What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I took tech drawing, physics, chemistry and french, in addition to maths, english and irish, for my leaving.
I always had an interest growing up in how things worked, honed in the shed at home when we were taking apart machinery to fix it. I wanted to do engineering as I felt it would interest me.
I also loved planes so i chose to do aeronautical engineering in University of Limerick. That led to dificulties because when I went looking for work as a mechanical engineer, following 9/11, a lot of companies would not consider me, even though the degrees are very similar.
If I were starting all over again I would do mechanical engineering. The course itself is not really relevant to my job.
The main thing you learn in University is how to learn, and how to be analytical about problem solving.
You quickly realise when you get into industry how little you actually know. But if you can learn quickly you will be ok.