Sunday 20 August 2017

Feilim's billboard plea lands two 'dream job' offers

Feilim Mac An Iomaire: desperate plea for work
Feilim Mac An Iomaire: desperate plea for work

Nick Bramhill

AN unemployed marketing graduate who scraped together €2,000 for a massive billboard to find work has been offered two "dream jobs".

Skint Feilim Mac An Iomaire parted with the last of his life savings to erect a novel hoarding on Dublin's busy Merrion Road, asking employers not force him to leave Ireland.

But yesterday the 26-year-old, who came up with the idea after being jobless for eight months following his return from a year in Australia, described it as the best investment he had ever made. He landed 20 interviews and was offered top marketing roles with two companies.

Mr Mac An Iomaire, whose eyecatching 'Jobless Paddy' billboard was taken down on Sunday, said he would decide by the end of the week which of the two Dublin-based jobs to take.

"I can't quite believe how my life has turned around. Since I put the billboard up, my phone literally hasn't stopped ringing and I've been to about 20 interviews. But the best news for me is that I've received two job offers in the past couple of days and they are both marketing roles and exactly the types of jobs I wanted.

"I expect to have something sorted by the end of the week and I can now say for certain that I'll be back working by the end of this month.''

He added: "It's certainly the best €2,000 I've ever spent in my life, because had I not done that I doubt I would have even have had an interview at this stage, never mind a couple of job offers."

The NUI Galway graduate, who has been living on Jobseeker's Allowance and was forced to move back in with his parents, said he now felt certain for the first time in months that he would not be forced to emigrate like so many of his peers.

When he returned from Sydney last August, he landed only two inconclusive job interviews, despite sending out more than 100 job applications.

But his belief that his billboard advert -- in which he faces a number of famous landmarks in Sydney, London and New York with the desperate message 'Save Me From Emigration' -- would turn his life around, has proved correct.

"I've been very frustrated at being unemployed and being stuck on the sidelines for so long. And as I've said before, I want to stay in this country and be part of its solution, not its problem,'' said Mr Mac An Iomaire.

"Finally, I now know that I'm going to be working again very soon and I couldn't be happier. I love this country and if I had to leave it again, it would be with a heavy heart. Thankfully, it looks like I'm here to stay."

Irish Independent

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