Getting ready to go: six people emigrating this year
Six soon to be emigrants share their plans and reasons for leaving
SARAH DORAN (23) graduated with a degree in speech and language therapy from Trinity College last year. She is moving to Berkshire next month
On my first day of college, the head of the department told us what we were hearing about the lack of jobs for speech therapists was true, but we shouldn’t lose hope. I’m glad I knew from the start that my job prospects would be limited.
I began to apply for jobs in the UK in November and had an interview with the NHS in Berkshire. I was offered a permanent job working with children with speech, language and communication needs in early-intervention services and mainstream schools. I start as soon as my police check has been processed.
Apart from college summers abroad, I have lived with my parents in Rathfarnham my whole life. I’m going to have to get used to working full-time, in a new country, living on my own, all at the same time.
I will be leaving behind friends, family and my boyfriend. But I know I can’t let my skills go to waste. It is so frustrating to hear of people fighting for healthcare services while hundreds of qualified graduates are drawing the dole.
BRIAN SHEEHY (27), from Baltimore in west Cork, is quitting his job in insurance in Dublin to move to Toronto
I am emigrating to Canada to challenge myself. I want to see how I cope in a foreign country without any support network. I want the challenge of finding a new job, a new house and new friends.
A lot of people I grew up with have emigrated to find work. Visiting them in Canada and Australia, and watching their lives online over the years has made me jealous. I was focused on my career after college, but recently my desire to travel has grown. It is now or never: when I’m 30 I might have a family or a house tying me here.
I was really lucky to get one of the two-year working holiday visas for Canada last January before the quota for the year sold out. I’m leaving in March, to be there for St Patrick’s Day. Through Facebook I’ve got to know other Irish people going over and we’ve arranged to meet up. I’ve booked a hotel for the first few nights, before I move to a hostel, where I’ll stay while looking for a place to live and a job.
I’m not worried about leaving my friends behind, we’ll always keep in touch, but I’m upset to be leaving my family. I’m sad too to be leaving my job. I’ve got on well there and made good friends. I don’t know Toronto so I have no idea how it will work out – I could still be there in five years or I could be back in six months.
JO GIBNEY (28) lost her job with a publishing company in Waterford four months ago. She is moving to Sydney on a working holiday visa
I studied English and sociology in UCC, but since I graduated I have been mostly working in the service industry. Last year I got an editorial job with a publishing company in Waterford, but they weren’t able to keep me on permanently. Losing my job knocked my confidence very hard.
It feels like there is nobody left here. I have a lot of friends in Australia. Some just did the working-holiday thing and came back after two years, but others have settled and are making a good life for themselves. I’ve signed up for Sydney job alerts, but I can’t apply until I arrive.