Evan Henry is a recent TCD graduate, who spent four weeks interning in Washington D.C. in July 2022 as part of the Washington Ireland Program. Evan shares his experience and learnings from his time in the US.
My advice would be to explore something you want to learn about, something new that you’re interested in, and to make sure that the university you choose is a supportive one.
Research courses and choose based on what area you want to work in. Sure you don’t have to know exactly where you want to go in life, but even knowing if you prefer a one role over another in your field can hugely help.
During the final year of my undergraduate degree, I decided that I did not want to give up on my passion for writing. So, I began looking around for possible career paths and Masters degrees that would help me keep this passion for writing. The MATCEL was the only degree that I found with a specific writing focus but also trained you for a specific writing role.
And while I agree in one sense that nursing is a vocation, a calling as some would say, I believe to talk about it in that sense takes away from it as a trained profession. People sacrifice years of their lives to upskill with some becoming dual-qualified in General Nursing with Midwifery or Psychiatry. We are a profession like any other and should be treated that way.
I knew I wanted to work in the digital area of business, but also knew I wouldn’t consider myself as a marketer. That’s why the MSc in E-commerce was the perfect choice for me.
I loved the idea of studying again and finally a challenge! By this time, I think I was 4 years out of secondary school. I loved every minute of beauty therapy. There were hard times but in the end it was so worth it.
I have gotten the chance to also learn about the science of climate change and policy and governance too; things which I would have been apprehensive to study before.
In university, I completed online courses on the side that were not necessarily to do with my degree. This included online courses in digital marketing to further my passion and knowledge more as it was a great interest to me. As a result, I now want to study for a Masters in the area.
I’m quite young as well. I’m 21 years old. I don’t find age to be an important factor as such, but I do feel the extra year studying with a MA will help me mature.