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 Ross O'Brien from AIB to give some advice for people considering this job:
Have a passion for where you work – Selling AIB as a great place to work is a huge part of the job so you have to believe in it.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I studied English, Irish, Maths, French, Biology, Physics and Accountancy for the Leaving Certificate. I actually changed from studying Chemistry to Accountancy half way during fifth year as I found doing all science was very heavy going and I wanted some diversity.
Having the mixture of science and business subjects left lots of opportunities for me for college as I had a flavour of what was involved in both areas. It was also a good match for the career I went into as I use both my technical and business background.