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

Franchisee

McDonald's

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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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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Martina Cripps Environmental and Natural Resource Management

I graduated from LIT with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management & I am currently working as an Environmental Scientist for ECOS Environmental Consultants in Limerick. In the course of my job with ECOS, I have gained experience across many different business sectors and a broad range of projects relating to water, waste, waste-water including resource management, circular economy, licensing and permits and environmental monitoring and management.

My course at LIT equipped me with a broad range of skills not only from an environmental perspective but also from a business and project management standpoint. I have also carried out independent research on species of primary concern in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.  As part of this research, I applied skills such as ecology and earth science, GIS, research techniques and field studies all of which I developed in my time studying at LIT.

The modules covered on the course have well prepared me for a career in the environmental sector.  I would recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the environmental sector.

For me, it started in LIT

Martina Cripps
ECOS Environmental Consultants Limited
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental & Natural Resource Management


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