Newry’s Lost Generation, with Peadar Coyle
Name: Peadar Coyle.
Education/experience: I have a BSc from the University of Bristol in Physics and Philosophy. My schooling was in St. Michael’s Killean for Primary School and I was an Abbey Grammar student up until A Levels. I worked in Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry for two years as Physics Technician – and during one of my summers I interned as a ‘Data Scientist’ for a start-up in Shanghai, China.
What part of Newry & Mourne are you originally from? I’m from Upper Killeavy (Killean) in South Armagh.
When did you leave Newry? I left in September 2010, but I also had left before to go to Shanghai (Summer 2009), China and for my Undergraduate studies (2005 – 2008).
Why did you leave Newry? The job market is difficult for those without Masters and everything I found interesting to do needed a more specialised skill set than what a BSc can provide.
Who did you go with? I went by myself actually.
What are you doing now in wherever you are living? Are you working? I am a Masters student in Mathematics with Financial Mathematics at the University of Luxembourg. So I guess we can say I’m not working, although it sometimes feels harder than a job.
Are you enjoying life away from Newry? Yes, I never really settled when I went home after being away for a few years. Luxembourg is an unusual place to end up, it is small, but very charming. There are quite a few Irish people here, generally working in either the European institutions or the banking sector, so amongst my friends here are people from Dublin, Cork and Tyrone. The city is quite a cultural melting pot, so I have friends from all over Europe and the world. My classmates include Slovaks, Germans, Pakistani’s and Chinese.
What do you miss most about Newry? I definitely miss my family, and there are some friends I miss, but it must be noted that most of my close friends are actually no longer in Newry. They are for instance in Australia, Canada, London or beyond.
When will you return to Newry or if you don’t know, then would you like to eventually return here? I’m not sure, I’m reluctant to say ‘I’ll never go home’, but I think it isn’t likely.
Career ambition: I’m tempted by the academic route, so having Professor in front of my name – that of course involves doing a PhD. However there are alternatives, for instance given how complex our world is getting, there is an increasing need in industry for people who understand Maths and especially Statistics.
What would you say to anybody still living in Newry who can’t find work? I think in this age of cheap flights and good telecommunications moving may be an option to consider. You can always go back with more skills, and I think exposing yourself to different cultures is really important, especially as our world is getting smaller.
Anything else you would like to add? No matter where you go in the world, you’ll probably run into someone from Ireland, so home sickness doesn’t happen as much as you’d think. Also there are probably more opportunities outside of Newry.
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