"When I step outside the door in the evening, I'm in the West of Ireland"
Michelle Corcoran, Mathworks
I spent my twenties and thirties in London; with short stints in Sydney, Barcelona, Dublin and at home in South Kilkenny running my own business. I’ve worked in HR for 20 years starting off in Investment Banking with Citigroup; and then in Front Office Trading, Technology and Operations. I've spent the last few years in London where I’ve worked in Technology companies. For me, that is where some of the really interesting HR work is found.
"Quality of Life is the key thing I was missing as time went by in London"
I always thought I would like to return home to Ireland, but I wasn’t sure what this would look like. Quality of life is the key thing that I was missing as time went by in London. I have family in Galway, my Dad is from here. I love the friendliness and way of life in the West. Galway has quite a diverse population which I really appreciate having spent half my life living elsewhere. Although my job is pacey, when I step outside the door in the evening I’m in the West of Ireland.
I was looking for my next HR role when Brexit began to affect the job market in January 2017. So I started looking in Galway and was surprised at how buoyant the market is in comparison to London; a complete 360 to what I had faced 8 years ago. I was lucky enough to be offered a role with the MathWorks, a privately owned, American Software Company. We are listed in Glassdoor Best Place to Work 2017. We are building a Shared Services Centre for EMEA in Galway, and our company HQ is in Boston. Our company culture is fascinating, MathWorks live and breathe their Core Values, and strive to hire only top talent.
I look after HR for EMEA, with a focus on growing our EMEA Shared Services Centre in Galway; we are in City Point, brand new, state of the art, city centre offices. I lead a team of HR and Recruitment Professionals who provide HR services and support across EMEA. The move back to Ireland has been beneficial in that my role required someone with International HR experience.
I would say now is a great time to consider moving back to Ireland. The economy has turned around and companies are investing here. I am closer to my family, and my work life balance has improved significantly, as I am not fighting to get on the tube every morning!