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Kevin O'Hagan, Design Engineer

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

Through working on the farm, I developed an interest in the operational and building of Agriculture machinery. I had a massive interest in subjects such as Woodwork and Art in school which definitely helped me to discover my potential creativity and practically which I use every day in my current job. 

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Jack McGovern, Garda Trainee

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

I took business, accounting and economics as I was preparing for a Plan B i.e. working in the private sector or becoming a secondary school teacher.

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Elaine MacDonald, Psychologist - Clinical

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

I like the way that the Irish school system allows students to study a variety of subjects to get a broad base.

I chose a range of subjects including languages (French and Spanish) which allowed me to make friends and really immerse myself in different cultures during my summers abroad.

I feel that Maths helped me to develop my logical mind, and prepared me well for learning to use statistics which are widely used in Clinical Psychology.

Biology was certainly useful to take in school and is relevant to Clinical Psychology because of its focus on how the human body works and how the brain functions.

English was also useful to the role of Clinical Psychologist as report writing skills are used across the board, and good ability to express yourself both verbally and in writing is very important.

I also feel that my involvement in school sports (hockey and swimming) was important in helping me develop into a person who enjoys being part of a team.

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