Studying, working in Ireland: pros, cons, personal experience?
My greatest goal in life is to study at Trinity College Dublin. I've been researching the particulars of moving to Europe for almost three years, so don't assume I'm being hasty here: I am very serious and now I've come across a road bump and I need some honest opinions and unbiased information. I speak fluent textbook French (I've never actually been to a French-speaking country) and my area of academic interest is biochemistry. I surpass the admission requirements for Americans and the reason I would like to study in Europe as opposed to America is to get my foot in the door with European laboratories, particularly French and Swiss ones, as that seems to be where all the biochem jobs seem to be in Europe.
First, I'd like to know: What are your experiences with moving to another country, particularly from America? Did you face difficulty in finding a job that was greater than it was from where you came? Were you discriminated against in employment or renting/buying housing?
Second, which visa or residence permit did you choose? The more I research this crucial point, the more complicated it seems to get.
Third, and probably the most important: Under my circumstances, would you advise for or against studying at TCD? If you would advise against it, why, and in your opinion, should I study in America or elsewhere in Europe?
Finally, which country, in your experience/opinion, is the best for employment in my field of interest, or any field of highly educated work?
My mother is a highly qualified attorney and holder of a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in law with decades of experience and has been searching unsuccessfully for work for nearly four years. My father, a quadrilingual computer programmer and technical writer with a bachelor's degree in French and an associate's degree in something computer-related, has been stuck with the same employer working 10-11 hours a day on pay that can barely support my family. His job search has been ongoing for over six years and the only job he found was in Alberta, but with three teenagers, we could not afford to relocate to another county, much less another country. Heck, we even live in the Denver area--that's supposed to be one of the best places in America for work! My biggest reason for wanting to leave America is to avoid their predicament. My parents are so highly educated and qualified that they sound like an outlandish example from a business textbook, yet their employment prospects look permanently grim. I am also open to moving to Canada or France, or anywhere but here within reason. I don't want to starve to death. :( Please tell me what you think and what you recommend. Languages come fairly naturally to me, so I can learn pretty much any (not so sure about non-Latin ones, though) if I have to. I'm terrified of what might happen to me if I try to get a job in America...