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Further Study

I moved to New York in September 2009 after I did a Masters in UCD. It took a lot of saving and planning and I got the 12 month intern visa that is currently available. When I arrived in NY it took me about three months to find a job, it’s important to have a few contacts where you are going so that you support regarding tips on where to get apartments, info about the locality etc. I lived in Brooklyn and did an internship in the United Nations for a few months and then six months in a women’s legal rights organization in Manhattan. This particular visa doesn’t allow you to work so it was hard financially but completely rewarding. In New York you can make friends easily and a lot of people are passing through as most people come and go in New York.
I had to come home to Dublin in October 2010 as the visa was up but I was hoping to get sponsored on the H1B visa.

NYC

I am lucky enough to have work at the moment but I am hoping to emigrate again, possibly to London, as there just isn’t work in my field in this country. Leaving the country is difficult but I feel that it is all about sacrifice, you sacrifice a lot leaving but you sacrifice things staying in Ireland too.

The best thing about living in New York in particular is that no matter what you want to do in your career you can do it there if you work hard enough! If you are lucky and willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to get by then you can be really successful there. Emigrating isn’t easy but it is worth it and the best advice I would give is to save and go, there will always be a lot of reasons to stay.

Times Square

Written by: Hannah Creedon

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