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Owen Hughes, Manufacturing Technician

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

Physics, Maths, Engineering, Technical Drawing. As well as English, Irish, and German.

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Brian O'Connor, Analytical Chemist

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

Because I didn’t do my leaving certificate in Ireland I didn’t have to make big choices earlier on in my life. It was when I went to college that I chose the subjects that I wanted to do. I chose to major in Chemistry and to minor in Biology as a Pre Medical School student. In America you have to complete a degree first before you are accepted into medical school. By my third year of college I fell in love with chemistry and no longer wished to go to med school. It is funny how it all worked out but I have no regrets about it. I really enjoy being a chemist.

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Deirdre Sayers, Primary School Teacher

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

I took seven subjects for my Leaving Cert. These were primarily arts subjects with the exception of Biology and Maths.

These subjects were ideal for a B.Ed. Degree course. They would have restricted my entry into the sciences, however. In hindsight I would not have done anything differently for the career path I choose. However, I might have had a wider career path if I had studied a wider base of subjects.

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