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Magda is employed as a legal secretary. She is fluent in three languages; Polish, English and Spanish. For Magda, English and Polish are essential in her day to day work.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
In fourth year of my undergraduate studies (European Studies), one of the subjects we had was European Law. European Law instantly became my favourite subject and I was really excelling at it. Even though I chose to do a master's degree in Business and Management in Trinity after my undergrad, I never forgot about my fantastic experience studying law.
Ultimately, I was offered a job in a law firm in Dublin which I took gladly. It was my very first employment! I think studying a broad range of subjects in a course like European Law enabled me to pursue a career otherwise I would not have had the chance of pursuing.
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
My boyfriend of two years massively encouraged me to change the direction of my career. I was still working in the first law practice for almost a year and a half when Niall helped me to realise that I had already learned everything I could in that practice and that I should find a more challenging job.
Thus, I began to look for another opportunity and within days my inbox was full of potential employers. I decided to work for Murray Flynn Maguire because they were looking for somebody who would be able to communicate with the Irish and Polish clients on a daily basis in their own languages. On occasion, I also liaise with our Spanish clients.
How did you go about getting your current job?
Murray Flynn Maguire advertised themselves on Facebook and my aunt, knowing the experience I had and what I was looking for, tagged me in the post. I went for the first interview where I had to present my translating and interpreting abilities, then after the second interview with of one the Partners of the firm, they offered me the job!
Describe a typical day?
The environment at Murray Flynn Maguire is great. It feels more like a family to be frank, we always help each other and share difficult tasks. The pace we work at is extremely fast. The Partner I am a legal secretary to has over 400 cases and we need to make sure that we are on top of things every day.
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