Saturday 12th October 2015: Josh Molloy is 22 years of age. A native of Dublin, his family moved to Kildare when he was nine. When Josh finished school he took time to look at a number of universities around the country. It was then he discovered the University of Limerick. Here he speaks to Nigel Dugdale about his experience of Limerick.
Publish Date: Monday 23rd November 2015
Written by Nigel Dugdale on behalf of Limerick 2020
Josh Molloy is 22 years of age. A native of Dublin, his family moved to Kildare when he was nine. When Josh finished school he took time to look at a number of universities around the country. It was then he discovered the University of Limerick. Here he speaks to Nigel Dugdale about his experience of Limerick.
“I had never visited Limerick before”, Josh tells me. “Of course I had prior perceptions of the city before coming here. I wouldn’t be alone in saying that my perception of the city was misguided and probably informed by those who didn’t really know what they were talking about”.
Josh secured a place at UL studying electronic and computer engineering. He says that from the moment he arrived in Limerick he discovered a place that was friendly, welcoming and fun.
“The people of Limerick made me feel at home. I immediately fell in love with the place”, Josh says. "The campus at UL was a real selling point for me. I also took time to get a feel for Limerick city and instantly knew it was the place for me”.
Josh found himself living just off campus in the Castletroy area. Like any new arrival to a strange place he had his fears, doubts and a sense of isolation. This didn’t last long, however. He ended up living with local Limerick-people who showed him the ropes and introduced him to Limerick life.
“My experience in the University of Limerick was fantastic”, he says. “Everybody – lecturers, staff and my fellow students- had an open, warm and helpful approach. I think these facts are backed up in the knowledge that the University of Limerick has a track record of having the best hiring rate for graduates in Ireland”.
Campus life at UL confirmed that Limerick was the place for Josh
Josh’s experiences at college in Limerick were enough to make him want to stay. “In a sense Limerick had become home”, he says.
“My friends are here. I felt I had grown to know the city. Limerick has everything I need as a young professional. It has all the shops I need, good infrastructure and transport services. It has an international airport 20 minutes out the road. I can be in Dublin, Cork or Galway in less than 2 hours. If I need to get away from the urban environment I can quickly be in magical places like Kilalloe, Ballyhoura, Curraghchase or Lahinch."
Josh notes the sense of confidence amongst our younger population. “Students like me didn’t feel that we were destined to have to move away upon graduation”, he says.
“In fact on the very first day of my course at UL we were told by a senior lecturer that there would be two jobs for every person in the lecture room upon graduation. This energised us and confirmed that the road we were taken was going to be a fruitful one”.
66% of Josh's classmates are now in full time work just a few months after graduation
One third of Josh’s class secured jobs upon graduation and another third have successfully found employment within just a few months of completing the course. Josh was one of those graduates. He was hired by Dell in Limerick within weeks of graduating from UL.
“I graduated in May of this year and am currently in my seventh week working here at Dell”, Josh says. “My experience of Dell to date has been amazing. The company is really going places at the moment and I can see lots of new staff being hired along with me. You can feel a confident, positive energy here. The welcome I received was super. I was quickly made feel part of the Dell community. There was never a sense of being the ‘newbie’”.
Life at Dell has been rewarding for Josh
Josh lives in an apartment in Limerick city centre and notes how easy it has been to get to know people so quickly.
“The city life in Limerick is not what you would imagine. It really does have a sense of a big friendly town, one in which you feel safe and know you will find friends easily”.
Josh also notes the sense of community in Limerick as something he has not experienced anywhere else.
“Shop assistants and bus drivers recognise you and they talk to you. It really is an approachable place where you feel a part of the general community. Life is easy in Limerick”, he says.
“I have had experience of living in Dublin during my work placements and I found the life there to be totally different from my Limerick experience”, Josh notes. “There are simple things you encounter in Limerick that make a difference. The city has a sense of homeliness. The people are real”.
Josh’s experience of Dell so far is almost a reflection of his Limerick experience to date.
“We recently had a bubble soccer tournament as a team building exercise. It was something that allowed me to get stuck into the social aspect of the company very quickly. The people at Dell work hard but this working ethos is reflected in the great social aspect that is rewarded”, he adds.
So what is about Limerick that Josh likes most?
“The fact that Limerick people speak so proudly of where they are from. They really enjoy showing you about and introducing you to new spots”.
“I am content to be living and working in Limerick. My transition from college life to working life has been so smooth. I feel at ease with myself. I would give great credit to the people of Limerick, to my workmates and friends for giving me the real Limerick experience.
If I was speaking to anyone who was considering moving to Limerick for work I would say one thing - “Do it!”