Fortune favours the brave, and these Irish women have courage in spades.
Research suggests that between 50-75% of people in Ireland are happy with their current job. Despite these overwhelmingly positive statistics, sometimes your 9-5 simply isn’t your joie de vivre. And then what? Admitting your career isn’t lighting your fire nor helping you get out of bed in the morning affects a lot more of us than we are probably willing to admit.
While sometimes it’s mindless scrolling and constant comparison that makes us question what we’re doing with our lives, on other occasions, the feelings of career-related uncertainty and angst run deeper.
To dismiss this as just a byproduct of being a part of "Generation Snowflake" is to misunderstand the burning desires that those born into every era have to excel in their respective industries.
With that in mind, we got the suss from women in various fields and at different milestones of their lives, to hear the pivotal moments that led them to where they are now.
Niamh McKeever, Creative Director and Stylist
"Back in 2013, I was completely miserable and unsatisfied with my college course. I had one year left, and the thought of pursuing a career as a graphic designer frightened me and I grew to hate the course. In Dublin, I had tried to get numerous jobs assisting stylists but was continuously turned away. I felt defeated and lost, especially when a close friend at the time laughed in my face and said, ‘Niamh you have no talent or style’.
I had enough and decided that I was going to New York the following week. And that's exactly what I did! I spent two days hopping on and off subways, trying to get confident with my surrounds as I applied for every job I could. My friend's words were ringing in my ear with every rejection I got.
However, I did not want to give up and kept telling myself, 'It will happen, keep going’. On the J1 graduate visa if you do not have work within a month you are sent home. The very last week of my deadline I got my first job on a set and never looked back."
Sarah-Jane Murphy, Journalist and Courts Reporter
Just had the pleasure of the criminal justice sentencing system in Ireland being mansplained to me at length ?
Dear reader, he wont do it again.— Sarah-Jane Murphy (@sjanemurf) August 24, 2018
Blanaid Hennessy, Owner of Folkster
Sarah Hanrahan, Food Stylist & Photographer/Blogger at "I Come Undone"
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