By John Sepulvado, CNN
Dublin, Ireland (CNN) - The sky is overcast, the wind is howling, and – like every day in Ireland – lashing rain could come at any moment. Yet Sam Hopkins is walking on a sunbeam.
This summer, Hopkins will be working in London for a firm managing the 2012 Olympic summer games. The position is a major coup for the Dublin Business School student, largely because the prospects in Ireland are dim.
"It's quite limited," Hopkins explains. "We're such a small country, we do have certain events, but they are on such a small scale compared to other countries."
Finding a job in Ireland, Hopkins says, can be a difficult task – especially for young adults. The Irish economy is in the toilet. Double digit unemployment, high government debt and a glut of unoccupied housing have silenced the roar of the Celtic Tiger, and left many of its cubs struggling to find employment.