'I'm optimistic I'll study in NY'
Fashion blogger Erika Fox (22) from Kerry graduated from NUIG with a degree in Commerce earlier this year.
"Growing up in the Celtic Tiger years, you generally got everything you wanted. Then when I started college, it was like, Whoa! Things definitely aren't the same anymore'.
"None of us had any money. In a strange way, it prepares you for what's ahead. Coming out of college now, it's pretty gloomy.
"There aren't exactly job offers coming at you from every angle. Most of my friends have gone back to do a Masters, and the ones who haven't are planning to move.
"At the moment, I'm living at home with my parents so I can save to go to New York on a graduate visa, where I'd love to work in digital marketing.
"But I'm still very enthusiastic. This generation is much more innovative than we're given credit for.
"I set up my blog for free, now it's where I'm making my money. I don't think people my age should lower their expectations. I'd love to have my own business, get married and buy a house. I just expect it to take longer to get there."