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.
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 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.
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.
Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic does not make it any easier to necessarily get where you might want to be right now. But my best advice for you if you’re looking to get into radio now or in the future is to keep working.
The period that you finish college can be a very tough one. You are so eager to launch into your career. The harsh reality for some is that you don’t always just fall into a job as soon as you get your degree.
I didn’t want to spend the rest of my working life being pushed around to whatever job the bank had for me - I needed to do something I enjoyed. To come to that decision so quickly, I must have known it’s what I wanted to do deep down, but I needed a good reason to follow through.
I was also leaving my boyfriend, friends and family in Ireland, which made the goodbyes unimaginably difficult. But as is always the case, hindsight taught me that all the sacrifices were worth it in the long run, and 18 months later, I would do it all over again if I could.
I’m the type of person who lives to work rather than works to live so I decided to come home to work and get more experience as living at home could provide me with that flexibility.
As a graduate and being in my early twenties, I have felt like I was in some sort of race to get my life on track and work a big corporate job in order to be successful. Since doing the graduate program in LA, I realise we are all on different paths and your twenties are a time to try and to not be scared of failing.