Newry’s Lost Generation, with Daniel Guiney
Name: Daniel Guiney.
Education/experience): MSc Planning & Property Development.
What part of Newry & Mourne are you originally from? Glenn.
When did you leave Newry? 5th February 2012.
Why did you leave Newry? Lack of job opportunities for graduates.
Who did you go to Australia with? Friends.
What are you doing now wherever you’re living? I am living in a suburb just outside Sydney and I am working as a planning consultant for an urban planning consultancy in Sydney city centre.
Are you enjoying life away from Newry? Yes I am loving my Australian experience. I do get a bit home sick from time to time but you just have to remind yourself that except for family and friends there is nothing for me back in Newry or indeed Ireland. I have a lot of friends and family in Sydney so that definitely helps. The fact that I am gaining valuable work experience that would be almost impossible to find at home in Ireland combined with the aussie weather and lifestyle is definitely better than sitting on the dole or working a job outside of my degree.
What do you miss most about Newry? Family, friends and my dog.
Career ambition: Have my own urban planning consultancy.
What would you say to anybody still living in Newry who can’t find work? The world is a big place…don’t restrict yourself to Ireland. Even if you consider yourself a home bird as I did it is still definitely worth going to a different country to get a better job or post graduation work experience. A couple of years will fly by and you can always return home. You only live once and now is the perfect time to explore other parts of the world.
Anything else you would like to add? Don’t sit about and wait for things to happen, take a chance and if it doesn’t work out you can always go home. Moving to a different country and finding a job and getting settled isn’t easy, but once everything falls into place it is all worth it.
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