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Every now and then an opportunity comes up and you feel like you have to take it. After almost eight years with Oracle, I felt like it was time to try something new and the opportunity presented it self (as all good things do) without really expecting it. Not only am I leaving Oracle but this new role also requires us to move to Ireland. So this is quite a change as both job and location are involved.

My fathers advice when choosing jobs was similar to what Mark Suster wrote about so read his article but I feel like I still have so much to learn and this opportunity is something which is just such an amazing challenge, I had to try. It’s not to say I’ve made the easy decision as the challenges that are ahead just might prove too hard to follow through on. As always, I’ll try to do my best and can only hope it’s enough.

Without going into more details regarding the new job, I wanted to write a little bit more about the decision behind the change. After all, this is a decision we’re all faced with several times in our lives. I’ve tried to think about this in several ways which all influenced the final decision.

Location

I wanted to see how things are western Europe. Ireland seems like a great place and besides most landlords not allowing dogs, we were right in thinking the mentality of the Irish will not be too different from our own.

Professional

As said, the opportunity is so interesting and challenging I just had to try. I feel like the role will take me into unknown territories and it’ll force me to pick up my game. I’ve been with Oracle for almost eight years. I want to try something new and challenging.

Personal

My wife will graduate from the Academy of fine arts in a month or two and it might be easier for her to find something interesting in Ireland than in Slovenia. We don’t have kids and why not try something new. I am now in my 30s and my goal is to be mobile and go after new opportunities when they come up.

Right time, right place, right opportunity

Everything somehow fell into place. Timing is right, place is right and the opportunity is right so we did it. This is our first month in Dublin and while at times demanding and stressful as we’re looking for a place to live, and all theĀ beginningsĀ are tough we’re finally here and hope to make the most of it.