People of the Tribes : Meet Brian

In association with Evergreen

"I graduated from NUIG in the middle of the recession in 2011 and was having no luck with jobs. I developed an anxiety disorder and just lost all confidence in myself, which has been a pretty common theme for the young Irish over the last couple of years, especially for guys. I was feeling lost and decided the only way I could change the route my life was taking, was to start running full sprint at every fear I had, to regain that confidence. After completing my Master's in UL, I was offered a job in Malaysia. The idea of moving to a country on the other side of the world, leaving the safety net of home and family behind was terrifying, so I ran at it. It was the best decision I ever made. I was given opportunities I would never have been afforded in Ireland. I was promoted to Research & Development Team Leader in my company within a year. I was nominated, quite embarrassingly, as CLEO's Most Eligible Bachelor in Malaysia, which I only agreed to because it scared me. Life was fun over there and I got comfortable, but in late 2015 one of my best friends died in a car crash in Kuala Lumpur and it threw me of-course again. The anxiety and depression came back in force and it made me question whether my job in the Oil & Gas industry was really what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I quit and began developing my own business and moved back to Ireland. I created a YouTube channel called “Real Engineering", where I teach the science and history behind engineering. I somehow managed to grow the channel into a legitimate business in just 6 months and now have 450,000 subscribers and average about 2 million views per month.”

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