There have been a number of experiences throughout my life that have sparked my interest in international business. Most of you are now probably expecting me to go into stories about studying abroad or traveling around the world, but neither of these were what lured me into pursuing a career in global payroll with Celergo.
The main experience that influenced me to become intrigued with international business was my trip to Ireland with my family. I was 17 years old at the time of the trip, which was perfect because I was still completely lost when it came to deciding my interests and especially my career path, but I was also old enough to appreciate the cultural similarities and differences between Ireland and the United States.
Our trip to Ireland was my first outside of the country. No, the purpose of the trip was not to hang out in the pubs every night drinking Guinness (although we did plenty of that). We were there celebrating my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary while they renewed their vows at St. Mary’s Church in Galway on the west coast of Ireland.
A few of the other places within Ireland that we had the privilege to visit in addition to Galway were Dublin and Killarney. The highlight of Dublin was a tour of the Guinness Brewery along with being accepted into the pubs at the age of 17. These aspects of the trip were almost as exciting as watching my father attempt to navigate through the dangerously narrow roads of Ireland in a big van while adjusting to driving on the left side of the street. One of the van’s side-view mirrors is probably still lying in a roadside ditch somewhere after being ripped off the vehicle by a tree branch.
In Killarney, we did a jaunting car ride (which was much more comforting than riding in the van), saw the Ring of Kerry, and visited the town of Cork to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. As the legend has it, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). If you are wondering whether or not this worked for me, just ask my girlfriend. Maybe it just takes a decade or two to kick into action (fingers crossed).
Everywhere we went the native Irishmen and Irishwomen showed great kindness and were happy to welcome us into their country. Overall, this stood out to me more than any other aspect of my visit to the great country of Ireland. There are few better experiences in life than being welcomed into someone else’s home and having the opportunity to get to know them.
Not only did I have this opportunity with the people of Ireland during my short visit, but I have also gotten the opportunity to communicate and become friendly with people in over 20 different countries and 6 of the 7 continents during my time working at Celergo. It is difficult to describe how much I have learned about the different cultures around the world during my 10 months in global payroll, and it is even more challenging to describe how surprised I am at how much people from all different parts of the world have in common. Due to this, my interest in international business will continue to grow.