Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine Steiro from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine Steiro

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Elaine Steiro

If you are considering starting in the food/ catering or hospitality sectors, you should consider whether you like working shift work and you should like working in a pressured environment .

It is a very fulfilling and rewarding sector to work in though and every day is different with new skills being added to your skillset all of the time . If you are considering moving into the management side of things, then you should be able to co ordinate tasks and people to achieve results and you should like an ever changing work environment.

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A Career as a Business Analyst

We turn the spotlight on business analysts, the professionals who study a business, identify blind spots, and make recommendations to streamline and improve the efficiency of an organisation.

Business analysts are there to help businesses accomplish more by sussing out problems and finding solutions to those problems. Oftentimes, the issues are computer based and the business analyst will work with the IT department.

Since a business analyst's role involves providing advice and proposing recommendations, and explaining problems and technical issues in non-technical terms to management and decision-makers, a business analyst must possess excellent communication skills.

Objectivity, an excellent eye for detail, and computer, analytical and problem-solving skills will also serve a business analyst well.

In terms of an educational background, a degree related to IT or programming would be desirable.

In Ireland, a business analyst can expect to earn an annual salary between €27,027- €62,740, according to PayScale.com.

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