Going, going, gone
• I was absolutely appalled at Finance Minister Michael Noonan's comments about emigration among young people.
I graduated in November 2009 with a Masters degree in Broadcasting. Lecturers and media professionals I worked with throughout the year warned me of the bleak employment prospects so I took the initiative and emigrated to the Middle East, where I worked as a teacher until December 2011.
While all but two of my graduating class had employment I sought a job in Qatar where I could work rather than become a drain on the Irish social welfare system.