When Carolina Chimirri moved to Dublin in 2019 she had never worked as a cleaner before. The Brazilian lawyer knew it was highly unlikely she would find employment in Ireland in the legal field and focused on finding any available work to pay her expenses while taking English classes.
In the months that followed, she would find herself signing up for a vast array of jobs, including selling beers at Westlife concerts, working in a pizza shop, working behind the deli counters of newsagents and cleaning people’s homes.
The 34-year-old also had to reacquaint herself with the student lifestyle. “I’m a lawyer so going back to being a student felt weird, but in a good way. I had to share my room with two other people and shared a house with 10 others.
I never thought I’d have to work as a cleaner but I’ve realised [it was] actually