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Not all that bad in Ireland!
Phew - some harsh views on Ireland - without even mentioning the sailing!
Yes, the construction sector has collapsed and the banking casino has had its last spin but other sectors are doing fine.
I'm an IT nerd, a contractor, and I sleep easy.
As a medic, recognition of qualifications would be the main issue but, as guidance, hospital consultants earn in the region of €200k before private consultations are considered.
As a lecturer, you would need to live a little more humbly!
Check the sites of University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, University College Cork and NUI Galway for lecturing positions.
There will also be biomed lecturers needed in the second-tier institutes of technology.
On the commercial front, Ireland has a large to vast pharma industry - for a MD, there must be opportunities there.
If you are towing kids along, state schools are free and good.
Access to university is based only on the points gained from final high-school exams - popular courses need high points.
Thus, if you are the son of a billionaire of the daughter of a politician and you don't have the points for law in Trinity or medicine in UCD, you don't get in.
There are no college fees.
I hope that my country's cultural and social reputation needs no embellishment but I really believe that Ireland is a good place to live.
Now back to sailing.
Those Cork guys reckon that they have the oldest yacht club in the world (1720). I can't vouch for that but they do run the best saltwater related pissup ever - it's called Cork Week.
We seldom want for wind (and have few frost days in winter) and on the east coast there is opportunity to cruise to Wales and the Isle of Man and, venturing north, the Scottish Isles.
Even at close quarters, there is a thrill to crossing borders!
Heading south and west, you get into wild Atlantic and stupidly beautiful scenery.
My advice? Go for Galway or Cork - a young man's dream!