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Ian McKinley, Rugby Player
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Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Ian McKinley is a professional rugby player working as coach in Italy.  Communicating through Italian is essential for his work as a coach and as a player on the pitch.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Biggest career decision was moving to Italy. I had a no previous knowledge of the language but by simply immersing myself in the culture, I was able to pick it up after a year.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

The move to Italy was helped by Leinster Rugby and I have to largely thank my brother Philip for where I am today in terms of being a professional rugby player.

How did you go about getting your current job?

I went straight from school into the professional rugby system so it was merely based on how you were performing and what potential you could have in the future.

Describe a typical day?

I am usually in to train at 8 in the morning until 4 or 5 in the afternoon. The day is usually consisted of meetings, gym and field sessions.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

My main contribution is that I have to perform on the field to the best of my ability week in week out.

What are the main challenges?

Travelling week in week out and spending time away from the family can at times be difficult.

What's cool?

Team comradery.

What's not so cool?

When you donít perform well itís not a nice feeling.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Being a good man manager and having patience with people.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

I studied Biology, French, Classical Studies, Geography, Irish, Maths, English. If I am to be honest none of them have influenced my career path.

What is your education to date?

Completed the Leaving Certificate and have received a certificate in Sports Psychology.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

School helped me with public speaking and this has helped me to communicate with others.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Biggest honour has been representing Italy at international level.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Determination, discipline and being organised.

What is your dream job?

Dream job is what I am doing now.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

I get to travel a lot which is fantastic and also my days are not always structed the same which I like.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

It needs to be something that you really love to do. When you have to train during winter it can be difficult so you have to be mentally strong.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Respect, discipline and fun.

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Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

I have done coaching qualifications with an eye on the future.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Following a rugby club for a week could be good to get an idea of how much detailed work is put into a game.

What is your current job title?

Rugby Player

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