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February 28, 2019
Galway attracts talent from down under!

Galway attracts talent from down under!

We caught up with Scott Cook to get his first hand experience of  moving to Ireland from Australia.  Here’s what he had to say about working for Boston Scientific and living in the city of Galway.


Scott Cook

Born and raised in Australia!  He completed his masters in Chemical Engineering and worked as metallurgist in the mining industry in Australia.  Scott Initially came to Ireland in 1999 and worked as a contractor leveraging his niche skillset in metallurgy.  Scott’s wife is originally from Galway which was one of his driving factors to relocate to Ireland and built their house in Athenry in 2008. They were living and working in San Francisco when Scott spotted the job opportunity with Boston Scientific over 5 years ago.  Boston Scientific assisted with the relocation by paying for flights.  Scott is currently a Principal Manufacturing Engineer in Structural Heart.

For Scott the highlights of working with Boston scientific is that there’s the “constant challenge that is available”, they provide you with the right equipment and tools for the job and great variety Scott feels fortunate to work in Structural Heart business.  Its challenging and given the breadth of  the site and indeed the breadth of the company you have the opportunity to work across different  areas.  “This is where the metallurgy background comes in because it is still a very rare thing so that would call me into different issues or different challenges you know across the company. So great variety.  Great opportunities as well, Boston is somewhere that will support people that will to grow  in their career and they afford great promotional opportunities so Scott feels if you do a good job in Boston the company does look after you.  Scott was well aware of Boston Scientific as a big diverse company.  For Scott it has sufficient scale “that there’s always something new that you can try, different avenues that you can get involved with should you so wish, in different areas of the business, so with the breadth of Boston it just has almost unlimited opportunities to do different things and to grow your career and you can either do that in one area and you can become more specialised or you can diversify its really up to the individual”

“Ireland offers a very similar quality of life, provides a great quality of life and there’s plenty to do  here”.  I have a wide range of friends and a lot of family here now and we’ve got a couple of kids now and they’ve lots of cousins around.  I find Galway a nice size, we live in Athenry which is a little  bit country but sort of a small town but it’s got everything you need and we can go to Galway in half  an hour whenever we want to get to Galway and it’s got a great vibe , It’s a good place to live, its big  enough to have everything you need but it’s not so big you know, not like living in Melbourne or  somewhere which is a huge city or even Dublin perhaps you know it’s, it’s a different sort of affair,  so it’s more relaxed.  Scott has an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl and as a family they really  walk around you know just walk through the city and then stop in different places for lunch.  Galway  offers loads of good restaurants.  For Scott, culturally it’s pretty much identical to Australia, similar people and sense of humour.  He has never felt foreign here.

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