The first one was definitely my subject choices for the Leaving Cert, mainly Business Studies and German. I always had an interest in business, but I was quite indecisive as to what path I wanted to take after school. With Business, I knew there were many different routes that I could go down. Choosing German as my language was an easy decision for me. My teacher at the time was very passionate about the language and had a good relationship with the secondary school in our twinning town in Germany. Knowing that I got the chance to do an exchange with that school was enough of a decider for me! It was only after visiting the country that I knew I wanted to further study the language and find a career path with an opportunity to use it.
I then went on to study International Commerce & German in NUIG. During my time in college, I lived and studied in Gottingen for one year. I learned so much about the German culture and only grew to love the language more. Returning to final year in Galway, it was clear to see that there was a huge demand for languages in various sectors of work, with so many international companies setting up in Ireland.
At Grad fairs, companies were crying out for languages, no matter what degree you had. This really boosted my confidence in applying for jobs. In between finishing final year and my current role, I did a 6-month internship in Coca-Cola. This stood to me when applying for my role in SAP, as it gave me the chance to learn all the little things that I would never have thought of. When my time was coming to an end in Coca-Cola, I uploaded my CV to a career site called Monster.ie and within a few days, I got a call from a recruiter at SAP, where I'm currently working.