We made the right move to Kerry

Kerry has a long tradition of people moving for work but it used to be in the opposite direction. Prospects were limited, and if you wanted to work in science or technology, you had to ensure your passport was valid. Times have changed: Kerry is emerging as a centre of science and technology excellence, and ambitious professionals are starting to take notice

Ann Jensen is one of those professionals. She works as a technical writer and content developer with Aspen Grove Solutions in Tralee, but after earning a Master’s degree in the Institute of Technology Tralee, she moved to Dublin and worked with an indigenous software company there. “I had great opportunities to work with some brilliant minds and see some interesting parts of the world. I was a small fish in a big pond and relished learning as much as I could, “she recalls. Once she started a family, however, the expense and lack of quality of life in Dublin inspired her to consider moving back to Kerry. She knew about the close relationship between the ITT and tech companies and soon discovered that there were IT opportunities for her and her husband in Kerry.

“Bringing my experience from Dublin back to Tralee has been beneficial to both me and Aspen. Aspen is on an upward trajectory, and I love that I get to be on that journey and bring my experience from another successful home-grown software company back home.”

Other people have made even longer journeys to get to Kerry –almost 19,000km, in fact. Philip D’Arcy left a career as an engineer with an agricultural drill manufacturer near Christchurch, New Zealand, to work as an engineer with Dairymaster. Originally from Sligo, Philip went to New Zealand on a working holiday with his partner in 2008 and stayed there for seven years. Philip recalls that New Zealand was a very easy place to live, although summers were too hot, and it was very far from the rest of the world, so, by 2015, it was time to explore the possibility of moving back to Ireland before his children started school. “After a bit of searching and several late night Skype calls, I managed to secure a position with Dairymaster.”

The decision to move to Kerry was influenced by what the county had to offer to an avid hillwalker but the key factor was the employment offer. He has no regrets. “The move back has been really great, being able to catch up with family and friends has been fantastic while the kids are settling in really well. Our oldest is now enjoying his second year at Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn while our youngest has another year at Budding Explorers Preschool before she joins her brother.”

Philip recommends Kerry as a location for anybody in the science and technology sectors. “I believe prospects are quite good at the moment,” he asserts. And his advice for those considering a move to the Kingdom? “Do your homework, research potential employers, and if possible come visit the area!”