teaching career in New Zealand.

How long does the process take?

On average the process takes about 3 to 5 months.

Where in New Zealand are the schools you are recruiting for?

Education Personnel recruits for secondary schools throughout New Zealand. That means from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. Certain regions have higher demand than others. This will dictate the number of roles advertised in this region. Some smaller and more desirable places to live have fewer vacancies as with any country in the world.

Auckland vs Wellington – what are the key points of each?

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban centre. It has a population of 1.4 million people and it is home to almost a third of New Zealand’s population.

As the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland has the most schools and some of the largest. Teaching in Auckland, you’ll be a part of a wider vibrant and supportive teaching community with numerous opportunities to grow and develop professionally. In addition, as it is near the top of the country, Auckland has what is considered a subtropical climate.

Wellington in New Zealand’s capital city. It has a population close to 500,000 people. Wellington has more sunshine hours than either Dublin or London and less rainfall than Auckland. Immigrants should feel at home – around a quarter of the people in Wellington were born overseas. It has a rich cultural scene, which makes it as exciting place to teach and live for singles and families. Schools in Wellington are diverse. Each school has a unique character based on its local community and ethnic makeup.

What, in your opinion, are the three major reasons teachers should consider relocating to New Zealand?

New Zealand is a great place to live and teach. It has a diverse landscape consisting of cities, farmland, regional parks, mountains, forests and beach. Large back-country areas are well set up for mountain biking, skiing, hiking and camping. New Zealand is famous for its world-renowned food and wine. Music is a big part of our culture and there are many concerts, festivals and that showcase these throughout the year. There is something here for everyone.

The New Zealand education system is broad and world- renowned. Irish and UK teachers enjoy teaching in NZ with its affordable health care and education. Schools pride themselves on being safe learning environments with a robust, child centred curriculum.

New Zealand has the work-life balance just right. Working hard and getting ahead is important to us. However, New Zealanders also believe life is for living.

Canadian Government

Government of Canada announce overhaul of Temporary Foreign Workers Program

On Friday last (June 20), the government of Canada announced that there would be significant changes and restructuring of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).


There will be notable changes to temporary foreign workers’ work application procedures. For one, the TFWP will only include streams in need of government approval of jobs offered by Canadian employers. This will come in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) – formally known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) – will be much more comprehensive than the outgoing LMO.

In addition, there will also be new assessment criteria. While the LOM process classified workers based on their occupation, the LIMA process will classify them based on their pay while in Canada. From now on only 10 per cent of an employer’s workforce can be made up of those who earn below the regional median wage.

The changes have been implemented in order to ensure that Canada’s temporary foreign worker system capable of responding quickly to the country’s labour needs while protecting the rights of both Canadians and foreign workers.

To read a full list of changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, click on the link.

Emigrant Support Progamme – applications close on February 19

Organisations working with Irish emigrants can now apply for financial assistance via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), which has a resource pool of approximately €11.5 million for the year.

Applications for the fund will close on February 19.

ESP overview

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs:

‘The programme provides financial support to organisations engaged in the delivery of front line advisory services and community care to Irish emigrants, particularly to the more vulnerable and marginalised members of our community abroad, including the elderly.

While the support of frontline welfare services continues to be the priority of the ESP, the expansion of the programme has enabled the Government to invest in a range of cultural, community and heritage projects, which foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity, as well as strategic capital projects. These grants are a key of the Government’s approach to developing strong and meaningful links with Irish communities overseas and to securing the long term future of these communities.’

To read the entire ESP overview, click here. To access a guide to the application form, click here.



Working in Canada: Share what you know about it

Canada has proven to be one of the most popular locations for Irish emigrants over the past number of years. With some of the world’s most rugged natural beauty, bustling metropolitan city centres and – perhaps most crucially – a thriving jobs market, the country’s allure to those thinking about a move abroad looks set to continue into the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately such popularity comes at a cost as the number of Canadian working holiday visas made available to Irish nationals is limited, and so the demand often exceeds the supply.

We need only look at last year’s numbers to be convinced of this. Some 6,000 visas were made available. Within 48 hours, they were all gone.

The application process for next year’s Canadian working holiday visas is due to begin towards the end of January. 10,700 visas will be issued to Irish nationals  – the largest ever allocation, which suggests that Canada’s population as a destination for Irish emigrants may actually still be on the increase.

With so many people aiming to cross the Atlantic, access to information becomes key: the more people know about their destination, the easier it will be for them to make the transition to a new place and way of life.

The Department of Foreign Affairs-funded Crosscare Migration Project aims to provide some help in this regard. The project will ask those with experience living and working in Canada what advice they would pass on to their successors. To facilitate the collation of information, the project has created a short survey that can be taken online (available here). This covers some core areas: employment, accommodation, social life, organisational support and general info & advice.

The accumulated information will then be published in time for the holiday visa application process in January. So if you’ve got some wise words to pass on, click on the link above. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. Consider it time well spent. Others will.


Thoughts from Down Under: Living and working in Australia

Australia is one of the destinations of choice for many of those leaving Irish shores to find work. But how do those who have made the move feel about their adopted home? This Irish Times piece takes a look at Irish emigrants’ experiences and attitudes towards life in Australia.

‘Every six minutes somebody leaves Ireland for good. In the 12 months up to April this year, 90,000 people emigrated – about 240 every day of the year. Of those about 15,400 ended up in Australia. What happens to them when they get there? How do they feel about their adopted country? Does it live up to their expectations? What do they miss most about home?

A number of people from a range of backgrounds have spoken to The Irish Times about their experiences of life in Australia. They include a nurse, a police officer, a musician, a journalist, a building contractor, an HR professional and an entrepreneur.’

Click here to read the entire article.