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Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Biggest career decision was moving to Italy. I had a no previous knowledge of the language but by simply immersing myself in the culture, I was able to pick it up after a year.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

The move to Italy was helped by Leinster Rugby and I have to largely thank my brother Philip for where I am today in terms of being a professional rugby player.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

I went straight from school into the professional rugby system so it was merely based on how you were performing and what potential you could have in the future.

Describe a typical day?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

I am usually in to train at 8 in the morning until 4 or 5 in the afternoon. The day is usually consisted of meetings, gym and field sessions.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

My main contribution is that I have to perform on the field to the best of my ability week in week out.

What are the main challenges?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Travelling week in week out and spending time away from the family can at times be difficult.

What's cool?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Team comradery.

What's not so cool?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

When you donít perform well itís not a nice feeling.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Being a good man manager and having patience with people.

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

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

I studied Biology, French, Classical Studies, Geography, Irish, Maths, English. If I am to be honest none of them have influenced my career path.

What is your education to date?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Completed the Leaving Certificate and have received a certificate in Sports Psychology.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

School helped me with public speaking and this has helped me to communicate with others.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Biggest honour has been representing Italy at international level.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Determination, discipline and being organised.

What is your dream job?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Dream job is what I am doing now.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

I get to travel a lot which is fantastic and also my days are not always structed the same which I like.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

It needs to be something that you really love to do. When you have to train during winter it can be difficult so you have to be mentally strong.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Respect, discipline and fun.

What is your pet hate at work?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Laziness

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

I have done coaching qualifications with an eye on the future.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Following a rugby club for a week could be good to get an idea of how much detailed work is put into a game.

What is your current job title?

Ian McKinley, Rugby Player

Rugby Player

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