What started as a 6-month adventure abroad to study English became something a little more permanent. Dublin opened its doors to me and became my new home.
My name is Francy and this is my story.
Almost 7 years ago, I moved to this beautiful island from San Cristobal in Venezuela, where I was born, grew up and graduated as an IT engineer before starting my journey in tech…
When people ask me why I chose to move to Ireland, I cannot help but feel that Ireland actually chose me. When I decided that I wanted to go abroad to study English, my first option was the USA… but my student visa wasn’t approved and I still remember how upset I was about it.
A couple of days later, a friend of mine who was studying in Ireland told me how easy it was to get a student visa here, and without thinking about it twice, I changed my plans and started looking for language schools in Dublin.
After a few months living in Dublin, I fell in love with this beautiful island and the European lifestyle and decided that I wanted to stay longer, but how was I going to stay here without a work permit? I got lucky and found a job in a company ready to sponsor my visa.
I was so grateful for this opportunity, I had a home, I had friends but I couldn’t help feeling that I was missing something. I wanted to work in a different line of work which would be more aligned with my values, I wanted to meet like-minded people who shared my interests. More importantly, I wanted to be part of a community.
The only way to achieve this was to leave my comfort zone, to confront my fears, and embark on a journey of discovery. I started attending events tailored for entrepreneurs and met people who shared my interests. I was ecstatic, I truly felt I was on the right path.
One of those events was a workshop called “I am remarkable”. I have to confess I was a bit afraid to go, but as soon as I arrived I really felt welcomed by the workshop facilitators. This is how I first met Magda (co-founder of Women Co). I really felt supported, Magda has the power and raw energy that help other women shine. I remember thinking to myself “I want to be her friend”.
A few weeks later, I came across a meetup group called Women Co, a coworking community with an emphasis on connection, support, and education. A community that strives to provide women with a safe space to cowork, collaborate, network and learn from each other.
When I saw that one of the organizers was Magda, I joined the meetup group straight away, not quite knowing what I wanted to do yet, but after meeting other women in the group I felt inspired, and empowered. It strengthened my decision to become a freelancer, I realised what was in it for me, and what I needed support with.
A few months later, I was chatting with Magda, she was trying to give Women Co a boost, and we talked about designing a new website to better connect the community. I just loved the idea and said I would love to do it. And this is how I became part of the Women Co team… I received so much support that I wanted the opportunity to give back to the community and help build more awareness about this amazing initiative.
I want to keep meeting like-minded women and help them to believe in their dreams and this is possible when we all come together to help each other.
I can’t wait to hear from you, to learn about your dreams and find the best way to support you.