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Peter LaComber, Consulting Engineer

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

I chose Physics, Chemistry and Technical Drawing as my optional subjects for the Leaving Certificate with a view to choosing an engineering course at third level.

These subjects certainly helped with first year in college as I had a foundation in those subjects to build on.

In hindsight, I would have chosen Applied Maths over Technical Drawing as the engineering course had a significant Applied Maths content.

Overall, I feel my subject choices were appropriate for my career choice.

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Fergal Donnelly, European Commission

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

It's understandable not to have clear subject choices at a young age. The best advice is to go for what you're good at and to chuck what you don't like. Only vague ambitions at this stage are appropriate. The rest will follow in due course.

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Aine Ni Dhubhain, Forestry Lecturer

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

In addition to the usual subjects (i.e. Irish, English, French and Maths) I studied Biology, Chemistry and History. To be honest my choice of subject did not influence my career path. Almost all my siblings were teachers and I wanted to do something different, so I choose forestry as I knew no-one who was a forester. In the end I have ended up as a teacher.

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